Gamefly: The Pros and Cons you should know first

Have you ever watched movies on Netflix and wished there was a similar streaming service available for playing games as well? GameFly aims to make this wish a reality

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porkChop2438d ago

Gamefly and similar services are far too expensive to really be worth it. Looked into it a while back and couldn't justify the price considering what you get and the limitations.

ABizzel12438d ago

Completely disagree.

For less than the price of a brand new game (even if you use gamer's club with BB), you can rent 4 games from GameFly for that same period of time. It's an amazing way to provide a large pool of games to both low income gamers, and gaming families, where they can't afford $60 games consistently or for everyone.

A family of 4 can legitimately set up their account so each person has 1 game per month to play, trade in their games and start with the new one. Or a single gamer can rent 2 games at a time and complete one, send it back, start one the one, send it back after 2 week, and never be without a game.

You can also buy can keep the games at heavily discounted prices (although I prefer most people to just buy the game on Black Friday so the devs are still getting financial support by restocking stores).

The only downsides to Gamefly is not having enough personal time to game and having all the games at once, and the limited availability of new games when they launch. If you missed something by a month, or you're not sure about a specific game, Gamefly is the best of those services hands down.

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Gaming_Cousin2437d ago

Gamefly expensive? Did you expect them to mail you $1,000 at the end of the year or something?

jukins2437d ago

hmm I buy the 3 month gift certificate for 2 games out for $33. Then I can add additional games for $7 per game . Over a 3 month period thats equals up to the price of one new game. I get new releases 1 day after retail. Honestly gamely is the way I play most of my games rarely buy games anymore

TheGamez1002437d ago (Edited 2437d ago )

Its a good service depending how you are with games. Being an ex-subscriber, I received an email on a $1 offer for 2 games our for a month which was awesome. Its great for playing games you arent too sure about buying or just want to play the singleplayer. What I really dont like is that the wait for a game being sent out and the shipments can take awhile which take up your days but of course thats expected of a service like this.

GuruStarr782437d ago

Gamefly is overall a great service in my opinion. I get my games relatively quick and they usually have what I want in stock. As a long time member (off and on) I figured out how to get games a day or two after they launch.

If you put a game in your Q at #1 that you really want before it comes out and you have an open rental spot, you can pretty much get that game every time.

Lately I've gotten Nier: Automata, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Yakuza 0 and Gravity Rush 2 all within a few days of their release.

I'd much rather rent a game I'm unsure about before I buy, been doing this since the late '80's and it's saved me tons of money over the years.

That one guy 862437d ago

Was a member off and on since 2009. Overall, the service is great, but it has limitations. For me, if they shipped a game on Monday, I wouldn't see it until Thursday. Sometimes there was issues and it would take longer. If you don't have an open Q for new release games, you won't see that game for a while. It also, changed the way I approached games. I found myself always rushing games to beat them. This way I could return it for another asap. Now a days I only have limited time to game, so I discontinued the service. What I'm doing now, is waiting for sales on games and then buying them.

XXanderXX2437d ago

I like gamefly , haven't given thier streaming a try yet . Only issue I have is they closed the distribution center in my area so now the wait is longer than before . Aside from that it's very cool.


THE GAME AWARDS 2023: Geoff's Hype Trailer

Thursday, The Game Awards streams live! Tune in for a night of awards, new game announcements, musical performances and so much more. Geoff Keighley hosts live from Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

phoenixwing11h ago

how much money are they wasting doing it live? They should just tape it and it would have way less security issues as well.


PS5 vs PS3 Sales Comparison - October 2023

The VGChartz sales comparison series of articles are updated monthly and each one focuses on a different sales comparison using our estimated video game hardware figures. The charts include comparisons between the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, as well as with older platforms. There are articles based on our worldwide estimates, as well as the US, Europe, and Japan.

This monthly series compares the aligned worldwide sales of the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 3.

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eagle211d 22h ago

"In the last 12 months, the PS5 has grown its lead over the PS3 by 8.97 million units. The PlayStation 5 is currently ahead by 18.37 million units."

That's a lot of PS5's. :)

Einhander197219h ago

In 2023 1,696 PlayStation 5’s have been sold every hour, that's 28 per minute.

Babadook721h ago

This was a good one. Hope there is something big shown. Thats what I watch the thing for.

anast21h ago

PS5 is dominating all generations.


What Sony’s $8 Billion Lawsuit Might Mean For The Gaming Community

Sony getting slapped with a hefty $7.9 billion lawsuit is probably not the win the gaming community thinks it is.

Kingrizzy901d ago

Half of the people will buy games from the ps store again anyway so they will get some of it back anyways

derek1d ago

Just because a court doesn't dismiss a case from the outset for having zero merit, doesn't mean there is a likelihood of ultimate success.

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UpvotedOpinions1d ago

The heart of the matter lies in Sony’s alleged monopolistic control over the sale of digital games and add-on content through the PlayStation Store. The claim asserts that Sony’s stringent terms and conditions imposed on game developers and publishers, along with a hefty 30% commission on each purchase, have led to excessive prices for consumers

Greedy and evil sony and sonys pro-microtransfer fanbase is hurting the gaming community, shame on sony and playstation for milking players and their parents!

1Victor23h ago(Edited 23h ago)

@Upvote:” The claim asserts that Sony’s stringent terms and conditions imposed on game developers and publishers, along with a hefty 30% commission on each purchase, have led to excessive prices for consumers”

It’s a well known fact for years that ALL DIGITAL STORES prey on game developers for the same 30% fees on each purchase.
Microsoft,Nintendo,Sony,Valve ,Google,Apple of the top of my mind does the 30% fees on purchases on their store.
Is this excessive? Yes
Is this predatory? Yes
Is this greed at its finest? Yes
Is it fair to single out one store over all others? NO

rlow122h ago

I hear you but lawyers always have a strategy. Sony is a much easier target than an Apple or Google. If the lawsuit wins, then you set a precedence to take on the bigger guys.

Old_Scout22h ago

Excessive and predatory would be defined by the parties using the platform to sell. 30% for access can't be excessive if they are willing to pay for that access. They are profiting from the access or they would not be using the platform.
Greed. Greed is good. Especially if you hold, in this case, Sony stock.Keep in mind average people hold common stock, and in order to recive dividends (prefered stock has priority), they want companies to be greedy and maxamize that profit. It's the difference between holding stock and hoping to sell high later, and getting paid to hold stock.

Plague-Doctor2721h ago

The bigger problem is they need to prove how this effects the consumer. Since Epic only takes an 8-10% fee but the prices on Epic vs Steam are the same, how can they prove a lower cut would benefit the consumer at all

DivineHand12519h ago(Edited 19h ago)

Where is this only Sony is being singled out nonsense coming from?

Epic games have taken both Google and Apple to court for the same reason and they said the only reason they didn't include the console makers is because at the time they believed game consoles were being sold at a loss (That reason may no longer be true today).

The case against Apple was already settled with Apple winning, however, they had to remove their anti-steering rules. I believe this made it possible for Xcloud to be available on IOS.


The case against Google is still ongoing

Wolfire Games has also taken Valve to court and just last week the court ordered Gabe Newel to show up in person.

wiz719114h ago

@1Victor I don’t think the fee is necessarily the issue , from what I’ve been reading it’s the fact developers don’t have the option to avoid the fees on PSN like you can with the others. I seen Google and Apple was sued by Epic already and I think the eventually somebody will sue to get the 30% lowered

FinalFantasyFanatic2h ago

Everyone charges the same fee as 1Victor said, don't know why Sony got singled out.


I really wonder, Epic takes a smaller cut, but the games are more expensive than Steam in my country, just why? It should be equal or cheaper.

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shinoff218322h ago

Although I agree with the suit, 8 billion is a reach. I still prefer physical so I got no horse in the race

Chevalier13h ago


Oh look fake concern from a fake account. 🙄 Shocked