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They Don't Rent 'em Like They Used To: The Death of Traditional Video Stores is Very Bad for Gamers

Bright Hub writes: "As a kid I loved nothing more than saving up some empty soda cans or earning a few bucks doing chores around the house, hopping on my bike, and riding down to the local video store. Back in the days of the NES/SNES, game rentals could be had for around three bucks, and I could choose from any number of titles to make mine for a pre-determined rental period.

Sadly, today’s youth will be unable to repeat this experience. Gone are the days when you could head down to your local video store and rent a game. With Hollywood Video finally giving up and Blockbuster closing stores like crazy, there are very few old-school, so-called “brick and mortar” locations where games can be rented. Instead, today’s gamers are forced to contend with mail-order rentals and enormous scarlet kiosks.

The death of the traditional video store is not only sad, it’s also very bad for gamers."

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Muckbeast2671d ago

Absolutely brilliant and riveting article!

Ranshak2671d ago (Edited 2671d ago )

"Back in the days of the NES/SNES, game rentals could be had for around three bucks, and I could choose from any number of titles to make mine for a pre-determined rental period.

Sadly, today’s youth will be unable to repeat this experience."

Lol, in todays day and age for about the same money we can buy the game permanently so why rent?

People really need to check out the deals available at Steam or D2D, few days back a game like Batman AA GOTY was selling for 7.5usd, at this very moment D2D has just cause 2 for 5usd. Why would i want to rent the same game for 3 usd? when i could buy it for afew dollars more?

Everyday both of these companies have some deals on, i think digital really is the future for this industry.

CarlosX3602670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

You can buy a game for 3 bucks a piece? What are you? Blind or something? Games still cost a whopping $60 dollars, you'd be lucky to find a game that you want for $20 or $40 at retail launch.

This is something that I am watching closely.

DarkBlood2670d ago

yeah but kids cant afford pc game rig so thats a big chuck of a market taken right out and only aimed at a select few (for the lack of a better term).

Biggest2670d ago

They don't rent 'em like they used to because people don't consume like they used to. Steam, Amazon, GameFly and others have taken over. It isn't very bad. Gamers have spoken and they said they don't care for the stores anymore.

Ranshak2670d ago

@carlosx360

Only on console. I agree console gaming is expensive.

Pc on the other hand is very cheap, games can be had very cheaply over discount periods from STeam or D2D, most fall in between prices of 5-15usd ;-)

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kreate2670d ago

sometimes its good for gamers becuz we go ransack its corpse when the store close down

vortis2671d ago

These stores have been gone in my neck of the woods for a long time...it's digital or bust for some of us. =(

DEA Fresh2670d ago

Blockbuster through the mail doesn't charge any extra for blu ray or games. $10 a month for one disc at a time. Keep as long as you want. There are some delays on games but if you're only going to rent its probably not worth getting right away

TJSonntag2670d ago

Yup - I'm interested to see how digital delivery affects console games in the future.

JsonHenry2670d ago

So we get more options, with more locations (redbox, cheaper rentals (gamefly) and this guy says it is a bad thing because some corner store can't rip us off on rental fees? Did I miss something? I am thankful my kids won't have to be contending with the old stick-it-to-you stores that the rest of us had to deal with. $3 back in the 80-90s was a lot more than $3 is today.

consolez_FTW2670d ago (Edited 2670d ago )

Theres a blockbuster still kicking down the street from me...one of the few left..That place was good as a kid because I couldnt buy games all the time. Now as a grown man, it seems Blockbuster has just become irrelevant with all these other companies doing what Blockbuster did, but better. Well, it was good while it lasted..

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