Rent Video Game Online? Pros and Cons
by Amy Finley
Rent video game online subscription pros
For people who love video games and movies, the number of services that now allow you to rent games and movies online is like a dream come true. There are a number of benefits from doing this – a primary one being that you never have to leave the house to get the video games or movies that you want.
This works in one of two ways: either you pay a (usually monthly) subscription fee and download the games onto your computer, or you pay a monthly fee and receive games and movies to rent through the mail.
When you process a rent video game online request, you have access to hundreds, maybe even thousands of video game titles to choose from, and some companies even allow you to put unreleased games on your order list.
Most companies even offer free shipping (both ways) when renting games or movies through the mail. Monthly fees are fairly reasonable (about $7 for downloaded games, and anywhere from $10 to $20 per month for renting one or two games or movies at a time through the mail). There are no late fees, unlimited game time rental, and with many companies, you can even keep the game if you decide you want to and they’ll send you the box and instruction manual (and charge your credit card for it).
Another pro when you process your rent video game online request is that many companies offer freebies. These include not only free shipping of games, but also free trial periods (i.e. two week trials), reduced fees for the first month, subscriptions to gaming magazines, and access to player ratings of popular games.
Many game renters also claim that both the selection and quality when renting games online far exceeds that of traditional rental stores. Add this to the fact that you never even have to get out of your pajamas, and it equals a pretty sweet deal.
How can there be anything bad about a rent video game online request?
As I said, it sounds like a pretty sweet deal, but there are some downsides you should be aware of. First is that most companies require you to pay by credit card. If you don’t have a credit card, or don’t like to purchase things online with it, this could pose a problem.
Second is potential cost. While the subscription fees for the downloaded games run about $7, the cost for renting multiple games through the mail can be costly. For example, if you rent 5 or more titles at a time, you can expect to pay from $35 to $50 a month. (As stated earlier, if you’re renting only one or two games at a time, however, the fee is much more reasonable, between $10 and $20).
Other common drawbacks include slow delivery times, not getting new games sent out as soon as the old ones are returned, many instances of games getting lost in the mail before they arrive, and poor customer service.
Affordable and easy entertainment
Before you pause too long with you mouse hovering over your rent video game online ‘join now!’ button, realize that many of the cons associated with renting games or movies are typical of renting games and movies at standard rental stores – i.e. the possibility of poor customer service.
And how many times have you had to wait for a movie because the one you wanted wasn’t in when you went to rent it? At least you never have to waste gas or time waiting for your online video game or movie rental to arrive.
Overall, the innovation of rent video game online companies offer an affordable and easy way for entertainment. There are enough companies out there, that for the discerning consumer, problems and downsides may be just as easily resolved as the click of a mouse.
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In addition to being a freelance writer for Pulsemed International, Ms. Finley is a graduate student working on her M. A. in English Literature at Cleveland State University, a creative writer, and an editor with Editfast. Ms. Finley is also the mother of three young children.