Unless you’ve stepped into a parallel universe through a wormhole in your computer, you’re reading this because you’re thinking about renting games online.
You’re also wondering if it’s really worth it.
No, really worth it.
Well, fear not young pad wan, for here I cut it down to the basics, Jedi-knight style, using my patented No-Hype-Please-We’re-British Technology…
You see, there comes a time in every gamers life when you think to yourself: “&$%& I’m spending a lot of money on these games!” This usually occurs when you’re a financially-challenged student, but has been known to occur later in life too.
I remember it like it was yesterday: sitting on my couch, my eye caught something off to the corner of the room – something sparkling like a thousand diamonds under the artificial lighting. I looked over and there it was, a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of beautiful, shiny games!
And just as I was about to swell with pride, a thought struck me: “”&$%& that’s a lot of games!” Followed by an even harder thought: “”&$%& that’s a lot of money!”
And so began the quest to find the ultimate in game rental nirvana.
Let’s Look at the Financials Shall We?
Let’s do a couple of quick calculations: when you buy a f95zone quality game from the shops, it usually costs around £15 – £35.
Even if you buy online, you’re still looking at spending round about the same amount.
That’s just for one game!
What if some months you buy more than one game (like I used to)? Just two games would set you back about £30 – £70!
Even worse, have you honestly played all those games to their full potential? It makes me cringe when I look at my ‘games shelf’ because a lot of them haven’t clocked up much game time at all, let alone been completed!
And unless you’re disgustingly rich you’ll agree that it’s just an absolute waste of money.
Now let’s look at what would have happened in the technicolour, surround-sound world of game rental:
In the same month, you’d have paid about £9 – £10, been able to rent as many games as you could play and if you didn’t like a game or didn’t play it that much, you haven’t just wasted £15 – £35 quid!
So, it really does makes sense to use a game rental service.
Now, I know some of you are saying: “Yeah but I like to own my games”.
Well, fear not, because some game rental services allow you to purchase the games you like with discounts off the retail price (sometimes as much as 70%).