We as gamers have all seen the GameFly commercial where the 3 kids come in to trade in a game for store credit and they are "shocked that they are getting only nine bucks back.

First, I'd like to say that I never really liked renting out movies and games. I always liked owning my games and movies. I do not like being limited to one game at a time. What if while I'm playing Need for Speed, I suddenly crave a little Street Fighter? I can't. Why? Because I can only check out one game at a time (correct me if I'm wrong) and decided not to invest my money into actually buying the two games.

And now for the meat of this blog:

Argument #1: It Was Probably a Dated Game

Well, maybe not THIS old...

The kid seriously complained that he was getting ONLY nine dollars for the game. What was his argument? He payed sixty. Yeah, okay. First of all, You probably payed sixty bucks for that game three to four years ago OR you bought the game at Wal-mart or Target. I remember when I traded in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare around the beginning of last year. I got about eight or nine bucks.

Fact of the matter is you aren't gonna get full price back for anything used in this world. That's basic logic. Complaining that you are getting a little bit of money for an old game is like complaining that you are only getting 9,000 for a car you payed 60,000 for back in 2003.

My point? The game is old and for whatever reason, it's not fair that you aren't getting much money for it.

Argument #2: Most Sales Associated aren't Typically Such Jerks

What's up, bro? We're gonna give you 9 bucks for Bioshock 2.

I recently stopped trading in games NOT because it wasn't worth it, but because I am a collector now. However, when I went to GameStop to trade a game in and the game was old and he rang it up and the trade-in value wasn't too high, I first did not complain like a small child. Second, if anything, the associate was sympathetic and asked if I still wanted to trade the game in. What kind of associate gets mad at the customer the way this poorly potrayed associate did?

My point: Sales Associates aren't usually such jerks.

Argument #3: Renting Has Its Place

Remember us? Yeah... About that... (There's actually only one still in business by my house. There used to be 3.)

Who remembers when Blockbuster's rentals were only five bucks? I do. I used to ask my mother to take me there all the time so I could try out somthing different. This was a little before I had the mental capacity to realize that I could keep those things. I am never renting from Blockbuster again. My last rental was on NBA Ballers: Chosen One. Worst ten bucks ever spent. I played it once and never touched it for the remainder of the rental period. If I were to rent, it would ONLY be to try out a game I am skeptical about. GameFly may be  subscription, but all it is a borrowing something that will never be yours. It would be like Enterprise trying to pass themselves off as a replacement for buying a car. This is what the pitch would sound like:

"Hello driver! Tired of being cheated out of all the dated cars you own? Did you expect much more money back for something that is SUPPOSED to lose value as soon as you pull out of the dealership driveway? Then come on down to Enterprise! Instead of buying your cars, rent your car out for a small monthly fee...!"

Wait, don't they have something like this? Oh yeah. It's when someone leases a car. It's never really yours. You just drive it around and get to house it in your garage.

Renting is for those who wish to try something new without the expense of buying it or something they know they will only use once. Like a snow plow. Do you really need a snow plow in the summer time? Probably not.

Don't get me wrong. If money is down (which it probably is for some) GameFly would be good if you want to try out a variety of games. However, this particular commercial, I thought, is very misleading for some therefore I am writing this blog to inform you.


Happy Gaming,

Jonathan Harrison