Most gamers tend to be rather hardcore, and while I’ll admit that there have been periods of time when I played games during most of my free time, I always viewed myself as more of a casual gamer. Although some of my friends would play for 20 hours a week or more, I would more typically play just a couple hours a day. That said, I do have two game consoles, Xbox and Playstation, and buy at least 10 games a year. So I'm no amateur when it comes to gaming.
Like any hobby, gaming requires money, possibly more so than most other hobbies. A new game costs fifty or sixty dollars, and I spend hundreds of dollars a year on buying new games. Not to mention, gamers spend a lot of money on things like new consoles and controllers. Compared to a lot of other hobbies, gaming tends to be expensive.
But despite the cost, gaming is a worthwhile hobby in my opinion. Not only is it the most fun you can have by yourself or with friends, it can also help make you smarter, as has been reported by a few news stories in recent years.
But going back to the cost issue, it was only recently that I learned about a service known as Gamefly, which allows you to rent your games instead of buy them. At first blush, this did not sound all that appealing to me, but I then learned that you can keep the games you rent for as long as you like. In addition to this benefit, you can exchange the games as often as you like.
For example, if you get a game you really don’t like, you can return it right away and get a different game. On the other hand, if you absolutely love a certain game, you can keep it an play it for months or even longer. Either way, all you owe to Gamefly is the price of a monthly membership. If you use the Gamefly Free Trial, however, you will be able to rent video games for free for 30 days.
In the event that you have a game you want to keep forever, you will have the ability to buy the game you have rented. Because it will essentially be a used game, you will get a discount on the price of the game, which is a nice bonus. And don’t worry, you’ll get all original packaging if you decide to buy a game. I've bought a few games from Gamefly this way, and it's a great way to buy games at a discounted price. The other thing you can do is look for the game for cheap on Ebay, but sometime's it's easier to just keep a game you like and pony up the cash to buy the game from Gamefly.
The one negative thing I can say about Gamefly is that the games are sent by snail mail, and you usually have to wait at least a few days to receive your games. If you are not the patient type, this can seem like forever. But when you take everything into account, Gamefly is still a terrific service and by using it, you’ll be able to play a lot of great games while paying a lot less that you would have paid if you purchased the games instead of renting them.