Originally posted 7/17/2011
I wanted to give an update on my previous review of the two services. Shortly after I posted that I ended up cancelling Gamerang and going back to Gamefly. I know I gave them the edge in almost every section but I want to give some perspective.
Since I switched back to Gamefly, I’ll say their service has gotten much worse since I first signed up with them a year or so ago.
Let me say this pretty clearly: the 1-out-at-a-time plan on Gamefly is a complete waste. You’ll spend so much time waiting for a game in transit it’s just not worth it. So if you do plan on signing up, go with the 2-out-at-a-time plan at a minimum.
That being said, their shipping has gotten worse since my last subscription. It now takes a good 3 days to get a game shipped to me, even after signing up a new subscription. Once you send it back it will be 3 days to get to their distribution center, another 3 days to ship it a new one to you. So you’re looking at a solid week between sending back and receiving a new one.
At that rate, you’re looking at maybe 3-4 games a month, if you’re lucky. I guess I’m just spoiled on Netflix’s turnaround and shipping time.
What continues to boggle my mind is why Gamefly won’t:
A) build more distribution centers or
B) increase their new release inventory.
They would make their current members happier and bring on so many more new members.
Anyways, I ended up cancelling again based on shipping and inventory. Now on to Gamerang. I think they’re a good service and probably the solid #2 player in the online game rental services. Their website and the searching and sorting on said website is terrible compared to Gamefly. Even with a closer distribution center to me, it was comparable in time to Gamefly.
What’s the bottom line? It’s up to you to try which one might work best for you but currently all the players need improvement. As internet speeds, hopefully, increase over time you’ll see more digital distribution. Even Microsoft now is putting more recently released games on their Games on Demand section on Xbox Live. As far as rentals go, your mileage may vary.