Quick note: I’m going to try this structured writing block (of 3 minutes, before editing) and we’ll see where it goes :) Ready? Go!
Earlier this year I signed up for Game Fly. I felt there was a backlog of games I didn’t necessarily want to own but wanted to try. The experience is overall good, but I ran into an issue where this fall a bunch of games are coming out that I want to own. Given Game Fly’s current price ($18 or so per month) it didn’t make sense to keep going when I basically wanted to own all of those games (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Fallout 4, etc). I think that’s kind of the major flaw for Game Fly is that in an ecosystem with a lot of good games that are worth the money, Game Fly doesn’t make sense. I’ve tried using it for shorter games and beating them in a week but unless you’re really rigorous with scheduling it just isn’t feasible (see: reviewing games). I switched over to trying the games for a week and if I liked them enough, buying them but that also meant that with shipping times I’d only be able to go through two games a month, and at $8.50 a game (per month, assuming I stayed in the 1-week time window), the cost was just too high, especially compared with the analogous service I get from Netflix. To close it off, I think Game Fly is a good service for content that you’re not likely to revisit and is shorter (< 15h) in nature. I really wanted to stay on but at basically $18/month I could use the money better.