Video Game Rental Saved This Moms Life!

By: Sue Calhoun

OK, well maybe that's an exaggeration - but it sure saved Mom's cash! Video game rental is the single best way to try video games before you buy. Just like movie rentals, video games are available to rent from many or most movie rental companies, along with some game stores and online as well. The big problem with renting form a local store, though, is that they rarely have a good selection, and it can be very expensive.

Online video game rental is the ultimate in convenience and cost savings. Video game rental means you don't have to buy a game for $30 or more, but you can try games before buying to make sure it's a game you want to keep.

As a parent, online video game rental was a godsend. Our gamer at home was about 6 years old at the time we bought the GameCube. We had no idea about content of games or which games were any good, video game rental was a great way to go. I wanted to make sure I could view games before I let my son play them. I wanted to make sure they weren't to violent, or moronic, or frightening.

It turned out to be a great decision! They had an incredible selection of games, we had so many to choose from. We also saved money over the local store because we paid no late fees or shipping; we were able to just send back the games that were really bad. But best of all, we earned credits toward buying, and if we found a game we liked, we just keep it and they send us the box and inserts, with free shipping. One game we bought retails for $50, but we "kept" it for $27 with credits and discounts - a really great deal all around! With another game, he played and completed all levels in just 3 days - definitely not one we'd have been happy to buy.

Now my son has a Nintendo DS in additional to the GameCube, and we're thinking of getting the Nintendo Wii. Our service has all the games for every platform - it's easy to put them in our "queue" and when we return one, the next one is sent out.

Online video game rental has been a wonderful service for us, and it can be a great deal if you want to try out games before buying and see if they're worth keeping. Many online video rental companies offer a free trial - it's worth it to see if it is right for you.

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