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Originally Posted by r34p3rex;14525012 
Sounds like a great deal! A LOT of the games I buy go to waste.. I play them a few times and never playem again.

This happens to me way to much especially when you pay 60 bucks for a new release beat it in a week and only get 20 bucks back at gamestop. And if its a pc game you get nothing back!
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So, to confirm, Netflix for video games? I'm a fan.
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CD-Keys will ultimately end up being the biggest problem with this, imo.

If it's anything like everything else, (i.e. Steam, Origin, Ubisoft, Blizzard), then CD-Keys will be assigned to the account and will remain assigned to said account. People could pay for a month and blast through 987423 games if they had the time. Then the account would just sit with keys that could have been assigned to a loyal customer.

CD-key's can be reused. As long as the person who originally use the CD-Key uninstalls, and doesn't use the game again, that same key can be used by another person. That's how people are able to sell used PC games.

Also, they don't have to tell you your CD-key with this. They can assign one to you for as long as you rent a game, never tell you what it is, then when you end your rental that CD-key can be assigned to someone else. The end consumer will never know what the CD-key was, so you wouldn't be able to basically "steal" the game.

Another possibility is for the developers to give GameFly temporary keys that are only active when someone is renting the game and are then removed and deactivated when they return the rental.

EDIT: I'm also guessing you can only rent 1 or 2 games at a time. That way you can't have 100+ games and only pay $10 a month. Either way I'm excited for this.
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It wouldn't stop piracy, As people will still want something for nothing. Even if your renting a game for 10 dollars. Those who want it for nothing want to pay nothing.

nothing will ever stop anything 100%. but it would, without a doubt, slow the rate of piracy that is for sure. i will admit i pirate quite a lot, but if you can legitimately play games for just $10 a month, without having to deal with cracks, letters from your ISPs, ensuring the DL is coming from a credible source etc. and other hassles, it is worth it. It would definitely put a dent on piracy, that is pretty much a given. has to do with marginal cost vs marginal benefit (economics) of this service. with this proposed service, the marginal benefit greatly exceeds the $10 cost.
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this seems like a great idea to curb piracy some.
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I would so sign up for this.. damn..
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If you think about it.
60$ per License.
10$ a month per person.

Each license pays itself off in 6 months depending if the player keeps it that long.
(Either way, I'm sure the license gets transfered to a different person after the "rental" is "returned" or "open")

After that it's pure profit.
 
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This is really not the same as Steam free weekend

With steam's free weekend you dont have a choice of which game to goes on and they are usually the older games. With this service you seem to have unlimited playtime for 10$ a month for as much games as you want.

i know, i wanted to remark this can be done with multiplayer games (like steam's free weekends), as some people seem to think it cant be done.
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Not to be a fly in the ointment, but where is this $10 per month coming from? There is nothing on the joystik site that says this. Further, the article does not talk about renting. It just talks about delivering software via digital distribution, rather than physical distribution. It may very well be that there is a rental plan, but I don't see where it is announced.

A google search of the net gives various sites that talk about Gamefly's new digital distribution of purchased games. I have only looked at a couple and none mentions rental. Their announcement indicates this new service is an extension of the current D2D service that was acquired earlier this year. Here is what cnet has for the press rel;ease: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20090058-17/gamefly-prepping-digital-download-service/ In fact, cnet says the following:
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By offering a digital service, GameFly will be facing off with a host of competitors, including Steam, OnLive, Gaikai, and others. EA also recently launched its own digital-download service, called Origin, which allows users to buy titles and play them on their computers.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20090058-17/gamefly-prepping-digital-download-service/#ixzz1UaO9pQC3
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sounds like getting good clients is the real problem and I'm sure the price will go up after the holidays.

Below copied from joystick article,

GameFly will launch a new digital client this holiday, the biggest benefit of which will be a new "Unlimited PC Play" service. It will allow subscribers to download and play any offered PC/Mac games, presenting a natural evolution of the service since it acquired IGN's Direct2Drive platform several months back.

"We're talking to all publishers about participating. Several have been signed, but we're not announcing at this time," GameFly co-founder Sean Spector told Joystiq. "In the 'Unlimited PC Play' portion for GameFly subscribers, we expect to have over a hundred titles available for the beta launch, but we'll be adding to the list constantly and should have hundreds at the time of our holiday launch."

Asked if the company would offer a PC-only GameFly subscription, similar to those found with movie rental streaming services, Spector said, "We currently have no plans to offer a digital only subscription, as we believe the real value to gamers and our members is our unique combination of console and digital PC game offerings."

Spector tells us that, like the company's mobile apps, the client-based application should update regularly and customers will have access to whatever games they download as long as they maintain a subscription.

GameFly will launch the closed beta for the client on September 8 at a Los Angeles event, where attendees will receive a beta code for themselves and a friend. GameFly subscribers not in the LA area can still sign up by heading over to the beta section of the site.
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