GameFly is a subscription-based video game and movie streaming service.
If you’ve been buying your video games and movies so far, you may want to check out GameFly. As a subscription service, it lets you rent games and movies by mail with no return dates or late fees. You can also stream games through GameFly and buy games and movies at its store.
As any gamer knows, video games can be expensive: At up to $60 a pop (possibly more, when you consider potential downloadable content), games can rack up costs quickly.GameFly, founded in the early 2000s, has been solving that problem for a while now. At its core, it’s the Netflix for video games — you pick games you want to play, and GameFly sends them to you via mail. In recent years it’s also become more like Netflix itself, offering movie rentals on top of its video game service. With plans starting at $15.95 a month — including an optional streaming service starting at an additional $6.99 a month — GameFly is a solid way to try out different games and watch various movies without having to shell out big time.
As a new customer, you can have 1 or 2 discs out at a time depending on which subscription you choose. With 1 disc out at a time, you’ll have to send the disc back to GameFly before the service will send another game or movie to you; with 2 discs out at a time, you can send one disc back to GameFly and keep the other one (or send both back at the same time). When you’ve been a customer for at least 60 days, you’ll have the option to upgrade to a subscription for 3 or 4 discs out at a time.
Beyond renting discs by mail, you can also buy games and movies at the GameFly store. You’ll find new and used titles, including pre-orders, cheaper “bargain bin” games, and bestsellers.
After you’ve been a paying member for 2 or more months, you’ll be eligible to upgrade your account:
The GameFly streaming service starts at $6.99/month.
You can rent movies in Blu-Ray and DVD formats, including titles in genres such as:
Here are the pros and cons of GameFly to help you decide if the service is right for you:
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