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raNSham
08-09-2011, 10:16 AM
GameFly announces that it will add a PC game service.

http://www.gamefly.com/download-games/beta/
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/08/09/gamefly-to-add-unlimited-pc-play-this-holiday/

I'm curious about how this will actually work. From the video it looks like a lot like Steam where you just buy the game and download. In the Joystiq article it says "customers will have access to whatever games they download as long as they maintain a subscription."

So I'll buy a game for 60 bucks then have to pay a monthly sub fee just to play it? hmmmm...I like to pay for my game once then be able to play it when I want.

Has anyone tried the beta for this?

Moe45673
08-09-2011, 10:17 AM
Understand fail.

You pay a subscription and then have free access to Gameflys games until you cancel your subscription

raNSham
08-09-2011, 10:21 AM
Understand confusion? I know how GameFly works for discs. The video for this PC beta shows clicking on AC:brotherhood for 50 bucks. Didn't think gamefly had the 50 dollar a month sub fee.

Moe45673
08-09-2011, 10:53 AM
According to this Kotaku article, you don't. I guess Gamefly also works as an e-tailer, where you can buy the game if you desire (meaning you get to keep playing it even after subscription is cancelled)
http://kotaku.com/5829078/gamefly-sweetens-the-pot-with-pc-game-downloads

GoodKat.
08-09-2011, 11:00 AM
According to this Kotaku article, you don't. I guess Gamefly also works as an e-tailer, where you can buy the game if you desire (meaning you get to keep playing it even after subscription is cancelled)
http://kotaku.com/5829078/gamefly-sweetens-the-pot-with-pc-game-downloads

^
This was also my understanding of how it would work.
You pay your subscription & could 'rent' their games as a digital download for however long you are subscribed.

Demon Wraith
08-09-2011, 11:04 AM
They already bought Direct2Drive, why do they need another DD service?

raNSham
08-09-2011, 11:08 AM
According to this Kotaku article, you don't. I guess Gamefly also works as an e-tailer, where you can buy the game if you desire (meaning you get to keep playing it even after subscription is cancelled)
http://kotaku.com/5829078/gamefly-sweetens-the-pot-with-pc-game-downloads

Ah, I see...thanks for the link, I don't usually go to Kotaku. Guess this could be decent deal if they get a lot of publishers/developers on board. I don't know though. Sometimes I go on a gaming hiatus, especially during school, and may feel like that monthly sub is wasted money.

I'll try the beta and keep my eye on who is joining up with them.

Tutimane
08-09-2011, 12:44 PM
I thought it would be like 50 a month for unlimited games

Zamav
08-09-2011, 12:46 PM
I seem to remember another service *(READ GAMETAP) where you paid a monthly subscription (hint, Gametap). Haven't they failed on subscription front because of publishers backing out? Last time I checked they were trying to stay afloat by selling games as regular downloads.

*Edit: Google GameTap people, is it so hard?

squad
08-09-2011, 01:12 PM
It's only 10 bucks per month for unlimited access for games, that's freaking awesome. Good if you don't want to spend 60 bucks on a game anymore.

raNSham
08-09-2011, 01:36 PM
I seem to remember another service where you paid a monthly subscription (hint, Gametap). Haven't they failed on subscription front because of publishers backing out? Last time I checked they were trying to stay afloat by selling games as regular downloads.

hmm..never heard of gametap. I'm definitely interesting in seeing who is actually on board with gamefly. Still trying to wrap my head around how publishers maximize their profits with a model like this...guess that's the reason gametap went under?

Satoru
08-09-2011, 01:50 PM
I seem to remember another service where you paid a monthly subscription (hint, Gametap). Haven't they failed on subscription front because of publishers backing out? Last time I checked they were trying to stay afloat by selling games as regular downloads.

You're probably thinking of OnLive

I did a few tests of it, it wasn't too bad. Mass Effect 2 looked fine. But Dead Space 2 had 'blur-o-vision-font' problems.

C80
08-09-2011, 01:56 PM
I'd pay a monthly subscription, but only if the games were good and the price was low.

wexer9
08-09-2011, 02:01 PM
More competition is undoubtedly a good thing.

Toridas
08-09-2011, 02:08 PM
hmm..never heard of gametap. I'm definitely interesting in seeing who is actually on board with gamefly. Still trying to wrap my head around how publishers maximize their profits with a model like this...guess that's the reason gametap went under?

It didn't go under: http://www.gametap.com
It just doesn't have a very good selection. It has a few good games but it's mostly crap. For example, of its 600 game selection, 250 are in the "casual" category. And even the good games are older ones. It has Witcher 1 but no Witcher 2, Civilization IV but no Civ V, Fallout 1 and 2 but no 3, etc.

LedBetter
08-09-2011, 02:19 PM
So...what happens to Direct 2 Drive? GameFly recently purchased them and if this new service allows you to buy the game as well keeping it permanently will D2D merge with this?

I have quite a few games on D2D.

raNSham
08-09-2011, 02:36 PM
So...what happens to Direct 2 Drive?

Looks like you won't have anything to worry about :)

"Our services will remain the same."
http://blog.direct2drive.com/2011/05/special-announcement-from-d2d/

C80
08-09-2011, 03:26 PM
Looks like you won't have anything to worry about :)

"Our services will remain the same."
http://blog.direct2drive.com/2011/05/special-announcement-from-d2d/

You mean, if the service is failing to bring in a profit Gamefly wont change things up?

MunkiLord
08-09-2011, 03:35 PM
You mean, if the service is failing to bring in a profit Gamefly wont change things up?

What are you talking about? That was never said or hinted at any point.

C80
08-09-2011, 04:07 PM
What are you talking about? That was never said or hinted at any point.

Two posts above yours. "Our services will remain the same". Let me say it twice so you don't miss it this time, "Our services will remain the same". Three times just for certainty, "Our services will remain the same". Four times...