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Game rentals kicked while they're down.. again, in Canada.

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Renting games this past year has been hell on earth. You come home with a title only to find another price tag attached with the online pass, essentially doubling the price. $12 + $10 = $22 for a rental with full play. Full game price at 59.99.. So slightly more than a third for a rental, eep.

So a few months ago all blockbusters in Canada went bankrupt. This was a HUGE hit to the gaming rental scene in Canada, or at least here in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. Population 1,000,000+. There are only 2 real good places to rent games here in Ottawa, blockbuster and Rogers video. Rogers video is essentially the same level of selection as a blockbuster both for movies, dvds and games.

Yesterday I was inside a rogers video. I was just in there to trade up my modem for a new one because Rogers is a huge company and are one of the main internet and cable providers. Anyways, so it was taking a while and I thought hey, while this guy is going through the motions I will go and check out the rentals. You know what I saw? EMPTY SHELVES!!?! I looked around and suddenly realised that all the shelves were empty and everything was on sale or gone. I went back and asked the guy what's up. He told me that as of Monday April 23rd, 2012, Rogers video will no longer rent dvd's blu-rays or games or sell them...

My jaw almost knee capped me on it's way to the floor... This is huge bad news. Rogers video was essentially the 2nd half of the game rental industry here. Now they are gone too. We have a smaller store with a couple venues in Ottawa that still rent games, but these places are few and far between and in no way compare to the old Blockbusters or Rogers's and their massive selection and quantity.

We have no Gamefly here.
We have no Redbox here. We have something that appears to be similar to it, but they only carry dvd's and blu-rays.

So now in a city of over a million people, there are only a handful of very limited stores left and game rental has more or less been killed here. I am not sure if this is just collateral damage in the war vs used games or what, but a lot less people will be playing a lot less games here in Canada unfortunately.

I don't see how this is good for the industry at all.. I really REALLY hope Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo come up with some digital rental options for the next gen consoles.
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About Skid Row Trashone of us since 11:36 AM on 08.24.2011

Hi, my name is Skid Row Trash. I have been gaming and creating add-ons and mods for games since I was 11. I'm 30 now, and I still love gaming. My first gaming system was a NES, followed by a Sega Genesis. After that, I got the Sega CD. I think I am one of the few that actually enjoyed the hell out of that system. I had to replace my Sega Genesis once because of problems, and had to replace my Sega CD 3 times, and repair it once. My first computer ever was a 386 with a huge 40mb hard drive, dos, and eventually windows. Started out playing games like wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Commander Keen, Blake Stone, and the list really is endless.. Civ 1..

After this I got a SNES. What a fun system. This was soon after followed by a Nintendo 64, and eventually a PS1 and Gamecube. I had to exchange my PS1 once because it broke. After that I had a PS2, and an Xbox. I loved both those systems so much. I had to replace my PS2 3 times, and my Xbox 3 times due to hardware problems.

These days, I am gaming on Xbox 360, and PC. I don't bother with PS anymore because I have large hands and their analog sticks are way too close. I find both thumbs fighting each when trying to play anything on a playstation these days and much prefer the improved analog stick setup that Xbox 360 has.

I am currently on my 6th Xbox 360, and have Kinect as well.

My first one died from disc tray problems.
My second one I had Nyko Intercooler which actually melted into my xbox 360 and the 2 seperate things became 1 single entity.
My 3rd Xbox was a red ring of death
my 4th Xbox eventually wouldn't even turn on.
my 5th xbox still sorta works, but the disk tray takes like 40 tries to open and takes more and more time each attempt. Also when the door is closed it things the door is open, and thus I can't launch any games.
my 6th Xbox 360 was to replace my last one, but at the same time I wanted to have the most recent so I got a kinect package. Also, this is the first time I have had the ability to use HDMI with my Xbox 360, because all 5 xboxes I had before they kept sending me old units with only Component video.

anyways, I am a real big time gamer and like to try all games (except for sports because well.. sports are weak).
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