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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