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Three Options for Borrowing Video Games

Video games are expensive. New releases in fact, can cost $60 or more. That can be quite an investment, especially if you're still a student or if you don't have a job that pays well. One thing gamers do to mitigate this cost is borrow games instead of buying them. I own both an Xbox and Playstation and only own two games. Everything else I play is borrowed. So what are the best ways to borrow video games? Here are the three main methods I use.

1) Borrow from friends.
This is the best options simply because it costs nothing. But the catch is that you need to know a lot of gamers who have the same interest as you when it comes to gaming. Otherwise, you'll quickly deplete the number of games you can borrow. In addition, you need to have games that your friends will want to borrow so there is an equitable give and take. After all, it wouldn't be fair if you're doing all the borrowing and not offering something in return. Unfortunately, since I don't have a library of games, this option was never really an option for me. I do have friends, however, who borrow from each other quite a bit.


2) Redbox.
This is a good option but also a pricey one. For most locations, video games will cost $2.00 per day, and in most cases, you'll want to borrow a game for at least 2 or 3 days to get the most out of it. That means that you'll be shelling out $6.00 every time you borrow a game. It's not too bad, but I think there are better options out there (see below).

3) Gamefly.
Using gamefly is my favorite option. The site allows you to rent as many games as you want for a flat monthly rate. And membership starts at under $15 per month. While it's not cheap, it's definitely reasonable given that there is not limit on the number of game you can borrow throughout a month. You manage a queue online and send back games when you are done playing them. Once they receive the game back from you, the next game in the queue is sent to you, typically within days. It's a neat, streamlined system and you can get a Gamefly free trial that lasts a full month if you want to check out the service risk-free. Overall, it's the best bang for your buck as far as I'm concerned. And for the most part, you won't have problems finding the games you want either, since Gamefly has a library of over 8000 games.

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