Feature: To buy, not to buy, or simply rent?

To buy or rent, that is the question. On the one hand, I love to glance over at my collection of physical game disks and smile contently to myself as I browse the titles. On the other hand, there is an abundance of games I would like to play at some point but may never due to prices or lack of copies being sold out in the wild.

All The Rentals!

That’s a dilemma I’ve found myself in since dipping my toes into the video game rental waters back in the days of LoveFilm for games. For a small price of £14.99 per month, I was able to rent unlimited amounts of movies and games. I’d play one and send it back before moving on to the second rental whilst waiting for the first to be swapped. The number of games I managed to chomp my way through totalled up to hundreds – surely.

Now I find myself switching between rentals and purchasing physical copies but only when the price is right. At a younger age, you always find yourself asking for the latest and greatest, no matter what the price. Now in my older and wiser years – I hope – I’ve learned that having something day one isn’t always a necessity.

For games that I’m not entirely sure about there’s always the option of “try before you buy” with rentals. I can load it up, have a play around and if I think it’s right for me I can purchase it at a later date.

A New Challenger Has Entered

Sadly, the good old days of LoveFilm are gone but my replacement rental company is just as good if not better. Enter my saviour – Boomerang Rentals. They’ve helped me over the last few years build up my gamerscore, trophy count, and review archives here on the website. I’ve also managed to swipe up a few newer titles on the day of release which is always a nice bonus.

With several months of rentals under my belt, I’ve managed to save upwards of £3,000 vs buying the games I’ve played so far at new prices. The great thing about businesses such as Boomerang is that you have to option to purchase any game you like – they even send you the case and manual at no extra cost. Blimey!

But At a Cost…

The only issue with rentals is that the video game business is losing money and that’s always a shame, especially if someone doesn’t enjoy it enough that they’ll purchase it themselves. I don’t particularly enjoy taking money away from an industry I love. On the flip side, there’s an abundance of DLC and extra content available for the majority of new releases. With the addition of loot crates and other forms of microtransactions, I’m sure money can be made up elsewhere.

I want to know what your personal preferences are – buy, rent or a bit of both? Leave a comment below!


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