Redbox to offer $2 per day videogame rentals in June

By Emil
Apr 29, 2011
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  1. Redbox, an American company that specializes in the rental of movies via vending machines, has announced it will offer video game rentals at more than 21,000 Redbox locations in the US, starting on June 17, 2011. Top video games will go for only $2 a day, complementing Redbox's current $1 DVD and $1.50 Blu-ray daily rental prices.

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 278

    Sweet. Looking forward to it.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    They've had games at my local Redbox locations for months... We were part of a test market, and I didn't even know it. Hasn't been since 2009 though, my area must have been a late comer to the testing.
  4. PLease give this to PC too!! I would love to rent portal 2 insted of buying it because I finished it in 3 hours so I dont even need 1 day rental :)
  5. THIS IS GREAT!!! NOW PEOPLE CAN RIP THE GAMES OFF THE DISC'S AND PUT THEM ON THEIR COMPUTERS FOR ONLY 2 DOLLARS. This is a dumn but interesting idea. I like how this is going. It would be cool to test out new online games for a day on my ps3...oops...online network is down. lol.
  6. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 748   +14

    Great for Techspot readers!
  7. "THIS IS GREAT!!! NOW PEOPLE CAN RIP THE GAMES OFF THE DISC'S AND PUT THEM ON THEIR COMPUTERS FOR ONLY 2 DOLLARS. This is a dumn but interesting idea."

    You're acting as if this is something new. Game rentals have been available for years, just not from Redbox until now (I assume). And your argument isn't just applicable to games, you can just as easily copy a DVD, or a VHS tape before that, or if you're really determined you could photocopy a book from the library before video rental stores.
  8. " You're acting as if this is something new. Game rentals have been available for years, just not from Redbox until now (I assume). And your argument isn't just applicable to games, you can just as easily copy a DVD, or a VHS tape before that, or if you're really determined you could photocopy a book from the library before video rental stores. "

    Ya no sh*t dumn*ss. But now its even easier. That all i was saying. No need to be a ***** about it.
  9. Omnislip

    Omnislip Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    In the UK it's illegal to do rent PC games. Only console ones, which are *supposed* to have anti copy measures, are you allowed to rent.
  10. Omnislip

    Omnislip Newcomer, in training Posts: 96

    Except I reckon most Techspot readers are PC gamers.

    And the article explicitly says PC games are not rentable.
  11. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,259   +216

    Rental of PC games won't ever happen like this. PC games haven't been rentable (that I've seen) since the late 80s - early 90s. Too complicated in a DRM scheme, and too much installation required made it less than feasible as games got bigger and bigger. It's not like with consoles, where the game resides on the disc, not on the drive (assuming it's not a digitally purchased console game, of course).

    And, as far as the console and the "great now they can copy them" argument... As was already mentioned, you can rent games now in a variety of locations, so it's nothing new. Of course, to use copied games, you need a modded console, which means you'll likely get your system banned from your online connection (Xbox Live, PSN, etc). To complain about making it easier for pirates to rent and copy, rather than applauding making it easier for regular people to rent and enjoy... Kinda sad, really.


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