gamefly was an invaluable resource for me in the last gen, both for playing and purchasing. If not for gamefly I probably would have played half or less of the games that I ended up playing. I've got about 80 games on my Xbox 360 list. Let's say 20 of those were new purchases. Another 40 were bought used either from gamestop or gamefly or best buy or whatever slickdeals hooked me up with. The remaining 20 were games that I played at LAN's with friends just for an hour or so.
So 75% of my games I probably wouldn't have bothered with if I couldn't get them at those prices. Said another way, unless MS goes into "Steam Sale" territory, I'm going to be playing a lot fewer games.
someone is going to slap me (hard) for saying this, but my favorite game of the last decade is Star Wars The Force Unleashed and it's not even close. I played that game through probably at least five times and I think it got better every time.
The last eight years (since Halo 2, really) is also where I fell completely off the multiplayer bandwagon - I was a huge MA and H2 guy but then every single game had a multiplayer mode and my friends just jumped from game to game to game and I just didn't want to play all those games. (I was on one of Jeff's recent Jar shows where he talked about this)
@baag: You are a god/goddess among men. It's a dam shame that the archive is only being saved in 720p now as it's unwatchable and it takes these guys for fucking ever to archive it on the site in a watchable format.
Thanks for the replies - some more helpful than others ;)
Giant Bomb is pretty much the only site I pay attention to with regard to video games. I scan headlines on Joystiq, Verge/Polygon and VGLeaks but Giant Bomb is the only site that I "consume" (because I pay for it, duh).
Giant Bomb's downloading API's work really well with my Downcast iPad app (I just refresh the RSS from within the app and then choose what I want to watch and download it) so I'm looking for something similar for movies. I don't care about 90% of movies but if there's something with spaceships, lasers or robots in it, I want to see it. Screened hasn't been updated since the sale / Whiskey Media breakup last year. As I said Apple only streams , doesn't allow you to download.
I have to be able to download instead of stream because I have mobile bandwidth caps and can't pull HD down on my mobile internet so I DL at home and then watch on train.