Monday, September 18, 2006

Games in the mail

As you know, I love Netflix. Now I have a new online service I plan to enjoy.

Thanks to the Long Tail, Netflix has many more titles than the corner monopolistic store. Since they have a distribution center in town, I have a pretty quick turnover for my DVDs. Thanks to lean-back, I don't have to do anything differently in my daily life to take advantage. There's a bit of mental overhead needed to add a movie to my queue, or to occasionally reshuffle a movie sooner or later, or to rate one, etc- but this isn't that different from what I'd do normally, albeit in an undirected and unfocused way.

I recently discovered that someone has applied the Netflix model to console games- this is GameFly, and I've just signed up. It's the same schtick as Netflix with a few twists: games cost more than movies, so the price is a bit higher; and you have the option to buy the game and keep it. All in all, I'm looking forward to playing more games. I typically have been behind the curve when it comes to console games, as many of them don't really appeal to me beyond the eye candy.

The first two games I got are Gun (a western revenge tale) and Beyond Good and Evil (a dystopic scifi adventure). I have a PlayStation 2- any suggestions for what I should play?

PS- if you sign up for GameFly using this link, I get rewarded.

(You may have suspected that someone has applied the Netflix model to pornography; Google can prove to you that it has happened. I leave that as an exercise for the reader.)

1 comment:

Marc Majcher said...

Just a warning - GamfeFly is really slow here. Like, a week or ten days turnaround sometimes. You might find yourself with a lot of dead time, if you play hard.

Also, Beyond Good And Evil is one of the best games for the PS2, evar. Gun is worth playing for a while, and quitting halfway through with no remorse. If you haven't played Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, do so. I have an extensive list for you, depending on what you like.