Redbox Now Offers Nationwide Game Rentals

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Redbox Now Offers Nationwide Game Rentals

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Driving yet another stake into the dark heart of Blockbuster Video, Redbox movie rental kiosks now offer videogames.

This should really come as no surprise to our loyal, incredibly attractive readers, as we reported on the company's videogame rental test run only two weeks ago. What is surprising however, is the wide selection of new titles you can now find at the nearest Redbox machine.

The official site has a comprehensive, idiot-proof list, but notable standouts include Duke Nukem Forever (despite its questionable quality, you can't deny that it's a quality "get" for service), inFamous 2, LA Noire and Brink. Redbox also offers Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 in what I assume is a clever ploy to win my journalistic favor. Well played guys.

In case you're unfamiliar with the Redbox concept, I'll explain. Redbox is a relatively new company that boasts 27,000 kiosk locations throughout the United States. At some point you've likely seen their kiosks; they look like bright red soda machines, only without the 20-year-old RC Cola label on the side.

When you want to nab a rental from one of these kiosks, you approach the machine, greet it politely, then use the touchscreen to select your film or game. DVDs will set you back $1 per day, Blu-Ray discs $1.50 and games $2. Rental returns are as simple as popping the disc into any Redbox kiosk.

The impressively clever bit is that instead of stocking each kiosk with thousands of films and games, the machine writes your selection to disc(s) on the spot. Redbox saves huge amounts of cash by not having to maintain a brick and mortar rental store, and you never have to worry that your selection will be out of stock.

Personally, I'm in the "Netflix is the future of media" camp, but I fully admit that the Redbox business model is brilliant.

The downside of course, is that the combined powers of Redbox and Netflix are figuratively murdering mainstream movie rental chains. Hollywood Video closed its doors last year, and if you spot a Blockbuster in the wild it is said that you will be granted three wishes by rubbing its horn.

Or was that unicorns?

Honestly, it doesn't matter. Redbox, like so many angry demonic bulls, has won. All hail Redbox.

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sweet 2 bucks to play all the bad games i dont wanna pay 60 bucks for
freaking epic

Sweet I just might get Duke Nukem now.

There's a Blockbuster nearby my house but when I asked the cashier where they kept the horn they called the cops on me D:

Earnest Cavalli:
In case you're unfamiliar with the Redbox concept, I'll explain. Redbox is a relatively new company that boasts 27,000 kiosk locations throughout the United States. At some point you've likely seen their kiosks; they look like bright red soda machines, only without the 20-year-old RC Cola label on the side.

Do they still make those RC cola stickers, because I'm sure that would be funny as hell to see.

Perfect! I was really hoping I'd find somewhere to rent Modern Warfare 3 when it came out.
Really don't want to buy it, but I'm so invested in the convoluted story by now, I just need to finish it.

vxicepickxv:
Do they still make those RC cola stickers, because I'm sure that would be funny as hell to see.

No idea, but I was in one of Portland's more esoterically popular (read: hipster) bars the other day and the bartender rejected my rum and Coke order, saying they only served RC Cola. So the stuff must still exist.

(PS: A rum and RC Cola is kinda terrible.)

Earnest Cavalli:
The impressively clever bit is that instead of stocking each kiosk with thousands of films and games, the machine writes your selection to disc(s) on the spot. Redbox saves huge amounts of cash by not having to maintain a brick and mortar rental store, and you never have to worry that your selection will be out of stock.

I don't know if the Redboxes in your area are somehow more technologically advanced than the ones around here, but in my area at least they don't seem to burn disks and they do run out of stock on things from time to time. Perhaps one day they will all be like fantastic startrek replicators, able to produce a holo-disk of madden 2156 or a few generous hand fulls of creamed corn at a whim, but sadly not yet.

It is a shame though that the blockbusters and hollywood videos are closing their doors though. There was this one blockbuster, that was sorta far away from my house, but there was this awesome rockin' babe working there with blond hair and green eyes who was totally gonna go out with me, someday, maybe. I wonder what she's doing now? Probably being hot at a grocery store produce section or something. Where was I? Oh yeah, damn you Redbox and Netflix! Curse you for your incredible convenience.

What is this? I have to watch a commercial to make a post? HAHAHAHA.

Earnest Cavalli:

vxicepickxv:
Do they still make those RC cola stickers, because I'm sure that would be funny as hell to see.

No idea, but I was in one of Portland's more esoterically popular (read: hipster) bars the other day and the bartender rejected my rum and Coke order, saying they only served RC Cola. So the stuff must still exist.

(PS: A rum and RC Cola is kinda terrible.)

Where do you live? I'm in California and RC cola is doing fine. Also RC cola is awesome. It uses real sugar. Your philistine taste buds were clearly unprepared for it's refined sugar glory.

Earnest Cavalli:

vxicepickxv:
Do they still make those RC cola stickers, because I'm sure that would be funny as hell to see.

No idea, but I was in one of Portland's more esoterically popular (read: hipster) bars the other day and the bartender rejected my rum and Coke order, saying they only served RC Cola. So the stuff must still exist.

(PS: A rum and RC Cola is kinda terrible.)

Of course it's terrible, there's RC cola in it. A much better choice is Dr. Thunder and rum.

Of course, I drink vodka tonics with lime, so my tastes are a bit off.

Earnest Cavalli:

vxicepickxv:
Do they still make those RC cola stickers, because I'm sure that would be funny as hell to see.

No idea, but I was in one of Portland's more esoterically popular (read: hipster) bars the other day and the bartender rejected my rum and Coke order, saying they only served RC Cola. So the stuff must still exist.

(PS: A rum and RC Cola is kinda terrible.)

I can't imagine it mixing very well, but RC Cola is my favorite soda of all time. I still pick up a 2-liter every now and then (trying desperately to drink less soda).

OT: This is a really good thing for people like me who don't subscribe to online rental services and are too broke-as-hell to buy a lot of titles I'm interested in.

Ghengis John:

Earnest Cavalli:
The impressively clever bit is that instead of stocking each kiosk with thousands of films and games, the machine writes your selection to disc(s) on the spot. Redbox saves huge amounts of cash by not having to maintain a brick and mortar rental store, and you never have to worry that your selection will be out of stock.

I don't know if the Redboxes in your area are somehow more technologically advanced than the ones around here, but in my area at least they don't seem to burn disks and they do run out of stock on things from time to time. Perhaps one day they will all be like fantastic startrek replicators, able to produce a holo-disk of madden 2156 or a few generous hand fulls of creamed corn at a whim, but sadly not yet.

It is a shame though that the blockbusters and hollywood videos are closing their doors though. There was this one blockbuster, that was sorta far away from my house, but there was this awesome rockin' babe working there with blond hair and green eyes who was totally gonna go out with me, someday, maybe. I wonder what she's doing now? Probably being hot at a grocery store produce section or something. Where was I? Oh yeah, damn you Redbox and Netflix! Curse you for your incredible convenience.

What is this? I have to watch a commercial to make a post? HAHAHAHA.

Two things.
One, the blonde you're talking about probably went to work selling cell phones at an AT&T store for commission like every other blockbuster employee I've ever met, and two, scrounge up the 20 bucks for a pub club membership, just to avoid the ads. It's amazing how nice that is.

vxicepickxv:
Of course it's terrible, there's RC cola in it. A much better choice is Dr. Thunder and rum.

Of course, I drink vodka tonics with lime, so my tastes are a bit off.

Nah. well only maybe a little. I'm partial to lime in my gin and tonic personally.

vxicepickxv:
Two things.
One, the blonde you're talking about probably went to work selling cell phones at an AT&T store for commission like every other blockbuster employee I've ever met, and two, scrounge up the 20 bucks for a pub club membership, just to avoid the ads. It's amazing how nice that is.

Two things:
One: I'll be right back, going to the AT&T store.

Two: It's certainly looking more and more tempting. I don't judge them but it seems like a hilariously inventive way to get people to watch more ads. For a while anyhow.

The march of Redbox has begun.

Nice. Now if only they had Child of Eden. Looks like I'll be forced to buy that one new if I want to play it within this month. $40 new at toysrus.com ain't bad, I guess.

Blockbuster's horn has been places I don't dare to tread. Three wishes or no.

None of the Redboxes near me have any games yet. I'm starting to lose faith that they'll actually come here at all. The thing about Redbox is that I always forget they exist until I see them and by then I'm already in a hurry grocery shopping or something and don't want to wait in the line of people getting a movie.

Finally. I've been wondering what to do about game rentals since Block Buster and Hollywood video both closed since I don't rent games often enough to justify having a Gameflye account.

I feel that the major problem herein is that a movie can be watched in a night, and I hope the same never applies to videogames.

I'm pretty sure everyone who saw this though about getting Duke Nukem. I mean, it's one of those games that you kind of want to play, even if you think you don't... but you certainly don't want to pay $60 to see if it's good or not.

I might actually swing by there and grab me a game or two to tear through in a day when I'm bored. Good news.

Dissolve:
I feel that the major problem herein is that a movie can be watched in a night, and I hope the same never applies to videogames.

I take it you're not a fan of Call of Duty then. I'd say I kid, but I am talking about the single player campaign.

Games take a lot longer to play than movies - and who ever has one WHOLE DAY to go through a game? I like to savor them anyway. For me, the best game experience is one I can spend a few hours in then come back to a few months later and jump right back in.

It's what I did with Mass Effect (the original), and man, I enjoyed it. The side quests are on the monotonous side, so I'm sure it helped with that too.

Anyway, renting games for cheap is great, but I don't see myself ever using this.

Dissolve:
I feel that the major problem herein is that a movie can be watched in a night, and I hope the same never applies to videogames.

Yeah, but even if you take ten days with a new title, that's paying 20 bucks for a 60 dollar game. Pretty good deal for those single player games with little replay-ablity. Like L.A. Noire.

I'd say the only downside is DLC that comes out later for that game. Then again, if you like the game enough to want the DLC, you'd probably buy it.

Sweet, I'll finally have a place to rent video games. Ever since Hollywood Video went down that's been sorta tough.

i tried rubbing the horn of the blockbuster next to my house i didnt get any wishes but i think i upset the manager
OT: i like red box it is convenient and there's one at the walmart i normally go to oh well it looks like we wont be seeing block busters any more

What? How is this news? I have been renting games from redbox since end of last year at the least.

I guess I'm a hipster.

The Redbox at the local Shop-N-Save just started renting games the last time I was there. Maybe it's because I live in a small town, but they only had a handful of games - all the Call of Duty games, the Just Dance and Dance Central games, and a few others (about a dozen in all). It's not a bad idea for when my young cousins visit and I only need a game for one night.

Also, my Redbox does run out of movies (movies that are out appeared faded on the screen), although you reserve them online beforehand.

Brainst0rm:
Games take a lot longer to play than movies - and who ever has one WHOLE DAY to go through a game? I like to savor them anyway. For me, the best game experience is one I can spend a few hours in then come back to a few months later and jump right back in.

It's what I did with Mass Effect (the original), and man, I enjoyed it. The side quests are on the monotonous side, so I'm sure it helped with that too.

Anyway, renting games for cheap is great, but I don't see myself ever using this.

This.

But keep in mind that there are some games that do fit the bill for a "quickie". Duke Nukem Forever and other singleplayer FPS's like them where your not interested in the online...and games you can only play through once, like Heavy Rain/ L.A. Noire

CD-R:
Finally. I've been wondering what to do about game rentals since Block Buster and Hollywood video both closed since I don't rent games often enough to justify having a Gameflye account.

You pretty much summed up my situation perfectly, gamefly just charges too much for the like..two games I rent every 6 months from them. Not because theres a shortage of interest, Im just too lazy to send the damn things back more than once every 7 weeks lol. It was bleeding my wallet dry. With my rate of rental and return, the gamefly membership actually costs me more than just buying those games new.

If they get more game support for this, it will be really awesome :3

Oh that Blockbuster granting wishes thing was true by the way. I visited a closing Blockbuster and was able to convince my dad to get my Fallout New Vegas for $30 and Bayonetta for $10! Wishes 1 2 and 3 right there. So if you see a closing Blockbuster,head down there and check out the desperation deals they have up there! On Topic,I think it's great to see that Redbox is giving game rentals,it gives the people without Gamefly something to work with.

Slightly off topic, but there is still a Blockbuster across the street from me. And the funniest part is that they have a "now hiring" sign in the window. Something tells me that is probably not truthful aside from the fact that it's been there for like 2 years. I'm surprised the place is still there, but it does have rather high traffic still.

we have a local blockbuster but i never use it thanks to gamefly and netflix lol

I don't know how I feel about $2 a day. I mean that's a nice deal for maybe one day or two but after that I think Family Video has better deals.

Speaking of Family Video they seem to be doing just fine. I haven't seen anything about them doing bad financially.

Earnest Cavalli:

[b]Driving yet another stake into the dark heart of Blockbuster Video

what did blockbuster ever do to you? they've always seemed like a perfectly fine service to me.

My mother was a manager at hollywood video and I can easily say that it wasn't redbox that made the company so bad, it was extremely, extremely poor business practices on a corporate level.

Anyways, Kinda sucked...

ohh and don't use redbox. It's actually a lot easier to steal credit card info from one of those machines than it is from someone's computer.

Wait wait wait . . . huh? They write the disk right there? Doesn't that usually take a bit of time? I only have to wait a few seconds normally.

Brainst0rm:
Games take a lot longer to play than movies - and who ever has one WHOLE DAY to go through a game?

summer vacation when friends don't wanna do anything then I guess sitting down and trying to beat a game is all there is to do in a day
O.T. sweet I know where a red box is and where a blockbuster is (even where one of their express machine is) do I get more than three wishes now?

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