Are there are free alternatives to Gamefly?

Gamefly is s terrific service where you get to rent unlimited games and have them delivered to your door. You don't even have to pay for postage and the selection is quite nice. If I am not mistaken, there are currently over 8000 games to select from, with titles available on all major game consoles. This is why, for those who can afford it, I believe Gamefly is among the best services you can sign up for.

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The problem, however, is for frugal gamers. For certain, the $15 a month fee to be a Gamefly member is not much, but those who are hurting financially may still wish for a cheaper option. Here are some ideas I have for people who fall into this category:

1) Trade titles with your friends.
This is the most obvious choice, but the issue is that you need to find friends who use the same platform and also purchase the type of games you are interested in. In theory, it sounds like a good idea but in practice, it's not as easy as it sounds unless you happen to have a rather large network of friends. If you are part of a large community like a university dorm, you might have more success using this strategy. For those who live more independent lives, trying to find people to trade games with can be more of a challenge.

2) Get a Gamefly free trial.
This is by no means a permanent solution, but if you can only play games during a certain time, such as the summer or the holidays, you can get yourself a Gamefly Free Trial and play video games for free for a period of one month. Unfortunatly, you cannot keep using free trials repeatedly.

3) Try your local library.
Some librarys let you check out video games. I won't lie, however -- the selection is usually pretty sparse and the available games are usually not very good. If the library does happen to get good quality titles, expect them to be checked out almost 100% of the time.

As you can see, there are no real ideal solutions, but some of these ideas may help get you buy and allow you to find more variety in the games you play. But none of them beats the convenience of having a Gamefly account. If you have a lot of old games lying around, one thing you could do is sell them online and try to raise money for a membership. Remember, it only costs $15 a month, so if you sell a half dozen games, you might have enough for a membership lasting 6 months or more.