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The Price of Geekdom: How to Lower the Cost of Playing Games

I signed up for GameFly last year, and although the service is slow, it saved me money

I signed up for GameFly last year, and although the service is slow, it saved me money

I gladly paid the full price for Dead Rising, one of the best Xbox 360 titles around, even after I had rented it via GameFly.

I gladly paid the full price for Dead Rising, one of the best Xbox 360 titles around, even after I had rented it via GameFly.

I bought the highly anticipated Western title GUN, and never felt like a got my money's worth. It should have been a rental instead of a purchase.

I bought the highly anticipated Western title GUN, and never felt like a got my money’s worth. It should have been a rental instead of a purchase.

I got an intriguing offer from GameFly that would save me $5 off my subscription, thanks to BrightSpot. All I need to do is watch a handful of commercials on BrightSpot.tv each week.

I got an intriguing offer from GameFly that would save me $5 off my subscription, thanks to BrightSpot. All I need to do is watch a handful of commercials on BrightSpot.tv each week.

I've gotten a lot of bad commercials in my BrightSpot queue, but there have been some good ones, such as a teaser for the Marvel Civil War comic book series.

I’ve gotten a lot of bad commercials in my BrightSpot queue, but there have been some good ones, such as a teaser for the Marvel Civil War comic book series.

Ultimately, GameFly, combined with BrightSpot, has saved me a good deal of money and helped me avoid investing $60 in games like hyped titles like Prey, which ultimately disappointed me.

Ultimately, GameFly, combined with BrightSpot, has saved me a good deal of money and helped me avoid investing $60 in games like hyped titles like Prey, which ultimately disappointed me.

Next up on the GameFly Queue is Lost Planet: Extreme Conditions for the Xbox 360. We'll soon see if the game is worth the retail price.

Next up on the GameFly Queue is Lost Planet : Extreme Conditions for the Xbox 360. We’ll soon see if the game is worth the retail price.