GameFly — free to play PC games

I used to be a GameFly member back home and always enjoyed it. I’ve finally gotten settled into my first duty station and decided to subscribe to GameFly again. When I did I discovered something new and exciting about GameFly. They now offer free to play PC games to their GameFly members. All you have to do is download the GameFly client (which is in a sense like Steam, however you can also manage your GameFly queue from within the client) and you can start downloading the free to play games. The games available aren’t crappy games either, notable titles include Bioschock, Civilization IV, Saints Row 2 and Assassin’s Creed. You can download the titles and begin playing through the GameFly client.

I’m downloading Saints Row 2 at the moment, so I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Still, when I resubscribed to GameFly all I really expected for my $15.95 a month was access to Xbox 360 games like before and the free to play PC game library is an awesome surprise and is a great value for members.

I’d expect as more titles start rolling into the library and as more users take advantage of the service GameFly may decide to go the route of Netflix and charge a little extra for access to the digital library (think of it as Netflix’s streaming add-on for physical disc subscribers). This is just speculation, but it’s my guess. If quality titles keep appearing in the library it may well be worth an additional $5-10 a month (what I’d pay at least).

Also I would guess that maybe with the next generation of consoles GameFly could come up with a “streaming” rental service for consoles (in a sense). No physical discs, no mail, you just rent directly to your console. Though if Microsoft and Sony would make this happen they’d most likely set up a rental service themselves so they get the money directly.

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The Art of Video Games

A few weeks ago I visited the The Art of Video Games exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. The exhibit was pretty interesting as it not only explores the history of video games but also presents video games as an art form consisting of visual, audio and story all combining into a single work of art.

Below are some pictures I took at the exhibit, enjoy:

Getting back into Red vs Blue

I’ve loved the “popular web series Red vs Blue” for many years, but I’ll admit it sort of got pushed to the background over the last year or so. This past week the teaser trailer for Season 10 (which begins next month) made me realize a lot has happened that I missed. The last complete season that I watched was season 7, so there are two entire seasons that I missed.

Over the last few days I watched all of season 8 and I have to say it was quite enjoyable. It was as funny as ever but they also added a lot more action to the plot which makes it enjoyable to watch and there’s a sense of mystery in the story that compels you to keep watching episode after episode to figure out what’s going on.

I’m 6 episodes into Season 9 right now and so far it’s even better than 8. There’s a lot more action (which are fully animated and look awesome), it looks great in HD and so far there are plenty of references to the earlier seasons of RvB which make for great laughs.

For $10 every 6 months you can become a sponsor, and it’s well worth it. Sponsors get access to new episodes early, there are exclusive videos for sponsors, and sponsors can download episodes of their favorite shows (Rooster Teeth has several web series in addition to Red vs Blue). I highly recommend becoming a sponsor and helping RT continue to make great web content.

Just checking in

Sorry this blog has been slow lately. I arrived at my first duty station last Thursday (Mountain Home AFB, Idaho…middle of nowhere lol) and have been inprocessing and settling in.

I beat Mass Effect 3 last weekend. It was pretty good, the ending didn’t bother me that much. It was sad, but I think it ended well enough.

I’ve been playing a bit of Civilization V and Modern Warfare 3, but I’ve also started to get back into Halo. I’m going to try to beat Halo CE Anniversary Edition this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes. I’ve also been enjoying Sketch with Friends and Draw Something on my Kindle Fire, but I think I’m going to need to pick up a stylus to draw better.

I finished season one of Breaking Bad and am on episode 2 of season 2 and I’ve been enjoying that, it’s a really great show. I’ve also been catching up on Red vs Blue, starting with season 8, in preparation for season 10 once that starts up. Can’t wait for that, especially since Elijah Wood will be voicing a character in the series now.

So again, sorry for the sparse updates. I hope to blog more regularly sooner or later, that is if I have any free time, I’m sensing I’ll have very little with this job.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by.