Originally Posted by richw23
5a how about this idea: charge me $10 for a game rental (of a major release-not arcade) for 3 days and if i would like to purchase it after my 72 hour rental is up let me do so for $50 since i already invested $10. This could do wonders even for microsofts bottom line
I like that idea except that I think a DD rental should be cheaper, maybe $6 for 48 hours, like renting a movie. With their you-can-start-playing-a-partial-download feature maybe it would only rent the beginning of the title, which would finish downloading if you choose the option to buy.
The problem with rentals for MS is that the single player campaign of most games can be beaten in 20 hours at the high end, with quite a few games being significantly shorter. Perhaps there could be two separate rentals: the first third of the single player game and the entirety of the multiplayer. (I've always felt that samples of e-book novels should be a good third of them; if I'm driven to read that much I'm going to buy the rest to finish it).
Of course, you could just rent the disc from Gamefly