A few weeks ago, I caught the Halloween episode of South Park that poked fun at Blockbuster and how it has supposedly become forgotten. That's not entirely true actually. Not everyone has stopped using Blockbuster. I still have to wait in a very long line when renting a movie or game at BB so I know I am not alone. I do, however, use Netflix, but not their renting service.
I just rented Prometheus today for my brother and bought Rage for a nice 10 dollars and I am enjoying it so far. Aside from Prometheus, I rarely rent movies from Blockbuster anymore. I usually go to the theater, record a movie on the DVR or use Netflix. I remember around Summer 2011, pretty much every Blockbuster was closing down except for the one next door to me and you could tell they were struggling. All the films and posters were at a discount, all movie rentals were half off, and anyone who was a member for 5 years would recieve unlimited free movie and game rentals. I happened to be a member for 6 years at the time and enjoyed my summer wasting away at countless movies and games. After that promotion died down, every movie or game rental included a coupon for a free one.
A year later, my Blockbuster has seemed to recover from its "depression". There are more customers and there are no longer crazy sale promotions. Why has their been a resurrargence in interest in Blockbuster? What of Redbox and Netflix? Maybe it's because my Blockbuster is one of the few remaining?
Blockbuster has great deals on pre-owned games. (Wow, that sounded like a commercial or something). I saw Gears 3 and ME3 for 20 bucks and Crysis 2, Shadows of the Damned, and Deus Ex: HR for 15. That definitely got my interest.
I didn't have the 60 bucks to fork over for Halo 4 and really, I'm only interested in the campaign as I cannot access Xbox Live so I decided to rent it, but Blockbuster doesn't have a single copy available for rent. It's been 5 days and I do not think they've even put the copies on shelves. I guess I'll just have to borrow it from a friend.