GameFly Opens Seattle Distribution Center, Alaska Rejoices

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The Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Wild. Majestic. Coffee-soaked. For too long these dark and mysterious areas of the United States have been bereft of a local GameFly distribution center, forced to suffer longer-than-normal shipping times for their game rentals. Today GameFly says no more.

GameFly's new Seattle-based distribution center launches today with the goal of speeding up game deliver to folks in four states: Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. The new center joins previously established locations in Los Angeles, California, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tampa, Florida; and Austin, Texas, slathering the country with speedy video game rentals.

Except for Hawaii. No one cares about the poor, gorgeously tanned, sun-drenched residents of that forsaken place.


"We continually strive to provide our members with the best service possible, and adding the Seattle distribution center to handle the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, will do just that," said Dave Hodess, CEO of GameFly.

Alaska, currently in the grips of a sun that refuses to turn down the high beams for more than a few hours a day (if at all), should benefit greatly from the calming influence of faster game rentals, at least until winter comes and the vampires arrive.

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I am going to expect a lot of people here coming to complain about how disappointed they were with Gamefly. But trust me on this. If you live anywhere nearby a shipping center it is well worth it. I live in an hour and a half away from the shipping center in Austin, Texas and I get all my games within 2-3 days of them shipping it. In fact they tend to ship new games the day before their street release date, and once in a while I've actually gotten new games on the day of the release.

Even if you live in a state that's adjacent to one with a shipping center I highly recommend it. Don't start thinking that Gamefly is a horrible service due to reading all those comments online stating how it is. This is called the outspoken minority who find it fit to throw a bitchy fit on everything related to Gamefly.

If you want to be part of the silent majority that always gets new games there is a simple thing that you have to do:

1. Add games as soon as possible. If you know you'll probably want to play a game in the future, add it to your gameQ, 4+ months in advance if at all possible. I have always gotten new games from Gamefly because I add them asap.

They also give you gamefly rewards every 3 months until you hit the 9 month period, and after that you get a 10% discount on all used games plus $5 gamefly dollars every 3 months. I can keep a new game for around $45, then use my discount and $5 dollars to keep it.

I've saved so much money via Gamefly due to being able to rent games. Sure, shipping times are not as fast as Netflix but movies are cheaper so they can buy more, open more distribution centers, and things of the sort so the comparison is not needed.

I know I sound like an ad and/or a brownnoser, but I'm tired of hearing about bad gamefly experiences because this is by far the best gaming decision I have ever done.