February 12, 2009
| by Arlen Schweiger
When Blockbuster says Total Access, apparently it’s really trying to live up to the billing. The company may still be better known for its brick-and-mortar rental stores, but subscribers to Blockbuster’s Total Access online rental plans have reason to be happy if they’re video game fans.
Blockbuster announced it will start delivering video game rentals from all the major platforms—PlayStation 2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii—as part of the service.
That adds to the 90,000 or so movies you can select from to receive in your mailbox, though for now it will just be choice customers who will be participating in a “pilot program” to order the video games. Blockbuster’s looking toward an “integrated subscription” plan—no word on how much more dough per month you’ll need for games, notes Gearlog—that will roll out nationally in the second half of 2009.
With Total Access you can do in-store exchanges as well, free for movies and half-price for video games. Right now by-mail-only subscription plans begin at $3.99.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.