So the big question is why did a seemingly successful business model finish. The answer to this in my opinion is more than likely streaming. The LoveFilm streaming service has a major competitor in NetFlix and the fight for the best content means extra capital was needed to secure some key deals. The capture of Disney titles on LoveFilm is probably the key reason we now subscribe to the streaming service (the pleasures of a three year old son) as well as the Vikings one of my favourite new shows. Unless Netflix pull a rabbit out of the hat and capture HBO shows like Game of Thrones (you will discover my love for this show and books if I have not scared you away with this first post, later) LoveFilm is where I will be laying my hat.
A few years ago my wife in her infinite wisdom (have to write that in-case she reads this) got me a Lovefilm subscription as a Birthday gift. The package allowed for two disc rentals at a time but unlimited rentals through the month. The kicker was it could be games or films. This was astounding at the time, I had a solid game collection but thanks to the wonder of the rental service, my postman and a very sneaky way of manipulating the system I was able to get a plethora of games as day one rentals. I was also able to rent older games that I had missed out on. This second point is less of an issue with the monthly delights of PS+ and the (hopefully) soon to be released PlayStation now. (for two opposing views on this new service you can read Matt's article here and Jon's here)
The second and in some ways more important reason is my migration top the world of PC. With my new found inclusion in the PC sphere I am finding it increasingly easy to find great money saving deals some of which I will be sharing in this section. That being said I still do miss finding those Square white envelopes in my post box and diving in deep to find another new game.
What this is
The random chat is changing a little to be just as the title says. This is going to function as my place to chat about things that can come from anywhere, from TV to films to Sport to gaming. Most things are up for discussion even though I will avoid the key no no's like Religion, Politics and Macro Economics (Micro economics of the gaming/comics world though is still fair game) and of course the biggie whether the Spice Girls were the greatest musical group of all time or not. I hope to bring a taste of something different in these posts and please feel free to comment where you see fit.