When you go want to get that video game which you always wanted from your local store, I suggest you pause for a while before before getting and getting the game. Analyze the situation here. What you must remember are a few things: the price, the convenience, and the ease. What you should do at the first place is take a look around the block. Go to the different local stores that rent out video games and see what the market is like. Do not be fooled by huge stores with over hundreds of title, see if those titles are any good. Research a little on your own. Check out websites and forums that discuss the video games available now and which ones are good. See if the latest games mentioned in the website, or even the ones which were very popular over the last year, are available at the place. If not, then probably this is not your best choice. Look for another store and go there to see what kinds of game they stock.
If you live at a place which is more than five miles away from the rental service center, then ask if they have a delivery service. A lot of these places have them, and they come over for a little extra cash. Now browse through the different games and select the one (s) you like. Read the outer jacket carefully, because it is here you will find the system specifications and important notes (if any) would be written. Read carefully because if the specifications stated do not match, you may be stuck with a game that refuses to load up. One other thing you can do to test if the game rental service is up to the mark or not is asking the sales person about the game.
If possible, read up on the game you want to rent, and then ask the person about the game. A good rental service is bound to have a salesperson who knows what he is selling. Ask him the details, question him about the game, and carefully examine what his responses are. Here, confidence and clarity works a lot. If you are already aware of the kind of game you are buying, just mentally cross-check it with the salesperson and see if whatever he is saying makes sense.
After you have selected the game, go ahead and pay for it. While renting it from a service where you are a first-time user, try selecting something that is not too highly priced. See the kind of service you receive at the cash counter, and before leaving it, check the CD / DVD given to you. Look very carefully for any mark or scratch on the disc surface, and for any physical damage to the CD / DVD. If you have change returned to you, count them out too.
Lastly, before you leave, let your eyes roam around the room for a brief survey of the products offered. It is important to observe the merchandise, to remember, and when you come back the next time, check to see what has been added to it.