Being able to rent games is something that most of us take for granted -- in Japan, it doesn't happen because of publisher blackballing. Konami has decided to give the whole rental thing a try, though, starting with the popular
soccer game, Winning Eleven: Play Maker 2008
(aka Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Even so, Japanese gamers won't be able to test out the title in full. Instead, trial versions of the Wii game
will be offered for free at Tsutaya stores. It's kind of like downloading a demo, only you have to go and pick it up instead.
We're interested to see if this has any impact on Japan's gaming industry, and if Konami will expand their "rental" service in the future.