Pachter: Without used games, industry will “disintegrate”

TVGB: "Used games has been and will most likely always be a hot topic in the industry. Here to pour fuel on the fire is none other than predictor extraordinaire Michael Pachter, otherwise known as an analyst from Wedbush.

Speaking on his latest episode of Pach Attach, the man reiterated his beliefs that next-gen consoles blocking used games would be a bad move on the part of console manufacturers, to put it lightly."

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Information Minister2319d ago

Pachter making sense?!!!

*leaves to check if pigs are flying*

coolbeans2319d ago

It's not his business sense that gives him a bad name, but his outrageous predictions.

Kurylo3d2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

Actually he makes absolutely no sense and is dead wrong since everything is going digital and you can get brand new games for $5 on steam that were worth $60 6 months ago. And the developer still gets paid.. not gamestop.

So yes... he is a retard if he thinks no used games would kill the games industry... Since the game industry doesnt make money off used games either way. Consoles are going digital as well.

In fact.. anyone who pays $30 for a used game when you can get it brand new for cheaper these days.. is retarded. And I love when gamestop sells a brand new game for $60 and a used copy for $55... lol that is hilarious to me, because you know someone is actually opting to buy the used one for a measily 5 bucks.

kevnb2319d ago

I doubt killing used games would kill the industry. It would piss people off, but they would get over it.

plmkoh2319d ago

The PC market is a fine example.

Imalwaysright2319d ago

PC market isnt struggling with the used market but oddly enough is struggling with piracy! I wonder why?

Kurylo3d2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

maybe because you dont need to MOD a pc to pirate a game... u need to really go out of your way to mod a 360 or ps3 voiding your warranty and spending extra money just so u can pirate a console game.

exsturminator012319d ago

According to 2011 stats, PC is only pirated about 3 times more often than consoles (minus PS3 since its piracy rates were negligible apparently). Considering consoles also have a very strong used market and high console licensing fees, I wonder if they aren't struggling more than the PC market; hmmm, have there been any dramatic attempts to fight the used game market lately that would imply it was impacting sales? Day-one DLC, Online Passes, Subscription based multiplayer services, consoles that block used games, and locked single-player content all leap to mind. I'm not saying the PC market doesn't have issues, but they're certainly doing well considering eliminating the viability of used games should have "disintegrated" that branch of the industry years ago.

Oh, and the stats:

DigitalAnalog2319d ago

While it may NOT kill the industry, it would most certainly lose it's significance turning it into a novelty back to the Atari days.

exsturminator012319d ago

I doubt it. PC gaming is still going pretty strong, and they haven't had used games in years.

DigitalAnalog2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

PC gaming has "alternatives" such as Steam as it presents deals that are equal if not better than MOST used game sales. I could hardly find any used game on the console market that could beat any steam sale prices. And these are not the AAA titles either. It's the one other reason why PC gaming is attractive in the first place.

Kran2319d ago

The problem is, most people buy used games merely because of a few reasons:

a) They cant afford it, so they wait until its a very cheap price
b) perhaps they want to RENT instead of buy to check if the sequel is worth playing.
c) They just want something to play for a few days to pass time.

If developers aren't going to make decent games or promote it enough to sell, then they might as well go shove it.

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WeskerChildReborned2319d ago

Well yea because you will be forced to buy new games all the time when some people aren't fortunate enough to pay the full price.

MariaHelFutura2319d ago

Some would say..... Then they can't afford to be a gamer. Gaming is a luxury not a base need.

Biggest2319d ago

Also. . . PC games are cheaper. How sure how anyone can advocate buying a $30-$50 used console game as being less fortunate while you can get the same game brand new for less on the PC.

MacDonagh2319d ago

Not to mention it's a vital source of a game retailer's income.

Les-Grossman2319d ago (Edited 2319d ago )

For the people that can not buy new games at full price. If they can not buy used games. They probably just won't buy games & wait for sales. That will just hurt everybody. They want people to stop buying used games ? Then they have to throw the customers a bone & make new games cheaper. Otherwise the public will just speak with their wallet

Kurylo3d2319d ago

Hate to tell you games are more then likely going to get more expensive next gen... With new technology, means higher resolution textures, means higher details... means more models... Just generally my point is more hours spent making a game... so they will probably hike up the price another $10.

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