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PlayStation Conversation - PlayStation Vs. Used Games: What The Patent Means

IGN: "Sony's patented technology that would end the used game market on PlayStation platforms. Should you worry?" (Industry, PS3, Sony)

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Knight_Crawler  +   1128d ago
It means that if Sony does go along with this crazy idea they will have to file for bankruptcy becuase I do not think any sane gamer no matter how loyal is down with this..

Edit: @ Gibbleginger - The negative over coverage that this is getting might be a good thing for us gamers because if Sony was really thinking about doing this then they will have to rethink that decision because of all the negative feed back that this crazy patent is getting from angry gamers.

In all honesty the fact that Sony thought about this and actually filed for a patent is madness... I know they might not use it but still a crazy move that I expect from Activion but not Sony.

Edit 2: @JoGam - I support developers too and most gamers do too, just look at sales from Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Uncharted, Halo, God of War 3, Gears of War and many games that have sold well - do not blame people for thinking that a crappy game like Too Human or Haze is not worth $60...maybe developers should start making good fun games instead of trying to make a quick buck.
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JoGam  +   1128d ago
I support developers, therefore I support Sony. Besides, no matter if this comes true or not, someone needs to come up with ways developers get paid. Everyone here is looking for all the new games this year but what people don't see is the potential closing of more studios. I'm a gamer, I play games, without developers, my hobby goes down the drain.
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Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1128d ago
I support developers too, but I support myself more...

With that said, I find it funny people pick and choose which patents they decide to brush off as just "filing for a patent"
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born2live  +   1128d ago
The developpers ARE getting paid. They want to make money multiple times off the same article. I can't think of too many other things that work that way - I made this comment on another article, but it's valid: if I sell my car, the car maker doesn't make any money off that transaction, and it's like that for almost everything else in life. Why would it be any different for videogames? And you'll have to note that most game developpers are making money right now, without having to resort to such underhanded tactics.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1128d ago
I am a driver, I drive cars. That means I support VW. But if those brilliant german engineers try to block me from selling MY car then they can küssen Sie meinen Esel!!
They got their money when I first made the purchase, why should they get more just because I'm selling my car?
Same thing with developers. I paid $60 them for the game, it's mine now. They got their money.
Pretty scumbag move if they actually go through with this.
Riderz1337  +   1128d ago
"It means that if Sony does go along with this crazy idea they will have to file for bankruptcy."

Well that escalated quickly.
GribbleGrunger  +   1128d ago
Filing for a patent is one thing, implementing it is another. Will this patent ever be used:

'Microsoft files patent for device that enforces licenses through visual surveillance'

I doubt it, but it's certainly more worrying than this one. It's clear that this patent is getting this level attention for one reason only, and most even minded N4Gamers know what I'm talking about.
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Skips  +   1128d ago

Agreed. I believe the patent is just IN CASE. Just like crap load of other patents they have.
Hingle_Mcringleberry  +   1128d ago
More worrying than being unable to sell your games on forums or trade with friends?? I care more about my rights to do as I please with my games than I do that patent you just posted. You must be high.
What conspiracy theory have you cooked up as to why this is getting this much attention? Dear heavens, if you are one of those anti SONY conspiracy theorist loons Immo lose my mind! When a gaming company, no matter who it is, files a freaking patent to block used games then as gamers we SHOULD give it alot of freaking attention.
rainslacker  +   1128d ago
For me it's not even about Sony. Because quite honestly if Sony went ahead with this, it would be safe to assume the others would follow, although there is a strong marketing incentive for them not to.

This is about the thought of taking away power from the consumer. They've been widdling away at those rights this whole generation, and while I can understand why they do it, and don't even really complain about it, these little baby steps will lead to even more widdling, until one day we end up having no power whatsoever. The only thing left to do is just drop out of the game, and to me that is unacceptable. The line has to be drawn somewhere.

That being said, I don't actually see this being implemented. But either way I am wholeheartedly against it. I would only criticize a particular company if they actually went through with it. In the mean time I'll just criticize the idea.

And this is all coming from someone who has purchased over 40 new games last year, and has about 10 on pre-order through the middle of this year. I never trade in my games, and only buy used when I can't find new easily.
Omar91  +   1128d ago
@Hingle- That was probably the best way to describe this situation. Well said.
GribbleGrunger  +   1128d ago
Just look at the top of the page to see how this industry has become 'knee jerk' journalism. That bandwagon must be sagging under the weight of all these hungry passengers.

edit: Gamersciz, the irony is that gaming journalists demand innovation and imagination from the developers but when it comes to their own business, they show how lacking in either of those traits they are themselves.
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GamerSciz  +   1128d ago
Seriously, one patent is filed and everyone jumps to conclusions (most of which are bad). It's news yes, but all the speculation is already getting old.
NukaCola  +   1128d ago
People don't understand patents. They are the rights to an idea or ideas, not a open statement it will actually happening. Companies patent crazy stuff all the time. It secures future plans and prevents others from using this idea. What if Sony owns this and it keeps other companies from using Used Game locking? Then we would be whistling a different tune. The duelshock 4 won't have two Move balls, the Nextbox is not a 3D holodeck. One pencil sketch leaks on the net and N4G = Y2K. Let's hear what and why Sony has this, or if it's real...what's the exact terms of the patent. Get off the hate train, before Pachter runs you off the tracks.
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Tales RPG addict  +   1128d ago
Agreed, and back in 2006 it was rumored the PS3 wouldn't accept used games. PS4 will accept used games, but I think they should petition for video game developers to get a portion of the used game sales from GAMESTOP. say 40%, and this would save developers plus keep industry developers from bitching any further on this debacle.
Octo1  +   1128d ago
Wow! This got out of hand real quick. I was not aware that filing a patent makes it true :/
Tales RPG addict  +   1128d ago
SONY has once filed for a patent that would put advertising in your PS3 games, and did that patent go through. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
Can't we seriously look back 7 years ago before the release of the PS3. it was rumored that PS3 wouldn't accept used games, that didn't happen.
KimoNoir  +   1128d ago
Lol well i mean... Lending games or selling games to people is one thing but buying it or selling it to gamestop is like getting cash thats only enough to buy 2-3 meals.
th3n00bg4m3r  +   1128d ago
I have never bought any used game and I will never buy any used game, but I like selling my used games. I will support Sony IF they reduce the price for games.
Sarobi  +   1128d ago
"Hurrr durr SONY are pureeee evill, thayz gon lose supp0rt"
We need to stop pretending that these corporate companies care about us... we need to accept the fact that Microsoft/Sony/Nintendo will try with all their power to make sure you own NOTHING of these products.. that you are pretty much paying for a license to have that piece of content in your house, that is only available to YOU.. no one else.

But it isn't just video games that are doomed to see this.. Movies and Music corporations have been doing this stuff to.. making sure that digital releases are tied to an account and such.. so this isn't anything new what so ever. To sit here and tell yourself that the future doesn't consist "used media", "shared media", "pre-owned media" all being destroyed, along with media content being heavily DRM based and Cloud tied.. is just silly
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black911  +   1128d ago
If Sony is doing this so will Mcro$oft.
Y_5150  +   1128d ago
You know why The real reason why God of War and The Last of Us are having multiplayer? Let me answer it by saying that it could be to increase replay ability or for you to buy it new because of the online pass code.

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