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How to Kill the Used Game Market without Angering Consumers

Sony's patent application for on-disc tagging is a step in the wrong direction because it offers no benefit to consumers. The D Pad D Bags, however, have a plan to kneecap the used games market that could make a lot of gamers very happy.

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dedicatedtogamers1229d ago

The PC market has effectively killed "used" sales in a way that most people are okay with: cut the price of games. Spending $60 on a brand-new game with no hope of resale is a bitter pill to swallow, but cut that game down to $30 or less (which often happens for PC games) and that game will sell.

LordMe1228d ago

I don't like digital games, I prefer owning a disk. That said, I am fine with the online pass that comes with a game. I don't think that a disk based block is a good idea, if you buy a game used, you can still play it, and if you like it enough, you get the online, or other thing that came with it for a small price.

This also saves lifetime sales. If a game bombs on release, but after a short time word of mouth spreads out and more people start to guy it, well they might get it used, but then get the DLC. Why lock the disk out in it's entirety? It will also slow random purchases... A game that is in a bargin bin might pick up more and more games slowly over it's life, maybe ensuring them to get the next installment.

There is allot to consider, but I think of all the methods Online Passes have shown to be the best so far for disk based games. This is a bad move if Sony goes through with it.

matrixman921228d ago

just lower the fucking price of games....everyone wins, people will be more inclined to buy games, giving developers more money...simple enough

STK0261228d ago

I think it's okay to give bonuses for those who buy the game new, however, I don't like it when they strip feautures out.

Example : giving free DLC with a new game is a good way to have people buy the game new.
An online pass however, punishes those who buy used games, people who rent games and those who bring the game at their friend's house.

Another thing I think would help, is to lower the prices of games after soem months on the market. The fact that many games are still priced at 60$ after over a year on the market when the used version is priced under 30$ makes it hard to justify paying for the new version.

ziggurcat1228d ago

funny that they would bring up the sony patent... considering that it's just a *patent* and *not* something that is actually going to be implemented since most patents don't even see the light of day, and are really only filed for legal reasons (i.e. to prevent the unauthorized use of the technology).

the reality is that sony filed an identical patent prior to the PS3 release... and we all know that we can't play used games on that system, right? /sarcasm

but really... why should the used game market get killed off?

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