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I Should Be Able To Buy Used Video Games, That’s My Right

You buy a car. You buy a brand new car. It’s expensive. Your friends call you an idiot, but who cares. You love cars. You love that new car smell.

But imagine if, when it came time to buy a new car, you weren’t allowed to sell your old one. That car you bought brand new a few years back? You can’t trade it in for a new model. Now take things a little further: imagine if, from the second you plunked your buttocks in the seat and gripped the steering wheel, only you could drive the car you just bought from the moment it left the showroom till the day it hit the scrap yard.

Insanity.

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jc485731262d ago

I also think Sony needs to change their stupid rules on how physical games need to be English dubbed in order to be released state side. Who made that rule? If it isn't Sony, then who is responsible?

DarkBlood1262d ago

probably some outside party like a universal language barrier where they cant sell products unless its in a language thats most populated in a given area

thats just my guess

jc485731262d ago

then why Microsoft can bypass that?

DarkBlood1262d ago

im unaware of such circumstances concerning that nor have i heard of any game with another track i think.

can you give such example? i'll keep a look at your reply if you decide to edit it instead of using another bubble

jc485731262d ago

Fist of the North Star Ken's Rage 2, Way of the Samurai 3, and Pirate Warriors are some examples.

DarkBlood1262d ago

i see,now that i think about it it is a weird policy.

i think lost odyssey has japanese language option but im unsure about that id have to play my copy to see for sure which i dont have the time too lol

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Pozzle1262d ago

I don't know if that's necessarily Sony's rule. It's probably the respective publisher's choice because they believe it will appeal more to a mass English-speaking audience.

(Still doesn't explain why Japanese language options are usually removed beforehand though. It's not like giving people the choice would be a bad thing).

CrescentFang1262d ago

I know... I'm not a total supporter of any publisher or company... They all have their faults
The worst example is how Working Designs published Arc the Lad... a Sony IP. RPGs were hardly a popular genre, so Sony wouldn't localize it. WD tred to, but Sony shot them down. By 2002 WD got the collection out... but the PS2 was already out and localizing 3 games in one collection was a huge loss.
Then there was Goemon for the PS2... localization was already done, but Sony would not allow WD to publish the game... leading to their demise.

Dark_Overlord1262d ago (Edited 1262d ago )

Are you sure that's right? I don't remember Yakuza 3 or 4 receiving an english dub of any kind, yet the games were still sold in the US and EU :)

ShaunCameron1261d ago

The government and their local content laws.

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Blues Cowboy1262d ago

Remember that EU citizens actually have the right to trade in both boxed AND digital games, as per a new ruling last year. This is going to make Sony, Microsoft and Steam's life very interesting over the next few years, especially now the first lawsuits from consumer groups are starting to take shape.

But yeah, here's the thing. If games become monetarily worthless the moment you play them, this MUST be reflected in RRP. They've got bags of intrinsic value, but as a commodity, they are literally worth less if they become worthless. #rambling

delboy1262d ago

Welcome to PC gaming.

level 3601262d ago

This ruling really is quite insane. It goes against everything that literally what business sense stands for.

The only way around this madness is if at retail *brand new games will *all be sold at absolutely bargain basement like I mean even less than second hand/pre-owned prices as in 10-20 dollars so it would actually be worthless to sell them again.

Do think it would be hard to fully implement these rules or some way or another a backlash will suddenly occur and they have to revert back.. also maybe sometime soon someone could figure out a legal way around this damn issue.

Dark_Overlord1262d ago

"also maybe sometime soon someone could figure out a legal way around this damn issue."

That's probably why there's a heavy interest in cloud gaming from companies recently :)

VonBraunschweigg1262d ago

I don't think MS or Sony will actually take those steps, but if they do I would like to hear more about their thoughts behind this, the math. Why are they so sure this will benefit them?
I'm sure there are many people like me who over the past few years bought a lot of games that didn't live up to our expectations, or games we weren't sure of, but we bought them anyhow knowing we could sell them if we didn't like them. If that option (or right) is taken away, I know I will think twice before buying a new game. I will probably buy less games. I will not be able to spend money from selling my games in new games. And more people will not buy games day one anymore but wait for a pricedrop.

But this is my opinion. Still, if they really are going to hinder 2nd hand sales or make it impossible I would like to hear them explain it word for word to us gamers, centerstage at E3. If it's legal at all.

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