Edwin Evans-Thirlwell: ''Publishers often claim that used game sales "cheat" them of revenue that would otherwise have gone towards new games. It's a claim seldom supported by any statistical evidence, but the prominence pre-owned sections now enjoy in stores - often displacing new titles in the shop window - suggests there may be some truth to the argument. The question is perhaps not whether a pre-owned block will happen, then, as how we should feel about it when the industry at large eventually forces the hands of manufacturers.
Enter the latest Hot Topic, published in issue 96, wherein Log and I briefly (punchily?) debate whether we really need the ability to trade in games down the line. As always (1) this is very much an exercise in devil's advocacy, so please check in your torches and pitchforks before reading on, and (2) go right ahead and vote in the poll over the page.''