Pachter: 'Industry not better off without used games'

GameZone's Matt Liebl writes, "Imagine a world in which you could not play any previously owned games on your console. Given the seemingly tightening restrictions placed upon the used game market through Xbox One, and possibly the PS4, it's not too hard to envision this. A scary thought, indeed. It's well-known and well-documented (thanks to a recent #PS4NoDRM campaign) that consumers oppose any sort of DRM on used games. Yet it seems console makers and publishers don't seem to care much about what the consumer thinks -- though they say they do."

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Nitrowolf21997d ago

for once I agree with you

-Mika-1997d ago

For me personally, it the opposite. If you can't afford to keep up with this hobby. Then get out. If you're going to be a cheap and selfish person that doesn't want to support the developers that keep your favorite hobby alive. Then just leave. Im seriously disgusted at the comments I read on here,neogaf and other gaming websites. It like the only thing gamers care about is themselves. They want everything to be free or cheap and with the cost of how much games cost to make. That just not a possibility and gamers needs to realize this. Its really disgusting seeing how selfish gamers are. If I was a videogame developer. I would honestly find a new career because the gaming community is just a big mess. Srry for the long post but I just had to get that off my chest.

zeal0us1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

When bills start paying for themselves college tuition is lower then I will jump on your side until then I'm with Patcher on this(for once).

Cost of living has steady increase of the past decade alone while the price of videogames still $60.

In 2011 in video game industry made 65billion according Reuters( So obviously used games isn't doing squat to the industry. The same can be said piracy but I don't condone piracy.

Dno1997d ago

When we leave your "hobby" becomes "History"

chrish19901997d ago

What about all the people who buy used DVD's and Blu-Ray? What about all the people who buy used clothes? What about all the people who buy used books? What about all the people who buy used cars? What about all the people who buy reduced food?

Should they stop buying movies, clothers, cars, books and food?

Face it, those at the top of the gaming industry food chain are well off, those at the bottom - gamers - aren't. Why should we be paying £50/$60 for games that are mediocre, last 4 hours or are just re-hashes? I can go to the cinema and watch a film produced on a £200 million budget and it's only going to cost me £10.

Get your head out of your arse, step out side of your little bubble and see that not everybody is quite as amazing as you obviously think you are.

BlackWolf1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

"Srry for the long post but I just had to get that off my chest."

You should have kept it. So you think you have to buy every game new to prove... what? That you support the industry? That you have money to spare? That you love games? Grow up!! People love games, but there's other matters, big matters that also require money. Lots of money. And for that reason, we have to think in what we need to do, not what we want. So what if people want cheap things? You're going to turn away a chance to get a game because is used? Now, if you feel you have so much money to spare, why don't you buy consoles for everyone here at n4g?

Developers deserve a just payment for their hard work, I agree with you on that (I can't believe I just wrote that I agree with you at something), but not everybody is rich, so we are looking for accesible ways of keeping up to date with our hobby. In conclusion...

You should have kept it.

Starbucks_Fan1997d ago

Why do you waste so much time trolling?

Cam9771997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

That is absolutely stupid. Used game allow people to take risks with franchises due to the cheaper price which may lead on to te purchase of DLC or future titles from the developer; in the long term this is much more affective than your small-minded perspective upon the industry.

Not only is your comment offensive to some, but it is insanely childish and says everything about you. So money rules your life? GTFO the Internet, we don't want snobs such as yourself lurking among us. Gaming needs second hand games to keep it going. If there weren't any then people wouldn't have a collection as large as the one they currently have.

Without second hand games the industry would a hit. Gaming has been perfectly fine with it and doesn't need to see it go.

Mikelarry1997d ago

I see your up to your old tricks Adam Orth.

not everyone can afford buying a game new, if you can fair enough to you. if developers want to fix this issue they and gamestop like business need to come to an agreement on spliting the profits made from used games but that will never happen.

and it will be thier undoing if developers somehow manage to get used games to die because you think gamers are cheap now, you see all those your new IPs you are looking forward to when the cheapskate gamers don't invest in them as they are unable to buy them new guess what smart ass..... yeah you guessed it they will fail, developers will stop trying to innovate and who wins ACTIVISON and COD 16

-GametimeUK-1997d ago

Whilst I agree that a lot of gamers have a false sense of entitlement, I disagree with your stance on pre owned games. If people buy pre owned it is their choice. If developers hearts were truly in the games then they would be happy with the fact that the customer got to play the game, not disappointed that they didn't get a sale. As long as they make enough to keep going it isn't an issue. Pre owned opens people to new franchises, helps gaming stores that stock new titles and also allows late adopters a chance to play games that are no longer being distributed as new.

Quit with your narrow minded attitude.

bangshi1997d ago

I'm surprised Pachter said this. Because he is wrong and you'd think it would be in his area of expertise.

Whilst it is true that some cannot afford new games and that someone can trade in their new game to get money to contribute to another game, if you completely block used games developers would earn more money.

Why? Because retailers make profit on used games.

If used games were blocked then people would be forced to buy new, and whilst people who buy new and trade-in will have less money to spend and ultimately buy fewer games, those who bought used games are now forced to buy new.

They also won't be able to buy as many games as before - but because the value they buy their game at is higher than the price that the retailer paid out to the person who traded it in, publishers will earn more money.

To make it really simple and easy to understand let's say that one gamer buys 10 new games for $600 and trades them all in for $300. They've spent $300 of their own money.

Another gamer buys those games that the other gamer traded in. But he doesn't buy them at $30 each because the retailer needs to make a profit. He buys them at $36 each.

Currently, in that scenario there were 10 new game sales for $600 total, so publishers would earn their % of that, let's say its just 10% to make it easy to calculate.

They make $60.

Now let's ban used games.

They both still spend the same amount of their own money on games.

Now the first buyer can only afford 5 new games as he only has $300 to spend, as he is missing the other $300 from trading in.

But the used game buyer now has to buy new not used. He used to get 10 games, but now his $360 can only buy him 6 games.

So his 6 games and the other buyer's 5 games gives you a total of 11 new game sales, and at 10% the publishers are now making $66.

More money to the publishers, even though the gamers are still spending the same amount of their own money as they currently do right now.

The only down side is that less games were sold, meaning you'd end up with a situation where some games will bomb hard because people will only buy the best of the best, as they're limited on what they can buy.

Heisenburger1997d ago

There are undoubtedly cheap people on this Earth.

You seen to not understand the difference between being middle-class or lower, and being cheap.

Though when you say "if you can't afford to keep up then get out" perhaps you DO understand the difference but look down your nose at them regardless.

You don't have the right to talk down to somebody. It is unnecessary, and it speaks volumes to your character.

I respect your right to speak your mind, I just don't respect your type of mind. And I don't mean that cruelly.

I just had to get that off my chest.

Groo1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

@ -Mika- your comment sounds selfish to me.. I take it there is no one in your life relative/friend that you would let borrow any of you games when you are done playing them? you just put them in a box somewhere or throw them away? If you are ok with this with games then imagine if this money grubbing tactic applied to other things? would you want to pay full purchase price to rent a movie every time you wanted to watch a movie? or how about pay full price on a used car? didn't think so..

THamm1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

Similarly, the used market provides currency for people who want to buy new games at full price

Guys USED games actually sell NEW games. Many gamers trade in their used games to bring down the price of the new games. Now if you wipe out used = less new game sales period. Especially at 59.99, now at 19.99 may be a different story

grassyknoll1997d ago

You're lucky your hobby is cheap: Trolling.

travelguy2k1997d ago

If Sony says there will not be any cost involved to play used games, i will be worried about them simply charging a higher up front cost for the game.

If they charge 10 bucks more per game i think this will more than compensate for the loss associated with used game sales.

I hope this is not the route they go, i don't buy many used games, and i live in mexico where the average game is already 900 - 1000 pesos (74 - 85 USD)

Sephiroushin1997d ago

If companies think only about themselves why would consumer think about them, don't get me wrong I don't buy used games but when companies get so greedy that made a game and cut 30% of it to sell it as downloadable content, or when they make a new stand alone game w/ something new that could have been a truly DLC and not the common "DLC" (disc locked content); why would consumer care ( I don't buy used games as stated, but I won't support games likes Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen, even when the original DD was awesome and I have the money to spend, no matter how much money I have, even if I have enough money to buy whole Capcom I won't pay publisher that just treat their fanbase as beta tester, so it's not just about affording ) ... publishers don't care about you, just your money ...

It's a billionary industry so It won't die even if some people buy used games, In fact blocking used games could hurt it, it get's harder on some people to decide whether they should get a game or not, and the publisher might not lose just a sold unit but also potential sales on DLC ...

And If you're so disgusted w/ people on here and there, then let me tell you there's an easy way to fix it!
- Get out, find another forum or something ( your same suggestion for developers to change from career )!

DevilishSix1997d ago

Mika putting in DRM is only beneficial to developers that self-publish, which are few and far between. This is more for publishers to line their pockets with more money. Developers will still close up shop as publisher executives and stock holders buy bigger yachts.

Testfire1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

Mika, you got one thing's a hobby, not a lifestyle. Gaming, like all hobbies I have is something I do in my spare time (with my spare cash). There are some games I do buy new, but the majority are rentals or used. If gaming is your life that's cool for you, I understand and dont knock you for it. But gaming IS NOT my life, just a side hobby, and throwing down $60 for every game I want to play would be irresponsible of me as a consumer and more importantly as a parent. I would hope you can understand that.

Darrius Cole1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

@banshi - post# 1.1.9

Your example is wrong because you didn't consider entry price and competition, and you left didn't count some of the money in the first scenario.

In your example, before used games were banned, the first person would get back $300 and immediately spend it on brand new games. Gamestop give back store credit, almost never cash. That means there would be 15 new games sold in the scenario with used games, not 10, and the publisher would make $90 not $60.

But looking at a case of 2 large buyers still misses an important concept. I'll look at it my way.

First of all, it's rarely a case of one person buying 10 games at a once. It's 10 different people buying 1 game at a time. Each person has a choice of spending his money on games or on something else.

Let stipulate that the first set of 10 people each buy one game at $60 and then sells it back to Gamestop for $30 credit toward another new game, who in turn sell them to a second set of 10 ten people for $36 a piece. In this scenario, given 10% profit for the publishers then the publisher made $60; Gamestop made $60 on used games; The second set of gamers spent $36 each on games; the first set of gamers spent $30 each on games AND they each have $30 in store credit that will get spent on games.

Total Revenue $900
Total Games Sold - 15
Gamestop profit - $60
Publisher Profit - $90

Now we ban used games

The first set of 10 gamers buys 1 game a piece for 10 games total. But they can not sell them back as they are worthless, so they will do no further transactions.

The second set of gamers won't buy any games. They won't buy any because they need $60 to buy a game and they only have $36 each. No two of them will combine their funds and buy one game because only one of them could use it after they have combined their money to buy it. Each of those people will spend their $36 on something that they can afford individually, something other than video games.

Total Revenue - $600
Total Games sold - 10
Publisher Profit - $60
Gamestop Profit - $0

quenomamen1997d ago

Yea we the consumers are at fault here, ahhhh poor companies like Activision i mean they only make 300+ mill every Nov off turd games like COD and now they getting ready to do it all again next gen off the same godamn game as last gen ?

I got an awesome idea ! Why dont we all pitch in and send poor activision another 300 mill this June ! I mean they just invested all of what ? $60 on that " Brand New Engine " we been hearing do much about for their next Gen COD. Tell you what, why dont you write them a big check for all their hard work.

sunnygrg1997d ago

Even Pachter is joining in lolwtf.

Kaizin5141997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

While I am not one to typically buy a used game (out of let's say 12 games purchased per year, maybe 2 of those will be used for me), I still have to say that used game support is a very important thing. I feel that everyone deserves a chance to play games and have that freedom of choice, so when someone buys a used game, then good for them, they can finally enjoy that game, even if it means that they got it for 50% off the MSRP. Yea, it hurts the publisher, but at least the publisher has another fan. If that means sacrificing $20 for one game only to have the gamer buy the sequel at full price, is that worth it?

In either case, if you buy your console, you should have the option just like clothes, dvds, whatever. When a company takes away that choice, then many gamers (including myself in some cases) take their money elsewhere. So when Microsoft said they were slapping on extra pricing for used games, it defeats the point of the used game and that freedom of choice (same with online codes). I know someone could say "then don't buy used, buy new and you won't have that issue" but that is not the point, and anyone who continuously says that obviously doesn't understand the perspective of the many gamers that do buy used.

MikeyDucati11997d ago

Nobody wants it free. But you have to consider people within different economic classes. Because you can afford such things and another does not, doesn't mean something is wrong with the person. Eventually gaming will be a part of the elite. Yes I do agree gamers are selfish but your argument is misguided.

ajax171997d ago

You don't belong on this site.

rainslacker1997d ago

Elitist attitude is elitist.

Here ya go...according to this study, the number one buyer of used games, is also the number one buyer of NEW games. Should those people get out too?

theaceh1997d ago

I bought God of War 1 used, since then I have purchased every other GOW title new, on day 1, even the psp ones. See how it works!

kupomogli1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )


No wonder you've got one bubble and people bash you.

I personally have more than enough to pay for gaming as a hobby, but like most people, I pay for games I'm interested in.

The generation may pass and there are some games I may have assumed I wouldn't like or might not have ever heard of the game. With as many games that come out, there are going to be some that slip past. I'm sure I'm not the only one who passed on Dokapon Kingdom only to find out how fun it is when playing it at a friends house later. Let's say that XBL and PSN are no longer available when we do come across these games. We're screwed out of playing them because there would be no way to transfer the license over to our system.

Aceman181997d ago

hey Mika since you're such a huge supporter of the hobby i love, and seem to have crazy amounts of money on you how bout you pay my

credit cards
cell phone
buy groceries
and any other little things that's needed in ones general life

when you can do all these things for me i'll start buying every game from here on out new. if not shut the hell up, you are one of the worst people on this site spouting nothing but garbage everytime you speak on a topic here.

if the industry wants people to buy every game brand spanking new well they better lower the price of these games to about $30; if they can't well not every game i want can be bought new as i have other responsibilities in my life.

talk about selfish i can't believe 13 people actually agreed with your crazy a$$ post.

jlemdon1996d ago

@Mika, you pissed a few people off...smh I agree with the people that are in college and have bigger things to spend their money on, you can't be serious with the way the economy is still going.

IMO, launch titles should only be $60 and the next wave should be back to 50 bucks again.

bangshi1996d ago

@Darrius Cole no you are wrong.

Sliding scale. He buys one, trades it in.

I didn't say he bought ten, traded them in then used total sum of money to buy new.

You don't buy 10 games at a go, you buy them on release.

Because in your scenario his own money spend is actually $600.

You have misunderstood what I have laid out, and it can be confusing so I don't blame you, but trust me. I have it correct.

MuhammadJA1996d ago

I agree with you. People will do anything just to save a few bucks buying used.

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nypifisel1997d ago

@Mika. Well you're wrong. There's actually been studies of this.. Yes so we got FACTS.

Blocking used games sales would cut profits by 10% unless there's an incentive to lower the cost of the games by 30% which would actually increase income by 19%.. So yeah. Also it's not about being selfish. It's about the fact that in no other business does a manufacturer demand that resale of their goods would gain them profits. If I buy a used Ford car Ford won't get a dime, they do not own that product any more.It would be ludicrous for them to forbid people from reselling their cars without them getting some of the profit. ITS NOT YOURS TO HAVE!

travelguy2k1997d ago

I believe most consumers keep their new vehicle longer than a few months... If developers gave incentive to the original buyer of the games, such as free DLC for first time buyer, then we may see people holding on to their games longer and not getting rid of them so fast.

If they can give a good enough reason for people to not want to sell then their will be no issue.

nypifisel1997d ago


That's a much better solution, they should come up with better business ideas if they want to make more money, don't restrict consumers! I'm all up for that!

ijust2good1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

PS4 will dominate, possibly

nukeitall1997d ago

I'm off the opinion that if you talk strictly about this being good for the industry, I believe it is. Of course this is under the assumption that used games still exist, but each used game sales is a profit for the publisher/console manufacturer.

That said it would be pretty detrimental to GameStop and similar business it. Well not completely, but they will have meager existence.

For consumers, the questions remains what benefits will this bring to offset the loss in freedom?

That is the real question.

Blank1997d ago

Lol same here I agree with him for once also I think he trying to get brownie points with us lol

rainslacker1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

I agree with him...kind of surprised at that.

Gonna hijack your post to post this link which has a study on the effects of used games on the market.

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Gamer Muzz1997d ago

Normally, I don't agree with the man. but he's spot on in this case.

Majin-vegeta1997d ago

Thank you captain obvious.I'll use an example i used yesterday.

I bought Red Dead used since no game stores in my area had new copies.I loved the game.I ended up buying all the DLC Bam R* just made extra money back from all their DLC i bought.

hazelamy1997d ago

same here, except i just didn't have the money to buy new at the time.

when i did buy it preowned it was a fiver from a private seller, some guy at a car boot, so no greedy store.
and i ended up buying a full set of dlc for it.

cyguration1997d ago

WTF kind of moron disagreed with you?

So in the mind of the disagreers it would have been better if Majin-vegeta didn't buy Red Dead or the DLC at all? It would be better had he not contributed some sort of revenue to Rockstar or his local retailer since they didn't have new copies of the game?

Are you people freaking serious?

Man...the logic deficiency in here is deafening.

arronax-11997d ago

Hell no. I want to keep my used games. They do have a right to exist.

brbobcat1997d ago

Wow, is the world ending? Am I actually agreeing with Pacther? Then again, you'd have to be real dumb to think otherwise.

Roper3161997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

Gamestop & other retailers are not better off without used games.

There I fixed it, used games takes money out of the developers/publishers pockets which to me is bad for the industry. Or did GS start developing games that I don't know about.

How is taking money away from the people who make & create the games we enjoy not bad for the industry?

kma2k1997d ago

gamestop also give over 1 billion per year in used game credits with 70% going towards new games. Taking away used games automatically takes away over $700,000,000.00 out of the market!

rainslacker1997d ago (Edited 1997d ago )

Here ya go Roper

This was backed up in their annual report to investors. You can dismiss the actual quote, but not the report to investors. You can't really lie to them about this stuff.

Took me less than 30 seconds of googling, and going through the 70% of people hate gamestop reports.

Also in response to your OP. You think the industry would be better off without gamestop or the other game stores all over the world. GameStop is the number one seller of NEW games in the world, even surpassing Amazon. You take away the areas where they actually make profit, and all they're going to focus on is smart device trade ins. That sounds like a great future for all of us.

crazysammy1997d ago

Your argument is the one that I think we see most anti used gamers use. Here are a few things to consider.

What kma2k is referring to is that GameStop reports how much trade in credit is applied to new game sales. See this link:

Secondly getting your product into the hands of the consumer is the biggest challenge any company has. Used games are a form of advertisement for that company and its products. I have seen many times that someone will borrow or buy used, and then buy the game or its sequels new after knowing they enjoyed the product.

Thirdly, the secret to keeping your game from being sold and resold used is to make a quality product that people want to keep playing. The first month Skyrim was out there were hardly any used copies in my area as everyone who bought it felt it was worth keeping (and eventually buying the DLC for) thus forcing everyone who wanted it to buy it new.

Lastly, (and I want to stress this point the most) is that don't just focus on the money, and think that the only reason people buy used is because they are cheap or want to save money. Have you been to a GS recently? The used sections are about 3-4 times larger then the new sections. Note this is not because they are focusing on used, but because they lack the titles to have that large of a new section.

New games are often discontinued 3-6 months after production. (Unless you are a huge title like COD or Skyrim etc) So say I want to buy a game that came out last year because I just now heard it was great. I cannot buy that game new anymore because it is not physically available. If there are no used games then these games do not get played.

Many games find a second wind because after the initial small print that stops early (due to many reasons such as bad marketing and low budgets) many gamers found the game used or cheap and decided to give it a chance.

I respect if you do not buy used, and I applaud you trying to support Devs and Pubs. Used games are part of the equation and a healthy market of new and used helps the industry more than anything.