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First Sale, Not Last

During an otherwise excellent and optimistic talk at the Develop conference in Brighton yesterday, industry stalwart David Braben embarked on a brief but heated tangent from his speech topic to attack videogames retailers - specifically, those videogames retailers who engage in the second-hand goods market.

This is, of course, a bone of long-standing contention between retailers and the rest of the industry. Braben added fuel to the fire by presenting photographs of retailers whose shop windows, he pointed out, consisted entirely of second-hand goods ("the only new thing is the A4 piece of paper advertising Wii Fit") and making the anecdotal claim that some games pass through the used re-sale process ten times or more.

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