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The Great Used Game Debate

OR, Why I don't sell games anymore. Why do video game publishers think they're so special? What can they do to stem the flow of used games sales without ripping off loyal customers? How has Gamestop become so damn successful? Is there really any reason NOT to sell games? I think the answers are obvious.

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ShadowPraxis2884d ago

I'm a hoarder when it comes to getting rid of my games. I've sold a few off in the past, but always regretted it and eventually tried my best to buy them back down the road.

And I avoid buying used whenever I can, unless said game is out of print.

RogueCheddar2884d ago

Yeah, that's basically the gist of it. Nostalgia usually wins out for me sooner or later.

smoothdude2884d ago

I usually sell my older games to purchase new games. I am sure there are lots of people who do the same.

tacosRcool2884d ago

I buy used games off of ebay and I like to do that because there are some games out there that I don't want to pay $50+ for

angryjedi2884d ago

I have two categories of games. Triple-A games tend to fall into "trade fodder" as you know you'll always a) get a decent trade-in price for them early on and b) be able to pick them up easily later.

My second category of games are the "never-traders". There are some games I own that I've never played but will never trade them in because finding copies of them will be utterly impossible a year or two down the road.

RogueCheddar2884d ago (Edited 2884d ago )

I have my own pile of shame, too, but the reason I'll never trade those games in is because I'm ashamed of not having ever played them. Ironically, Okami is one of those (got about two hours in and haven't picked it up since).

Shuklar2884d ago

Right there with ya. Beat the first temple/dungeon thingy, and then something else grabbed my attention.

Rich16312884d ago (Edited 2884d ago )

I trade in a good amount. I have bought plenty of games that sucked and I traded in not long after I bought it. Some examples would be:

Army of Two (Lame ass clone of Gears and Modern Warfare thrown together)
Far Cry 2 (boring as hell)
Assassin's Creed (boring and super repetitive)
Resident Evil 5 (piss poor game design and annoying/frustrating controls)
Medal of Honor (felt like a low budget version of Modern Warfare)

The only time I buy used though is to avoid the "greatest hits" or "platinum hits" version of a game. It is my OCD that takes over! :)

RogueCheddar2884d ago

Agree with you on greatest hits versions, those completely ruin the appeal of a game for the collector in me. And Resi 5. That game is a pile of crap. Far Cry 2, though.. the more time I spend with that game the more I like it. I think it's more about letting you experience a place than anything else. What have I learned from it? Africa sucks. Also, the fire mechanics are AWESOME.

hiredhelp2884d ago

FARCRY 2 very polished up huge openworld witch i found brilliant. makes the game last. with map editor and laying online maqkes it even more playable.
fantastic physix's

assasins creed may not be for everyone. but visually great with gameplay i found.

medal of honor- here we go again its not a cod it has a hint of cod witch was not needed. but more battlefield.#

last note.
EVERY GAME HAS A BUDGET.BUT THAT GAME ISNT LOW BUDGET.

Rich16312884d ago

Glad to know I am not the only one who avoids "Greatest hits" versions like the plague!

smoothdude2884d ago

What is up with the "greatest hits" version of the game? I have never thought that the greatest hits version of games are any different.

hiredhelp2884d ago (Edited 2884d ago )

As for second hand games. people on low incomes that cant afford games. there are soo many games getting pumped out. that people like me cant always afford to go out by every game.

with sony comming out with more new exclusive ip's each year. gets harder so there for many my multiplatform games i tend to pass on. if i feel ive had the most out of them. so i can help myself get another title.

i do not agree with EA'S tigerwoods 11 and fifa 11 idea. theres no excuses just greed. they do not loose money infact they make money. thats right they make money how easy.
say i was to buy this black op's but waited 4 months time. i bought it still popular online but wait i need DLC maps to play with my mates.

this is a ploy to get extra income. the days of retro were i used to swap games in class and computer games shops started oppening. the trade was good then. these developers didnt moan then. guess wot its not the devs moaning now. its the corps greed wanting more money. i say fuck em

RogueCheddar2884d ago

I can't afford to buy many new games either, but the fact is after about 6 months the majority of games are down at least 33%, and many are in the 20-30 dollar range. So I'm a little late to the party most of the time. At least I save money and get to keep my games.