Submitted by Agriel 1110d ago | interview

Online passes 'devalue' consumers, says store owner

PSU: The battle between game publishers and used videogame retailers is nothing new -- it’s been going on for years now, and remains a highly publicised affair. However, something that has materialised only recently as far as the arsenal of game publishers go is the online pass. (Industry, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

JeffGUNZ  +   1110d ago
DLC is optional. You don't need to purchase any DLC to complete a game. Some people like to expand their experience with sidequests, more campaign, more maps, etc. If the consumer thinks it's a justifiable purchase, then they will purchase it. Simple as that.

I don't know about you people, but I have never been forced to purchase a DLC and any DLC I didn't want, I didn't purchase.

Some people out there make it sound like developers are coming to their houses and threatening their lives if they don't purchase DLC.
Agriel  +   1110d ago
Online Pass is for Multiplyer online, not DLC, at least as far as this article goes.
Getowned  +   1110d ago
i got a used copy(at best buy)of Mass effect 2..didn't know at the time there was any dlc that came with it because well i never looked it up and i only got the used copy because there where no new copys and so i even asked the guy if there was any dlc for this game that you didn't get in the used copy and he said no..and as it turns out i never got the commic because of it and i was kinda pissed because if i knew the commic wasn't allready on the disk then i would of just got the steam version for 19$ and not pay 34.99 for the used ps3 version.my fault i guess for not reading into it but it's bull shit.were geting less content and paying more this gen and geting ripped off with over priced dlc it's sad.

any time a game comes with dlc or some thing stupid even when i buy it new! the damn dlc/pass never works!!! and it's always a EA game that gives me problems i got rock band 2 DLC never worked had to get a new code,BFBC2 Vip code never worked,ME2 didn't know it had a dlc that came with it or i would of waited and gotten it new also would of been nice if it said any thing about it on the cover! if i can avoid a game with a pass or some sort of code i will maybe i just have bad luck idk.
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gamingdroid  +   1109d ago
The difference is, for some games (and some people) the multi-player part comprises more than half the game.

Either way, as this guy said, the used stores just adjust for the online pass, and to the unknown person, the used copy actually now seems more appealing due to the lower price. Less people will be playing the game and overall, the community and consumers are hurt.

Nothing good comes out of Online Passes, beyond publishers getting a bigger cut and have bigger control over their consumers.

Enjoy it though!
AstroZombie1  +   1110d ago
Pot calling the kettle black much?, pre-owned games from retailers are the reason this was brought in ffs.
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archemides518  +   1110d ago

down with gamestop
Saryk  +   1110d ago
The whole subject versus used games are flawed. This is a nickle and dime catch only.
Getowned  +   1110d ago
exactly!! but with all this extra money they are getting,you think we could get larger games with alot more content but we don't like with call of duty Acti makes MILLIONS of Millions on cod yet now instead of giveing us a content rich game they are makeing you pay for COD elite!...ughh.
MARKUS_MAX1MUS  +   1109d ago
And where exactly does it say you NEED to pay for COD elite? you really dont, its an optional feature.

You just sound like another person whos jumped on the COD hate bandwagon because its now "cool" to do so.

And how does this article refer to COD in anyway? go be a fanboy elsewhere.
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divideby0  +   1110d ago
online passes is designed for increasing sales and has no benefit to us poor gamers who buy games.

renting games is great, but with the online pass the big companies have won the battle over rentals.

I am buying way less games now and renting just SP games
cochise313  +   1110d ago
still doesn't stop me from buying used games from amazon. some games don't warrant a new purchase. games are too damn expensive.
TABSF  +   1110d ago
Of course retailers would say this.
They make more money on pre-owned than new.

Digital Distribution, DLC, Replay Value, Subscription Services, Disc Keys and Online Pass.

They are all negative to retailers so of course they will hate them, they want gamers to complete a game in less than a week so they call resell it.

I get a game NEW £40 (usually £28 goes to retailers)
I sell the same game 1 week later £20 (50% depreciation in 1 week)
They will put that game on the shelf the same day for £30-£35

So they make so much more than the developers, so much more than new games only. They wonder why publishers are doing this.
If they really cared about the gamers, these retailers would resell that game at a lower price but they only care about the bottom line.

Saying hello to the future.
Steam, the players choice!!!
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MARKUS_MAX1MUS  +   1109d ago
Thing I love about these articles is suddenly everyone becomes an expert on how things work or how they should be.

Its to subjective to call but I will say one thing its just two elements of greed fighting for more of a share of a pie.

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