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38 Studios Defends Reckoning Online Pass

38 Studios Chairman and Founder Curt Schilling took the company’s official forums to discuss the decision of adding an Online Pass to the awaited Kingdoms of Amalur.

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TheDude792487d ago

People are sooo stupid and cheap. Learn to budget your money, and buying a game new wont be such an issue. We, as gamers, made the CHOICE of investing into the industry, buying whatever console you prefered. If you dont like how much games cost, or if there is an online pass...sell your system, and purchase a last-gen model and play for free/cheap all you want. If you cant accept the fact that these developers are in the BUSINESS of making money, thats an indictment of how dumb you really are. I've been a gamer since Nintendo launched its first system, and I can appreciate the effort put into these games, and I can understand the importance of developers making money. Welcome to the business world people.

lashes2ashes2487d ago

Well spoken. I agree completely. Kingdom of reckoning needs new game sales not used game sales or 38 studios will be fucked.

Fred-G-Sanford2486d ago

The only thing more lame than the online pass idea are the shills that pretend to love it (in a sad attempt to convince gamers that it is really in their best interest).

ATi_Elite2486d ago (Edited 2486d ago )

This is their first game and BOY is it a good one from all that I've seen.

38 studios deserve every dime they can get so they can make MORE great games in the future.

I'm a PC Gamer so online pass has no bearing on me cause I have to buy all my games new anyways but if i did have to buy used stuff i understand the online pass.

Devs/pubs deserve the cash and not Game Stop!

Godchild10202486d ago (Edited 2486d ago )

I agree, but Gamestop is not the only store that sells used games. BestBuy is in the business now and there are other stores in the UK/EU that sales used games. Hell, if you do you business over Ebay or Craigslist, you are in the used game Business.

I already planned on buy this game new way before I knew about the Online pass and I still stand firm in doing so.

I agree that used games sales help better future titles, if the used game is bought 3 to 6 months after release. That way the New game has receive enough expose and is well known, if word of mouth and marketing is good.

SuicidalTendencies2486d ago

Yeah, how did new games ever sell before the online pass came to be? Oh, that's right, they made games that were good. You pro online pass people are hilarious. There is business, and there is greed. When EA is involved I expect greed.

GhettoBlasStarr2486d ago

If everyone bought their games new, Who would you sell the games you didn't like to??
Don't give up your right to sell your games that you've paid full price for.

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Krakn3Dfx2486d ago (Edited 2486d ago )

I support used game sales, like any used product market, if we didn't have it, we would have landfills full of perfectly good game discs doing god knows what to the environment over decades of erosion in the soil. Nobody is whining about used furniture sales, DVD movie sales or used audio CD sales, but somehow games are supposed to be held to a higher standard, even to the point where ignorant narrow minded individuals will refer to people who buy used games "pirates". Give me a break.

At the same time, I support developers/publishers doing what they can to recoup some of the costs on used game sales if they feel the need. If I buy a used copy of Amalur for $20-$30, and I enjoy it enough to feel the need to drop another $10 on the "new copy DLC", I will, and I'll be fine with it.

The only problem I see with this formula is when a game has reached a point where it's no longer viable for publishers to provide that DLC online anymore, and I suddenly have what could be called an incomplete title because, even tho I either bought the game new or paid for the "new copy DLC", the server where I would have downloaded that DLC off of is now gone.

This strategy is pretty short sighted for gamers, but a boon for publishers and developers who want to potentially make a few bucks off of used game sales. In the end, both new and used game buyers will suffer from it.

Bimkoblerutso2486d ago

This is alright, actually. It's an incentive, not a punishment like it is with most other games. You simply get some extra quests if you buy. There aren't any features taken out.

ATi_Elite2486d ago (Edited 2486d ago )

Piracy = you give copies of a BOUGHT game away for FREE and the Devs/Pubs get NO MONEY except for the original game that was bought.

Game Stop/Best Buy/Gamers who ever = make money from the sales of used games and the Devs/Pub get NO MONEY except for the original game that was bought!

Online Pass tries to stop both situations so therefore Devs/Pubs GET MONEY.

So Used game sales are OK even though Devs/Pubs make no money while everyone else makes cash off of the Devs/Pub product.

Piracy is down out right wrong even though it's all Free!

So if i lend someone a game that i bought is that right or wrong and how is that different from Piracy or Used Sales? Either way someone gets to play a game and the Dev/Pub got no money for it.

You still have to BUY a copy of a game to pirate it. If you have a game before it's release date then that's THEFT and a whole different issue.

Bimkoblerutso2486d ago

Because a used game has already generated a sale. A lent copy has already generated a sale. And in both instances, it is a single copy of the game being re-distributed.

A pirated copy does not even need one initial sale to be spread around freely to thousands and thousands of people.

Don't be ridiculous.