Gamers must wield their power as consumers more effectively

Bitmob - Gaming sites across the Internet are reporting rumours first shared by Kotaku suggesting that the next XBox console “may not play used games”. It rears an ugly and, in my opinion, pointless argument about pre-owned game sales and their effect on the video game industry.

I can categorically prove that pre-owned games actually boost developers' incomes. I would never have paid full price for Mass Effect. I knew nothing about it at its release; I was abroad and missed the launch PR drive, and it simply didn't appear on my radar. A friend tried to convince me to buy it, so I purchased a pre-owned copy at a reduced price.

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