To most mainstream videogame publishers, used games sales are the equivalent of Charybdis, the giant whirlpool/monster that set the seas into chaos, taking ships into the depths. The used game market emerges from the deep, engulfing the vast majority of games in the surf of trade-in deals and Gamestop platinum memberships, leaving publishers’ profits deep in the nether regions of the dark, cold abyss.
If early rumors about the next generation of consoles are any indication, Microsoft and Sony may be getting on the bandwagon. Early indications from a variety of sources point to anti-used games technologies, ranging from solid state cartridges to digital download-only tactics. It is worth noting however that none of these ideas have any level of confirmation or certainty; they are simply the usual rumor swill that pops up early in a console’s development cycle. It’s kind of like how Nintendo’s Revolution was supposed to have an augmented reality projector that, combined with beyond-Kinect level motion sensing, allowed gamers to interact with the projected world around them. Instead, we got the Wii wand; really cool at the time, little more than a gimmick today.