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Pika’s Soapbox – But We Only Want Your Money!

In Albatross Revue's recent rumour round up pieces on both the ‘new’ Xbox and the ‘new’ PlayStation (Orbis?), we made mention that various rumour organs had stated that both Microsoft and Sony were possibly planning to use some sort of digital signing or DRM software on the games for these consoles to effectively kill off pre owned after market sales. On the one hand, you can sort of understand why they dislike games for their consoles being sold on after they have been originally purchased, because they don’t get a ‘cut’ of the price of their product. On the other hand, it can be seen for what it really is, a cynical attempt to control games industry prices.

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milohighclub1561d ago

The thing is devs and publishers have already been paid when we purchased the game. That game is then ours to do with as we see fit, u know cos we "bought" it.

Emilio_Estevez1561d ago (Edited 1561d ago )

That is true, but from the devs perspective, when Gamestop sells that used copy, Gamestop gets %100, devs get nothing. And Gamestop will always push for a used copy as they get more $$ that way. That's really the issue, the retailers will always push used if possible.

milohighclub1561d ago

Yeah I understand that, the thing is these companies survive because of the pre owned market. If these companies close then devs lose out on things like free advertising.

devs also need to understand that when the customer sells that game then the money will probably go towards another game, possibly new.
Even if the customer then buys pre owned, they may enjoy that pre owned game so much that they want it's sequel/prequel etc and buy it day one.

There's many ups and downs for both the dev and the customer but I don't think blocking them completely is the thing to do. Maybe charging less for new games may encourage people to keep hold of them as the trade values would be less.