How Gamestop And Other Resellers Can Survive a Post DRM Console World

Joel Taveras writes, "For better or for worse, come Monday night, after Sony has said its peace at their E3 press conference, the culture at Gamestop and resellers like it will soon change forever. Although Sony’s passive aggressive method of blocking used games doesn’t appear as intrusive as Microsoft’s, the writing is on the wall and all signs point to used games being a thing of the past, not only on Microsoft’s Xbox One but Sony’s PlayStation 4 as well. Again, Sony has stated that it is leaving the decision up to the publishers, and well… yeah."

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booni32011d ago

1 step guide.

Step 1.) Die.

ArnoldSchwarzenigra2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

Hahahaha, this made me laugh. Gamestation and Game in the UK went into administration and Game barely survived but only because of a bail out situation. That is with preowned games being available. In a post DRM world, there's no place for Game in the UK.

I suspect it would be the same for most game retailers.

dedicatedtogamers2011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

This article is so off-base. Xbox One is handing the keys to the kingdom to big chains like Gamestop and Best Buy with the Xbox One policies. The people who AREN'T going to survive are smaller mom 'n pop stores, online private sellers, and average Joes and Janes who want to sell their game on their own (too bad: wait 30 days before you can transfer it to your friends).

Gamestop will make off like a bandit. But wait?!? I thought Gamestop was the enemy?!?! I thought used games were the enemy?!?! Nope, they're simply letting Big Corpo get bigger at the expensive of our consumer freedoms.

Edit @ below

Gamestop is going to be one of the retail partners. It leaked last night. It stands to reason that there will be smaller stores and businesses that won't be able to be a "participating retailer". What Microsoft essentially did is eliminate all 2nd-hand sales outside of a few select stores like Gamestop and Best Buy. Sure, some publishers might restrict their games (they probably won't), but now Gamestop will be one of the only places to buy and sell games on Xbox One.

booni32011d ago

They're handing the keys to the publishers, not to GameStop. How exactly is GameStop supposed to make off like a bandit?

KarrBOMB2011d ago

Wow Dedicated... You are so full of incorrect information that I don't know where to start. Gamestop and other resellers make their largest profits from used games, that is a very well known fact. New games benefit the devs and pubs whereas Gamestop only gets a small percentage of the actual profit.

So you really should do some more research or just not talk about something that you have no knowledge of. The DRM Microsoft is pushing will hurt Gamestop, Gamefly, Redbox and many other resellers and renters.Congratulations though, because you literally take home the dumbest comment award. It's tough as there is a ton of competition, but you happen to be leaps and bounds above them.

booni32011d ago

Yes, but the keys are still in the publishers hands. GameStop participating has nothing to do with EA, Activision or whomever blocking the resale of their games, so the article still isn't "so off-base". Besides, leaked information is meaningless compared to confirmation from the horse's mouth.

Agent_00_Revan2011d ago

It lists Gamestop as a authorized retail partner, but it doesn't say howthese stores are going to make profits given the new resale methods Microsoft is implementing.

The publishers hold all the power, and I believe that includes pricing to an extent. Gamestop is on board because they have no other choice. It was either this, or nothing.

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3-4-52011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

@ booni why?

How sick in the head are you that you want something to actually die ?

Your messed up.

S2Killinit2011d ago

interesting. I really do hope that places like GameStop can survive. I enjoy picking up physical games at retail because somehow when I buy a game I want to "own" it. Unfortunately, with MS announce it means that this will have to end, because I'm now only buying a licence to play their games. I hope this new MS business model fails, but I don't know I think a lot of people are oblivious to this.

Muerte24942011d ago

continue to lump Sony in with garbage. With Xbox ONE you HAVE to be connected at least once every 24 hours. If you fail to check in the you cannot play games offline at all. IF you're using your account on another Xbox One, you're can only access your library for 1 hour. After the 1 hour has passed your have to ping Microsoft's servers again.

PS4 doesn't need to be online at all to play video games. Neither does the Wii U. This is the key difference for them between. One console needs the internet connection to function period, the other one doesn't.

JoelT2011d ago

Yoshida said himself, it is up to the publisher. Again, not Sony, the publisher.

As an example, EA didn't eliminate Online Pass for Xbox. They did it for all consoles. Why? Because they're going to go always online on both Xbox One and PS4.

It's not to put the blame on Sony, or even Xbox, it's the publishers.

Muerte24942011d ago (Edited 2011d ago )

is not an always online system.

Shuhei Yoshida in regards to ps4 being always online.

"Did we consider it? No, we didn't consider it," Yoshida said. "The main reason being that many countries don't have robust Internet connections. It makes sense for people to have Internet connections to play online games, but for offline games there are many countries that we saw [that] do not really have robust Internet."

Try again.

TOGC2011d ago

You need to do some research there Joel. Putting DualShockers to shame. Tsk tsk tsk.

KarrBOMB2004d ago

Reply @Weedy

Well, now that Sony confirmed they will have a used game policy to match the PS3, I'm thinking that EA is doing exactly like you said. Either way, I'm excited for the future of gaming with Sony only. As is I have the 360 and PS3, but in the future it's solely the PS4.

I honestly spend more time on my 360, but Sony has great exclusives like Uncharted and Infamous. Uncharted has to be the greatest exclusive of the current generation. Don't get me wrong, Gears of war is fun, but I only play the story mode. Halo just isn't what it use to be so I really don't care if I lose the ability to play it again. Also, the comments from Cliffy B from the Gears of War team, is absolutely ridiculous, he's such a conceited A$$ and thinks somehow that gamers don't pay him enough.

KarrBOMB2011d ago

Well Muerte, I agree with some things you said, but EA did cancel their online passes, so I imagine there is going to be something similar with Sony. I hope to god I'm wrong, but EA and Activision are huge with both consoles, so there is something up those publishers sleeves.

I'm already to the point of avoiding the next Microsoft console, I'm hoping Sony doesn't screw with the current formula to much though. These Devs and Pubs are all saying that they expect Sony to have some of the exact same protection features as Microsoft, it just remains to see what. As long as they don't have any required camera, 24hr check in, installs of every game and no inability to rent games... I'm on board with the PS4.

But I don't think were at a point where it's safe to assume Sony isn't making some sort of tweak surrounding DRM. Again I hope they don't do anything close to what MS has done, but we'll have to wait and see.

WeedyOne2011d ago

Maybe they got rid of the online passes because they were ineffective and gave a negative perception on those games? Everything isn't always an anti consumer conspiracy.

Probably dreaming though lol...

RiPPn2011d ago

By eliminating competition not only will they survive, they will thrive.

General Shrooms2011d ago

Who cares about GameStop? They have bad prices and don't offer me anything that some other shop or company doesn't already do better.

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