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The Downside of Direct Downloads

The Escapist: In highly proprietary, closed systems like Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, there will be no competing sources for game downloads - in other words, no shopping around for the best price. And no physical game disc means I have nothing to trade in or sell when I'm finished with a game to make a few bucks back.

To celebrate my Xbox 360 coming back from Microsoft for repairs, I decided to pick up UFC Undisputed 2009. Being a bit strapped for cash, I gathered up a few games that were collecting dust and toted them over to my local GameStop. I ended up paying about 74 cents for UFC after my trade-ins. And on the other side, some lucky fellow is playing my old copy of Frontlines: Fuel of War, which cost him about $10. For consumers, it's a win-win situation.

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