The used game problem

Used games are a contentious issue for almost everyone. Gamers loathe seeing their trade-ins being resold for several times what they received, but find it hard to pass up a new title for $10 off the retail price, or a bargain bin where some rare gem might be hiding between copies of Gun and things with “Lego” in the title. Likewise, developers and publishers resent the used market for cutting into their sales, but grudgingly allow it because they need stores to get new games and consoles to market. The shops that make huge profits on used games are the only ones not conflicted over them; their only major concern is protecting such a lucrative revenue stream from attack.

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NastyLeftHook03664d ago

used games are never going away, especially with this economy.

zeal0us3664d ago

Oh god, please don't tell the big corporations that. They think they can kill used game market with online passes.

MasterCornholio3663d ago

Or by attaching the serial number of the game to your harddrive. I really hope that never happens.


TekoIie3663d ago (Edited 3663d ago )

We love it when we don't want to give money to publishers and then we hate it when devs do deserve the money...

I personally am in favour of the second hand market because I can get games for a cheaper price and sell games I bought and don't like or want anymore and use the money to go towards another game :)

AtomicGerbil3663d ago

I've mentioned in more detail on previous articles of this nature that used games are a main ingredient in keeping the industry healthy, so why fight it?

Instead of complaining all the time, why don't these Publishers and Developers make games that are deemed worthy of the 'new' price tag. Or they could use the old saying "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em", put all differences aside, create an alliance and build a network of stores akin to GAME and Gamestop, and enjoy the benefits themselves.

TheGamingExperience3663d ago (Edited 3663d ago )

There are a couple problems with this:

1) Gamestop and every other used game store would NEVER directly network with Publishers... as this would be counter-productive to GameStop ect. Not to mention most of the suits are way too greedy for it.

2) IF publishers were able to directly network with said stores, it would not last because people would bitch and complain about prices being to high; then the industry would be in even more.

AtomicGerbil3663d ago (Edited 3663d ago )

It was merely a passing thought, besides, the greediest of Publishers are going to shoot themselves in the foot whatever they choose to do.

Kratoscar20083663d ago

Make a good game and you wont need to worry about used games, I still hold my PS1 classics because they are great.

b_one3663d ago

Mainly they should try to eliminate "Gamestops" (and other shops)and not to hit on thier customers (us)

klecser3663d ago

While we're at it, why don't we advocate for ending used car sales and used home sales? That's smart, right? Every company should be expected to only sell new things. I wonder how that would turn out? Gamers lack perspective on what they're asking when they say "end used sales".

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