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Op Ed

GameFront - Why Every Defense of Online Passes Has Been Bullsh**.
I am not going to go into the many better ways that publishers could be coping with used sales, nor am I going to reiterate exactly how bad the online pass scam truly is. Iíve done that many times, all over the Internet. However, I want to make it clear that the situation affects many, many more people than have been represented lately. Itís not just about people getting mad that they canít buy games used anymore. As a reviewer, I get most games free, so this affects me less than most, and IíM still pissed off by online passes. I am pissed off because theyíre a bad idea, with many negative implications, and it sickens me how gleefully the white knights have glossed over those implications to focus on the ONE issue that theyíre vaguely correct about.

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45. Re: Op Ed Feb 3, 2012, 17:23 jdreyer
 
Without condoning or condemning what publishers are doing by offering "free" DLC when you buy new, the issue that has people up in arms is that the publishers are building wear and obsolescence into the product. It's the intentional nature of it that is pissing people off. Cars and fridges wear through time, but digital products do not.

Notice that they are making it "separate" DLC to skirt the issue of whether it's part of the product or not. What will be really interesting is when some publisher tries to make you enter a code to finish the last third of the game, and used copies will have to pay an extra $15 just to finish the game. Then we'll see some lawsuit and get a judgement on whether this is actually legal or not.
 
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