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GameStop Used Game Lawsuit

A lawsuit has been filed in the Northern District of California against GameStop, citing deceptive practices relating to used game sales. IGN has details on the suit, which stems from a customer buying a used copy of Dragon Age: Origins with the belief that additional DLC was available for free based on the cover blurb. Of course this DLC is part of the new trend intended to impede used-game sales, which the customer learned when they tried to get the DLC, which set them back an additional $15.00, making their final purchase price for the used game $10.00 more than the cost of a brand-new copy (that sound you hear is EA execs exchanging high-fives). IGN has a copy of the complaint in Adobe Acrobat-format, and an article on this on Gamasutra offers thoughts from an analyst saying that GameStop will probably be able to remedy this problem by affixing stickers to used games clarifying DLC availability.

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100. Re: GameStop Used Game Lawsuit Mar 27, 2010, 22:03 shponglefan
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 27, 2010, 21:43:
If someone is so cheap that they sell everything they buy, isn't it more reasonable to assume that they are more likely to buy used games whenever possible?

No. Anecdotally speaking, I buy used and new games. It depends on the game, price and perceived value. I know some people who also only buy new games.

In any case, developers don't see any money from that used sale. If you sell a copy of Psychonauts to buy a new copy of Madden, Double-Fine doesn't see a penny. You can claim that you're helping the industry but that's a pretty lame excuse. If you enjoy a game, you should reward the developer who made it.

And if someone sells a copy of Madden to buy Psychonauts then EA doens't see a penny. This case-by-case stuff is besides the point; I'm talking about in aggregate here. (Some) used game sales help finance new sales. This is not up for debate.

Now (some) used game sales also cannibalize new sales. The question is how much and does one outweigh the other. So far there is no data available (that I've seen anyway) to determine this. That is what the debate should be about, not these attemps to eqivocate over piracy.
 
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