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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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109. Re: GameStop Used Game Lawsuit Mar 28, 2010, 03:12 Tigger

Please note - this is a rant. Don't take it seriously. If you do, go get a drink or a girlfriend. Or both.

The 'Day One' DLC is just a gimmick to get users to buy the game to get the activation code for 'free' content. Then the publisher gets to squeeze another $15 bucks out of ANYONE that buys it used. "Yes, you cheapskate. Bend over and take one from EA," YEEEHAA!

And I wonder where that $15 goes? Do you think the developers see it? Probably not. Doesn't it make you wonder if all these game publishers will end up like the RIAA - suing the shit out of the very people that created and sustained them in a battle for relevance?

And come on - a lawsuit over $15?! Seriously? $15. My taxes are already killing me and now I have to pay for court hearings over $15?! Get fucking serious. Give me his address and I'll mail him the $15. Instead, lets have court hearings about why my taxes keep going up even when the value of my house is going down. And I can't be reassessed why? OH, silly me - I have to pay for some little shit to sue someone over $15.

Next thing you know, we will need an activation code for the game and then the used market bottom out. Tons of kiddies won't be able to get $100 game cards from Grandma and the voice chat on Modern Warfare 2 won't be filled with snobbish little pricks on helium who have nothing better to do then tell everyone how stupid they are for not defending the 'A' capture point.

OK, so maybe we'll still have to contend with those snobbish little pricks on helium, but for fucks sake - what about the kiddies?!

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