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"Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than second-hand sales on the Xbox," says lead Fable III combat designer Mike West. "I've been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they'll buy it." Thanks joao.

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53. Re: Quote of the  Day May 19, 2011, 07:42 Bhruic
 
To the bozo who is crying "troll"

Another good example, yes. Maybe if you cut out the pointless insults, people would be inclined to take you more seriously.

The developer never gets paid if I want a game and never purchase it because of high prices. In essence, having the same effect as piracy, right?

No, because you never played the game. With both second-hand sales, and piracy, you end up "consuming" the publisher/developers product without paying them. Are the situations identical? Of course not, second-hand sales are legal, piracy is not. And while you aren't paying the publisher/developer with second-hand sales, you are still paying someone who legally purchased the game. But that doesn't change the original fact.

Of course I wouldn't argue that a game that has been out 2-days on the retail market has lost any resell value at that point, other than the fact that the material CD or cartridge has a slight wear'n'tear. All that is irrelevant. What makes software better than almost any other used good?

If you wouldn't argue that, why are you bothering arguing about 10 year old software? Sure, you make a compelling argument against paying full price for 10 year old games, but since no one was suggesting you should, that's an entirely moot point.

Why don't we just make it illegal in the United States of America to sell anything used(besides automobiles of course because thats 'eco friendly'? Would that make the developers happy?

And this is another good example of why someone might confuse you with a troll. You're drawing the argument out to the extreme (in fact, it's a logical fallacy known as reductio ad absurdum). No publisher or developer is advocating for making it illegal to resell games, let alone "anything". And the person in this article is most certainly not suggesting that. All they are doing is pointing out, probably legitimately, that they lose more money from second-hand sales than they do from piracy at this point.

Ironically (in the Alanis Morisette definition of the word), I actually generally agree with your position. I don't have a tremedous amount of sympathy for developers and publishers complaining about second-hand sales. I think, as you apparently do, that they should look at what they can do to work within the system.
 
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