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Op Ed

HotHardware - If You Resell Your Used Games, The Terrorists Win. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
Both Browne and Braben conflate hating GameStop (a thoroughly reasonable life choice) with the supposed evils of the used games market. Braben goes so far as to claim that used games are actually responsible for high game prices and that "prices would have come down long ago if the industry was getting a share of the resells." Amazingly, no game publishers have stepped forward to publicly pledge themselves to lower game prices in exchange for a cut of used game sales.

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14. Re: Op Ed Apr 22, 2012, 04:18 Jerykk
 
This position ignores the fact that for GameStop to sell a used copy a new copy had to of first been bought and resold. No such requirement exists for pirated copies. It also ignores the likelihood that fewer new copies would be purchased if buyers were unable to trade or sell them at a later time.

Your position ignores the fact that a used copy only requires a new purchase once, after which it can be resold again and again without the developer or publisher seeing any money.

In addition, the whole "people sell used games so they can buy new games" logic has multiple flaws. For one, if people are selling used games, there's a pretty good chance that they're buying used games as well. They likely buy far more used games than new games. Secondly, publishers and developers are not part of some giant conglomerate. Buying/selling a used copy of Psychonauts so you can afford a new copy of CoD2012 still screws Double Fine. You're just screwing one developer in favor of another.

If you really want to support developers, you should buy games via digital distribution at full price within a month of release. Digital distribution offers a much higher profit margin, so publishers will recoup their costs more quickly and the developer is more likely to see royalties.

This comment was edited on Apr 22, 2012, 04:26.
 
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