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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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25. Re: Op Ed Apr 23, 2012, 00:47 Jerykk
 
How many copies need to be sold for a game to be pirated an infinite number of times?

One, usually. Same with used games. You buy a new game, then sell it, someone else buys it, then sells it, rinse and repeat forever. Pretty much the same as buying a game, then copying it and releasing it on the net.

Hell, you don't even have to buy a new copy. If you stole a copy of MW3 from Target and then tried to pawn it off at GameStop, they would gladly accept it. They'd be even happier to accept it if it was still sealed and had the price sticker on it.

Yes, but your position ignores the reality that that never actually happens. Theoretically, sure, but practically, large numbers of new games are sold - Gamestop sells more new games than used by their own sales numbers.

I never said that people don't buy new games. I just said that people who sell used games are more likely to buy used games instead of new ones. However, the majority of consumers still buy new stuff. This applies to any medium, whether it be books, movies, music or games. And as NKD mentioned, GameStop sees significantly higher profit margins from used games because those transactions give nothing to publishers or developers. All that money goes into GameStop's pockets.

This comment was edited on Apr 23, 2012, 00:52.
 
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