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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.

28. Re: Op Ed Apr 23, 2012, 02:57 Kabuto
Jerykk wrote on Apr 23, 2012, 01:49:

Again, you're assuming that all pirated copies originate from a copy that was obtained illegally. In truth, most pirated games originate from a new copy that was legally obtained. After all, that's the easiest way to obtain games before they are pirated. For that one new copy, the publisher received compensation. Same thing applies to games that are resold as a used copies. However, whether or not the publisher and/or developer received compensation for the original purchase is largely irrelevant. They did not receive any compensation for the transactions made after that original purchase, whether it be a used sale from GameStop or a pirated sale from some street vendor in Thailand.

What you really mean to say is that used copies are generally harder to obtain than pirated copies. This is true (provided you have access to the internet). However, it's a pretty trivial point and doesn't change the fact that neither a used sale nor a pirated sale offer compensation to either the publisher or developer of the game being traded.

While piracy is illegal and used sales are not, they both have the same end result when it comes to publishers and developers. Used sales are convenient because they let you be cheap without compromising your moral integrity unless you actually care about developers being rewarded for their work.

It doesn't matter if the original copy that is cracked and distributed was legally purchased or not. That single copy can now be downloaded an infinite number of times, making the origins of the original copy irrelevant. A single used copy may realistically be resold a handful of ttimes, but the most important distinction is that every used copy in distribution was orignally a legally sold copy.

If you want to argue that used game sales hurt the industry as a whole, go ahead. I don't neccasarily agree, but the argument can certainly be made. But stretching that argument to say that pirating a game is the equivalent of buying used is absurd.
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  17. Apr 22, 07:59      Re: Op Ed Kabuto
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  26. Apr 23, 01:28        Re: Op Ed Kabuto
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  32. Apr 23, 04:20            Re: Op Ed Bhruic
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  41. Apr 24, 00:12                 Re: Op Ed Jerykk
  42. Apr 24, 01:56                  Re: Op Ed Kabuto
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  47. Apr 24, 03:35                    Re: Op Ed Bhruic
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  48. Apr 24, 05:28                    Re: Op Ed Kabuto
  51. Apr 25, 03:27                     Re: Op Ed Jerykk
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