Should used games be banned?

Should used games be banned?
 

 
 
 
 

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1cichfishy
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There are a lot of people that wouldn't get to play a lot of games out there if they stopped. A lot of casual gamers out there aren't going to pay $60+ for a new game. If a person buys a used version of an older game, that person may become interested enough in the title to buy the next installment new. I think a big part of the problem is with the better game companies milking the hell out of certain titles and crying when someone goes looking for a cheaper copy. If it wasn't for me finding a used copy of Dawn of War for $10, I probably wouldn't have spent $$$$$ on the rest of the series.

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Game publishers are just trying to double-dip to increase their revenue. Charging people for their used game doesn't make sense at all. Instead of worrying about the used game market, how about making games priced right that people would actually want to buy new?

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Disgusting practice, absolutely no excuse. with all due respect, big video game companies are already making millions in profit year after year. so what if someone wants to buy a used game? the previous owner already paid for the rights to have that copy in the first place. so it isn't in the same ball park of the black market of piracy. and anyone who denies that is either a wannabe comedian or a complete moron.

I agree with the poster below me, if I buy something, guess what? IT IS MINE TO SHARE. if I want to take a film round to a friends house to watch it, morally speaking, I have every right to do it. If I buy someone a snack from a corner shop, I shouldn't be charged double the price for giving it away. the same thing should apply to video games. some of you here on this forum treat the second hand game market the same as mass distributing illegal copies over torrents. it's absurd.

People who buy used games don't usually have enough money to pay full retail price anyway so I don't see how anyone is losing out.
BTW I'm not one of those people who buy second hand games the day they're out, I mostly buy used games when they're discontinued which leaves me with no other option.

if second hand games are banned, what will become of Gamestation here in the UK? or Gamestop in the US and Canada? of course all games will eventually become digital download, so either way they're screwed obviously. but that is still no reason to speed up the demise of retail games.

Anonymous

Ok, so some of you actually think that a company should get paid more than once per product? So if I share a carton of milk with a friend, the company that produces the milk should expect to be paid 2 times for that 1 carton of milk? Sounds retarted to me.

If I buy a game, I OWN it. It's MINE. And since it is MINE, I can give it away or re-sell it however I want. As soon as I paid full price for that game, the game studio got their share and that's that, why the hell should they be paid again for THE SAME PHYSICAL DISC that I already paid $70 for?

They are already getting paid, the problem is they want money for OTHER PEOPLES PROPERTY.

Prophet4NO1
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I buy all my games on Steam. So, used games are not really an option. But, the big steam sales are pretty damn good.

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absolutely not,

then nobody would be able to buy an used game from someone cuz it wouldnt work.

or for example if a friend has an old game which he/she doesnt like anymore, and you wanna have it.
that would then be impossible cuz the game wont work for you >.<

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DAOWAce
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I posted earlier, but here's more input into the used game 'banning' from a very intelligent and highly regarded person (TotalBiscuit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlQVswC7FME

I don't mean to sound rude, but I can't help the way people interpret my words.

Anonymous

I think they should get banned, or at least been made in a way that the second hand buyer have to pay a small fee to get a new key or something. Since the developers don't make any money from the used games.

DeV
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You are right but ppl buy used games becoz of money lower price for new game used market will fall

DeV
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I never buy used game. They should think other way to get rid of used game market. If they can't think of better idea they are just stupid.

Anonymous

When used Games are deinstalled from the PC of the First User and the 2nd User install it. Then i think it is not a big Problem.
I think there are other People which do not have much Money for such Games and when some1 think about the Boringlevel afterhourdauer then it is a good point for Both "Player".
Then the Word "Banned".A Disk got a save capacity of 5 Years +-. Then the CD-DVD-HD.At least our Brain.
Then the Resource of the Hardware were the Software is on for Recycling,maybe.
And then come the Time when you search a Game which you do not so fast again.In Stores without much 01000100011000010111010001100001 and with a Cartoon and a Picture on it.And a limited Edition and the First Part and then , and then , and then ... Cod 1 :p
And i think there are Newcommers in this kind of Generation which got interesst in making Games which can be very helpfull for ^.

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I'm sure videogame companies are doing pretty well, and instead of worrying about SOPA or any other "crab" Gov should worry about the people loosing their homes in tons of foreclosures, i'm sure that most media companies are not loosing their homes, at least by now.

I don't about you guys, but even if they banned they games, I can't care less.... I would love to see the police car in my driveway, would take a video and make youtube event about it.

Actually, last week I tried to download a game from amazon, and at the end of the process I got this message: This item is not available in your territory (Peru)

Well if they don't need my money I still can use torrents.

Anonymous

Should used CD's be banned? Should used movies be banned? Should used clothes be banned? Should used CARS be banned?

Well no.

DAOWAce
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Used video game sales do nothing but hurt the game companies that create them and profit the companies that sell them (like Gamestop).

If that doesn't say enough, then I don't know how else to get through to you.

I voted Yes, if that wasn't obvious.

Anonymous

what your saying is true, in as far as if the game doesn't have an online or multiplayer feature (game developers can and are starting to require folk to purchase a pass in order to play online, which I think is fair enough as the servers cost money to keep running. What's hilariously funny is why it took games publishers so long to realise this and allofasudden start huffing about it. This has been going on for Years now, and you didn't hear them moaning back then(not as public anyway), they could always put a small tax on used games, say you buy a new one for £40 and would buy a used one for £20-25 then, at least as far as a store goes, you'd pay an additional £5 or so for the used copy, makes them Some cash back at least. Like others have said, it's a free market out there.

You try the same thing with clothes, cars or anything else, used things don't make the car makers anything (usually) or the clothing industry, but they accept it and deal with it that people are in a free society, they don't have much option and why the games industry thinks they deserve any different is beyond me. Used videos, christ, people taped stuff off the telly even though it wasn't the best quality, it was good enough for most people, bet movie studios hated that.

The Advertising business must also hate these DVR-like boxes where you can record things and fast forword through the ads, they have to get creative and find ways round that too, so the games industry is just gonna have to accept that, used games are going to be sold, and if they want extra money for it, which seems fair given that a 2nd person is enjoying the same thing, then they should find a good way of doing it that is acceptable to most peopl, like the pass idea for online games.
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Yeah, the used market is a very big one and the subject gets complicated fast.

I compare it mostly to piracy. Unlike piracy, you can prove companies have lost sales through used products; whereas you cannot prove a pirated product would have actually been a lost sale.

And the big media industry does hate the fact that consumers can record and rip things, even if only for personal storage. They've been fighting about it since even before the VCR was introduced.

All things need to go digital (video games, music, movies, etc.). The market will be more sustainable that way and used sales will be a thing of the past. Although this means there may potentially be more piracy, it will actually benefit the companies involved.

Unfortunately, retail stores (and Hollywood) still try to protect their aging business model. Until they get with the program, subjects like this will be highly contested.

Anonymous

I don't think selling used games should be banned, as it's unfair to users who bought a game that they didn't like.

However the only reason I feel that way is that users can't know for sure if they would like a game or not - gameplay videos uploaded to eg. YouTube can be deceptive (such as with the title 'Brink').

If all games had available demos so people could get a 'true feeling' for the game they are considering to buy and find out how it will perform on their system (like if a game runs properly on their PC, or if they find a game to perform poorly on their game console. A game like 'Crysis 2' frequently drops below 25 fps on consoles like the Xbox 360 or PS3), I wouldn't mind if games couldn't be resold - assuming the games aren't broken.