Monday, 22 August 2011

Good As New

This might be old news, or might have been discussed many times by other people, but I felt like bitching, so bitching I shall.

This post, if I can make it long enough for me to deem worthy of being put up, is about game developers and their hatred of buying games pre-owned. You know, because they're asses.

This was brought about by reading that a game called RAGE is going to have a pass where you get it if you buy the game new, that unlocks some features you won't see if you buy the game pre-owned. Alright, this is kind of fairer than some other schemes people have done, but it's still douchebaggery of the highest order. If you're going to stop people from buying games pre-owned, just to make a few bucks, or whatever the currency in Hell is, then you're just going to increase piracy, you can't stop the pirates, but by making people who normally wouldn't pirate, pirate, because they won't or can't pay full price for a game new, then you're certainly helping them win.

I've never had much money, the last time I bought a game brand new was Fable 3, and that was because A) I pre-ordered it and got it pretty damn cheap, and B) I split the price with my brother. I rely heavily on pre-owned games, and I'm not the only one. I like going to my local game shop, where I can buy a game for £2, I did in fact go there and buy several games I wanted but couldn't find anywhere. Because they were that old.

Pre-owned games are a necessity, at least to me. They allow people who normally wouldn't be able to afford games a way to buy them and not turn to piracy, they allow people who have bought games to make a few bucks themselves if they don't like the game, or just want to make some room, personally though I wouldn't sell a game, even if I knew I'd never play it again. They allow games to live on as long as people are taking care of them. They're a good source of money for the people who are selling them, like game shops who maybe hit some hard times, I've already mentioned individuals making some money.

In short, I rely massively on pre-owned games, as do a lot of others, and I, for one, would like to see their continued existence. And yes, I'm aware that RAGE made me RAAAAAGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE and yes, I mad.

29 comments:

  1. I'm pretty much in the same boat. Pre-owned everything.

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  2. @Timothy Bowen About the only things that aren't pre-owned for me are my consoles, except my Dreamcast and my SNES. And Gamecube when I get enough money to splurge on one. Also yay someone voted me up on Reddit besides me! If it was you, a huge thanks :)

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  3. Raging about RAGe, now that's neat :P

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  4. Yeah, I think that's bullshit. Sure, there are people who want to pay $60 for the new Assassin's Creed game whenever it comes out... kudos to them. Me, on the other hand, I don't mind waiting a couple months till I can get it for half the price. If developers keep this up, they're only going to shoot themselves in the foot.

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  5. good thing I'm not into this kind of stuff. yey! ^_^

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  6. Fable 3? Last one I bought was Myst.

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  7. @Copyboy LOL The last game I actually bought was Soul Reaver 1. Fable 3 was the last game I bought at full price non-preowned. Although because I pre-ordered it it was half price, and thus, affordable.

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  8. All you do here is bitching, right? ;D
    Your point is valid though.

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  9. @FangIt's not all bitching lol, as this week is going to prove.

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  10. rage always makes me rage, to be honest, i AM pretty pissed ATM.

    thanks for sharing my rage

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  11. Developers don't make any profit from used sales, so I see the reasoning in why they did this. I think a better method would be to make a deal with major retailers to still receive a fraction of profit of any used game sales. But I don't think retailers would go for that...

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  12. @ShawI don't think developers are too likely to go for that either. Plus it doesn't solve every problem. The charity shop I work at sells games, and I don't think anyone wants to be the people who stole from charity lol. I think it would be better if developers would be happy that people were still playing and enjoying their creations, that what they made still lives on, but that's an idealistic solution and even more unlikely than retailers giving developers a cut of used game sales.

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  13. wow, there's no patience in the world :(

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  14. The fact that developers don't make any money from pre owned games is a major reason for them to push for digital distribution, removing the pre owned market entirely

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  15. @Internet Catch Of The Day This is the main reason my brother said he'd never download a game, and I reckon he'd do that too. Even on Steam I only buy really old things that are a couple of quid each, about what I'd pay for pre-owned. I'm not a big fan of the digital distribution age. But ranting about that makes me feel very very old.

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  16. They don't realize all they're doing is helping out the pirates when they release pre-order only content.

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  17. Why buy new when you can save like 40 bucks and get 2 more games for a pre-owned game? Not like the disc doesn't work anymore. It's software.

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  18. Agree with the above posts. They're just hurting them selves.

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  19. I get what Rage is trying to do. A game can get resold over and over again, and the developer only makes money off the initial transaction, allowing places like Gamestop (at least in america) to make almost pure profit off of their work. At the same time, being a poorfag myself, it does bother me as well because I can't afford new games all the time. But, it's a developer incentive. they're trying to motivate people to give money to them, not give the money to a third party

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  20. @Generally Disgruntled When you put it like that, I can see the point, that's how most music artists feel about record companies, it's why they say that a band gets most of it's money from shows (plus shows probably sell more for more, and have merchandise, gotta love merch). But still, I am a poorfag, and there are some games these days that just aren't being made any more. When my original xbox broke, I tried about 10 shops looking for a new one before I had to buy one preowned. They still allow for people to experience things they might never have gotten a chance to experience, and do it in an affordable way. My dad would never buy me a game for say 30 quid, but he would let me buy four for 15 because he appreciated a good deal lol. I can understand wanting to incentivise people to pay you your hard earned money, but do that nicely, not make it so they have to have an internet connection to play, something which has been done. There's a fine line, and it gets crossed too easily, and too much.

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  21. @Generally Disgruntled And again we trade blog post length comments at eachother.

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  22. @Timothy Bowen
    So you're in the second hand boat, huh? I'm in the shady looking boat with a lot of luxuries on it... aaaaarrrg.

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  23. I personally pirate all the games because they dont sell games in my country. If you visit Vietnam, you'd be 7 ultimate lol

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  24. Most games these days aren't even worth buying, apart from the few exceptions; respect to you for not pirating them and actually trying to buy them legitimately when you can.

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