Following the recent rumors of the PS4, and the Xbox 720 possibly stopping the play of used games on their console not to mention EA’ money-grabbing passes, Bioware’s day one DLC, and Game Of The Year Editions most of the gaming industry has been trying destroy the used game market for years. Some players have shifted back to playing their favourite games on QQ owing to news such as this.
The exception being independent video game retailers, and GameStop who’s ridiculously low end trade in value for games has been ripping off gamers for years, but that’s beside the point it. It offered an opportunity to get some kind of credit to gain the next new gaming experience that somebody on a budget might not be able to afford, like the old saying “Out with the old, and in with the new” . I will even take it a step farther I will say the used game has fueled the new game market.
So, when I heard the new gaming consoles might use the EA’s tired, and true method of charging people for a pass to unlock the ability to play the game, or even worst not able to play the game at all without hacking the hardware, and all the other fore-mentioned schemes to steal hard earned money from gamers I got extremely angry. I wanted to make a point to these game companies, the industry I’ve loved, and poured money into for decades. I wanted to punish them for violating the trust of the consumer for taking my money, for holding content from me, and for being well down right disrespectful to their customers.
I’ve decided for each gaming company I don’t support I will buy their game only used if at all, and the gaming passes only from eBay, or personal sales. The reasons for this if you buy a game used gaming companies don’t see a dime from it, also in my opinion it’s a form of reparations for the poor saps who brought the game on the first day if I can help a fellow gamer make some money back it gives me some sense of philanthropy. Matter of fact I encourage everybody to do this if you disagree with the company buy a used game, if you don’t like the price of a game buy a used game, and if you have to have the game on the release date trade in some old games to get it so other gamers to buy those games. Let your voices be heard by the dollar you spend, and voice your opinion about it! They are a company, and they will take notice.
The gaming companies would argue the used game market is killing the industry. No it is not! Stop with this non-sense. No company should complain about used sales. Ford is not complaining about people buying used trucks, JC Penny is not dying from thrift stores, and no industry is contributing flea markets to killing its business. Nobody should double dip into a used sale, if I sell my lawn mower to my neighbor I don’t give ten dollars to the company who made my lawn mower to mow my lawn. I shouldn’t have to give 10 dollars to THQ to play MY SAINTS ROW THE THIRD online! It’s ludicrous; it’s just a front to use to charge the gamer an extra buck. Bottom line somebody paid for that product when it was new, and sold it lower, because it’s not the same level of quality at the time of the purchase. They got their money on the first sale; they should not be entitled to a second sale profit ever! No company should It’s no longer their product, it’s your product. Don’t let any company, any game developer, and anyone tell you differently this trend has to stop.