Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th May 2013 17:26 UTC
Games So, the Xbox One disaster continues. Microsoft's policy for dealing with the used games market has reportedly leaked - and it's a clear and direct attack to destroy the used games market. Prices for used games will be set at the retail value of a new game, and retailers have to hook into Microsoft's computer systems and comply with Microsoft's terms and conditions.
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RE[3]: Comment by fran
by Darkmage on Sun 26th May 2013 01:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by fran"
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Basically Microsoft is inciting piracy with these policies. It's no justification. it's just reality. People will do whatever they can to get what they want the way they want it. Prohibition didn't work for booze and strong DRM isn't going to work for games.$110 a copy is excessive. I bought 30+ PS3 games this generation because I was grey market importing the games at $20-40. Take away that option and I am gone from the console scene.

If all my friends are on the consoles and there's no other option then I'll probably turn to piracy. There is a point where you're not selling a product anymore, you're ripping me off. You can not like it, you can say I'm a bad person all you want. But at the end of the day if people I know are playing the games and I want to play. I'm not shelling out $500 for console hardware, $400 for controllers and $110/game which is the current Australian retail cost of gaming. Gaming is a hobby, it's not a necessity for living.

For $1000 I can buy a pretty sweet computer rig, and do better things with my time. Or I can give it to Chris Roberts for making Star Citizen. I know which one I'll do (Mr Roberts got $1000 from me recently). The games industry isn't losing anything to piracy, it's losing sales to shitty products and not catering to their market. When someone pirates for the first time they are being exposed to a completely new business model. It becomes very easy and tempting to then follow that model in the future. Pushing people towards piracy with high prices and tighter controls is a bad idea that is just going to exacerbate the problem.

Edited 2013-05-26 01:27 UTC

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