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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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

http://www.pcworld.com/article/182010/xbox_users_banned.html


Didn't really take much googling did it? This was a massive story because Modern Warfare came out short before-hand.

This would be the only reliable source (but because it comes from Microsoft it probably tainted ... so I already know what you are going to day) of data because on PC you are trying to make me prove a negative. It like trying to measure the Desktop Linux install base ... you can't.

Following this ban, a large number of modded Xbox 360 consoles are being put up for sale on sites such as Craigslist. The average price for such a console is now around $90, much under the normal market price of around $200. Precaution when buying such a console is advised, as Microsoft warned that anyone who accidentally purchased a modded Xbox 360 console would not receive any help or compensation from the company


Everyone knows it exists and it happens. Playing dumb like this Thom is quite frankly tiring.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

So, Microsoft bans up to 1 million Xbox Live accounts for piracy. Huh. That's 2% of the total amount of Xbox live subscribers.

Yup. Piracy is rampant!

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

2% is quite a lot of money when it is that many users.

If they had bought Call of Duty: MW2 that would be £70 million pounds ... that is a lot of money. That would probably fund quite a bit development on a triple A title.

We have 4 million users a month on the site that I work on. 1% are IE7 users and 2% Opera users ... That is still 120000 people giving us money that otherwise wouldn't.

Also 2 million people doing something that isn't a right thing to do in the first place is okay?

EDIT: Also It isn't the point Thom, they are getting a free ride when I can tell you being a developer getting a release out can be like going through hell.

I would like to see if you had the same attitude after doing all nighters, having arguments with your spouse and not having a life for a few weeks/months outside of work. Which btw happens far to often all over the software industry.

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?HeroicProgramming

Edited 2013-05-25 18:51 UTC

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