The great debate over used game trades rages on…
Sure, GameStop execs support used game trades; it’s a huge piece of their business model.
But it’s especially nice to see a member of the game publishing elites step up and support the consumer’s right to choose.
I’m a fan of the [gaming] ecosystem overall. I can see the positive in [used game trades], because I can see that what you then get is more and more people touching, playing, experiencing a game that they may not otherwise have access to.
I think you’ve got to try and extract some positive from it, and that’s undoubtedly a good factor – a positive swirl of ecosystem that results. Clearly it’s a reality, and certain retailers are very focused and spend a lot of time on it. It’s good business for them.
I think things like premium downloadable content, and that kind of thing, will ultimately play a part in used games – and that’s not me saying that it’s a great way for us to try and minimise that. I think it will be a great enhancement to the way that people experience games. If some additional content is available via the Xbox Live service, for instance, that further enriches the game experience and might encourage folks to hang on their games for a bit longer.
GP: For showing a pro-consumer attitude on used game trades, we’ll toss Chris a white hat…