This week’s news that Amazon, Toys R Us and Best Buy are all jumping into the used game business apparently got well-known developer David Perry (Earthworm Jim) fired up enough to post a bit of a rant on his blog.
Like many others on the developer/publisher side of the business, Perry seems to feel that used game trades are drinking his milkshake. We don’t see it that way. Indeed, quite the opposite. Low cost game buying options help build the pastime.
In addition, Perry has specific trust issues with trade-happy retailer GameStop:
"Sure, [GameStop,] let me go make you exclusive content, let me advertise to send buyers into your store, let me pay to put standees and posters everywhere, so you can sell them used games and stab our industry in the back." Now you’ve shown that the industry won’t stand up to you, everyone else can copy this practice.
Trust me, I know these guys I’ve been in ALL their offices. I just don’t hide, and kiss their behinds…
Where the heck is the ESA when we need them? They should be all over this like a rash. Based on the emails I get, you already have the support of the industry!
At least Perry doesn’t seem to want to deny gamers the right to dispose of their used games in some fashion:
The gamers however have the right to sell their games to anyone they like, or trade them. I have no issue with that aspect. I’ve bought plenty of rare games on Ebay, and I have no problem with Ebay, because we’re not doing co-promotion with them. Ebay are not our retail partners.