Bill Harris of the excellent Dubious Quality blog, has two interesting posts on used games. The latest is a rant on how game companies that make millions or billions of dollars are trying to convince gamers that they are "one of us," but when you hear them talk about used games most realize it’s all bulls**t.
The second post features emails from readers who point out all kinds of interesting acts about used games, strange laws to make selling games at your local GameStop more difficult and even talk about what game rentals do to new game sales.
Here’s a taste of the rant:
Remember how piracy used to be the number one problem for gaming companies? And remember how much cheaper games would be, said the big companies, if only they could stop piracy?
Well, that’s very clever. Gaming companies never really talk about reducing piracy being enough to reduce game prices. They always talk about ending piracy.
Notice what they did there?
Did Ubisoft release Silent Hunter 5 or Assassin’s Creed 2 at a lower price because the requirement of an always-on Internet connection made piracy exponentially more difficult? The PSP GO didn’t even have physical media. Were those games cheaper than their physical media equivalents?