Happy New Year

The staff at GamePolitics would like to wish all of our loyal readers a safe and Happy New Year.

I hope that 2011 will be the year when..

..the highest court in the land rules that video games are protected under the first amendment and that only parents have the right to control what their children play.

..that the FCC protects consumers from usage-based schemes and content services (Netflix, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Steam, etc.) from broadband service providers.

..that DRM becomes less popular with developers and publishers.

..that the governments of the world realize that there must be some sort of balance when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights.

..that rights holders or their lawyers decide that there is no money in suing thousands of file-sharers.

..and that game publishers realize that there is more money in providing services than in punishing used game buyers.

Happy New Year to all.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    I’m guessing you meant to reply to me.  If so, good on GameStop.  Although, used game buyers are now only getting a $2 discount instead of $5 (assuming they want the online stuff) but hey, that’s better than paying full retail for a used game.

    I have no idea what you’re talking about when you refer to a "half-finished game."


    Andrew Eisen

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    Grif says:

    Gamestop already does. Used copies of Madden, NCAA, Tiger Woods, and NFS: Hot Pursuit are $47.99, instead of the customary $54.99. Also, you have the ability to get a full refund when you realize that EA is only giving you a half-finished game.

    "Power means nothing without honor and pride."

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    Also, it’s worth pointing out that buying FIFA 11 used does not prevent you from playing online.

    I think what James is getting at is used game buyers aren’t getting as good a deal as before.  Personally, I put that on the retailers.  Might want to look into lowering those used game prices GameStop as there’s currently not much insentive to buy used when the consumer is looking to get the total package.


    Andrew Eisen

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    beemoh says:

    >punishing used game buyers.


    Nobody’s being ‘punished’ for anything- nobody is losing anything they had before. If I can’t play FIFA 11 online because I bought it used, it’s hardly like they’ve taken anything away, as I couldn’t play FIFA 11 online before buying it.

    FIFA 11 might well be not as good a product than FIFA 10 (or whichever was the last one to have no code) owing to its online mode being essentially absent, but that is categorically not the same as punishing anyone.



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