Speaking to Bloomberg GameStop VP of public and investor relations Matt Hodges said that the consumer's desire to purchase a next-generation console will be "significantly diminished" if manufacturers were to block the ability to play used games.
Hodges was responding to an unconfirmed rumor that the next Xbox system might require users to be "always connected" as part of some grand scheme to block used games. The news of the rumor sent the world's largest video game retailer's stock downward by six percent yesterday.
Similar rumors have been floated by anonymous sourced about the next console system from Sony. While publishers and developers have freely complained about the used games market and how it impacts new game sales, console makers have mostly stayed out of the fray…