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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Used is a Four Letter Word | Gamers With Jobs

Used is a Four Letter Word | Gamers With Jobs: "Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to guys like Mark Rein coming out angrily bashing the retail industry for stealing food from his mouth. Which, all finally begs the million dollar question: are the sales of used games at least partially to blame for a perceived decline in gaming quality?"

Hmmm. Interesting idea. I think that the market tends to drive what happens and who survies. The game developers MOST hurt by this are likely to the in of of two categories (if not both):

A) Gameplay so easy/short as to put the game into the used market quickly.
B) Games so good as to keep on having significant resale value long after release.

A=> no sympathy from me
B=> is a problem actually worth considering.

Perhaps the manufacturers of the games need a better way to tap into this market themselves?