Comment Of The Week: Are Used Game Sales Worse Than Poverty?

“Comment of the Week” is a brand new, recurring post on Game Front. We scour our week’s stories looking for the funniest or smartest comments from our readers.

Yesterday, GameFront’s Phil Owen posted on Lionhead designer Mike West’s assertion that resale of used copies of video games is more harmful to the gaming industry than piracy. We chose to post his statement without comment, but our readers jumped into the debate and offered some rather good observations about this issue. For our readers, the question seemed to come down to the idea of ownership – do we actually own the software we purchase, or are we signing an extended leasing agreement?

By far the best comment on this post came from reader Logical Person. He had apparently had a lot to say about the matter, and his comments (edited for clarity) are GameFront’s very first Comment of The Week:

“This won’t solve their problems.

I, for example, figured out that eventually everything WILL go digital (So your ‘solution’ is already coming). But I separate every digital download with a digital pass/account. Using steam as an example; I don’t buy 2 games on the same steam account- meaning I could one day sell a steam account (1 game, 1 email, etc) and not lose my other steam games. I keep a list of all my accounts and games, and Steam can’t tell the difference. Steam won’t ban an account because it one day started connecting from a different IP. They say in their agreement they will ban an account if they find out it was sold, but how can they ever find out unless the person who sold it is a complete moron?

Don’t forget, you can always sell your game at a higher price than anyone else selling a normal copy, because if you purchased any DLC, or had to put in an online code that costs 10 dollars to activate multiplayer for [people who purchased ysed games], they [the purchaser] stay with the account.

The only downside to this is that you can’t really have a friend list on anything but the accounts that you know you’re going to keep. Eventually, (another 5-10 years?), everything will be digital. And this will be the only way to sell your games that you don’t play anymore. Now, Software/Game [should] seriously shut the hell up and understand that the business they are in cannot be treated like an automobile industry, where you sell a car and expect repair bills to add to the total profit from that car, but rather [more of] a food industry. You sell the product once, and forget about it because it’s been consumed.”

Hard to argue with that. Thanks for sharing, Logical Person. Meanwhile, we want to encourage our readers to keep us sharp and share their thoughts in comments. Until next Friday, cheers.

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2 Comments on Comment Of The Week: Are Used Game Sales Worse Than Poverty?


On May 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm

How many time should we pay for a damn game? If its no good, or you just don’t like it, selling it someone else is the only way to go. Its not like you can send it back to the company that made it, and get a refund; in this way, buying games really is like buying food, not automobiles; i can’t get a refund on my meal at McDonalds(even if i return it).


On May 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Piracy +1