Publishers’ War on Used Games and Why You Should Buy a PC Already

But Back to the Larger Implications

There is a bigger picture here, though, and that’s that people are starting to expect an all-out war on the used game. As it ramps up, it’ll mean a tectonic shift in how console players buy video games. It’s literally a situation in which publishers are finding ways to exert the maximum amount of control over how you consume games, when, where, and for how much, in every single case.

Of course, there will be workarounds — games routinely drop in price even within a few months of their release, allowing players to snag “new” copies for lower prices — but it still means giving up market freedom and ownership of how you buy and consume gaming software. What’s more, the entire idea presupposes that you’re being made to pay the publisher’s price for a title made for aged, already-obsolete hardware.

If we’re going to be stuck without a used game market for consoles, the benefit of consoles continues to evaporate. We’re not expecting a new Xbox this year and certainly not one that bars used games, but if it does prove to be true in the future, there’s one definitive, intelligent solution.

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8 Comments on Publishers’ War on Used Games and Why You Should Buy a PC Already

Mark Burnham

On January 30, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Another way to think of it, is instead of buying a second console (i.e. if you already own an Xbox 360 and are considering getting a PS3), instead consider building your own PC and treating that as your second “console.”

Having one console, plus a gaming PC is a pretty strong combination. You’ve got the “media center” experience on your console and TV, with Netflix, Hulu, Zune or what have you; and with the PC, you have all the boons you mentioned with none of the “online pass” nonsense.


On January 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

I’ll be a little paranoid…. Can you see that’s what they want in the long run, make everything digital and online. You can’t take a digital copy of game or DLCs to a friends house, unless you decide to take your console HDD with you(not sure if possible though). Game development is way too lazy if you ask me (i know is not and easy task but….) Rage, Skyrim, etc, shouldn’t have been released as they did, but because we already have DLCs and updates….. More and more games are being develop were “online/multiplayer” functions are taking the lead instead of the SP campaing, Ex gears of wars 3, anyone who played the first 2 knows what i’m talking. You have Blizzard and its “need to be online to install/play our game”; EA with origin. Finally SOPA and alikes. It’s all about greed and control no matter if you have a PC or a console.


On January 30, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Getting a PC is no better, with locked content on your drives awaiting keys, and keys tied to a gamers logon accounts and now sometimes hardware like Ubisofts new hardware monitoring DRM, activation install limits etc.
How many used PC games have you bought last few years? Oh right, NONE! Because of DRM. Pirate DRM free or find them on sale maybe.

Console users wanted the equality of having the same game experience across the platforms, hence all the lazy console to PC ports they now play with a damn Xbox controller. Now publishers and developers want to stifle console sharing of disks and/or buying of used game disk with better DRM, locking the software or keys to accounts and hardware, or install limits, like on the PC’s, and now they suddenly want to cry a river?

STFU! And enjoy the equality of having the same PC DRM experience on consoles too. Such an cruelly implemented plan by the gaming industry, couldn’t happen to a better bunch of deserving people.

Brandon J. Clark

On January 30, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I have a HTPC hooked up to the living room tv, so although there is an 360 there as well, we mainly use the media center pc for netflix, movies, music and live tv.

Consoles are toys….


On January 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I never understood people who complained about the price of a PC and somehow thought paying extra for games, DLC and a monthly fee just to play online is cheaper.


On January 31, 2012 at 3:34 am

I work in tech support taking inbound calls from the people ranging from computer illiterate to regular computer users. All of the people I tell who are not educated with computers are surprised to find that you can build a good machine for less that 400 dollars! Hell even the console gamers jaws drop when I tell them I built a machine for my friend from the ground up (that is including extras: monitor, keyboard, mouse, tower, upgraded psu, ect.) that plays Battlefield 3 on full settings for only $800! I’m telling every one, dump the console routine. You only will need to spend the initial lump sum once. I have been using the same system for about 8 years. Mind you I have been upgrading it about once per year, but I never spent more that $300. And when I spent the $300 I was either buying multiple parts or upgrading to the latest and greatest video card.

Also btw… What makes you think that consoles will not be effected by SOPA and PIPA or any of those foul words to describe the disgrace of the computer illiterate know it alls?


On January 31, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Please tell me how you have 800 rig that can play bf3 full.

Right now I have about 900 in computer and thats not counting cost of hd display, speakers, keyboards, mouse, legal copy of windows.

And I still cant play bf3 completely maxed(stupid mxaa kills framerate) out in 1080p. Even though it still looks better looking than console versions.

Phenom II x4 960T (unlocked x6 @ 3.5Ghz 2600Mhz HT and NB)
ASRock 870 Extreme3
8GB HyperX DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24
2x 1GB Radeon HD 6850
750w Antec High Current psu

Could have went intel route at time of build but i wanted a specific case and with the case my budget didnt allow an i5 2600. This was about august.


On February 1, 2012 at 5:34 am

Well… I’m already playing in OnLive, it represents all the evil in the gaming world, but I don’t have to care about any kind of hardware anymore, just playing. I’m willingly a slave of the ring, my precious.