Why Anti-Used Game Consoles Could Be A Good Thing
Posted on Monday, February 11 @ 18:00:00 PST by Alex_Osborn
There have been a slew of next-gen rumors slinging left and right over the past couple of weeks, and none have irked the gaming populace quite as much as anti-used game measures. We've heard talk of it on both the PlayStation and Xbox side of things, so a widespread move could very well be a possibility.
But instead of crying about it, I'm going to try and find a silver lining in all of this mess. Now I know what you're thinking... Is this guy out of his mind? How could limiting the consumer's options possibly be a good thing? Blocking used games will single-handedly destroy retailers like GameStop, bring down rental services like GameFly, and prevent gamers from getting a game on the cheap for making a buck on what otherwise would collect dust.
Believe me, I hear you loud and clear. Blocking used games would have some serious consequences that don't swing in the favor of the consumer, but upon closer inspection, there are also a lot of benefits that should not be overlooked.
Developers Profit From Every Game Sale
You know those guys who worked incredibly hard to make the games you enjoy? Well, a lot of them are struggling to stay afloat thanks to used games. Today, the gap is widening between triple-A big-budget titles and small downloadable indie games, as B-tier developers can't seem to make enough of a profit to justify funding from publishers. So many studios have been closing lately, and while a lot of that has to do with the growing pains that our industry is going through right now, used game sales are certainly not helping the situation.
Those who buy a game used are contributing absolutely nothing to the people who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into crafting that experience. Instead, online sellers, GameStop, etc. are the ones who collect all of that profit. Call me crazy, but isn't something wrong with that picture?
So now you're thinking... Well, Alex, I see how this helps the game companies, but what do I get out of the deal? Sure, you may have to spend a few extra bucks to get the games you want new, but isn't keeping those studios in business worth it? A number of promising franchises will never be continued thanks to poor sales, and anti-used game consoles help in preventing that.
So what say you? Do I bring up at least a few valid points or am I losing my mind? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.
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