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Seems like this is the trend now. It seems more popular games require platforms like Steam and Origin. Pretty much all cod games are tied to steam, and it seems like BF3 might be tied to origin.

What's irritating is that the buyer isn't even given an option to not use these platforms when they go out and pay an absurd $60 for a video game.

What if you think the game is garbage after buying it new...

Or you've played the game out and don't want to play it any more...

...you don't even have the option to sell it used because it's tied to your steam or origin account, etc.

Seems like a bad deal for pc gamers. Even console gamers can sell their games used without issue.

It would be nice if there was a trade feature on steam or origin where you can trade your digital downloads back to steam for some kind of discount on a newer game. Even if it was just a 50% of the current retail value, at least it would be something.

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should be an exciting one!
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I usually don't pay anywhere near full retail for any of my Steam or Origin games (sales, cd key discount sites, etc) so I really don't think about selling my games that often. However, I think Steam and Origin should have a one time gift feature after you've downloaded the game.
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I agree it's a problem, but I know it's never going away, so I just don't buy games anymore unless they're <$15. And that is why the marketing gurus at gaming companies don't give a damn what I think about the industry.
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I have never sold any of my games away. I never saw the point in buying a game for $50 and then selling it for $30 after beating it. I would rather keep it and be able to play it again than have to go out and buy it again if I want to play it again.

That said I don't really mind loosing an ability that I have no intention of using. I always fully review games before I buy them. Whenever I pre-order a game it's pretty much a given that the game will be awesome.

I believe the next generation of consoles will try to enforce this too. We have already seen it being enforced with 360 Arcade games.
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Originally Posted by BigCactus;14546897 

It would be nice if there was a trade feature on steam or origin where you can trade your digital downloads back to steam for some kind of discount on a newer game. Even if it was just a 50% of the current retail value, at least it would be something.

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This has been suggested many times. It might be something that we may see from steam in the future but not for awhile. However most of the games I have on steam are games that Iv'e bought that have been on offer for 60% less. It's very rare these days that I will actually pay full price for games unless I can justify it. Only games I have/will pay full price for this year are Battlefield 3, Star wars the old republic, Assassins Creed Revelations and Elder scrolls skyrim. Everything else I will wait for on offer.
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PC Games have never really had much resale value anyway, especially with serial keys involved. I don't really see this making much of the difference especially with the constant Steam sales at 75% off original price for stuff quite regularly.
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I think that Steam is quite literally the worst thing that has ever disgraced the PC gaming market. It's buggy, lags tremendously, and is far more trouble than it's worth.
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Instead of "fixing" the issue on PC, they'll be doing the same thing on the consoles instead. VIP code from BFBC2, online pass for I don't remember which game..
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Quote:
Originally Posted by coachmark2;14547131 
I think that Steam is quite literally the worst thing that has ever disgraced the PC gaming market. It's buggy, lags tremendously, and is far more trouble than it's worth.

Funny. Never experienced bugs or lag.
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