Originally Posted by iKxGaMeX
This is plain wrong, and noone is going to win if we completely loose our rights to used games. It gives Microsoft/Sony complete control over pricing.
Here's a good example. If any of you have been on xbox live recently, you'll see that they have "Hit Games for Sale!"--Halo 3 for the low price of $19.99. What they DON'T tell you is that you could walk into any gamestop and pick up this 5 year old game for $3-$4. On top of that, they expect you to buy all the DLC to play Halo 3 online (another $20). OH WAIT, I could walk into gamestop and pick up ODST with all the map packs for 6 or 7 bucks, essentially giving me the whole game for $10 (used) apposed to Micosoft's price of $40.
No one should put up with this, unless you really do enjoy being nickeled and dimed and overcharged for something you technically don't even own?. Hell, if this is the way gaming is heading, I think I'll spend my hard earned cash on a football, or some hockey gear. Try taking THAT away from me, Microsoft.
More than likely, Microsoft/Sony will adopt a model similar to steam where they will periodically have sales on their titles to generate some movement on the console. It would be foolish for them to keep all of their games priced high all the time because it would limit the sale of their games. If you limit the sale of your games, developers can't make money, and if developers can't make money, developers lose interest and stop making titles for that platform. If microsoft/sony decide to be greedy to the extreme, everybody loses. It simply means that microsoft/sony are no longer competing with game resellers on their products. They're simply competing with themselves, which will probably result in less profits than they're getting with this generation of consoles.
While Microsoft/Sony may control pricing, it's always been up to the consumer to pay for a game only when it has reached a price point that they deem it worthwhile. The consumer will still win if they wait long enough.Edited by Mad Pistol - 4/3/12 at 9:21am