Originally Posted by poizone
The reason people buy used games is because new games are overpriced already. Sure, I like the Skate series, but until Skate 3 came out, I wasn't willing to pay full price for it, and even then I was a little on edge. Games like CoD, which come out every two years with minor graphical updates and the same terrible story line are worth maybe $10 to me. Games like Halo: Reach, where there is a beautiful story, obvious improvements, and a developer that actually cares for their customers, those are worth more to me, but just like Skate 3, when I put down my pre-order on it, I was on the fence as to whether it would be worth the $60. Even though I only had it for a few months, I felt like I'd gotten my money's worth for the first time in a while. Same kind of thing with Skyrim (My first Elder Scrolls title) and Borderlands 2.
Used games and sales are how consumers vote with their wallet while still getting the chance to play the games they'd like to. This is why PC gamers have accepted Steam, and why console players are scared to lose their used games. Titles are rarely worth $60 these days.
All these company suits only care about money but in the end they are not seeing the whole thing. They haven't realized the most basic of things: Steam works because whenever they have those sales lots of people buy games and that more than makes up for the loss in revenue for each individual copy. Gabe has explained this more than once, yet, even with used game shops all around the globe telling these executives that people are very much willing to buy games if they are at half the price, they still think that lowering prices is somehow devaluing their IP, or something like that, it's actually a very anti-business idea, it's like they have some sort of moral, noblesse or status they are not willing to let go of. This is a business, make customers happy, they buy more, you sell more, everybody is happy.
If they insist on pricing new games at $50 or $60, then they should not complain when used game shops exist, because these are doing what the publishers didn't want to do.Edited by tpi2007 - 6/19/13 at 9:32pm