Originally Posted by Forceman
How is it different than a book? Yet authors exist just fine with used book stores and libraries. Musicians had no problem making millions even with second hand music stores.
Multiple people have enjoyed the house I'm living in to the fullest, but I didn't pay the builder, I paid the owner. Why is software somehow magical and different? Because they say so? Sorry, I'm not buying it. Making something once doesn't entitle you to future revenues forever, whether it's a game, a book, a song, a table, or a toaster.
Their existence doesn't mean there's not a negative impact.
It's not magical, but it is very different. It's not different because someone says it is, it's different because we're talking about tangible vs intangible goods. You really need to familarize yourself with the difference.
Originally Posted by Cheezman
The digital item still depreciates, though, with time, popularity, quality.etc.
By your very claim, the game from 1983 should
have relatively the same value of the game from 2013. The game from 1983 technically still works, right?
Wear and tear isn't the *only*
factor that determines value
If it were, then all of those rare sports cars from back in the day wouldn't be worth more now
then they were new
, nor would collectibles, nor would some antiques, among many, many other things.
Nothing you said is even relevant. The game from 1983 are identical today as they were in 1983. I said nothing about their value, which is nothing more than what a person is willing to pay.
The car someone bought in 1983 is NOT EVEN CLOSE to being the same.
If people would just get past the idea of "i bought it now I should be able to sell it" and think for second the ramifications of that, we might make progress, but people refuse to even listen and think about it for 2 seconds.
It's as simple as this:
When a car craps out, a NEW car will be bought to replace it because there's now one less car on the road, the only way to replace it is with a new one. It might not be the owner of the car that died as he might buy a used one, but SOMEONE will HAVE to buy a new one because, again, there's one less car on the road and it must be replaced. This is why buying used cars is not taking away money from the manufacturers.
The piece of software will never die, it will always be the same. Thus it never has to be replaced, it will never 'crap out' like a car will and thus can be transferred to an unlimited number of people without ever resulting in a new sale for the dev.