Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Rich & The Obsolete!

The Rich & The Obsolete!

I found this article to be rather interesting, because I always wondered if a publisher gets double pay for used games. Sadly, that answer is no. That answer is no, because once a business sells a product it is sold and it is the ownership of the buyer (who purchased the game). Nonetheless, Publishers and game makers are in uproar with buyers GameStop, Wal-Mart, Target and other game chains because these units sell use games and profit from them. In return, the original publishers and makers have come up with creative techniques to getting buyers to purchase the new game opposed to the old one.  They have downloadable codes (cheats) as an incentive when a gamer buys a new video game. These codes have limited expiration; therefore, one has no choice but to buy the new game or they will be missing out on something major within the narrative of a specific game. Honestly, I think it is greed on the Original publisher’s part, because they sold the product, made a profit, therefore, why cry over it. It is like a girl selling her hair extensions once she has already purchased it. She paid for her hair extensions, and if she no longer wants her hair extensions, so why not sell them? Horrible example, but it is true.  I do understand the counter arguments of most used games being sold at the same price as the original – However in my opinion get over it. Nonetheless, with the rate at which technology is progressing, rumors have been swirling that games discs and cartridges will be of no longer value and that everything will become digital. As a result, there will be no need for Used Game Stores or game chains such as Target, Wal-Mart, and GameStop etc. Unfortunately, we would have to worry about the high rise of theft and pirating!!!! So no one really wins, ha, ha, ha! 

1 comment:

  1. This is really interesting and it bothers me that these gaming companies are trying to maximize their profits by trying to cut off the buying and selling of used games. From my perspective, used games are more appealing since they're cheaper and I may not want to keep game forever. Why would I pay full price then? Once the game is sold, it's sold. I'm not saying they shouldn't be allowed to steer customers towards new games, it's just business. I'm worried that the companies will try further measures to stop this if their business begins to suffer that much from used games.