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  • morgartjr - February 8, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    Who says it will tie to your XBL account? What if its tied to the machine account, and anyone logged on can play? that eliminates the purchasing of multiple copies. I think many people are blowing this out of proportion. Its been happening on PC for years, its nothing new. I think ultimately if MS decided to make a machine account, and make XBL free so anyone logging on to that machine can play, it may even save money. Keep in mind its not MS or Sony pushing for this. its the pubs, and they have wanted to kill off used games for awhile now. MS wins either way...you buy a game each time, or you quit and use a PC which does the same thing. Either way they make a buck.
  • CountRichtertoffen - February 8, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Well, this can't work after around 6 years or so. Even if digital distribution becomes the norm, the few games still only available on discs will be difficult to find after a while and it'll be bad for everyone. Maybe, if we're lucky, this greed will make the industry go into another crash similar to the one 30 years ago and the industry as we know it will die. and then from the ashes will rise a new console. One made by someone who cares. Definitely Xerox. Hopefully it will also be made out of bread and will read stories to children as they fall asleep. We'll name it Bready Ruxpin and it will be the future of all video gaming.
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    If a game is worth holding on to, they always become hard to find. That's just how time works.
  • andrew-opgenorth - February 8, 2013 11:59 a.m.

    Can you say, the gmaing crash of 2013?
  • mafyooz - February 8, 2013 11:28 a.m.

    Over here in the EU, the Court of Justice effectively ruled that blocking the sale of used digital games was illegal, so if these rumours do turn out to be more than the usual new console paranoia, I think there might be some early legal challenges to them trying to block the sale of physical copies.
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Or it means that wherever that was ruled will simply be left behind in the new era of game consoles.
  • neohunter1884 - February 8, 2013 10:58 a.m.

    i will switch back to sony...
  • Sovtek - February 8, 2013 11:10 a.m.

    Read more. Sony has already patented the technology it is going to use to block used games. http://www.gamespot.com/news/sony-patents-tech-to-block-used-games-6401992
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 11:16 a.m.

    Sony was rumored to be doing the same thing with their next console
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 10:49 a.m.

    This whole situation is just the future of entertainment. I understand the sentiment from some of my fellow gamers. When I was a kid-teenager, me and my brother shared our console, and we shared games. We shared games with our friends, and we took our games with us to other peoples houses. We bought some used games, but anyone with any senses recognizes quick how much Gamestop is screwing them over, just as much as publishers are trying to screw over Gamestop, and so we never bought many unless you couldn't find a cheap, new copy. I don't share the sentiment though, partly because I do a major part of my gaming on PC with Steam, part because new games drop in price so rapidly that often you can find it cheaper at Walmart and Best Buy than used at Gamestop, and the last part, because I have plenty of friends I grew up with that shared a single profile for Xbox Live anyways, so they didn't have to pay for several gold accounts, which is probably pretty common anyways, and so it just doesn't seem like a big deal, even less if the game is tied to the console, like XBLA games, which means they can be shared with profiles using the same box. Eventually, physical copies are going to be a thing of the past, most likely reserved only for special collectors editions and the like. When digital downloads become the standard, which they will and are, then this whole argument about lending games and used sales is rendered useless anyways. This is the first step of many being takes towards digital downloads. Right now, you have to satisfy those that feel like owning the disk means you own the game (you don't), but get them used to the reality created by downloadable titles, that you won't be able to share them like you used to. When people are used to that, then you cut the physical copy altogether. With services like XBL and PSN, the next consoles will already remember your profiles, the games you own, you will just have new hardware backing it. As long as they keep the digital games compatible with the new hardware, the reality will be that your games will eventually have a longer life span than they do now, without ever needing to dig out your old box, finding some adapters to make it work with new technology, and playing you games on you low powered dinosaur for nostalgia's sake alone.
  • KyoEarthDragon04 - February 8, 2013 10:35 a.m.

    After what happened with Mass Effect 3 I REFUSE to pay for price for a game and even though they have released DLC to explain and fix said issues i am left with a sour taste in my mouth and still have not played it. I love used games and because i am in college i get to buy games maybe 2 times a year and when i do my local business (i.e. gamestop) know that they will be hitting their goals for the month (i seriously drop like 500 bucks when this happens) and to see that go away would hurt not only us but them as well and then PS2/3 and xbox 360 is all people will play forcing companies to still make games on last gen just to make money. this goes back to basic economics Supply and Demand!
  • JSpanyurrrrrd - February 8, 2013 8:33 p.m.

    That ending has been explained and taken care of. I'm so tired of butthurt so called "fans" whining about it. Not only has Bioware done all in its power to keep pansies like you happy, but they also shelled out FREE multiplayer DLC for you greedy bastards. Let it go, and stop being a crybaby. I am a true fan. I've played ME since day one, and I loved them enough to stay behind them and support their creativity, not curse their name like they were Voldemort. You are not a true believer
  • Palitroke - February 8, 2013 10:13 a.m.

    Used games for the most part are only 5 bucks cheaper, and the only ones that make money out of it are the retailers that payed someone 30-40% of cost out of your copy, so i personally think that the only ones that would lose money are the retailers that sell used games not the publishers
  • christopherwesten - February 8, 2013 10:56 a.m.

    when they say that they'll lose money its hypothetical. if u bought a new game instead of used they would make said amount of money. if u buy used they wont get that money.
  • JamesRadar - February 8, 2013 7:42 a.m.

    what did we expect? the people who publish games aren't games and don't care about gaming culture, they just care about making money. until we have actual gamers running these businesses, its just going to deteriorate.
  • JamesRadar - February 8, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    but as a positive outlook, maybe the game can be shared with other consoles on our friends lists. perhaps friends lists will be more more complex and have more benefits
  • robertpopovic - February 8, 2013 7:34 a.m.

    Most people will probably still be buying new games at full price. However, I reckon they'll only shell out cash for must-have titles that they know they'll want to keep forever. The 'maybe'-games will suffer a lot, because there is no way to trade them in or otherwise pass them on. Therefore chances are high that the lesser known games will only be bought at lower prices, if at all. Big name companies will probably still keep making money (especially if they sell an aforementioned used-copy activation code), but smaller companies will be hurting. Cash will be used more tightly, mostly on guaranteed hits and original games that try to be different will decline even more, at least in the upper price segment. Hmm, I wonder if this'll impact the localization process as well. Meaning, games will no longer be localized from say, Japanese to English if they're unsure they can earn all the costs back.
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 10:24 a.m.

    "The 'maybe'-games will suffer a lot, because there is no way to trade them in or otherwise pass them on. Therefore chances are high that the lesser known games will only be bought at lower prices, if at all." The used games market doesn't prevent this, even now. Think of all the games that have been good, but doomed the developer because it was an unsure bet for gamers, and no one bought it. Franchises like Darksiders, which even though it is remarkably fun, wasn't even considered worth purchasing by any publisher, even above Homefront, which was a short, mediocre military shooter. Used games sales do not save these titles.
  • robertpopovic - February 8, 2013 11 a.m.

    My point was that they'll probably sell even less, not wether or not they'd have made back the money invested :)
  • Bloodstorm - February 8, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    Actually, it would likely be better for the developer. You'd see them get marked down substantially, and hit bargain bins, but even at $5, that is still a copie sold and tallied, instead of the same copy being sold again, without benefit to the developer, or the games sales record.

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