questionswould you play games if you couldn't play used…

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I'm sorry and please forgive my stupidity when it comes to computers, but how is that even possible? I thought used games were the exact same as new ones, except for the fact that they've been owned by someone previously.

Also in answering the question, I definitely wouldn't play nearly as much if I could only play used games, but I wouldn't give them up all together. I still occasionally buy new games that are must-haves, but most of my games are used because they're usually much cheaper.

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I really hope this is just a rumor. Too many folks depend on places such as Gamestop and the like to purchase used games. These are folks who either can't afford new games or on a budget, yet still enjoy gaming. I will not buy if this is true.

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@captainsuperdawg: Most PC games I've played have a code that is only good for one use. Keeps you from burning copies or swapping them.

I don't usually buy used games; I wait for them to go on sale and pick them up new. But some companies are allowing you to "unlock" the used games for an extra fee. Not for me, but might work for others. And what will that do for game rentals?

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@captainsuperdawg: I know most physical copy computer games you have a cd code that you have to use to activate it. Now you also have to activate the copy online.Some people speculate that this may be how it is done on future consoles.

Others speculate that each game may have a code built into the disc or the game on the disc and when your console read the game it assigned it to that system.

I am not sure how they would do the second one would be done but I could see them implementing the CD code into the offline games. They are already doing something similar with the Online Pass codes on some of the newer games but that is only effecting the online portion of the game.

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I'd like to punch game developers in the nuts for coming up with this crap.

This has been in the pipes for a few years now. Sounds like it's finally going live. I've been against the idea of this for YEARS. Used gaming industry is a big success at bringing old system back to life for nostalgic purposes. I suppose that in the future, that will only be a thing of the past.

The activation codes will be linked to your Live or PSN account and that's the end. The disc can be used on a different code, but cannot be used without one.

It's going to kill companies like Gamefly. I don't see it increasing sales of the games, but rather the opposite. I know I buy games sometimes with the knowledge that if it blows I can sell it on Ebay for nearly what I paid for it. That's over now too.

At least with Steam, it carries over from one PC to the next. Playstation games aren't compatable from one system to the next. I'm not too sure about XBoxs.

I will be boycotting such companies in the future.

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@okham and @segafanalways: Thanks. I had no real clue about that.

It does seem that this would curb my "I'm done with this game, now I'm gonna sell it." attitude. I'll usually keep a game for 3 or 4 playthroughs so I can experience everything. For instance, I'm on my third character in Skyrim and my game is completely different than the last two and I'm sure if a fourth is made, it'll be completely unique again. But after a while, it just gets boring, so I wind up selling the game and possibly buying it back a long time later when it's cheap and new to me again. But then again, it'll also curb my "Buy this used game for $15 instead of $30 for a new one." attitude, which saves me a lot of money.

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Is msft going to come out with a new dvd player that only plays dvds purchased new as well? That they charge to play online is a joke, this is only going to make people not want to play xbox.

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I'm a PC gamer and for a while now we've enjoyed lower prices on games than console gamers (for the most part) with one of the factors being that you can't buy them used. However, I feel like, unless they plan on lowering prices for console games, this is a bad idea... especially when developers are still on this "make a short flashy game and sell it at full price" kick.

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@kayak206: Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! If they see your comment, they probably will, so don't give them any new ideas!!!!

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On PC I mostly use Steam so no such thing as a used game there. That said my Steam account was not mine originally - I paid some money, they gave me the password so I guess the games linked to the account were "used".
Prices aren't too bad on Steam especially if you wait for the summer and end-of-year sales.

On console I don't think I've ever bought new and can't see me paying retail even for platinum editions.

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@okham: I could see this happening as a way to combat piracy. That way if you burn a game, it reads as used and you gave to pay them anyway. But really, eff this noise, hard. I buy (almost) all my games used. I just refuse to pay 50-60 bucks for a freaking video game. I'm also just fine waiting until the game has been out long enough for the price to drop, or to pay a player more for their used game than gamestop would. I may just be done buying new consoles in general.

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Hello people. Thank you for waking up! This is the next step to ending physical media distribution. This isn't all that different from downloading a game from XBL or PSN in the fact that you can't resell a game you downloaded from either of those services. If you're OK with that, I don't get your sense of rage over this. Yes, it is crappy and it will likely destroy the entire used game industry, therefore it will eventually put a lot of people out of work (GameStop and the like generate most of their profit from used game sales).

It's a cash grab that has been slowly evolving since one-time use codes have been required to access on-line content like exclusive DLC or multi-player services. This is just their next logical progression (as the game companies see it), which, is rather unfair to the consumer and strips them of the right of first-sale doctrine.

If it means cheaper games, cool. But, it really kills the idea of borrowing a game from a buddy to try before you buy.

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Wouldn't this policy basically end Gamefly?

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@czarkingkaiser: yes it would. It would also get rid of the games portion of redbox.

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Life is too hectic for me right now and I dont have time to play video games, so I cant justify spending 60 bucks on a game I'll barely ever play. But if I get it off ebay for 10, thats alright. If this really happens, I guess I'll be stuck playing Halo Reach for the rest of my life.

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I have only %98 of my PS2 games are pre owned. %70 of my wii are pre owned. Looks like the 360 will be the last system I own, unless this whole thing does keeps the price of a used 360 with 20 games on ebay too high.

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Another issue that I can see arising from this is it could potentially lock out people in rural areas that don't have access to broadband internet connections. If you don't have an internet connection, how are you going to reach their authentication server to tie the game's registration into your XBL account?

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I saw a story about this yesterday too and was scratching my head going "How?"
I really don't like the idea. My friends and I let each other borrow games all the time, plus I use Gamefly which save me a TON of money. This would kill that service.
Sure I love the idea of Gamestop going out of business, but to kill used gaming could possibly kill that system.

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I have roughly 50 PS3 Games (I am a shoppoholic Thanks WOOT!!) about 20 are unwraped but I get them so cheap new that it would cost me more to get them used. I got GH Warriors of Rock in the bargain bin at target for $4.98 to 2 weeks latter Target advertising it for $29.99 on sale. The average price of all my games is about $8.

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@ganzhimself is right. Heck, there are people in many urban areas who have to deal with crappy isp's, download caps/limitations. Most software vendors completely ignore the fact that a large portion of their customers don't have access to quality broadband.

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If they stick with a no used game policy it would curb my gaming quite a bit.

I could see used/rental games not being able to be played online without a code. You would have to buy the online license from Microsoft and they would split it between the developers and rental services. Microsoft would be happy since it cleans up Xbox Live even more. Or Microsoft could go a step further and rent the games directly on XBL.

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It's a stupid idea and if it was implemented, it would just be days before someone created a mod chip to override it.

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I primarily game through Gamefly rentals, and this would totally kill that for me.

If it happens, look for vintage game prices to skyrocket as people rush to grab "the last" replayable games. I'd prolly cut back on my xbox time and revisit my SNES or N64.

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I'm just wondering if they are meaning that there will be NO backwards compatibility with existing 360 games? I haven't read any articles on the 360, but if that's all they're saying, it's not anywhere near as bad.