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Want a used console? Buy directly from the manufacturer


You could score a better deal with refurbished units straight from the source
Apr 30
The biggest argument against pre-owned game and hardware sales is that the publisher or manufacturer doesn't see a single cent of that revenue. One solution is for the original companies to start selling used goods themselves... read
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How Dishonored, Skyrim and Fallout find success where none should be
The game industry tells us many things in order to justify its various activities. Multiplayer is added to so many games because solo experiences are dying. Online passes are needed because used games are killing creativity. ... read feature

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Office Chat

Assassin's Creed pirates and the safety of used games


Another casual discussion from the Dtoid news room
Feb 27
In this latest installment of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jim Sterling and Jordan Devore to discuss rumors that Assassin's Creed IV will center around piracy on the high seas and express hope for the continued existence of a used games market. Plus, we have a lovely discussion on variable pricing models for games, which pretty much boils down thinking there probably ought to be some of that. read
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Sony will 'do the right thing' with PS4 and used games


Worryingly vague statements? Yes please!
Feb 26
Sony's stance on the used game issue seemed fairly straightforward when Shuhei Yoshida said the PlayStation 4 would not block them. However, his exact wording seemed to unnerve some pundits, and the latest from Worldwide Stud... read
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In other news, Gamefly just soiled itself
Eidos co-founder Ian Livingston doesn't see a digital-only system this generation, but he suggests the next Xbox will require an always-on internet connection and will feature marked discs that prevent sharing games across sy... read feature

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Sony: PS4 won't block used games


Trade-ins looking likely for the next generation
Feb 21
Sony has gone on record as saying the PlayStation 4 will not block used games, becoming the first of itself and Microsoft to dismiss rumors of console-locked discs. Shuhei Yoshida spilled the beans in a Eurogamer intervi... read
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EA wants used games gone, but admits their benefits


Healthy retailers make for healthy game industries, after all
Feb 13
Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen has admitted that his company would be quite happy to see the back of the used game market. While that's a hardly a surprising sentiment, the executive did raise an eyebrow with an hon... read
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GameStop: Next Xbox will hurt if it blocks used games


North American retailer addresses Xbox rumors
Feb 08
GameStop, North America's most powerful games retailer, has addressed rumors of the "Next Xbox" shutting out the used game market. The seller of secondhand games believes Microsoft's next system will hurt if it introduces cod... read
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Next Xbox always online? Blocks used games? Not buying it


Latest rumors seem too suicidal to be true
Feb 06
More rumors are surfacing surrounding Microsoft's next generation Xbox system, fittingly nicknamed Next Xbox. Once again, the new gossip spells gloom and doom for fans of used games, suggesting Next Xbox will demand an always... read
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Valve sued over Steam's inability to sell pre-owned games


German consumer group takes secondhand games seriously
Feb 03
The Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZVB) doesn't entertain the long-standing idea of digital games remaining bound to the customer. The consumer group is taking a stand and suing Valve over Steam's refusal to le... read
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The DTOID Show: The Walking Dead, Bioshock & Evil Patents


Man, I forgot we even had a show.
Jan 04
Happy New Year! We're back, and boy did we miss you! We have a lot of news today, starting with that semi-legit fan-trailer of The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct that probably made it look a lot worse that it'll actually be.... read
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Pre-owned Wii U systems can download last user's games


Secondhand buyers able to nab some freebies
Jan 04
Nintendo's obsession with tying game purchases to hardware may have bitten it in the keister, with word that secondhand Wii U systems are able to redownload software purchased by the previous owner. Oh Nintendo, you so Ninten... read
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Company of awful ideas has awful idea
We're only a few days into 2013, but Sony's already vying for the Asshole of the Year award in a competitive fashion. It's been discovered that the company has patented a method of "tagging" games played on multiple systems, ... read feature

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Online passes scrapped for Hitman: Absolution


Rotten little habit, pleasantly broken
Nov 19
Square Enix has decided that an online pass will no longer be required to play Hitman: Absolution's Contracts multiplayer mode. Even though there will exist copies of the game containing a code, it will not be required to acc... read
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GameStop says 70% of used games income goes to new games


Aug 06
GameStop gets a lot of heat from game publishers for selling used games, but it seems that the money the company makes for selling used games goes right back into purchasing new games. GameStop boss Paul Raines revealed ... read
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GameStop 'interested' in creating a digital used market


Jul 27
Whether you think it's immoral or justified, GameStop makes its money from used games. Publishers don't like it, which is why they love digital distribution. However, following a recent European Court ruling, and emerging tec... read
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The Court of Justice of the European Union has struck a blow to the ego of publishers who believe they're entitled to retain ownership of the games they sell, ruling that consumers have a right to resell digitally distributed... read feature

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Pokemon Conquest features a Dratini Pass


Jun 03
Pokemon Conquest arrived yesterday (just in time for E3 travel!) and, while rifling through the game's bundle of packaging material, I found this little pass code. The code, which is good for only one use, unlocks Dratini as ... read
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Jimquisition: Videogames Are A Luxury


May 14
A common argument used to defend the videogame industry from accusation of anti-consumerism is that games are a luxury, therefore nobody is entitled to them. A fair enough suggestion, but one that misconstrues a number of re... read
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Sony boss opposes hardware that blocks used games


May 14
Amid rumors that the next Xbox and PlayStation would feature technology designed to block used games, analyst Michael Pachter has delivered an interesting little fact -- Sony America boss Jack Tretton is actually opposed to a... read
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Pachter: Orbis/PS4 to suffer if it blocks used games


Mar 30
Industry analyst Michael "Bumblecrumbs" Pachter has responded to rumors that Sony's next generation PlayStation will block used games, believing that the pros are far outweighed by the cons. According to the smooth opera... read
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Dyack: used games threaten the industry as we know it


Mar 28
Not long after David Braben had his semi-annual whinge about used games, Denis Dyack has joined the party and declared that used games will destroy the videogame industry as we know it. Sigh.  "I would argue that used ga... read
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GameStop no longer wants your GameCube trade-ins


Mar 24
Looks like your friendly neighborhood GameStop will no longer be accepting your last-gen Nintendo merchandise. Following a similar move in 2009 for the original Xbox, the retailer will be suspending their trade-in p... read
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Braben: used games are killing single-player games


Mar 20
Frontier Developments boss David Braben has been attacking used games for years, and he's still going strong with his claims. Today, he has blamed the used game market for the death of single-player games, tragically missing ... read
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Ninja Gaiden 3 online passes not working (Update)


Mar 20
[Update: I've been informed that the passes will go live for the PS3 version between 2pm and 5pm PT. Tecmo Koei is currently trying to hear back from Microsoft about the Xbox 360 version. Apparently they were supposed to be r... read
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You can still earn Trophies on pre-owned PS Vita games


Feb 29
Sony is trying all it can to combat used sales of PS Vita games. A few SCEA-published titles are already rocking online passes, but there's a more insidious trick that I didn't even know existed -- Vita carts that s... read
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Volition dev would love a console that kills used games


Feb 06
The idea of a new Xbox that refuses to play used games may sound like a problematic, consumer-unfriendly, potentially suicidal idea to reasonable people who are capable of long-term thought, but some people are right behind i... read
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Hey, guys! Remember when GameStop used to sell legacy games and hardware? Atari, Genesis, you name it. Those were the days, before the company began swallowing up the competition and ditched the retro wares in favor of almost... read feature

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Syndicate will NOT be using an online pass


Feb 01
While even EA's single-player games have found excuses to slip in an online pass, the co-op fueled Syndicate is confirmed to NOT use one at all. According to EA, it's all about encouraging gamers to play it ... what an innova... read
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Early Prototype 2 buyers to get 'Radnet Edition' upgrade


Jan 31
Activision is one of the few big publishers to shy away from putting online passes in its games, but with Prototype 2, it would seem the company is definitely looking to maximize brand new purchases. Early adopters of the ga... read
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Shocker: SSX has an online pass


Jan 30
The new SSX looks pretty damn fantastic, of that there is no denying. Still, Electronic Arts once again doesn't think it's good enough to sell new copies on its own merit, and hopes to force your hand with its favorite skeezy... read
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The hidden joys of buying used


Jan 28
[Are you a fan or a hater of used game sales? No matter what side of the fence you're on, you have to agree that bbain's take on the subject is probably never discussed in a publisher's boardroom. Interesting stuff. It's also... read






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