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Used console game sale at GameFly and Best Buy


For those games you won't pay full price on
Feb 11
If you like to thumb through a hoard of fire-sale videogames at the local Walmart, we've got the perfect sale for you. The classic pastime can now be done digitally today at GameFly's new Used Game Blowout Sale. They've ... read
GameStop trades

GameStop announces streamlined trade-in scheme


New used game policy features four pricing options
Aug 11
GameStop will implement a new trade-in policy starting August 18, simplifying its current program with fewer pricing tiers. The announcement confirms earlier reports. The values depend on whether customers want cash or in-sto... read
GameStop

GameStop is simplifying the way it handles trade-ins


Increasing the 'average base value' of traded-in games
Aug 05
Later this month, GameStop will revamp its trade-in program for used games in an attempt to simplify the process, reports Kotaku. Under the new system, there will only be four possible prices paid for games -- instead of up t... read
Used games

Walmart to take a run at GameStop in used games market


'When Walmart disrupts markets and competes, our customer wins'
Mar 18
The used games market is one that many big retailers have had their eye on, but few have been able to crack. GameStop is the giant with regard to brick-and-mortar stores, but it's about to get some fierce competition from a ... read
EA on used games

EA: 'Used games are an important part of the industry'


E-80
Nov 20
EA is acknowledging that, "there will be a physical business [for games] probably for a long period of time." Finally. This comes from EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference. "I also think th... read
PlayStation 4

Sony had 'no intention' of changing its used games policy


'We need to be fair and to think of the consumer experience first,' says SCE CEO
Jul 04
Speaking to the Guardian about Sony's same-old used games policy for the PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House says that feedback from gamers demanding the current system remain in place was "not just, i... read
Now that Microsoft has reversed their stance on initiatives restricting used game sales and more potent digital rights management for the Xbox One, has your bloodlust been sated? Does Microsoft still have work to do in convincing you of the value of their console, or has the vice grip been loosened on your wallet? Answer The Question for yourself in the comments! read feature

The Xbox One no longer enforces restrictions on used games, but the debate over console DRM is not over. One lingering question is this -- why are consoles criticized, but PC gets away with it? One would assume the plentiful... read feature

It looks like we're going to do this dance again. So soon. In the wake of Microsoft reversing its Xbox One DRM policies, brave corporate warrior Cliff Bleszinski wasted little time in telling us how this would be a bad thing ... read feature

Xbox One Eighty more like HA HA HA HA HA! Jimquisition rushes to bring a half-baked opinion in the afterfall of Microsoft reversing its DRM policy on Xbox One. read feature

Used games

Avalanche founder on trade-ins: Games are too short


Mad Max and Just Cause developer sounds off
Jun 17
There are multiple good reasons for trading in a game once you have had enough, but in the eyes of Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg, length is the determining factor -- titles "have been too short,... read
Sony created a magic moment this past week at E3, declaring for the world that PS4 would not restrict used games or utilize DRM. Power to the people! Of course, it can be said Sony didn't actually do anything, yet is being l... read feature

EA says Online Passes weren't worth the PR damage


'Worst company of 2012/2013' reverses used game policies
Jun 13
Shortly before the reveal of Xbox One, Electronic Arts finally announced it was scrapping its dreadful Online Pass system, due to "listening to the public." While the Xbox One's DRM-fueled strategy renders the Online Pass obs... read

Did Sony confirm DRM on PS4 after all? Not quite!


PS4 retains all the policies PS3 had, basically
Jun 11
[Update: Sony has outright confirmed my initial interpretation. As reported by GameFront, Sony has stated that Tretton's use of the term "DRM" referred only to playing used games online. Essentially, they're talking about let... read

Sony details EXACTLY how to share games on PS4


Also, nails Microsoft's ass to three separate walls
Jun 10
Riding high off its announcement that the PlayStation 4 will have no DRM, no anti-used game policy, and will support game ownership, Sony has released a video detailing its incredibly deep and nuanced system for sharing physical copies of games.  This, right here, is the great video of E3 so far. Bar none.  Oh my GOD, is this stuff glorious.  Xbox Owned.  read
Sony confirmed that they won't be putting any restrictions on used games. They stated that they believe people have the right to do what they want with the games they buy. Gamers will be able to sell, trade, lend, and rent vi... read feature

Xbox One

Microsoft's Mattrick tries to ease Xbox One concerns


"Those business models exist today and they'll exist in the future"
Jun 10
Following this morning's eventful Microsoft conference, Microsoft president of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick, stepped to the side to speak with BBC News on all things Xbox One. He tried to calm our nerves regarding ... read
Well, Microsoft went and did it. It took the step publishers have fantasized over for years, and destroyed the concept of videogame ownership. The Xbox One will sell you games, but it keeps what it sells, while controlling a... read feature

Microsoft finally clarified much of its policy on used games and online restrictions with the Xbox One, and the news is grim for those who actually believe in consumer rights. With its new system, Microsoft will take the fina... read feature

Spread across multiple blog posts, Microsoft has finally clarified some of its policies regarding online connection requirements and trading in used games. Describing the system as being "designed from the ground up to be rea... read feature

With all this hubbub over used games and whether eliminating them would be good or bad for the overall industry, it was only a matter of time before SCIENCE was brought in to drop some truth bombs. Professors Masakazu Ishihar... read feature

Take-Two: 'Tablets are going to be as good as PCs'


Release their core games on tablets right alonside consoles and PC
May 31
Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick is a man that sees the same future I do. A future where tablets will be on par with next-generation consoles. Strauss gave a talk at the Cowen and Company Technology, Media and Telecom Conferenc... read

MMOs don't work in the US, Take-Two CEO says


But they do work in Asia
May 31
Did you know Take-Two was investing in the MMO genre? They sure are, but don't be surprised by your lack of knowledge on their projects as these MMOs are targeted just for Asia. "We're actively investing in online MMOs, we're... read

Take-Two: Delight consumers, don't punish them


CEO Strauss Zelnick talks used games
May 31
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick gave a talk at the Cowen Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference, where he had a number of things to say about his company and the industry as a whole. Strauss brought up the used games fee that... read
The Xbox One will kill used games and control second-hand sales, and some people think that's great. Jim Sterling is not among them. While members of the gaming media attempt to see the positive side of murdering the used ga... read feature

Gamers make it clear to Sony they want a DRM-free PS4


#PS4noDRM
May 27
While Microsoft continues to flop around following the revelation of its Xbox One user restrictions, gamers have sensed an opportunity to suggest Sony steal some free PR points, campaigning for a DRM-free PlayStation 4. ... read

Microsoft: Xbox One reports 'inaccurate and incomplete'


Vague Microsoft doesn't know why we misunderstand its vague statements
May 25
Microsoft, by way of mouthpiece Major Nelson, has criticized reports on its Xbox One used game policy as "inaccurate and incomplete," seeming to miss the fact they're based entirely on Microsoft's own statements -- which have... read
GameStop

GameStop stock drops following Xbox One reveal


Everything is upsy-daisy!
May 25
As if the fallout from the Xbox One reveal on Tuesday couldn't get any weirder, along comes news that GameStop stock ended the trading week down 19%. The company's share price had been dropping steadily throughout the week, a... read

Destiny, Ryse, Mirror's Edge 2 & Jonathan Blow


The Destructoid Show takes a long nap
May 24
Hey boys and girls, here's today's energetic and stupid Destructoid Show. It's the Friday of a very busy week, so excuse us if our brains are visibly leaking out of our ears. I'm really excited about Destiny, based on this t... read
Xbox One used games

Report: Microsoft and publishers get a cut of used sales


Retailers will have to agree to Microsoft's terms
May 24
The unveiling of the Xbox One left us with more questions than answers. Specifically, gamers huddled around the issue of used games, wondering if they'll still be able to pick up titles at a cheaper rate, like they've done si... read
Microsoft and Steam

PC gamers don't have used games, and we're just fine


Of course, Microsoft needs to be more like Steam
May 23
With the recent lack of clarification of the used game market for the new Xbox One, some gamers are complaining about the possible death of physical used games, and the need to tie all of our games to an account. Microsoft wi... read
Electronic Arts has today declared that it will be discontinuing use of its controversial (read: shitty) online pass system, no longer requiring an access code to unlock features. The scheme, put in place to make money off us... read feature







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