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Braben rides the Wahmbulence again: Claims game stores 'defraud' the industry

11:45 AM on 10.30.2008 // Jim Sterling
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Regular Destructoid fans will know that I have reported several times on the words of David Braben, Frontier founder and hater of used games. Once again, the Lost Winds creator is going all emo about one of the oldest traditions in trade, going so far as to accuse retailers of defrauding the games industry.

Braben has labeled HMV's move into second-hand games "shocking" and considers this move, along with other stores, a serious threat which the games industry needs to do something about.

"The shops are not giving us a way of distinguishing between pre-owned and new," he complained. "So the shops are essentially defrauding the industry ... We've got a lot of retailers eating our lunch and refusing to sell full-priced games. I've been in a shop where I've tried to buy a copy of a relatively recent game, and I've taken an empty box off the shelf and they've given me a pre-owned copy. That, I think, is disgraceful."

Charity shops never sell anything new either. Those bastards

Braben suggests that publishers should start offering things to the buyers of new games, something which is already starting to happen with pre-order bonuses and exclusive one-time-only download codes. While this is a good idea in theory, Braben really needs to stop it with this second-hand games crusade. As always, I must point out that the games industry is not this special exception to the rule of trade. People will buy and sell used goods in all sectors barring food. The fact that the games industry continues to kick and scream, despite raking in more cash than Hollywood, is beyond childish.



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