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UK pre-owned gaming sales are up 25%

According to a report made by Kantar Worldpanel and picked up by MCV, pre-owned game sales in the UK are up 25% on last year, but the number of people purchasing pre-owned games has not increased. Last-gen consoles account for almost t...   read

 
 
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Used console game sale at GameFly and Best Buy

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 just discounted...   read

 
 
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GameStop trades

GameStop announces streamlined trade-in scheme

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-store credit and w...   read

 
 
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GameStop

GameStop is simplifying the way it handles trade-ins

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 to ten -- which ...   read

 
 
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Walmart to take a run at GameStop in used games market

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 likely opponent...   read

 
 
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EA on used games

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

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 that used games a...   read

 
 
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PlayStation 4

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

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, in my view, the ...   read

 
 
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Are you happy with the changes to Xbox One?

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 th...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: Why PC Gaming Gets Away With It

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 answers are ob...   read

 
 
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Xbox DRM controversy

An industry that needs Xbox One DRM is a failed industry

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 for the industr...   read

 
 


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Jimquisition: Xbox One No DRM Emergency Special

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

 
 
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Avalanche founder on trade-ins: Games are too short

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," he told Edge....   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything

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 lauded as a hero...   read

 
 
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EA says Online Passes weren't worth the PR damage

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 obsolete, EA is ad...   read

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

[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 letting publishers...   read

 
 
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Sony details EXACTLY how to share games on PS4

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 ...   read

 
 
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PS4 supports used games

PlayStation 4 won't restrict used games or use DRM

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 video games as mu...   read

 
 
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Xbox One

Microsoft's Mattrick tries to ease Xbox One concerns

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 the consoles ma...   read

 
 
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Jimquisition: Xbox One and the Death of Ownership

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 and overseeing y...   read

 
 
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Fans on Xbox One policy

Xbox One kills game ownership, here's what Xbox fans say

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 final step in strip...   read

 
 
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Xbox One answers

Xbox One games require online verification every 24 hours

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 ready and connecte...   read

 
 
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Using SCIENCE to learn the effects of killing used games

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 Ishihara (New York Uni...   read

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

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 Conference where he stat...   read

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

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 not doing it i...   read

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

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 the Xbox One w...   read

 
 
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