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Lionhead: second-hand console games more costly than PC piracy

By Emil
May 18, 2011
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  1. I think this issue a crock. When you buy a used car, the original manufacturer doesn't get a share of the new sale profit, same with books and all other commodities. What makes software developers expect this bonus? it's not like the games come cheap...$50+ for game that may only give 30 days of playability is pretty epensive in my mind. If they made the games less expensive, I would be more inclined to buy them earlier and buy new.
  2. Inarius03

    Inarius03 TS Member Posts: 25

    *cough* Brink *cough*
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,664   +879

    You seem to have overlooked the entire entertainment industry.
  4. I do not use pirate games mainly as I have worked 15 years in IT and I know what it takes to develop software.

    But I do believe that the best way to avoid games piracy is for the games companies to spend less money in marketing and more money in games developing and testing. Because after spending over 40€ in a game it feels pretty bad if it constantly crashes and the developers do not develop new patches for newer hard after 6 months of releasing a game...

    At the same time cheaters are a plague that goes way ahead punkbuster or any other system (feels like virus antivirus wars...)

    A game is not cheap and should have a longer life in our computers that 6-8 months, extend the life cycles and buying will be more attractive.
  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,426   +217

    You have a point to a certain extent but one difference between the general entertainment industry and games is once you buy and use a movie DVD or music CD you are free to sell it or even give it away to someone else if you want.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,664   +879

    With that said, studios and performers continue to receive royalties on future sales and public showings of movies, some income is from movies finally hitting broadcast networks. So, it isn't like they go to work one day, get paid for one day, and it's a done deal, like you or I would.

    I saved this link from a old thread here: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/01/riaa-believes-m/#previouspost It shows just how psychotic the RIAA actually is. I suppose the old Newtonian principle that, "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" might apply if you balance this with the average music down loaders justifications. But really, this is where the industry stopped getting any support from me.

    And, you're really not free to keep a backup if you don't have the original disc. Yeah I know, that sort of goes in circles.
  7. What a load of rubbish....

    How is selling/buying a secondhand console game any different to selling/buying anything secondhand.

    Should Ford get a cut of every secondhand car sold?? I think not.

    This is just pure greed.
  8. larebz

    larebz TS Rookie

    Good then while he's there the 'pirate' can ask him why the majority of PC games are released later than on consoles...

    Yup and like i said doesn't really motivate me to pay £40 for a game that my little brother has been playing on for months before hand.


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