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

By Emil · 57 replies
May 18, 2011
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  1. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Well you should have read game reviews there are tons of them out there.Piracy can be reduced if games are cheap people will spend money rather to miss out on online content.
    If games are cheap to begin with the resale value will be less too so people won't mind putting in a little more money to get the original instead of second hand.So in the long run cheaper games will be more profitable than expensive titles which end up in piracy or second hand sale.
  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,683   +1,082

    boo the freakin hoo yea well guess what it's how gamestop is still in business and guess what gamestop also sells your freakin products so get over it....

    oh yea any one want to buy a fork from me? oh wait the fork company will cry...
  3. blackbellysheep

    blackbellysheep TS Rookie Posts: 24

    If you're telling me that the hard earned money i spent on your game means i don't own it and can't resell it, will you buy it back from me when i'm done with it, cause this argument seem really lousy IMO, what makes this process of me buying from you and selling it when i'm done using it if i know i wont need it again, any different from anything else i buy and sell on ebay or anywhere there is a need, how greedy can these companies be, imagine COD-BlackOps sells over 200Million lets just round it at $30 buck for sake, that's like 6Billion $ or there about.again how greedy can you be..just my opinion no need to curse me out.
  4. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    I bought Battlefield 2142 a while back.. Opened it.. Installed in, Put in the CD key (Rejected) Called EA and they gave me another one (Rejected) Called EA and we tried four different codes. All rejected. EA then told me, That since i had bought a used game (It just came out that day) i had to pay $25 to get a secure CD key. hahaha, i returned that pile of crap so fast, i ended up just saving the money instead. I never since purchased an EA game. F*** EA.
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    As piracy is bad, I am still willing to pirate games... if it's good enough, I buy. If they have a demo, I do that and etc. Usually resort to pirating for silly games with no demos. Usually older games, too.

    As for this article... it's just silly. They get their initial payment. WHOPPING $60 usually, just to play a game for awhile. Maybe if they werent so expensive they wouldnt sell them off so quickly for the people waiting to play the used games. I know that I KEEP my most favorite games, even if I dont play them again. I have every Armored Core series, from PS, PS2, PS3, one on the xbox, and one on PSP. Wonder if anyone even knows what game I am talking about.... other than that, I still have MGS4 and GTA4.
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Don't forget auto companies make far more in financing than they do in actual car sales.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    I dont' think anyone yet understands what this is about. Stop freaking out about greedy companies again...They're not saying it's illegal, immoral, or wrong. Their exact words were 'Don't like it.' It just cuts into their sales. That's it. Think of it like the 2nd hand market is the same as a competing game studio, just one more factor affecting sales. If the game is awesome, more and more people will want it AT THE SAME time and resales won't be possible. If the game is crappy, it'll get traded around. Incentive for better games.

    But wait... there's more! It may lead to a change in pricing models. Gillette invented the 'cartridge' payment model for their shaving razors... buy the razor for cheap, and then make the blades expensive. Like how WoW is like $10 for the game and $15 a month. We may see more of this, especially with everyone's xbox/PS3 online already.

    Unless there are more people lke trillionsin who steal it anyway... then maybe they'll just stop making them.
  8. ahhhh but if you read the EULA you cant resell the game its forbiden
  9. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51


    Exactly. I also agree with Mailpup.
  10. so...i need the authorization of the company to sell something that i own? way, that is greedy and they make some bad games, and dont put cheap prices on the table? No mames no way....why they dont make their own store? why they think that i cant sell my stuff? they are trying to keep the life spawn of a product forever and with similar prices, if ford said that about their bankrupt its bcuz they oversaturated de market and the streets with Cars but they didnt care about updating their cars with a smooth tecnological thing or even trade your car for something better....they deserve that because they stop know cars and games are not like food,you dont use it and waste it every even with the EULA and blablabla its not valid, they try to put laws over the laws to create a legal subsystem what an *******s
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    If games cost a bit less more might buy them the first time round. £40 for a brand new game is too much money for most at the moment. Plus I am playing other games. Why spend 40 now for it to sit on a shelf until I get time to play it.
  12. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    i don't think you get the point of the article.........
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    What's wrong with commenting on this part of the article?
  14. terms written on packages that the game developer has rights to money made when a game is resold are abritary but thankfully irrelevant since no court would even consider enforcing it. this is complete idiocracy that we even consider letting the gaming industry expect money from the resale of games. no other industry gets this privilege. when you buy a game you own it outright. you can resell it for whatever price you want and no one else has rights the sale but you.
  15. The most games are designed to boring them fast because they want the gamers have free time for buy new games.
    You can’t have the pie 100% and at the same time no one hungry.
  16. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38

    Huh? I understand what you mean in the first part, but that last sentence makes no sense, lol. I'm usually good at understanding broken English, but this one has me puzzled :p
  17. Court Says Reselling Software Is Okay

    Last year, we wrote about a case filed by an eBay seller against Autodesk, claiming the company unfairly prevented him from reselling used copies of Autodesk software that he had legally purchased. Basically, every time the guy listed Autodesk software, the company would send a DMCA takedown to eBay who would take it down. Each time, the guy would send a counter claim, which Autodesk would ignore, allowing the software to go back on the site. However, with so many takedown notices, eBay banned his account for abuse -- even though he successfully responded to each claim as being false. For that, he sued Autodesk. Autodesk moved to have the court dismiss the case claiming that the seller had no right of first sale because the software was "licensed" rather than sold. If that sounds like weak semantics, you've got a point... and it appears the court agrees with you. In denying Autodesk's request to dismiss the case, the court indicates that, even though the case law covering this issue often varies, it believes that the software has been sold, not licensed, and therefore the right of first sale does exist on Autodesk's software. The case should now proceed if Autodesk doesn't quickly show up with an offer to settle the case quietly (which it might). Assuming the case does go forward, it's going to be worth watching closely, as it will have important ramifications for the right to resell software you purchased.
  18. Lionhead's main releases has been the past 3 Fable games, and despite being good games, I've noticed shorter game play, more dumbed down game mechanics, and more "add-ons" that are sold separate from the game via DLC with each release. Also over hype of the games in marketing after the 1st one not been good either.

    Make a great game, it sells, make a medicor game, expect medicor sales, make a bad game... well...

    Game industry seemed to follow the path of Hollywood. Independent studios with great games, too mega studios with massive budgets (and massive advertising) while increasingly afraid to try anything new. I think there trying to attack the 2nd hand market to compensate for a more serious issue with the game industry.

    Add to it all intrusive DRM, activation servers which make the games useless if they ever go out of business or decide to not support older games. Pirate seem to enjoy the games without these restrictions, usually before the game official releases, leaving the actually paying consumer taking the heat.
  19. Appzalien

    Appzalien TS Rookie Posts: 94

    What's next? I won't be able to sell my car unless the manufacturer gets a slice of the resale pie? Once I buy it, it's mine and I can break it, burn it, or give it to a bum on the street and they can't do a dang thing about it, it's mine. Greed, it's nothing but greedy Corporate goons who want it all and are in the process of destroying America while filling their filthy pockets with with booty. So who are the real pirates here?
  20. This is crazy. So what if people sell used games. If the game company thinks people only buy used games and they don't pay full price for it the first time around they feel they are losing money? I don't pay full price anyways. I wait for a sell, or a price drop before i buy. So they don't get all my money anyways. On the other side of this, if i buy a used game and the game is awesome, i'll buy that game companies games again, if it's not, then i won't. Maybe they are worried that people will pay only 10, 15, or 20 for a game and find out it was ****, when the company was hoping they would drop 60 to find that out. I also borrow games off my friends and play them, so next i guess they will want some money from me or my friend because i used his game when he wasn't using it. Get a grip gaming companies. If i own it, then i own it. I can do what i want with it. Sony believes you don't have any rights 2 do what you want with the ps3 console, but if you spend 500, 400, or 300 on it, it's yours. take it apart, hack it, load linux on it. Where did he consumer rights go?
  21. maddmatt02

    maddmatt02 TS Rookie Posts: 88

    I wont ever buy any game with anything like EA's "online pass" at full price, and I will wait til used games are that much cheaper before I buy them. honda doesnt start bitching at me when I sell their car without trading it in to them so that they can make a few bucks off it. not to say that they wouldnt appreciate it if I did, but Ive never seen them hold a press conference or anything telling people they are going to start disabling the ECU on cars that are sold and you need to come to them and get a new key to match the immobilizers new code...
  22. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    The car companies have a way to squeeze out a little more profit out of some of their 'second hand vehicles', used cars on their lots. Companies even come up with enticing terms like "Honda Certified" used cars.
  23. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Quite a few offer the "used trade in" deal with a big discount on a new one also.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,023   +2,553

    Well yes, that may be true, but that's only "first time second hand". It's certainly not the $500.00 fifth hand turds with stolen Accura engines. I'm used to. You know, the ones with four 15" subwoofers you can hear coming from a block, (or more), away. I'm sure nobody's even admitting to them, let alone peddling them on a new car lot.
  25. Hasbean

    Hasbean TS Booster Posts: 112   +29

    I quite agree...last time I sold my car, Ford sent me an invoice for their cut, the same happened when I sold my old CRT, washing machine and when I sold my house the builder was wanting to charge for the building materials at the new costs not the old.

    Greed, plain and simple.

    EULA's are a con game. No other industry (that i can think of) demand to be paid a second time for their product.

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