Have you gone to GameStop over the past few months and tried to buy a new game? Have they told you that it's not in stock? They may simply be lying to you, fuelled by a new program that discourages GameStop salespeople from selling unopened copies of video games.
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GameStop is overhauling trade-ins and launching a new program that will wind up giving people more money for the games they sell, Kotaku has learnt. The new initiative, which will launch on August 18, will simplify GameStop's trade-in structure, reducing the complexity of what has become an unnecessarily obtuse service.
Every time I bring home a new video game I have this ritual: I take a fish boning knife and slide it under a fold in the shrinkwrap, then twist. Then I try to remove all of the cellophane in one piece, like it's the world's biggest peel-and-eat shrimp. If it's an Xbox 360 game, I slip it down under the obnoxious seal across the edge and lift that out. I have to do all of this because American retail packaging insists on treating every customer like a potential shoplifter.
The battle over our rights to play used games took centre stage last night during Jimmy Fallon's Video Game Week, a post-E3 celebration of all things ludic. Fallon had brought up Mark Cerny, lead designer of the PlayStation 4, to talk about Sony's next gaming console. And inevitably the conversation turned to DRM.
In an interview with Game Trailers’ Geoff Keighley, Sony CEO Jack Tretton shed more light on how used games will work on the PlayStation 4. It seems that, while the system’s first-party games will be free to trade in or share without restriction, third-party publishers can choose to behave otherwise.
While the rent-by-mail service GameFly is keeping quiet on what Xbox One may mean to its future, the kiosk rental service Redbox has begun a modest lobbying campaign to remind gamers that game rentals, used games, even taking them to a friend's home are in serious jeopardy under the new console generation.
The video game industry has declared war against used games, and one of the biggest casualties might be GameFly, the video game by-mail rental service. With news that Xbox One games will come with one-time-use activation codes that lock them to your Xbox Live account, it's become clear that Microsoft's next console will limit the way we borrow and swap games.
You buy a car. You buy a brand new car. It's expensive. Your friends call you an idiot, but who cares. You love cars. You love that new car smell.
But imagine if, when it came time to buy a new car, you weren't allowed to sell your old one. That car you bought brand new a few years back? You can't trade it in for a new model. Now take things a little further: imagine if, from the second you plunked your buttocks in the seat and gripped the steering wheel, only you could drive the car you just bought from the moment it left the showroom till the day it hit the scrap yard.
This last week I took my annual trip to the US to visit family. Like always, while I was there, I made sure to hit up the used game stores and buy games that have never come out in Japan — i.e. Dead Space, Command & Conquer Red Alert 3, etc. Despite having lived in Japan for so long (eight years now), it still surprises me how different it is buying used games elsewhere.
Gamestop CEO Paul Raines knows that his business isn't exactly a favourite of most developers, who see the retailer's profits from pre-owned games as a big insult. But he insists that Gamestop isn't the bad guy. Used games actually help people learn about the medium, Raines says in a Gamasutra interview.