Just read through the article and all the comments... some things I'd say to what he says...
On HMV's move into selling pre-owned titles - the first non-specialist retailer to do so - Braben said: "That is shocking, and I think the games industry has to do something about it soon."
HMV isn't the first. Woolies in Torquay was selling pre-owned games about a year ago. I don't think they do not but they were taking in trades of PS2, GBA, DS, Wii and XBOX 360 games.
"There are a lot of studies that suggest it's anywhere between 8 and 12 or 15 times a pre-owned game goes round. If you think that the industry's getting a tiny percentage of those 12 or 15 sales - typically from the sale of a GBP 40 game, the industry only gets GBP 20 anyway, in round figures. That is lost to the system," he said.
Surely if there's lots of studies out there then he could at least list some of them. It's the same in the hardware industry. For instance, if Dell sell a PC and then it gets sold on, Dell don't make anything more from the PC.
Instead, he argues that the games industry should move to a similar model to that used by the film industry for DVD and video sales. "They brought out rental copies, and copies not for resale or rental. That distinction is really important in the video market, and all of the chains honour it because they know it's more than their life's worth not to," he said.
"My argument is that for every game there are two versions. One is personal, not for resale and it's made abundantly clear you can't sell it. And it's made available for something like GBP 25. And a resale and rental copy, which in film is actually about GBP 80."
Riiiiiight. So he's not bee into Blockbuster then and checked out the pre-owned DVDs and ex-Rental DVDs for sale then?
I can't remember the last full price game I bought (actually, thinking back, I think it was GTA Vice City on the PS2). I've bought games since but I generally don't buy them when they're first released. I'll wait a month or two or whatever it takes until the price drops to something more reasonable (say 2 for Â£40 offers on new games). I do also occasionally buy second hand games, the last one I got was Sonic and the Secret Rings on the Wii for Â£12, the disc and case was immaculate, looked brand new, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it was new. I wasn't impressed with the game though, I thought the controls were crap.
At the end of the day, with digital downloads now these software companies are making us re-buy games anyway. For instance, I had Super Mario World for my SNES back in the 90's, I also bought Zelda. I've re-purchased them as VC games on the Wii. I sure bet that if Sega re-released some of the old Mega CD/Saturn classics on the VC they wouldn't allow us to use our CDs on the Wii instead of purchasing the game again.
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