CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme is a Bad Idea

February 7, 2012 -

CD Projekt RED, makers of The Witcher 2, say that there are real issues that could arise from Microsoft attempting to block the use of used games in its next generation console. Rumors have surfaced that Microsoft plans to block the use of used games on its new platform - a rumor many game developers heralded as a "good idea." Used games have become a punching bag for publishers and developers in the last several years who spend a lot of money developing games only to see marginal returns.

CD Projekt Red has been vocal about its distaste for digital rights management (DRM) and having it at the console level would be even worse in their estimation. Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red managing director Adam Badowski said the following:

"We should invest more power to upgrade and polish our products and convince players to keep our products, to be with us, to understand our needs," Badowski said. "Because we are an independent developer, we have to prevent lay-offs, we need to grow up and have the power to create new games."

As we highlighted yesterday, the design director of Volition took some heat for saying that the new Xbox locking out used games would be "fantastic," and cautioned that the industry could "fall apart" if used sales are not dealt with. CD Projekt RED stands mostly alone in its opposition to systems that get between the player and the games they have purchased - like DRM.

Source: GameSpot


Comments

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

i think they're right though.

look at the drop in PC gaming since they started the whole cd-key/login thing.. so many good games have gone downhill as strictly cult classics thanks to this. Doesn't help we also don't often get demos anymore.. who was it that said "demo's hurt sales"? Ubi i think post GRAW PC flopping after a terrible demo.. could be wrong.

i'm not saying its dead, dying, or anything, but the shift has so heavily gone into DRM and prevention of used/pirated sales that its actually begun to damage things in some ways, and shifted many users to consoles where they can get a game cheap still, or borrow it from a friend and actually be able to play without someone having to hand out private info.

question is how it'll affect the consoles when people are unable to get games cheaper, and get to know often questionable IP's.

most top end games wouldn't be so heavily popular today if it weren't for the used sales having bolstered their rep before the sequels.

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

Frankly, I think that any company complaining about the sale of used games is a little bitch and needs to grow up and get over it.

There is a "used" industry for virtually any object, you only have to go to ebay.com to figure this out. However, I've never seen as much public bitching about this from any other industry as I have with the game industry.

It happens with everything, from the manufacturers of laptops or furniture to the recording companies and studios that make and produce music albums and movies. But in comparison to the gaming industry, these people don't seem to bitch nearly as much. Maybe it's just the sites I'm looking at?

Either way, it's an issue with every company that makes tangible objects they plan on selling. If you can touch it, then chances are you can buy it off eBay.

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

Yep Randy,

The concept of being able to trade or sell a 'used game' is actually quite important to most console gamers.

My son and his friends trade games all the time, if you take it off the Xbox platform, they'll go buy PS3's.

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

Yeah, but they tend to think they are special little flowers, and that THEIR industry is differnt...

Though to be fair, other industries have gone through this same growing pain.  It was not all that long ago that book publishers were trying to shut down libraries and ban the sale of used books.. and you can just imagine the colourful history the movie and music industries have had with used sales.

Eventually the game industry will grow up, though it will probably require a new generation of develoeprs and management.

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

This is why I stick to PC gaming.

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

I still say this is never going to happen.  Microsoft would be unbelievably stupid to implement such a feature in its next console.  Sony and Nintendo would love it though and would undoubtedly capitalize on the fact that their consoles will play used games.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: CD Projekt RED Thinks Console Used Game Blocking Scheme ...

I'm adapting this from a note about apple.

If your composition can advertise that they do something simple, like run flash or play old content as a selling point, you fucked up.

 
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