SCE Europe Boss: Sony Doesn't Want to Mess with the UK's 'Fragile Retail Market Ecosystem'

June 12, 2013 -

Sony's message on used games and DRM has been pretty consistent company wide during E3, which is something of a miracle, because when you get too many executives out in the wilds talking to the press, usually one or two of them inserts a foot into an open mouth. The latest to say something that gamers will appreciate is SCE Europe boss Jim Ryan.

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EA's Peter Moore: Online Pass 'Was a Mistake'

June 12, 2013 -

Polygon's Colin Campbell pulls no punches in an excellent sit down interview with Electronic Arts' chief operating officer Peter Moore.

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CD Projekt RED in the Dark on Microsoft's Used Games Management System for Xbox One

June 11, 2013 -

As I have indicated multiple times when discussing Microsoft's new system to enable or disable used games on the Xbox One, most publishers don't seem to have a clue about this new tool Microsoft has put in place for its console. At first we simply assumed they were playing dumb to avoid revealing too much prior to E3, but as more developers and publishers talk openly about the topic, it seems that they don't know an awful lot about it.

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Wii U Does Not Provide Publishers the Ability to Block Used Games

June 11, 2013 -

While Playstation 4 gamers will not have to worry about Online Passes for Sony's first-party games, it appears third party publishers are free to employ used game DRM as they see fit.

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Sony Clarifies Comments on Third Party Publishers and PS4 Used Games

June 11, 2013 -

Earlier today a story based on a GamerTrailers TV interview with Sony's Jack Tretton circulated saying that Sony would not do anything to stop third-party publishers from implementing their own DRM system for used games.

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Guest Editorial: Own v. Rent

June 11, 2013 -

Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) President Hal Halpin offers his insights on video game ownership - a topic that has caused cheers for Sony and jeers for Microsoft at E3 in Los Angeles this week.

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Ubisoft: We Have Not Decided on Xbox One Used Games

June 11, 2013 -

Prior to Sony announcing its policy on used games during its E3 Expo 2013 press event, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that his company had not made a decision on how it will handle used game trades in the next-generation. Guillemot said that he had not decided yet if it would use the system Microsoft put in place for Xbox One.

"What I like is because they are not taking a fee, it will give us the option to look at what service we have to give if we have to give service," Guillemot said recently. "So it's a good thing Microsoft is not taking a fee."

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Sony: PS4 Pricing, Used Games Policy Was Not a Reaction to Xbox One

June 11, 2013 -

While some may believe that Sony somehow decided at the eleventh hour on its pricing and policy on used games and connectivity, Sony VP of Worldwide Studios Scott Rohde told Polygon in an interview earlier Monday night that the company hadn't changed any opinions or strategies in response to Microsoft's Xbox One plans.

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How to Share Games on PS4

June 11, 2013 -

If Sony's jabs at Microsoft at its E3 2013 press conference don't irritate executives in Redmond, Washington tonight then this hilarious video from Sony will. In it, two Sony Computer Entertainment executives demonstrate how you share games on the PlayStation 4 in one simple step. Sharing on the Xbox One is a bit more complicated...

Ouch.

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Get-Well Gamers Foundation Praises Sony for Stance on Used Games

June 11, 2013 -

Get-Well Gamers Foundation President Ryan Sharpe joined millions of other gamers in the community praising Sony for its stance on always on and used games (revealed during its E3 Expo press conference tonight). In case you didn't know, Get-Well Gamers is a charity that gives games and game systems to children's hospitals around the world.

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Redbox Opens Public Forum to Talk About Next-Gen Game Rentals

June 10, 2013 -

DVD and video game rental company Redbox has launched a website to encourage consumers to discuss Sony and Microsoft's rental policies for games on their respective next-generation consoles. Microsoft and Sony are set to host their E3 press conferences later today. Microsoft has already indicated that it will let publishers decide if used games can be used on the console, but Microsoft has not indicated how the new system will handle rentals.

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Michael Pachter: Publishers Won't Block Used Xbox One Games

June 7, 2013 -

Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter does not believe that third-party Xbox One game publishers will disable used games using the system Microsoft has put in place to do just that on its next-generation platform. Pachter goes so far as to say that any publisher that disables used games runs a serious risk of significant backlash or boycotts from consumers. In a note to investors today, Pachter said the majority of publishers will not block used games in the system's first few years.

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EFF Weighs in on First Sale Doctrine and Used Games

June 7, 2013 -

Ars Technica taps the expert legal knowledge of Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Intellectual Property Director Corryne McSherry to answer the question "Is it legal to stop people from selling their used games?" The answer will not be well received by those hoping that it would be an emphatic yes.

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Analyst: Publishers Unlikely to Block Used Games, But Might Seek Retail Fee

June 7, 2013 -

Colin Sebastian, senior equity research analyst covering Internet and interactive media for Robert W Baird & Company, offers some interesting opinions on E3 next week including yesterday's revelations from Microsoft on used games. In a note to investors the firm says that Microsoft's clarification on used games is a mixed bag for GameStop, raising concerns about publisher discretion and how it will impact GameStop's used games business.

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Are Publishers Playing Dumb on Support for Xbox One Used Game System?

June 7, 2013 -

Showing that at least a handful of news outlets are chasing the truth on Microsoft's new system that allows game publishers to shakedown consumers on used games, CVG, GameSpot and MCV have collectively contacted ten high profile third-party publishers to ask if they plan on using the new system including Bethesda, Activision, Capcom, Take-Two, Namco Bandai, Electronic Arts, Sega, Square Enix, and Konami.

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Xbox One Answers: Always On, Game Trades, Kinect Privacy

June 6, 2013 -

Got Xbox One questions?

Of course you do.  Microsoft's messaging since its console unveiling has been a confusing mess.  Does Xbox One require an internet connection to play offline?  Does it block used games?  Can the all-seeing eye of the Kinect be turned off?

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Study Shows Publisher Profit Decline if Pre-Owned Market Didn't Exist

June 3, 2013 -

According to a new study by marketing professors Masakazu Ishihara of the New York University Stern School of Business and Andrew Ching of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, if the used games market were to completely disappear it would cause a decline in profits for publishers. The only way that publishers could gain momentum in such a situation would be to lower retail prices on games, the study said.

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Analyst: Pre-Owned Market Could Generate $2.5 Billion in Credits for Trade-Ins on Next-Gen

June 3, 2013 -

According to analyst Colin Sebastian from equity research firm Baird Equity, the trade-ins on current generation console software and hardware has the potential to generate an estimated $2.5 billion in credit at retailer GameStop (to be used on next-gen consoles). Sebastian came to this conclusion after speaking with executives at the specialty retailer to discuss how it could diversify sales through the pre-owned and mobile markets.

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No DRM For Used Games Movement Targets PS4, Xbox One

June 3, 2013 -

The #PS4NoDRM campaign that bombarded Sony executives with messages on Twitter not to include DRM schemes for used games in the PS4 earlier in the month let us know this morning that they are ramping up for a second and final push of their message on Wednesday, June 5th starting at 8AM EST / 5AM PST/ 1PM GMT.

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Take-Two Describes Taxing Used Xbox One Games as 'Punishing Consumers'

May 31, 2013 -

Speaking to an audience at the Cowen Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference this week, Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick describes Microsoft's plan for a licensing fee on used games as "punishing consumers," and makes it sounds like his company is not in the loop when it comes to getting some of that licensing fee on Xbox One games.

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Fans Call on Sony to Avoid DRM for Used PS4 Games

May 28, 2013 -

While Xbox 360 fans fret over possible used game licensing fees and a console that may or may not require you to always be connected with Xbox One, Sony fans have taken to twitter to bombard Sony executives. Recently fans took to Twitter to urge Sony not to use those same techniques for the upcoming PlayStation 4 console.

Using the hashtags #PS4NoDRM and #PS4USEDGAMES, consumers have sent messages to Sony executives pleading with them not to implement any kind of usage restrictions on the PS4.

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Report: Microsoft Will Take Control of the Xbox One Used Games Market

May 24, 2013 -

We're not sure how much stock you should put into this news, but we're putting it out there anyway because Microsoft has been so dodgy on the topic since it announced the Xbox One.

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GameStop Assures Consumers that PS4 and Xbox One Games Can Be Resold

May 22, 2013 -

While Microsoft is being a little bit cagey about how it will handle used games on Xbox One, GameStop is trying to reassure consumers that next-generation games will be able to be bought and sold. Speaking to Forbes, GameStop president Tony Bartel explained why having the ability to buy and sell games is important as consoles transition.

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Get-Well Gamers Foundation Upset over Xbox One's 'Fee' on Pre-Owned Games

May 22, 2013 -

Ryan Sharpe from Get-Well Gamers Foundation posted a statement on Facebook condemning the way Microsoft plans to handle pre-owned titles. We have extensively detailed the confusion on that topic here. Sharpe says that this idea of a fee on used games is an alarming trend that bothers him so much the he has decided that he will not include Xbox One systems and games in the inventory of games for the 180 hospitals in its network.

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Microsoft's Muddled Messaging on Xbox One and Used Games

May 22, 2013 -

Microsoft's messaging on how used games will be handled on the Xbox One seems to be muddled, contradictory and confused as different individuals within the company offer out-of-step messaging on the subject. At issue is a report in Wired indicating that when software purchased on discs at retail or through the Xbox Live Marketplace is installed on a system it is associated with the purchaser's user account.

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EA Discontinues Online Pass System

May 16, 2013 -

Electronic Arts has decided to do away with its controversial online pass system for used games, the company confirmed with GamesBeat last night.

"Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass," EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. "None of our new EA titles will include that feature."

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GameStop to Stop Accepting PS2-Related Items as Trade-Ins June 1

May 6, 2013 -

According to the image to your left, GameStop will no longer be accepting trade-ins on various PS2 related items and systems as of June 1, 2013. That means if you want to trade those PS2-related items in for something new you'd better do it in the next couple of weeks. The image comes from a Reddit user named eGORapTure, who spotted the sign at his local GameStop.

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Bethesda: Used Game Sales 'Absolutely' a Concern

April 16, 2013 -

In a recent interview with Destructoid, Bethesda Softworks marketing vice president Pete Hines told the publication that used game sales are "absolutely" a concern for his company but that they have handled it by lessening the financial impact through lots and lots of DLC for its various games including Fallout 3 and the last few games in the Elder scrolls series.

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Baird Equity Research Report Calls Speculation on Used Games Restrictions 'Misguided'

March 21, 2013 -

A research report on GameStop from equity research firm Baird Equity Research predicts that the games retailer will miss estimates for Q4 earnings. The company is set to release Q4 earnings next Thursday, along with initial guidance for fiscal year 2013. Baird Equity points to weak hardware sales and software prices that are " under pressure." GameStop could see a boost from the next Xbox announcement, the E3 trade show in June and launch of new hardware in the fall, according to the firm.

Baird Equity Research Report (PDF)
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'Collaborative Consumption Service' Lynx2Games Launches

March 20, 2013 -

Lynx2Games launches today, promising a new online video game "collaborative consumption service" that lets users rent and own popular titles at "highly discounted prices." Powered by a social e-commerce marketplace called LynxSquare, Lynx2Games uses a share-the-cost system enabling players to team up on purchases of new releases. Lynx2Games lets members rent a new game for three weeks for $19.99 and then ship it to a buyer within the community that wants it for $39.99.

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MechaTama31quik: But even if it did break, at worst it is only as bad as the powder. Even that is assuming that it is dangerous through skin contact, which is not a given if its delivery vehicle is a syringe.09/21/2014 - 4:30pm
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2014/09/20/isis-uses-gta-5-in-new-teen-recruitment-video/09/21/2014 - 4:25pm
quiknkoldSyringes can break. And in a transcontinental delivery, the glass could've broken when crushed. I work in a mail center. Shit like this is super serious09/21/2014 - 3:25pm
E. Zachary KnightIt doesn't matter what is inside the needle. As long as it requires him to take the step of purposefully injecting himself, the threat of the substance is as close to zero as you can get.09/21/2014 - 1:27pm
quiknkoldEzach: I'm not talking about the needle. I'm talking about what's inside. Geeze. Depending on what it is, the sender could be guilty of bioterrorism.09/21/2014 - 12:51pm
E. Zachary Knightquiknkold, No. That syringe is not worse than white powder or a bomb. The syringe requires the recipient to actually inject themselves. Not true for other mail threats.09/21/2014 - 12:49pm
Andrew EisenThe closest to a threat I ever received was a handwritten note slipped under my door that read "I KNOW it was you." Still no idea what that was about. I think the author must have got the wrong apartment.09/21/2014 - 12:28pm
InfophileThat's what they call it? I always called it hydroxic acid...09/21/2014 - 11:57am
MaskedPixelanteProbably dihydrogen monoxide, the most dangerous substance in the universe.09/21/2014 - 10:14am
james_fudgewell I hope he called the police so they can let us all know.09/21/2014 - 9:07am
quiknkoldIt's pretty gnarly. Depending on what it is, it could be worse than white powder or a fake bomb.09/21/2014 - 9:06am
james_fudgeI just looked it up on UPS.com09/21/2014 - 8:56am
james_fudgeand expensive for an American to ship to London.09/21/2014 - 8:55am
E. Zachary KnightThat is pretty scary. Would have been worse if it were a fake bomb or white powder.09/21/2014 - 8:49am
quiknkoldThere's some more tweets regarding it with more pictures09/21/2014 - 8:09am
quiknkoldMilo Yiannopoulos was mailed a syringe filled with clear liquid. He claims it's anti gamergate harassment. Mentioned on his twitter twitter.com/Nero/status/51366668391625523209/21/2014 - 8:07am
Andrew EisenNow, having said that, what sites are you reading that are claiming that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem" or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"? Or was that hyperbole too?09/21/2014 - 1:03am
Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
Sleaker@Craig R. - at this point I don't even know what the hashtags are suppsed to be in support of. what does GamerGate actually signify.09/21/2014 - 12:21am
Sleaker@AE - Hyperbole for the first 2, but it seems like some of the comments in the shout are attempting to place blame on fellow gamers because they aren't actively telling people to stop harassing even though they don't necessarily know anyone that has.09/21/2014 - 12:16am
 

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