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.

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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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NPD: Used Games Sales Outpace Full Digital Sales, New Retail Sales Beat Both

March 6, 2013 -

New data gathered by NPD Group offers some insight on how core gamers feel about digital distribution and the purchase of used games. The data comes from a new survey the retail research firm conducted. According to the results of that survey, core gamers have embraced digital distribution, but downloading full game titles has not yet outpaced second-hand game purchases. The NPD survey found that 78 percent of core gamers said that they frequently purchase used games, compared to 70 percent who reported buying full digital games regularly.

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Ian Livingstone: Xbox 720 'Might' Block Used Games

February 26, 2013 -

Speaking to MCV India, Eidos life president Ian Livingstone threw some gasoline on an old rumor: that the Xbox 720 might block used games. Livingstone also said the next-gen consoles weren't prepared to go fully digital quite yet as its only method for selling and delivering content.

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Sony: PS4 Will Not Block Used Games

February 21, 2013 -

Eurogamer delivers bit of good news this evening from Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida: the PlayStation 4 will not block used games. Catching up with Yoshida a few hours after last night's two-hour PS4 press conference, Eurogamer asked him directly if Sony had any plans to block used games on its newest console:

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EA Would Like to See Used Games 'Gone' but Admits the Markets' Importance in Driving New Game Sales

February 13, 2013 -

In a recent Gamasutra interview (as reported by Destructoid), Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen said that the publisher would shed no tears over the loss of used games or the used games market, but noted that there are benefits to having such a market exist.

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GameStop Executive: Blocking Used Game Sales Will Hurt Next-Gen Console Adoption by Consumers

February 7, 2013 -

Speaking to Bloomberg GameStop VP of public and investor relations Matt Hodges said that the consumer's desire to purchase a next-generation console will be "significantly diminished" if manufacturers were to block the ability to play used games.

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Next Xbox Rumored to Use Blu-Ray, Feature 'Always Connected' Requirement

February 6, 2013 -

Microsoft's next Xbox system will use Blu-Ray and will require users to be always connected to Xbox Live, according to an Edge report citing sources with "first-hand experience."

The new raft of rumors are an echo of an older rumor post by VG247 back in April 2012 - also citing anonymous sources close to the company.

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German Consumer Advocacy Group Files Complaint Against Valve for Steam's Used Games Resale Policy

January 31, 2013 -

The German consumer advocacy group The Federation of German Consumer Association has filed an official complaint against Valve Software for its Steam's end-user license agreement because it does not allow consumers to resell digital content. The European High Court ruled last year that digital content games can be sold. The complaint against Valve filed with the German courts is directly related to that ruling.

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Dish to Close 300 Blockbuster Stores, Cut 3,000 Jobs

January 23, 2013 -

Dish Network announced that it plans to close hundreds of Blockbuster stores in the next couple of weeks and expects to cut thousands of jobs as a result. The video and videogame rental company was bought by Dish in 2010 after the company went bankrupt. CNN Money reports that 300 stores will be closed in the United states and 3,000 jobs will be lost.

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GameStop Holiday Sales Fall 4.6 Percent

January 8, 2013 -

Video game retailer GameStop revealed that sales for the last nine weeks of 2012 came in at $2.88 billion, a 4.6 percent decrease from the 2011 holiday shopping season. The retailer blamed a lack of in-store traffic as the primary cause. Second-hand sales were also down 15.6 percent because of limited inventory, according to GameStop. New game sales were also down by 5.1 percent, while hardware numbers were down 2.7 percent.

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Report: Sony Patent Uses ID to Lock Software to One Console

January 3, 2013 -

A patent application unearthed by a NeoGAF forum post and picked up by Kotaku reveals that Sony has plans to implement a technology to deal with the use of used games on more than one console.

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GameStop Records $624 Million Net Loss in Q3

November 15, 2012 -

Video game retailer GameStop announced that it suffered a $624 million net loss in revenue for the third quarter that ended on October 27. While GameStop said that results exceeded expectations for Q3, it highlighted the fact that sales were down on new software, used software and new hardware. Total sales fell approximately 8.9 percent to $1.77 billion while store sales also fell 8.3 percent. Overall, GameStop recorded a consolidated net loss of $624.3 million.

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eBay Offering Cash for Your Old Consoles

November 2, 2012 -

Online marketplace eBay is offering a unique program to give you cash for that old console you have laying around so that you can buy a new console like the Wii U... You can exchange select models of the Wii, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS Vita for cash beginning today and up until November 18 - which just happens to be release day for the Wii U in North America. You can get started with the transaction  at eBay's Instant Sale page.

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GameStop: Vintage Game Sales Will Be 'Online Only'

September 10, 2012 -

In a recent interview with Joystiq, GameStop CEO Paul Raines clarified a recent story about plans to sell vintage games and systems at retail stores throughout the United States.

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GameStop: 70 Percent of Used Game Sales Profits Are Spent on New Games

August 6, 2012 -

While some game publishers and developers have come out hard against the sale of used games, GameStop's president Paul Raines says that the myth that used games are cutting into new game sales is just - a myth. Speaking to Gamasutra, Raines said that 70 percent of all income derived from used game sales by consumers is almost immediately spent on purchasing a new game - to the tune of $1.8 billion to the US games industry every year.

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GameStop Investigating Digital Used Game Sales in Europe

July 27, 2012 -

GameStop is apparently paying close attention to the recent decision by the European High Court that digital purchases could legally be resold. Speaking to GameSpot, GameStop CEO Paul Raines said that the video games retailer is seriously looking into the idea of creating a business out of reselling digital downloads in Europe, but cautions that it is too early for him to say if it is something they will get into. At this point the company is simply investigating the idea.

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Poll: Would You Delete Your Copy of a Game You Resold?

July 17, 2012 -

Earlier this month, the European Court of Justice ruled that game publishers cannot stop European consumers from reselling their downloaded games.  Not only that, but a publisher may have to facilitate such a transaction by allowing the recipient of the sale to download their “used” copy from its website.

Oh yeah, they’re going to love that.

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European Court of Justice Ruling: Digital Games Can Be Resold

July 3, 2012 -

The European Court of Justice has made a ruling that could cause lots of problems for publishers in Europe. The highest court in Europe has ruled that game publishers cannot stop European consumers from reselling their downloaded games.

"An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his 'used' licences allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet," the ruling read. The Court said the exclusive right of distribution covered by a license is "exhausted on its first sale".

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NPD: An Estimated $525 Million Spent on Used Games, Rentals in Q1 2012

July 2, 2012 -

According to a new report (Q1 2012 Games Market Dynamics: U.S.) from research firm NPD Group, estimated total consumer spending on used and rental game content in the first quarter of 2012 reached $525 million, and content in digital format (full game and add-on content downloads, subscriptions, mobile games and social network games) generated $1.38 billion. This is in addition to the $1.5 billion spent in the U.S. by consumers on new physical video and PC game software.

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Nintendo: No Plans to Block Used Games on Wii U

June 19, 2012 -

If you were concerned that Nintendo might consider some type of technology or software to block the use of used games on its new Wii U console, this GameSpot report should put your mind at ease. Speaking with GameSpot, Nintendo of America marketing exec Scot Moffitt said that he doesn't know if Nintendo has a formal position on used games.

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Supreme Court Poised To Rule On Important First Sale Case

June 15, 2012 -

The First Sale Doctrine has been an important part of copyright law for well over a hundred years now and an important part of the gaming culture for the last 30 years or so. Unfortunately, these last few decades have also seen a lot of effort to erode what protections consumers have to resale their property without the permission of the copyright owner. Once again, the Supreme court is poised to rule on how far the protections the First Sale Doctrine go when it comes to copyright.

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GameStop: Next-Gen Consoles Will Allow Used Games

June 6, 2012 -

Despite all the talk about a next-generation console future where consumers are not allowed to play their used games by evil platform holders like Microsoft and Sony, retailer GameStop says that such a future is unlikely. The video game retailer firmly believes that the next generation consoles from both Sony and Microsoft will handle the business of retail trade-ins and used game sales the way they always have - by mostly ignoring them. The company made its remarks during an investor meeting with analyst firm Baird Equity Research.

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Danny Bilson: Used Games 'Probably' Good for Consumers

June 1, 2012 -

Former THQ executive Danny Bilson recently told Eurogamer that the used game industry is "probably" good for consumers but not so good for publishers. So how do game makers combat the "evils" of the used game market? By creating more post-launch content that consumers think is valuable. Bilson, the now former executive vice president of core games at THQ recently left the company to pursue "other interests."

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GameStop Brings PSN DLC Purchasing Power to Stores in Europe and Australia

June 1, 2012 -

GameStop International and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have partnered to bring PlayStation Network DLC to 1,600 retail video game stores throughout Europe and Australia. This includes stores in Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Consumers can purchase downloadable content in stores using cash, gift cards, and in-store credits from trade-ins to buy the DLC.

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Michael Pachter: Video Game Industry Would 'Disintegrate' if Console Makers Blocked Used Games

May 21, 2012 -

In the latest episode of GameTrailers' Pach Attack, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter talks about used games and why they are an integral part of the video game ecosystem. In fact, he claims, the industry would be in serious trouble without them.

"I think the industry will disintegrate; I think there will be no more video games if next-gen consoles don’t support used games. You hear that, Sony and Microsoft? You have to support used games," he said during the show.

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GameStop: Physical Retail Numbers Down, Digital and Pre-Owned Up in Q1

May 17, 2012 -

Video game retailer GameStop announced its first quarter 2012 financial results this week, showing that physical retail numbers were down, while used games and digital sales were up. While the company saw a decline in overall net income and sales for the quarter, its reported income was in line with earnings targets.

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Sony's Jack Tretton Opposes Blocking Used Games, Claims Michael Pachter

May 14, 2012 -

In a recent episode of GameTrailer's Bonus Round, Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter said that Sony's Jack Tretton is strongly opposed to the idea of a console blocking used games. During the show, Pachter recalled a conversation he supposedly had with the SCEA president at an E3 meeting. He claims that he asked Tretton directly about the rumor that Sony's newest console ("Orbis") would not support used games.

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Infophile@Goth: If you're not willing to entertain the idea you might be wrong, fine. That's your right. But why should anyone else entertain the idea that you might be right? If they go by the same logic, they already know you're wrong, so why listen to you?07/02/2015 - 3:53am
MattsworknameEh, I love the new batmobile personally, it's a blast to mess aroudn with. Plus, the game is set in a situation that mroe or less leaves batman with no choice but to go full force. And even then, it still shows him doing all he can to limit casualties.07/01/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenAgreed. Luckily, we don't seem to be in danger of that of late. No one's suggesting, for example, that tanks shouldn't be in video games, only that the tank in Arkham Knight is poorly implemented and out of place from a characterization standpoint.07/01/2015 - 11:27pm
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Mattsworknamefind offensive or disturbing, and that mindset leads to censorship. It's all well and good to say "This would be better IF", just so long as we remember not to let it slide into "This is offensive, REMOVE IT". IE , the current issues surroundign the07/01/2015 - 11:19pm
MattsworknameAndrew and goth both have points, and to that point, I'll say. Saying somethign is improved by changing something isn't a problem, on that I agree with , but at the same time, on of the issues we have in our society is that we want to simply remove things07/01/2015 - 11:18pm
Andrew EisenSee? Suggestions for improvements that involve taking things away do not mean the work is garbage or performing poorly, critically or commercially.07/01/2015 - 9:29pm
Andrew EisenSkyward Sword is spiff-a-rific but it would be an improved experience if the game didn't explain what each item and rupee was every single time you picked them up!07/01/2015 - 9:27pm
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Andrew EisenI'll give you an example: Arkham Knight is a ton of fun but the tank sucks and the game would be even better without it.07/01/2015 - 9:23pm
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Andrew EisenOffering suggestions for improvement does not mean that the work in question is garbage or not doing fine.07/01/2015 - 8:21pm
Goth_SkunkIf their products were garbage, they wouldn't be as praiseworthy as they are.07/01/2015 - 8:08pm
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