Blockbuster UK Reveals VIP Gamer Reward Program

May 8, 2012 -

Blockbuster UK has launched a rewards program specifically for gamers called "Blockbuster VIP Gamer" and just by signing up members receive 2,500 points. The idea of the program is to earn these points that can then be used for a variety of perks including discounts on purchases, free rentals, free software, and - if you can amass a large amount of points - free hardware.

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Super Podcast Action Committee - Episode 1: Used Games and a Tangled Web

May 7, 2012 -

Episode #1 of the Super Podcast Action Committee takes on the thorny issue of used games. Why do some developers and publishers hate them so much and why do they think it would be "awesome" if the next generation of home consoles from Sony and Microsoft blocked used games altogether? We try to figure it all out... Hosts Andrew Eisen and E.

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Crytek Says Comments about Next-Gen Consoles Blocking Used Games Weren't 'Serious'

May 1, 2012 -

You may recall that Crytek director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard said last week that a next-generation console that was capable of blocking the use of used games would be "awesome." This week the studio is backing away from that statement after fans gave them a piece of their mind. Hojengaard said the following when asked about such a console last week during the conclusion of this C&VG interview:

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Crytek Thinks New Consoles that Block Used Games 'Would be Awesome'

April 25, 2012 -

While some developers are cautious to approve of next-generation game console systems impeding the use of used games software, Crytek's director of creative development is not one of them. Speaking recently to Computer & Video Games, Rasmus Hojengaard said that he thought it was "weird" that second-hand gaming is allowed at all.

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G4's Feedback Talks Used Games

April 23, 2012 -

G4TV's Blair Herter and the rest of Feedback crew dive headfirst into the topic of used game sales. Publishers say that used game sales are hurting the industry, while retailers like GameStop and most consumers disagree. Watch the latest episode of the show to your left.


What Dunkin' Donuts and Used Games Trades Might Have in Common

April 10, 2012 -

Everybody loves Dunkin' Donuts (or equivalent depending on your geographical location), but a new social game trading network contends that it is a perfect location to trade those used games face-to-face. The site is called www.waygoz.com, and its mission statement is to take the trading offline and away from places like Gamestop where gamers don't get a decent return on their sales.

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Rumor Mill: Sony's New Console is a Nightmare for Consumers

March 28, 2012 -

Here we go again. Another "reliable source" - this time with inside knowledge on Sony's next console, offers some rumors that should upset a majority of the gaming public.

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Dennis Dyack: Used Games Will 'Cannibalize the Industry'

March 28, 2012 -

In a recent interview with GamesIndustry International, Silicon Knights front man Denis Dyack says that used games will cannibalize the industry if sales continue unabated. He argues that games no longer have a "tail," referring to how games used to have a longer shelf life at retail months after launch.

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Next Xbox with Anti-Game Technology Unlikely, Says GameStop

March 22, 2012 -

During a conference call to discuss its latest results, US video games retailer GameStop tried to put to bed a rumor (that surfaced in January) about the next Xbox console from Microsoft would have some kind of anti-used game detection technology in it. GameStop's CEO tried to put the rumor to bed, calling the whole idea "unlikely."

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The Most Traded Video Games of 2011, According to GaBoom

February 14, 2012 -

Peer-to-peer game trading site GaBoom has released new data on what games its customers most frequently trade. The data, the result of paying attention to what its 12,500 users want to keep and get rid of, is broken down by publisher, platform and finally game title.

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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.

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'I Feel Used,' Quips Volition's Jameson Durall on Used Games

February 6, 2012 -

"I Feel Used" quips Volition Designer Jameson Durall in a post on #AltDevBlogADay. In a lengthy post Durall rails against the used games market and how it is "significantly impacting the revenue" developers receive. He talks about how great it is that developers are coming up with new ways to recoup money from the used games market such as online pass codes:

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New SSX Game to Include Online Pass

January 30, 2012 -

EA's next chapter in the SSX action snowboarding game series will have an Online Pass system within. All players (both those who buy new and used) will be able to access the game's Explore and Global Events multiplayer modes, but any in-game credits earned will be withheld from the player until an online pass code is activated. That code is included in new copies of the game, but used game buyers will have to pay $10 for a code.

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Curt Schilling Defends Kingdoms of Amular Online Pass Code

January 30, 2012 -

A dust-up over 38 Studios' Kingdoms of Amular: Reckoning locking on-disc content behind an "online pass" system has raised the ire of some gamers - which in turn has brought studio founder and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling out of the woodwork to defend the plan.

The Online Pass Code was found in early copies of the game sent to reviewers and leaked onto the Internet. When fans found out they took to the official forums to complain about it.

The text that came with the review copies of the game reads:

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Twisted Metal to Include Online Pass

January 25, 2012 -

We missed this a couple of days ago, but it's a pretty important story for fans of Twisted Metal. According to IndustryGamers, Eat Sleep Play's Twisted Metal for PlayStation 3 will include an Online Pass system that requires you to punch in a code to play online.

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UK Retailers: If Publishers Ditch Online Codes We Would Share Used Games Revenue

January 11, 2012 -

According to this MCV report retailers are telling the publication that if publishers stop using online codes, they would be willing to share used game revenues with them. This would - at least anecdotally - show that online pass code schemes employed by companies like THQ, EA, and others are having some sort of negative affect on used game sales.

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GameFly's End-of-Year Used Games Sale

December 22, 2011 -

For its end of year sale, game rental company GameFly is offering 50 percent off its used game titles. Obviously all of these games have been man-handled by rental customers, but that shouldn't stop you from finding a good deal. At a glance - taken from this sale page - GameFly is offering Brink Xbox 360 for $6.99, LA Noire PS3 for $11.99, Two Worlds II PS3 for $9.99, Mario Strikers Charged Wii for $12.99, Enslaved Xbox 360 for $9.99, Kingdom Hearts Re:coded DS for $19.99, and Rabbids Travel in Time 3D 3DS for $19.99.

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Game Rental Firm Offers to Share Used Game Profits

December 13, 2011 -

Internet game rental company OnePlayS has publicly stated that it wants to share its used game profits with publishers. The company is the brainchild of LoveFilm co-founder Lasse Jensen, which was launched in Denmark in 2008. This year the company has expanded across Europe and it wants to work closely with publishers in partnerships where everyone makes money... except maybe the developers.

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Obsidian Hopes Digital 'Stabs Used Games Market In The Heart'

December 12, 2011 -

Publishers and developers that are under the impression that the used games market is hurting them can't wait for everything to go digital. One such developer is Obsidian Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Chris Avellone. You may know the company best for such games as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, Dungeon Siege III, Fallout: New Vegas - and soon - the South Park RPG.

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Blockbuster: Publishers Support Our Game Rentals

November 22, 2011 -

Some publishers and developers think that the practice of buying a used game is like committing an act of software piracy, so it comes as no surprise that a company like Blockbuster - who rents them to consumers and gives a portion of that revenue to game makers - has support for many in the game industry. Blockbuster believes that what it does is a way to reduce used game sales too. By offering what they consider reasonable game rental terms.

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Epic: DLC is a Tool in the Fight Against Used Games

November 17, 2011 -

Epic Games' director of production Rod Fergusson says that plans for DLC extend back far into a game's development. It used to be that DLC was meant as a way to encourage continued interest in a product months or even years after release, but with a movement towards fighting against used game sales using pay walls like online pass codes, the definition of DLC has changed.

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Newzoo: 56 Percent of U.S. Gamers Regularly Buy Used

November 3, 2011 -

A new market study conducted by research firm Newzoo indicates that trading games is the most popular game of all. More than half of the 82 million gamers in the U.S. don't spend money on games, and of the 44 percent who make game purchases around 85 percent regularly purchase pre-owned titles. Around 23 percent of the game-buying public spends 23 percent of their gaming budget on pre-owned games says Newzoo.

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GameStop UK Offers BF3 for MW3 Trade-In

October 20, 2011 -

GameStop UK has an interesting trade-in offer that will give consumers across the pond Modern Warfare 3 for 0.99p. All they have to do is buy Battlefield 3 before October 27, then buy Modern Warfare 3 before midnight on November 7. If consumers who bought Battlefield 3 send it back to GameStop UK before November 18, their GameStop accounts will be refunded for MW3 minus £0.99.

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Uncharted 3 Multiplayer Possible Because of Online Pass, Says Developers

October 17, 2011 -

Uncharted series developer Naughty Dog says that without the money from Sony's PSN Pass, the company wouldn't be able to afford to include as much online content as it has with Uncharted 3. In fact, they say that if they didn't implement Online Pass, they would have had to split the game into two different games - single and multiplayer. Uncharted 3 director Justin Richmond made the comments in a recent interview with TheSixthAxis.

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Battlefield 3 to Include Online Pass Code

October 14, 2011 -

DICE has revealed - to no one's surprise - that Battlefield 3 will come with a code needed to play the modern-day warfare game online.

The news was confirmed by DICE designer Alan Kertz on Twitter. His comments were in response to follower questions on the need for an Online Pass code for the company's newest title. He said that the decision to use the system was "because servers cost money, and used games don't make developers any money."

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Catwoman in Arkham City Requires VIP Pass Code Redemption

October 13, 2011 -

Warner Bros. has confirmed to Eurogamer that the Batman: Arkham City VIP pass (a code that comes in the retail box) unlocks the playable Catwoman content. While Warner Bros. says that "playing as Catwoman is not required to complete the game," to access her in the campaign missions you'll need to use the code. When Warner Bros. first started talking about Catwoman as a playable character, they noted that her part in the game's story was around 10 percent.

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Sony: All Future Multiplayer-Capable Games Will Use PSN Pass

October 4, 2011 -

Yesterday we reported that Sony Computer Entertainment America planned to use its PSN Online Pass scheme for Resistance 3, which would effectively charge used game buyers $10 to play the multiplayer portion of the game. It turns out this is not an isolated incident but Sony's new modus operandi when it comes to used games that contain a multiplayer component.

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Jimquisition: Fighting the 'Problem' of Used Games

October 4, 2011 -

Last week we highlighted Jim Sterling's rant on what publishers and developers say about the used games market and how it is mostly nonsense. This week's episode of The Jimquisition on The Escapist is full of sunshine and roses as the outspoken Destructoid editor talks about some of the tactics that being used by publishers that he does NOT find obnoxious, and would like to see further encouraged. Instead of punishing people for buying games, Jim thinks they should do more to reward them for buying games new.

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PSN Pass Code Required for Uncharted 3 Multiplayer

October 3, 2011 -

Sony will be rolling out its PSN Pass for the multiplayer aspects of its upcoming game Uncharted 3. As it did earlier this year with Resistance 3, Sony will implement a "PSN Pass" code on Uncharted 3. This means that when you buy a copy of the game brand new at retail it will come with a special code specifically for multiplayer that you will have to activate the first time you play online. Should you sell the game the next person that buys it will have to turn around and pay $10 to get access to multiplayer.

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Jimquisition: Used Games Have a Right to Exist

September 28, 2011 -

On this week's episode of the "Jimquisition" on The Escapist, the outspoken Destructoid editor Jim Sterling takes aims at the claims by publishers and developers that buying used game is tantamount to committing an act of piracy. His basic point is that used games have a right to exist and are not evil just because publishers decided they weren't getting their fair share of GameStop's profits.

Watch it to your left, or go native at The Escapist.

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