Originally Posted by hooradiation
So in a scenario where some people may not be being able to buy as many games as they might currently do, the response will be an increase in piracy rather than, say, simply not buying as many games?
When the hell did video games cross from luxury entertainment item into must have necessity?
I must have missed that....
Never suggested they were must have necessities but hype, good reviews, friends having same games, word of mouth and so on - can lead to a high demand for games at times in a market dominated by the purchasing power of mostly kids.
If the second hand market is done in, people will be pissed off and hold little support for games companies.
Games companies, especially large corporate PR spinning morons like THQ, EA, et all haven't got a clue how bad this will effect them so I hope it actually does destroy them and they learn things the hard way.
If a player is looking at buying a game or purchasing for the same or cheaper price a simplistic USB plug-in device that allows them play any number of games, probably from ISO images downloaded and stored on a cheap external HD - there won't be many that will resist the temptation.
Especially when you consider even the rental market will be destroyed also. So who in their right mind will take a 60 euro+ gamble on a game they'll possibly bin after an hour because it's crap ?
Some will, a few times maybe, but after a while of being burned from blowing 60+ euro on crap worthless games they can't even sell-on afterwards, they'll just buy the easy to use modchip and download the games.
I don't think it will destroy consoles either (piracy that is) as you just need to look at Nintendo with their easily accessible and cheap piracy being absolutely rampant for years on their various consoles - they still turn a profit most of the time.
I've little love for the second hand retailers either tbh, I think some would be glad to see them out of business given the outrageous profits some of them turn on games compared to what they paid out for them to the customer.
Anyway, I think they'll push ahead with this either way, the consoles will be released and a cheap easy to use modchip will also be released within a month or so.