Video game companies realised that they couldn’t really win the war on piracy, as the people who managed to crack all the defence codes are really clever and if you put more complex codes on, these piracy people will just crack them again. It was a lot of work and money for no gain. So they gave up that war, and every so often sue Pirate Bay to make it look as though they are doing something. Now though they hate Pre Owned games, and they have a massive vengeance to stop people buying them.
At first they sent nasty letters towards game companies who do pre owned games. However both need eachother to exist so nothing actually happened. The the game companies actually did something rather good, and offered incentives for people who bought games new. This was DLC that you could live without but was a nice bonus to anyone who bought the game new. Also if you really wanted it and bought it pre owned, you could still get it online.
However now, the video game companies have decided they are going to go one step further. They have now decided that unless you buy new game, you will not be allowed to go online unless you pay a fee. Yes, a major part of the game will be taken away from you if you can not afford the $60 the game costs.
Its like these publishers have no idea what world they are living in. There are only three reasons people will buy pre owned games. 1. They are massive cheapskates. 2. The game they are looking for is only available in pre owned now and 3. They simply cannot afford it. Obviously I will address all three issues because I am a boss like that.
Now obviously the main target audience for changing people from buying Pre Owned are the cheapskates. If you are not familiar with the term, it means people who will deliberately go for the cheapest option no matter what. These people will also complain about rip offs and have some weird sort of pride about it. When they buy the game and realise that the online multiplayer, they’ll just sell the game on. It won’t make them buy the new game, just out of spite. Yeah thats typical Yorkshire, which is why I know so much.
A lot of games are simply not in production any more. Either they weren’t successful enough to warrant any more printing or they are very old and there is no point. When games do go out of production, it is very hard to find them new as obviously they simply aren’t being ordered. Soon this will happen to the games with Online Passes, so lets say you want to buy Battlefield 3 in 5 years. It won’t be possible to get it new because Battlefield 8 is out, and no one actually cares about Battlefield 3 anymore apart from you. So what if you want to check out of the multiplayer, or co-op play with someone else equally sad. Unless you cough up the dough online, you won’t be able to.
Now the ones who will be punished most will be those who simply can’t afford brand new games every month. We are living during a double dip recession and a lot of people are losing their jobs due to reasons beyond their control. It may sound a little sad but many are resorting to gaming in order to have a bit of fun, a bit of respite from looking for work. Some are even taking game making courses simply because the games industry is still growing. Obviously when scrimping and saving you can’t justify a $60 purchase, or more for certain Activision games, the Pre Owned games are the only way to go. Why should they miss out on major parts of a game because they simply don’t have the money? No wonder they were all in Wall Street and now camping outside every cathedral in England.
Yes publishers, if you get rid of online passes, the Occupy and 99% movement will stop.