STE MO wrote:If they go with the digital only route won't they then be a monopoly and have to offer other stores a chance to sell on their platform? That's the way that I'm seeing it at the minute. I really don't think that MP's or the EU would allow a closed shop.
This is an industry that has been censured in the past for cartel behaviour, they can't be trusted to set prices fairly. The issue of second-hand sales is getting really old now, it's perfectly legal and removing the physical product does not remove the customer's right to sell it on, as the EU ruled last year.
It's pretty obvious that the games industry plan to corner it's user base into using their network & have no interest in the consumer at all. If this comes to being the norm I will be respectfully hanging up my pad. I have followed gaming since the BBC micro & the Atari 2600. The games industry always represented fun & escapism for me but this just looks like old fashioned greed. And I have no interest in spending my money with them.
I always buy my games 2nd hand because I personally feel that games are not worth the large price tag they charge. And if for one second I am expected to believe that the price of games will drop once companies like Microsoft & Sony have the full monopoly which is never going to happen. This is looking like the beginning of a choke hold on the industry & I'm happy to wave goodbye at that point. The games industry always had that little shadow of rebellion to it, a little piece of danger that was always the fun bit, now its the industry that is taking over the product......all i can say is look at what happened to the music industry, people will hopefully vote with their feet & show these bigwig idiots who are the people in power when it comes to gaming.
Windowlicker79 wrote:I always thought this was a pretty rubbish thing for console game developers to do, but then you have to think of the fact that its been working with the PC games market for years with no complaints. Why? Because PC games are far more affordable.
For example on Amazon Assassins Creed 3 for Xbox 360 and PS3 is £39.99, for PC its only £24.99. PC games have always been considerably cheaper than console games with no real explanation as to why this is. I think this is simply because PC owners buy near enough all of their games new (due to security keys preventing pre-owned sales). This means the price of the game isn't inflated to offset the losses from the pre-owned market. If console games in the future are going to be locked to one system then they need to drastically reduce the RRP. I'd happily buy all my games new if the the standard price for a new release was £24.99-£29.99 and older games were £10-£20. What do you think the chances of this happening are though?
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