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danawhitakerSpace...The Final FrontierPremium
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Re: Sony patents way to block used games I do admit, I have bought some digital versions of games instead of getting the physical discs. But those are games (World of Warcraft: Catalcysm, WoW: Mists of Pandaria, and Diablo III) that are tied directly to an account anyway. That's standard for MMORPGs whether you buy the physical disc or not, and Diablo III I actually got for free. I've also purchased some digital versions of Angry Birds and the like for PC and for my daughter's iPod Touch. But I guess for me, it's not about being able to turn around and resell them when I get bored. It's about the fact that I enjoy the buying aspect of the used games. Sometimes I like going into Gamestop and just browsing around and seeing what I can find a bargain on. In some cases, it's impossible to find some games brand new for the 360, simply because they've been on the market so long.
Actually, my dream job would be to have my own game store, and since second hand sales would inevitably be a large part of that business, this is something that concerns me and that I'm passionate about. I worry then that they'd start crossing the line into finding a way to prohibit second-hand hardware sales too. I see it as a slippery slope.
You're probably correct though, in that many industries would love to have the ability to prevent second-hand sales but just don't have the capability. This is one reason I'm hesitant to embrace pure digital in any format, be it music, video, books, or games. I have tons of physical books that I have no desire to repurchase, and about 500 music CDs, and a few dozen seasons of various TV shows.
Part of me is a bit surprised that the latest generation of consoles hadn't moved to a system of a key being required to be attached to a Live or PSN or Nintendo account already, which really wouldn't require any special patenting on their part - it's a system that PC games have used for years. Somewhere in the back of my mind I swear there was a console game that did use a key system of some sort, but I'm having trouble remembering which one it was or if it even exists.
Edit: Phantasy Star Online for Dreamcast had something like that. Knew I wasn't crazy.
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quote:That is the biggest problem with digital media. Buy an Ipad app, then you get an Android device and have to repurchase that app at full price.
This is one reason I'm hesitant to embrace pure digital in any format, be it music, video, books, or games. I have tons of physical books that I have no desire to repurchase, and about 500 music CDs, and a few dozen seasons of various TV shows.
I had a friend that was going to buy music in the google play store for their droid device. Many of the songs he had already paid for on Itunes. I had to show him how to copy them from Itunes to his droid device.
But that only applies to music and movies. I made the mistake of using Ibooks on my Ipad and purchased a few ebooks. I had no idea at the time that it Ibooks would be limited to just Apple products. Once I learned that, I switched to the Nook app and have since purchased all my ebooks from Barnes and Noble. I'll also use the kindle app. No idea why apple won't make Ibooks cross platform. They made itunes and safari cross platform.
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I was really just being more of a devil's advocate on the issue, personally I RARELY purchase a new game at the full $50/$60 price tag (exceptions are Bioshock, Mass Effect, Borderlands, and a few others), but for the most part I get games used for $20 or less or borrow them from friends for free.
If they'd drop the price of a new big hit game to $25/$35 then I'd consider buying it as a digital download. On those few games I do purchase at "full price", I do so knowing I can resell them soon for $30 or so.