@cwgabriel (one of the creators of the popular webcomic, Penny-Arcade) posted a tweet today that inflamed the gaming community to a discussion of epic proportions! The discussion centers around the premise that buying a new game is “better” than buying a used game from a place like gamestop, since the new game directly compensates the developer, whereas a used game just gives a place like gamestop the profits. Lets get one thing straight first. I love video games. They are to me what sports are to others. Video games give my life the flavor it needs to keep it from becoming stale and tasteless, and I understand that without capital, video games won’t be made (well the big ones anyways, there are some amazing open source gems out there like Hedge Wars, and 3d Scorch). But to me, isn’t buying a game from a gamestop the same as piracy? No, dont shoot me please! I do admit, I dont know how the sales model works, but if I understand it correctly, the stores buy the games from the consumer at 1/4 the sale price, and then sell it back at huge profits, and the devs make nothing off that deal. I am ready for games to go straight digital so not only does this not happen as often, but hopefully the devs will price point this where “during these troubled times” most people can afford the game. I find myself more and more buying games from steam, and not only is it more convenient than buying the physical media, but it is usually cheaper. My only concern is console games, and even this is being alleviated by online stores by Microsoft and Sony who see that this is the future. So to finish this up, while I support the devs, people like my little brother who don’t have a job (he just graduated high school) need to be able to buy games at a fairly decent price point, and he isnt a computer gamer, so the games he likes, probably are not available digitally. That is my 2 cents.
Used Vs. New