Silly Man Claims Game Publishers Would Voluntarily Lower Prices for No Good Reason if Used Market Went Away

Posted by | March 19, 2012

The man is David Braben, a guy with a few games under his belt. He claims that the used game industry is inflating the prices and limiting the sales of games off the shelf. The core of his argument is that retailers would rather buy back games used from gamers, than purchase new copies from the publisher. Also, that game publishers should get a cut from every used sale, the same way Ikea gets a cut when you unload your old couch. Oh? Ikea doesn’t? Hmm. Gamasutra has the story.


1 Comment so far
  1. Nelson Williams
    March 19, 2012 8:59 pm

    There’s also the part where the used market has only really become a strong force in recent years, while the price of games has remained constant since the old NES era. That Nintendo Final Fantasy was about $60 then, and the latest Final Fantasy is about $60 now.

    Maybe the used market isn’t affecting prices all that much, eh?

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