Daily News Brief: Used Games Debate

Daily News Brief: Used Games Debate

Industry Divided Over Used Games

GameStop had good reason to be happy this holiday shopping season, reporting sales for the nine-week holiday period ending January 5, 2008 at $2.3 billion. That's nearly a 35 percent increase over a year prior, which saw sales hover at $1.7 billion. Referring to the former, GameStop Chairman and CEO R. Richard Fontaine called it the "the most successful holiday season results ever," but not everyone shares his enthusiasm. Next-Gen.Biz's Editor-in-Chief Colin Campbell contends that "the used games business restrains the market by keeping new game prices high and by depriving the publishers of investment income." Read more here and sound off below.

Billion Dollar Buyouts

Business software maker Oracle Corp. has agreed to buy BEA Systems Inc. for roughly $7.85 billion, which breaks down to $19.375 per share, finally ending a months-long dispute over the company's value. BEA initially turned down an offer for $17 a share, which would have valued the company at about $6.7 billion, and instead insisted on $21/share. In other high-priced takeover news, Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to buy open-source software maker MySQL AB for $1 billion. The buyout will come in the form of $800 million in cash, and $200 million in options.

RIAA Interview

The RIAA has been on a legal spree in an attempt to deter music theft, with an increased focus as of late on the college crowd. Why college students, and what of those who view the RIAA as a group of bullies? Does the RIAA think their policy of lawsuits and settlements work? RIAA spokeswoman Cara Duckworth answers these and similar questions in an interview here.

Wall Street Womps on Intel

Intel announced quarterly results on Tuesday showing a 51 percent jump in forth quarter profit, but Wall Street was less than merciful after learning the results narrowly missed profit and sales expectations. After hours trading saw Intel shares slide 14 percent, dropping down $3.24 per share. Analysts fear that Intel may not be as shielded from the housing and lending morass as initially believed, but Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini dismissed concerns that the company was hurt by slowed spending in the US, pointing out that three-quarters of Intel's business takes place outside the states.

Excel Exploit

Microsoft warned that attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in Excel that affects versions of the popular spreadsheet program. The exploit allows hackers to create a malicious Excel document that can compromise a computer when opened, allowing remote code to be executed. More info can be found in this Microsoft Security Advisory (947563).

QX9770 Delayed?

According to DigiTimes, who cited unnamed sources at Taiwan mother makers, Intel is pushing back the volume shipment date of their Core 2 Extreme QX9770 processor. Originally expected to debut this month, DigiTimes says not to expect the chip untl February or March. The QX9770 is purported to be Intel's last high-end desktop CPU to support frontside bus technology until Nehalem launches.

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HeartBurnKid

There wouldn't be a used-game market if retailers didn't rely on them to make any sort of income at all. Game shops are forced to sell new games at near cost, thanks to both pressure from their distributors and competitive pressure from big box stores (which can not only get lower wholesale prices due to the volume they buy in, but can turn the nickles and dimes they make off of games into serious money, again through volume). Used games are all that keep dedicated game retailers, from the local mom-and-pop shops to (ugh) Gamestop, in business.

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wawa9ball

I don't give a flying freak that the developer gets nothing on a used game. If the game sold for $60, $600, or $6 when new, the person who bought it could throw it in the garbage when done with it and the developer would still get nothing for it, so why should they get something for it if they don't throw it away. If they want to cry poor, then charge more for the game in the first place(they won't because the market won't fetch too much more).

Also, if they are just jealous that someone else is making money, then just realase games online and have no physical property for someone to resell.

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heartagram

Although I am guilty of buying used games as my budget is lame.... they do indeed hurt the industry because of how much that $60 or so gets sliced up. There was an article about it in one of my gaming magazines a while ago, but it all sums up to the fact that outta that 60 bucks, like 5-10 go to the actual developer of the game and if thats not bad enough when you buy a used game the developer gets nada... so if its a 5-10 difference from used to new, support the industry and buy the new one, so we may all play another day.

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drmnez

can't take the competition? we all know that games aren't worth $60 or so on the next gen consoles. stop being greedy.

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