GameStop Agrees to Issue DLC Warning Signs on Used Game Racks

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Overclockedx86

So I can save $5 on a used game, only to purchase a $15 pass? Genius! dread_ire is spot on. If I sell my Pinto, Ford isn't getting a cut of that. I'm not sure why developers think they are entitled to double dipping. This practice is only going to spread to other entertainment media. Blu-rays already have enough garbage to deal with. I can see features being removed from a secondhand user. kris79 is on point too, if you anger the consumer enough, they won't consume, they'll just pirate. Sorry to all my fellow gamers on consoles, imma pc gamer 4lyfe!

*awkward nerd gang sign

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Scatter

If it was decided that they were deceiving customers then why only make them display signs for two years? So basically the courts are telling them that they're allowed to screw us again in two years. Thanks.

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Peanut Fox

The courts didn't rule anything. They settled out of court.

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Ryan5609

Since I don't own a PS3 or Xbox this decision doesn't really affect me. But stores like Gamestop have a very limited amount of relevancy left in this world, and this does not help their cause any. I have not bought a physical copy of a PC or any other type of game in quite sometime. Downloading a game on Steam or Amazon, is usually much cheaper and almost instant. I think we will actually see the end of physical media (at least for PC game makers) sometime this decade for sure. For most gamers, I just don't see the point to physical media any more. Most games already require an internet connection anyway, so why not just require a download to purchase.

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Clavo_PR

I prefer used games because they are cheap and deliver the same experience as a new game and no I do not see the industry going all download. In my case I buy PS3 and Wii games and when I or my kids finish them we pass them down to my nephews. If it were all download I could not do that meaning I will not buy any console that do not support physical media nor support any company that sells download exclusively.

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Ryan5609

There are very few titles that I pay full price for, games that I just cant wait to play I pay full price. All of my other games I have purchased at sale prices that make used PS3 games seem expensive. I am thinking that the game market for consoles will be much like it is for PC's today. If you could go on Xbox Live or Amazon and purchase a full copy of a 5 month old game for $5-10 bucks wouldn't that be better than going to Gamestop? This way the game companies would get to see most of the sale income for all of the games they sell. Guess who wins here. We all do! We get cheap games, game companies make more money. These Steam and Amazon deals make it very enticing to play games you usually had no interest in before. I never would have purchased Dead Space if it wasn't but $5. It is a terrific strategy and I hope it spreads like the plague.

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Suijen

I hate used games. They save you very little, and once someone else has played with it it's just so icky. But I will defend the market's freedom to sell used games.

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kris79

Let the piracy begin!

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Suijen

While they're at it, can they add this in front of game titles?

"You are not purchasing a game. You are purchasing the possibility that the game developer will allow you to play the game. Whether or not you can play is based on the game developer's discretion. You may not lend this possibility to anyone else. Only you, the original installer of the game, may have the possibility of playing the game. You may not modify the game, either by creating new content for the game or by changing or "modding" the game. There is no guarantee that the game can be played on your computer, or that the game will function correctly."

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dread_ire

I think that game publishers should be on the hook for this. Why do publishers think that they deserve a cut of all used sales? Print publishers and authors do not receive a cut on used book sales. Car manufacturers do not get a cut on used car sales. Studios do not get a cut on used DVD and CD sales.

Game publishers make the argument that they need the extra revenue, because of all the extra "used sale" customers adding to their server loads. This does not wash because for every used sale, there was one new sale where that owner paid for the server usage, sold his copy, and now is not using it anymore. The server loads have not changed, just the owner of disc.

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Peanut Fox

As GameStop is the one reselling the titles it is their responsibility to alert costumers of product limitations or potential hidden charges. I also blame consumers for not researching a product before they buy.

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praack

actually I would like to see the game publishers specify what they are supplying rather than digging into details on website or reading forum information

both should be responsible- not just the last seller

in actuallity now this lawsuit will bring in the reign of all games having DLC locked off and later other features locked off as well

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Peanut Fox

This lawsuit won't do anything. It's been settled out of court. At most those participating will get a 15 dollar voucher, and GameStop has agreed to put up signs. Hooray for change.

I think it'd be great to put a label on the box that says this game requires an online pass, but whoever is buying the game for the first time isn't going to run into any issues as they'll have access to that content anyway. In short the person who the publisher is actually selling the game to won't have a reason to complain.

I think rather than complaining about used sales publishers should get involved in buying and reselling titles online. They couldn't compete on a brick and mortar level, but they'd see a much larger return than they are getting now.

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