THQ Lashes Out at Used Game Buyers

Paul Lilly

THQ's Cory Ledesma didn't come out and say that used game buyers are the scum of the earth, but it's hard not to feel like you've just been given a verbal wedgie if you've ever shopped at Gamestop or bought a used game off of eBay.

"I don't think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything," Ledesma told Gamasutra. "So if used game buyers are upset they don't get the online feature set I don't really have much sympathy for them.

"That's a little blunt but we hope it doesn't disappoint people. We hope people understand that when the game's bought used we get cheated."

And therein lies the point of debate. While Ledesma and those who share his opinion feel that the used game business cheats publishers and game developers out of hard earned profits, it's based on the assumption that a used game sale is taking the place of a new game sale. To some extent that's probably true, but across the board? Not likely.

Ledesma's comments come on the heels of U.S. analyst Micheal Pachter claiming that DLC codes are having very little effect on Gamestop's bottom line. There's also been some talk that THQ plans to raise the price of online access to $10.

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