Yes, we needed another one. Because apparently we still have some of you out there who think a used games block isn't a big deal. That being told you don't own what you own is perfectly OK. That used games is the only reason developers close down and Bobby Kotick slides dangeriously closer to poverty with every used game sale. You, my good sirs and madams, are wrong.
1. Gamestop =/= used games
Kijiji, Cragslist, Ebay, Amazon, friend to friend, there are plenty of methods a used game gets around. Gamestop and their shady buisness is beside the point.
2. Used games =/= piracy
Piracy takes one game and copies it millions of times. Used games were new at one point. different.
3. AAA development is the one that isn't self sustaining, not used games.
When you need to sell 6 million copies to break even, your spending too much. Its the proverbial collage student that dosn't know how to manage credit.
4. Many times, you aren't supporting the developers.
Developers get a very small cut from royalties (around 15%), if they even get them at all. A month or so after the fact, when the used games market has taken full effect on a title and the game is old news, how much do you think buying new is going to matter to a developer who isn't seeing much of that money? The publishers are the prime benificiary here.
5. Gaming is a luxury
Yes, that's very true. it is a luxury, as non-essensial entertainment. Now, why is that helping publishers if far fewer people can afford to support the hobby? Many used games are traded in order to fund new games, and often a used game is traded in to recoup a little of the investment if the customer was unsatisfied. What should one do with a Sonic '06 level turd in the future? keep it forever? Perhaps your game dosn't offer the same value as a larger one, why would i pay the same premium for it?
I do hope the X1 falls on it's face over this. Not because I hold a blind love for my Playstation, as i'm sure i'll be accused of. But because we as consumers deserve at least a little freedom, a little something that the industry dosn't control. Should the general population vote with their wallets for these shenanigans, we can only look forward to a totaltarian gaming future, and one that leaves a whole chapter of our legacy buried with the shut down servers once they see no more need to keep them on. Think the game industry is headed for a crash? This is the co-pilot pushing the stick forward.