(Original post by Bhumbauze)
The current determination of the games industry to "force full price" makes me sad... been a gamer for near enough 20 years and, put simply, the vast majority of the games I've played and loved... I simply would never even have bought at full price. I only buy a couple of full retail price games a year. That won't change just becuase they're trying to cripple second-hand buying... in fact, it'll lose some of them my cash, and I'm sure the same goes for many others. Here's a pattern that's not been uncommon up until now:
1. Buy a second hand game on impulse becuase it's so cheap (good example: inFamous, £8)
2. Love it, play it to death.
3. See that sequel is out in a couple of months.
4. Jizz in pants.
5. Pre-order at full price.
Even better example would be the FF series... got the PSX Platinum version of FFVII for £5 in a bargain bin about 6 months before FFVIII was released; I begged my dad for the collectors edition of VIII on release day and have pre-ordered every FF since.
That won't be replaced by me randomly discovering games by buying them at full price. The new pattern will be:
1. See a game I've never heard of.
2. See a price tag of £30 - £50
3. Not buy it.
4. Never buy it.
5. Never know if I'd have enjoyed it.
6. Never buy its sequels.
So if you use the FF example, they've lost 15+ years of full price sales to a customer, for the sake of one second hand game. Not even for the cost
of one full prioce game, mind... the difference to the company between "me buying second hand" and "me not buying at all" is precisely zero.
Meh. TBH I think this will probably finally kill console gaming for me. It's been more or less shelved at the moment anyway as we're in the "downhill" phase where current console tech starts to fall drastically behind even mid-range PC tech (happens every console generation after a couple of years). With PC gaming being pulled back from the abyss by digital distribution, I think I may well just abandon consoles next-gen and stick with keeping my PC up to date.
Even less difference these days TBH. Multiplat games are pretty much always getting PC releases, recent graphics cards have HDMI-out so you can plug it into the TV anyway, and Windows has 360 controller support.