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  • Blog Post: GameStop Offering $50 Trade-In Credit For Purchase of Xbox One Games

    If you want to upgrade your 360 copy of some of the year's biggest franchises to a shiny new Xbox One disc, GameStop is offering a $50 trade-in credit. According to this press release , GameStop will be offering Power-Up Rewards members a $50 minimum guaranteed trade-in value on 360 version of some... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten Discusses Microsoft's Reversal

    Following today's big announcement that Microsoft has changed its mind on used game restrictions and online check-ins to refresh licenses, we spoke with Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten. We discussed pricing, changes to digital titles, and how Microsoft is positioned following E3 last week... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo Not Worried About Used Game Sales

    Used game sales for next gen systems has been a controversial topic these last couple months, with both Microsoft and Sony landing on different sides of the fence. Now Nintendo is weighing in on the subject. In an interview with Polygon, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said "We understand... More
  • Blog Post: EA Plans For Next-Gen Used Game Policy To Benefit Gamers

    EA Labels president Frank Gibeau discussed the company's used games strategy for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One during an E3 analyst call earlier today. Gibeau confirmed that EA is currently coming up with their strategy in the wake of Microsoft and Sony conferences that raised further discussion in... More
  • Blog Post: PS4 Has No Used Game Restrictions Or Online Requirements

    Jack Tretton just won an enormous round of applause. He just announced that the PlayStation 4 will not impose new used game restrictions. The system will also not require online authentication. Additionally, PlayStation Plus memberships will carry over to PlayStation 4 with no additional cost. Netflix... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter Doubts Publishers Will Ax Used-Games Sales

    Yesterday, Microsoft outlined how it would be approaching used games and game sharing with its Xbox One console. Ultimately, while the system does allow publishers to block used-game sales, Microsoft says it's leaving that decision to them. Today, an analyst is saying that it's unlikely that... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Game Sharing/Used Game Policy Detailed

    In an extensive online post, Microsoft has detailed how you’ll be able to share games with friends on the new console, and whether you'll be able to buy and sell used games. In advance of E3 next week, Microsoft is addressing some of the thornier questions that gamers have had about its upcoming... More
  • Blog Post: Fans Tell Sony To Stay Away From DRM

    In response to speculation that Sony may have similar plans to those that Microsoft had (and then retracted ), a campaign began on NeoGAF to reach out to key Sony staffers. The goal is to ensure Sony knows gamers' opinions on DRM and used game restrictions on their consoles, hopefully steering the... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Xbox One Used Games Will Not Require A Fee, Will Require Authentication Checks

    Microsoft just released an ambiguous statement about the future of used games sales on the Xbox One. Indirect unofficial Microsoft sources are now saying that while the system will require regular checks for online connectivity, there won't be a fee for used games. Unidentified sources have told... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Provides Official Statement On The Xbox One Used Games Issue

    Xbox Live's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has offered a statement on the used game issue that has been plaguing the Xbox One since its announcement. Microsoft has offered a number of conflicting statements on how the Xbox One will handle used games. Hryb's statement is still pretty ambiguous... More
  • Blog Post: Update: Microsoft Confirms Mandatory Game Installation, Talks 'Always Online,' Has Plan For Used

    Update #3: More confusing information has emerged out of interviews after the reveal event. Kotaku spoke with corporate vice president Phil Harrison, who told the site that users will be able to trade games online. He also indicated that the rumored "used game fee" would be equivalent to the... More
  • Blog Post: Sony Addresses Used Game Sales For PS4

    Before last night's PS4 announcement event, rumors were circulating that the console would have a mechanism to prohibit players from accessing preowned games. According to Sony, those fears might be unwarranted. We asked a Sony spokesperson about used-game lockouts, and were told the following: "We... More
  • Blog Post: Pachter On Rumors Of Next-Gen Consoles Locking Out Used Games: "Not Happening"

    The next-gen console rumors are running fast and thick, and one in particular has gamers talking: Will they support used games or not? Michael Pachter, industry analyst and managing director at Wedbush Securities, has some choice words on the subject. When asked about rumors that the next Xbox system... More
  • Blog Post: Silicon Knights' Denis Dyack Says Used Games Hurt Developers

    In a new interview, Denis Dyack, the outspoken head of Eternal Darkness and X-Men: Destiny developer Silicon Knights, claims that used games "cannibalize" new games sales, threatening the health of the industry. Speaking with Gamesindustry.biz , Dyack spoke about his concerns regarding used... More
  • Blog Post: Volition Developer Dreams Of A Future Without Used Games

    With rumors bouncing around that the next Xbox may not run used games, the debate over whether or not used games should exist has been hotter than ever. It should surprise no one that many game developers are on the side of getting rid of used games, and now one from Volition has taken some time to explain... More
  • Blog Post: Sony To Limit Used Copies Of SOCOM 4

    Or if you prefer, Sony and Zipper will be giving out a slew of bonuses to people who buy the game new. New copies of SOCOM 4 contain a one-time use code that upgrades you to "SOCOM Pro," which lets you enter into Pro-only matchmaking queues as well as giving free access to planned content expansions... More
  • Blog Post: Codemasters Makes Case For Selling Incomplete Games

    As used-game sales become more of a part of the gaming ecosystem, some publishers have been struggling to recoup some of that lost revenue. You can add Codemasters to the ranks of those who think DLC is the solution. The company's CEO, Rod Cousens, says that the success of the used-games market has... More
  • Blog Post: Is Activision CEO Bobby Kotick For Used Game Sales?

    A lot of game companies have recently started offering special incentives – such as DLC codes – to try and get people to buy new games rather that used titles. Activision Blizzard hasn’t done this, and CEO Bobby Kotick offer some insight as to why. Kotick recently told Joystiq , “What... More
  • Blog Post: Federal Court Hates On Used Software Sales

    The 9th Circuit of Appeals ruled in favor of Autodesk in its lawsuit against Timothy Vernor, saying that Autodesk has the right to limit second-hand sales of its software per its licensing agreements. Vernor's case centered on the application of the first-sale doctrine, which is a century-old legal... More
  • Blog Post: THQ Trying To Hate The Sin & Not The Sinner With Used Games

    THQ is one of a growing number of companies – like EA ( and possibly Sony ) – that is offering free online passes for those gamers who buy the new versions of their games. These codes, however, aren't redeemable if you buy the game used. Recently, WWE creative director Cory Ledesma stated... More
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