From Twitter 08-25-2010

26 08 2010

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26 08 2010

Hmm. When I buy games, I prefer to buy them new. Usually I get them at Gamestop or Target, though sometimes I’ll order from Amazon if there’s a good deal. It’s a matter of convenience and how badly I want the game immediately.
I only get used games if they’re something you can’t get new anymore, and I don’t buy them from Gamestop. I’ve been using Goozex to trade old games I don’t want for ones that are old or hard to find. I guess that’s equivalent to eBay. How does that fit into the games purchasing debate, particularly when you’re trading a game that’s ten years old, or older?
I read the Kotaku article and was surprised at the rather visceral reaction I had to it. I download games and songs, but I don’t think I want to rely on downloading for everything. I’m having trouble articulating why, but I think part of it is that I enjoy physically having stuff. I want the option to purchase a copy offline. Maybe I can follow up on this later with further thoughts.
Also, going to see Scott Pilgrim this weekend.

26 08 2010
Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne

For games that are hard to find or out of print, used is the only way to go. I have used copies of Shadow of the Colossis and Kingdom Hearts on my shelf right now, and all my old plastic from the NES era is certainly used. Still, I’d avoid Gamestop for that, on general freakin’ principles. They’re like a bloodsucking leech on the industry.
I’m all for digital downloads — they’re cheap and convenient and clearly the way to go for PC gaming. But I can see merit in discs, too. Current gen games are gigs and gigs to download, and on my 360 HD space is at a premium… I’d rather buy a disc than download the latest megarelease. For cheapies, indies, and back catalog? Download’s good.

26 08 2010

It’s interesting that the responses from the customers’ point of view roughly boil down to “I can’t afford to buy all the games I’d like to play” – which is pretty much the same as in the case of piracy for PC games. Of course, piracy is “stealing” while buying games used is perfectly legit.

27 08 2010

This customer would also like to note that the publishers’ copy-protection measures are sometimes so draconian that it’s more convenient for even legitimate purchasers to circumvent them.

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