DICE: Blocking Used Games Would Promote Diversity
It seems like everyone is weighing in on the used game debate these days.
The latest is interim DICE CEO and Battlefield 3 executive producer Patrick Bach, who in speaking to CVG discussed the pros and cons of a next-generation console that blocks pre-owned games.
On the one hand, Bach says it's a loss if this "only means you'll be able to get fewer games for the same money," but it could also be a good thing, as "a lot of companies making games today are struggling based on second-hand sales." And getting rid of used games may also help promote variety and diversity; Bach argues that a lot of online-based games are very popular as are multiplayer-oriented shooters.
"So on the positive side you could see more games being created because of this, and also more new IPs, because there'd be a bigger market for games that don't have for instance multiplayer. There could be awesome single player-only games, which you can't really do these days because people just pirate them, which is sad.
From a gamer perspective, if you want to buy as many games as possible then this could be a problem, but if you want more diverse games then it's a more positive thing than negative. The only thing I know is that people are not doing it to be evil and stupid, it's about trying to create some benefits for consumers."
There are arguments for both sides and you can bet we'll hear plenty from developers and publishers in the future. However, just bear in mind that most analysts agree that next-gen consoles very likely will not block the playing of pre-owned titles.
5/2/2012 10:32:11 AM Ben Dutka