Capcom's Despicable New Way Of Fighting Used Games?
Okay Capcom, we admit it. We're a little confused.
We've seen several publishers institute a method of combating used game sales (of which those publishers never see a dime); it's the paid online pass. Basically, if you buy the game new, you don't pay to play online; if you purchase it used, you won't get the online pass code that comes in the box, and you have to pay $10 to compete online.
But this may be taking everything to a whole new level- According to Eurogamer, Resident Evil Mercenaries 3D for the Nintendo 3DS has a message in the manual, which reads- "saved data on this software cannot be reset." Hence, you can't delete save data and start a new game, so it's really only playable once. Eurogamer has seen the UK version in front of them, and Tiny Cartridge has posted up pics of the US manual, too. Is this a new way of combating used game sales? I mean, you wouldn't even be able to sell this game used at all, right?
But what if you wanted to play it again? What if you just lent it to a friend? The game is rendered useless after one play-through? That can't be correct. ...can it?
6/28/2011 9:29:50 AM Ben Dutka