In Defense of Online Passes

Earlier this week we posted a Speak Up on Kotaku in which a commenter condemned the practice of online passes. Today commenter Odin plays devil's advocate, explaining how online passes may actually help the industry. » 10/21/11 11:40am 10/21/11 11:40am

Should Reviewers Take Off Points For Online Passes?

Used sales squashing online passes are annoying as hell, but should their utilization affect a game's review score? Commenter Smash Bro thinks they should, and he'll tell you why in today's Speak Up on Kotaku. » 10/19/11 11:20am 10/19/11 11:20am

Why GameStop Wants Your Used Games So Bad

It's common knowledge that GameStop is reliant on the used game trade to stay afloat, but if you ever needed hard numbers to put it in perspective, here you go. » 11/19/10 4:30am 11/19/10 4:30am

Would You Buy Half A Game Now And Pay For The Rest Later?

Rod Cousens, CEO of Codemasters, has an idea on how to solve the growing dispute between publishers and retailers over pre-owned sales: sell you part of a game now then have you download the rest later. » 11/16/10 7:30am 11/16/10 7:30am

Why EA Thinks 'Online Pass' Plan Is Good For You (And EA)

Video game publisher EA has a new plan to squash used game sales, the Online Pass program, which requires a unique code to access online content and multiplayer. Why does EA think this is good for you, the consumer? » 5/11/10 6:40pm 5/11/10 6:40pm

EA's Fight Against Used Game Sales Passes To Tiger Woods

Publisher EA is extending its "Project Ten Dollar" scheme to make buying used copies of EA Sports games a bad idea. Don't expect to play your EA Sports games online without the "Online Pass" included in new copies. » 5/10/10 5:40pm 5/10/10 5:40pm

GameStop Hit With Class Action Suit Over "Deceptive" Used Game Sales

Attempts to stem used game sales at GameStop have just turned into a legal headache for the retailer who thrives on selling pre-owned video games. The company has just been hit with a lawsuit over "deceptive and misleading" sales practices. » 3/25/10 10:30pm 3/25/10 10:30pm

Bad Company 2's Pre-Owned Sales-Stifling DLC Revealed

EA's "Project Ten Dollar" initiative marches on in Battlefield: Bad Company 2, with four multiplayer maps included on the disc, unlocked via VIP codes found only in new copies of the game. » 2/25/10 12:20pm 2/25/10 12:20pm

Electronic Arts' "Project Ten Dollar" Isn't As Ominous As It Sounds

You may have noticed that in the past few months, EA has begun to provide content that's free to purchasers of new games, but costs serious money for those buying second-hand. It's no co-incidence. It's called "Project Ten Dollar". » 2/10/10 5:30am 2/10/10 5:30am