Online Passes Treated Every Customer Like a Shoplifter

Every time I bring home a new video game I have this ritual: I take a fish boning knife and slide it under a fold in the shrinkwrap, then twist. Then I try to remove all of the cellophane in one piece, like it's the world's biggest peel-and-eat shrimp. If it's an Xbox 360 game, I slip it down under the obnoxious seal… » 10/21/13 4:48pm 10/21/13 4:48pm

Mario's Creator Likens Game Ownership to Toy Ownership

It's clear what Microsoft thinks of game ownership—the Xbox One's policies don't communicate much of a belief in it. Sony scored a lot of points on Monday, but to be fair, it was a defense of the status quo. Where does Nintendo come down on the subject? » 6/13/13 10:20am 6/13/13 10:20am

Yakuza Series Developer Offers His Opinion On the New Consoles

As seen from the photograph, the well-tanned Yakuza series developer, Toshihiro Nagoshi was walking among the crowds at E3 this year. Hopefully basking in the saturated spectacle of upcoming consoles and games. » 6/13/13 6:30am 6/13/13 6:30am

Third-Party Publishers Will Have Final Say On Used Games for PS4…

In an interview with Game Trailers’ Geoff Keighley, Sony CEO Jack Tretton shed more light on how used games will work on the PlayStation 4. It seems that, while the system’s first-party games will be free to trade in or share without restriction, third-party publishers can choose to behave otherwise. » 6/11/13 1:54pm 6/11/13 1:54pm

Redbox Takes a Mild Shot at Xbox One, PS4 Over Used-Game Concerns

While the rent-by-mail service GameFly is keeping quiet on what Xbox One may mean to its future, the kiosk rental service Redbox has begun a modest lobbying campaign to remind gamers that game rentals, used games, even taking them to a friend's home are in serious jeopardy under the new console generation. » 6/09/13 1:00pm 6/09/13 1:00pm

Used Games Aren't To Blame For All The Video Game Industry's Problems

There's been a lot of chatter this week about used games, mostly spurred by the news that Xbox One games will come with one-time registration codes, meaning you can't just swap them with your friends or trade them at a GameStop. » 5/23/13 5:30pm 5/23/13 5:30pm

GameStop Says 60% Of Surveyed Gamers Wouldn't Buy A Console If It…

Hard times could be getting harder for GameStop, the massive store chain that buys and sells video games all across North America. Already challenged by gaming's increasingly digital future, GameStop now has to face the prospect of a new Xbox that will block used games, if recent reports are true. » 2/12/13 6:30pm 2/12/13 6:30pm

No Box? Half Price! The Art of Buying Used Games in Japan

This last week I took my annual trip to the US to visit family. Like always, while I was there, I made sure to hit up the used game stores and buy games that have never come out in Japan—i.e. Dead Space » 8/24/12 7:00am 8/24/12 7:00am, , etc. Despite having lived in Japan for so long (eight years now), it still surprises me how different it is…

Gamestop Exec Says 70% of Used Game Credit Goes to Buying New Releases

Gamestop CEO Paul Raines knows that his business isn't exactly a favorite of most developers, who see the retailer's profits from pre-owned games as a big insult. But, he insists that Gamestop isn't the bad guy. Used games actually help people learn about the medium, Raines says in a Gamasutra interview: » 8/06/12 9:30am 8/06/12 9:30am

Maybe the PlayStation Orbis Will Play Used Games After All

Used games: you love them, need them and want to marry them. Publishers and developers blame the second-hand market for lack of innovation, saying the money they don't see from used games would let them be more creative. » 5/14/12 9:00am 5/14/12 9:00am