Don't Fret Used Gamers, GameStop Gives Used Buyers Free Catwoman Codes

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The Batman: Arkham City new copy-only Catwoman content issue won't be affecting used sales at GameStop, as an internal memo reveals that customers purchasing the game preowned will score a Catwoman code as well.

Sent to us by an anonymous tipster and since verified with GameStop retail locations, used copies of Batman: Arkham City will feature a code to download the full Catwoman content pack printed on the customer's receipt. Normally this code would only be available in a new copy of the game, with second-hand owners forced to purchase the content as a $10 download.

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GameStop and Warner Bros. had a similar deal in place for Mortal Kombat, allowing the retailer to print out online passes with used copies so customers would avoid the additional purchase.

We've reached out to Warner Bros. to clarify the reasoning behind the move, which seems to counteract the purpose of having the code in new copies in the first place.


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Okay, now I'm just confused.

In an attempt to battle the evil used game market (lead by King GameStop) the industry began Project $10. The idea being to force used game purchases to make an additional purchase to get some item of content they'd miss out on otherwise.

And then they give GameStop the codes anyway?

Okay...?

EDIT: Wait. No. I've got this figured out now. If you can't beat them, join them. So now instead of cutting off the concept of the second-hand game sale, they're going to make GameStop the only option by giving them access to the codes.

That way if anybody else is trying to sell used games on the second-hand market, somebody will skip over them and go to GameStop because they'll have access to the codes. So if I want to sell my copy, I have to be willing to offer it for less in order to compensate for the lack of a code. Which means it's more likely that GameStop will give me more for my game than I could get from somebody else.

So instead of trying to cut the head off GameStop, they'll simply make sure GameStop's the only cat in town. Then they'll go back to trying to cut the head off GameStop.