I read an article today on Gamasutra about the used games “issue” (http://www.gamasutra.com/features/20061020/qotw_01.shtml). Don’t know if it is just me, but I can’t see why such a big fuss is made.
A game is a product, just like a book, a piece of furniture or a car. Just like the game developer doesn’t get money for a sold used game, the car manufacturer also isn’t involved in used car sales.
If Toyota or Ford decides that they should get some money if you sell your car, would that be ok? No, people will not allow that. Why then should it be different for games?
People usually sell their old car to buy a new one. The money from the used car sale is used for the new one. If a gamer sells 3 of his (or her) old games to buy a new one, doesn’t the used game money also then contribute to the game developers?
Should games be treated differently than other products? What do you think?