THQ: We Don’t Want To Kill Off Used Games

Posted By | On 17th, Mar. 2011 Under Industry News, News

There has been an increasing trend in gaming of titles which charge the player to access certain content if they have purchased it second hand or rented it. Some have interpreted this strategy as a way of punishing gamers for buying used products or as an attempt to kill the pre-owned market outright. In a recent interview, however, THQ’s CEO Brian Farrell, THQ being a company which have at times employed the previously mentioned strategy, said: “We understand that consumers like to be able to monetise their game library… The most important thing is we have to participate in the value chain in used games.” He continued “Part of it is monetising but the bigger win is keeping our gamers engaged with DLC and robust online play, and that keeps the disc in the first purchaser’s hands.”

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  • nmalthus

    Well 2 things have to fall into place, the game has to be good to be worth keeping and the first owner has to enjoy the online play.

  • stephanielynette

    I agree, the game has to be worth keeping.

    • doub7

      yea i own 2 copies of jumper just to b safe

  • PrivatePyle

    I didn’t think it was attack on the used game market, I thought it was an attack on pirates. so they couldn’t access online content.
    Some people gotta think before they accuse. Although I think it’s bullcrap you have to pay $10 just for multiplayer, most of them you have to pay for are hardly worth playing anyways. Well, Homefront is an exception, but Dead Space 2? Not addicting enough for me to get hot-headed about.

    • PilarVIRUS

      I think it was an attack on Gamestop because they hemorrhage the used game industry, they make a huge amount of profit on used games. They’ll buy from you for 5 and sell it for 30.

  • shastyxmcnasty

    if this becomes the norm and all 2nd hand games come with “additional” post re-tail fees will we see a reduction in used game prices, or will simply be we (the gamers) have to pay more funds. I think this is a bad move on publishers part because personally I think it will increase pirating and console hacks…nothing gets people more motivated then when you are told you cant do something.

  • doub7

    I don’t blame the game companies @ all. They only ppl that make $ off used games is Gamestop. That’s y developers r closin @ a alarmin rate GS posts record profits evry yr. That’s y they give u double pts on their reward program 4 buyin used games.

  • jbg0623

    Yea, I don’t agree. If I buy a used game, I shouldn’t have to pay extra to get online on the PS3 since the PS3 doesn’t charge for online play in the first place. people are going to sell their games no matter what. Often its because they need money or they never really never play that game anymore. No one should have to pay extra for a game that’s already been opened, played, and clearly isn’t new.

  • PilarVIRUS

    Every since they introduced the online pass, I haven’t looked at a used EA sports, or EA Game, I don’t even think about buying a THQ games used, I love them. Anyway, these online pass system are killing the used industry, I guess Gamestop has to be blamed for this.


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