Now when you come home to drink and hit up Xbox with your buddies after getting rejected on a date, you may just be rejected. Again.
Microsoft announced the next-gen Xbox console may essentially reject any used games.
(We'll dub the upcoming console as the "720" in this article, although Microsoft has yet to release the official name.)
The software may include "a sort of anti-used game system." There are no details on how this will work, however.
I assume there would have to be some sort of product registration involved to keep track of which games are used and which person owns them. I also assuime you would be able to play your own used games on the Xbox 720; that would be completely ridiculous if you had to pop in a brand new game everytime you turned the damn thing on.
This is only speculation of course.
There are several issues with recjecting used games:
• No borrowing games from a friend
Your friend just beat Fable 4 on the new Xbox 720, and he wants to lend you his copy. Well guess what? Not happening. His/her copy is used after all.
Unless he/she loans you his/her system along with the game, borrowing a game from a friend will be something of the past time.
Apparently Microsoft may not want you to share. Like at all.
• No small reimbursement
Who hasn't sold back a game?
Unless you have an uberly massive game collection, chances are you keep the games you like and offer replayability, then sell the ones that you don't care for much and become easily redundant.
Whether you sell your games back to a store like Gamestop for in-store credit or opened an Amazon or eBay account to sell your old games, you've wanted to receive a small reimbursement on the games you simply do not play anymore.
Now, that may not be possible, except if you only buy games to keep the newly sealed box on your shelf.
• No buying cheap games
If you're a cheap ass gamer like me, who waits a couple months after the release date for a huge discounted on the release price, you're going to have to start breaking the bank to continue your hobby.
• No trading
Trading is an essential part of any hobby, and if that's eliminated so is part of the hobbyist community.
Look at sites like Goozex and Cheap Ass Gamer that have built a strong community based solely on trading games.
• No Returns
You better fucking love the shit out of that game because it is yours. Permanently. Once you played it, it's considered used. You may only play it once and then decide you don't like it, but that doesn't matter because it is used. There are no scratches on the disc, no finger marks, nothing. But you can't return it, despite it's near mint condition. Why? It's used.
It's all about going digital
I mean I get it, they want to push digital content because developers are losing money to companies that sell used games.
But honestly, don't make it so freaking punishing for people that still game on discs.
Perhaps they should consider something more rewarding, like offering discounted prices on digital downloaded games.
I mean fuck, digital games are the same price as regular disc games. It only makes sense to buy discs so you can sell them back, trade them with other gamers, lend them to a friend, return them to the store if we're dissatisfied. Discs have advantages that digital content does not.
I don't want to feel FORCED to make the switch to digital games - I want to feel COMPELLED.
Give me a reason to LIKE digital content, not a reason to DISLIKE disc content.