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DMala
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Re: A stunt. SO not cool.
09/23/10 12:00 AM


> Old IP is becoming a lucrative and very cheap revenue stream for a lot of publishers
> now. All of a sudden those 10 or 20 year old games they didn't care about have value
> again.
>
> Considering also how most publishers and devs view the pre-owned market I don't think
> it will be long before everything comes with a server related killswitch or requires
> an account purchase per game for second hand installers forcing people buying
> pre-owned titles to register and pay for an account before the game will play.
>
> Fast forward 10 or 15 years and it seems likely physical media will be a thing of the
> past anyway, effectively ending any future for older games or a pre-owned market.
>
> We've always been sold a limited licence rather than exclusive rights where the
> actual software is concerned but the industry could never control that when they're
> putting the physical media in the hands of the consumer. When the publisher also
> retains control and ownership of the media games are delivered on, we're pretty much
> f**ked in terms of long term or transferrable ownership.
>
> Nice to see GOG is still alive but there's definitely a gentle but concerted and
> accelerating push to take control of things we buy away from us and handing it back
> to the publishers.

Can you imagine it? 20 years from now there won't be any old games. It already happens today, when MMOs shut down. Once the servers are off, the game pretty much vanishes. Even if you have physical media, it's basically just a coaster.

Considering why most of us hang out here, that hits pretty close to home.







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Subject Posted by Posted on
* GOG closes Qun Mang 09/20/10 05:26 AM
. * A stunt. SO not cool. StilettoAdministrator  09/22/10 07:06 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. lharms  09/22/10 08:16 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. igamabob  09/22/10 08:32 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. SmitdoggAdministrator  09/22/10 08:37 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. igamabob  09/22/10 08:56 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. FatTrucker  09/22/10 09:21 PM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. DMala  09/23/10 12:00 AM
. * Re: A stunt. SO not cool. igamabob  09/23/10 03:27 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Kitsune Sniper  09/20/10 11:30 PM
. * Re: GOG closes GatinhoModerator  09/20/10 11:35 PM
. * Re: GOG closes lharms  09/21/10 01:45 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Sune  09/20/10 11:52 PM
. * Re: GOG closes Kitsune Sniper  09/21/10 12:34 AM
. * Re: GOG closes DMala  09/21/10 08:05 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Hizzout  09/21/10 03:05 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Qun Mang  09/21/10 01:40 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Kitsune Sniper  09/21/10 02:59 AM
. * Re: GOG closes igamabob  09/20/10 05:38 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Fever  09/20/10 09:43 PM
. * Re: GOG closes CrapBoardSoftware  09/21/10 09:20 AM
. * Re: GOG closes Kitsune Sniper  09/21/10 03:08 PM

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