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Old 25.02.2010, 14:18
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The end of the pre-owned games market?

Nintendo won’t rule out pre-owned move

Platform holder says it is always examining new ways to protect its hardware and software offerings
With Sony and EA recently unveiling bold new moves to counter what publishers see as the threat posed by the pre-owned market, Nintendo has refused to rule out taking similar measures with its own products.

Recent and upcoming EA releases Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will use a redeemable code to allow those who buy the game to access free and additional content. Those who buy the pre-owned version must either do without or pay for a new code.

Sony has now also adopted the model for upcoming PSP release SOCOM Fireteam Bravo 3, as well as requiring internet validation to unlock the multiplayer component of the game.

When asked by MCV if it is planning to do the same, a spokesperson for Wii and DS platform holder Nintendo stated:
“Nintendo has, and will continue to take steps and examine new ways to technically protect our hardware and software products in an effort to foster and encourage the development and creativity of new games on our handheld and console systems.”

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Old 25.02.2010, 14:26
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Re: The end of the pre-owned games market?

The pre-owned market for any form of media - Movies, Music, Games etc will end anyway when distribution by physical media ends. I would say sometime towards the latter half of this decade you'll only be able to buy new music videos or games through the internet.
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