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Tuesday, 24 August 2010 12:14

Buying used games is cheating, THQ says

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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If users are upset, we don’t really care
THQ’s Cory Ledesma has in no uncertain terms cleared up the company’s stance on buying used games, calling it cheating in the process.

He said how every time someone purchases a used THQ game, they “get cheated”. Furthermore, he hopes that people will understand this and won’t be disappointed. However, judging by initial user reactions, these might turn out to be high hopes indeed.

Curiously enough, in a wonderful display of double standards, the company who just called for users’ understanding is keen to announce how it’s virtually devoid of any sympathy or understanding for users who buy a used THQ game. In fact, Ledesma says how "if used game buyers are upset they don't get the online feature set I don't really have much sympathy for them".

So, the fact that some individuals might not have the cash to splash out on the full deal is obviously not something THQ deems worthy of sympathy, yet it's quick to call for sympathy when things don't go their way.

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+65 #1 3doog 2010-08-24 12:45
This is stupid, I think we should have the right to sell what we bought.

But I have a fix, to avoid cheating I'll use bittorrent instead, everyone win.
 
 
+26 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-24 13:08
Man, these guys just won't stop nibbling at that can of whoop ass.

@3doog, we have that right, don't worry, just sell you games in peace.
 
 
-8 #3 3doog 2010-08-24 13:19
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
Man, these guys just won't stop nibbling at that can of whoop ass.

@3doog, we have that right, don't worry, just sell you games in peace.


Just something to share, actually it is illegal to sell secondhand software cds without getting permission in Thailand (that's where I live). Recently several trash collectors were jailed because they found the cd in the trash and sell them. (they are so poor they don't have money to pay the fines which is abt.$1500 )
 
 
+5 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-24 13:26
Sorry to hear that...

Probably the amount of ware to sell also has in impact on how authorities perceive this as illegal. In other countries, selling a few items you own is not illegal, but selling a container full of them is, without having a sales authorization.

You could always sell it online, even internationally .
 
 
+44 #5 Warhead 2010-08-24 13:31
In the past(long time ago) you could trade a banana for an apple.

In the past you could lend or sell your old records or VHS to other people.

Today you cannot share mp3 or sell (in some countries) your own stuff.

Today you cannot sing "happy birthday to you" because it got copyright.

Today you cannot use "unlimited internet" because I clause of the size of a flea states that you need to abide by the fair usage police.

I wonder what future has to offer...
 
 
+25 #6 sidje 2010-08-24 13:58
They'll keep pushin' until they've got us all by the you-know-what....eventually, we'll have to pay for pretty much everything.

This is just a wake up call on today's meaning of "freedom" and/or "rights". As soon as our "rights" and "freedoms" step on somebody's cash-making toes - puuuf - aaaaaaand it's gone.
 
 
+19 #7 canerpense 2010-08-24 14:37
Quoting sidje:
They'll keep pushin' until they've got us all by the you-know-what....eventually, we'll have to pay for pretty much everything.

This is just a wake up call on today's meaning of "freedom" and/or "rights". As soon as our "rights" and "freedoms" step on somebody's cash-making toes - puuuf - aaaaaaand it's gone.


I wouldn't be shocked if someone trademarks "Freedom" one day and make people pay for it.
 
 
+31 #8 FistOfGod 2010-08-24 14:56
Ha ha, what a complete tool. What. A. Tool. Maybe I should refer Cory to Trademark and Copyright law. No, I cannot multiply copies of the game you sold me but I can sell my copy on as I please. It is still the same copy. THQ don't own it anymore because they kindly took my cash. Is this so hard to understand? Obviously, if you're a leeching scumbag like most typical games producers.

Just imagine if Honda, or Fiat, suddenly kicked off because people buy second-hand cars.

Again - what a complete, unabashed cretin. Read a book, Cory.
 
 
+13 #9 Elfa 2010-08-24 16:52
Everything we do that keeps them from receiving a full purchase price they bitch about. The problem these guys have here is they're sense of entitlement, not ours.

Hell, half the pirates I know pirate because they want to stick it to them for being such greedy punks.
 
 
+5 #10 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-24 18:42
@Elfa, actually they DO RECEIVE the full purchase price. This is done by people that sell old titles, get whatever money they are able to, add the rest and pay the full price for the new game.
 

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