The used game market is easily one of the strongest aspects of video games, and it’s also pretty damn important. Not only do gamers get the chance to save a few bucks on big titles, but used games also allow folks to become familiar with a new series, play a game that may be hard to find new, or just increase their ever-growing backlog (because we’re all guilty of taking advantage of sales despite the fact that we have too much to play as it is).
With talk about the next Xbox and PlayStation consoles revealing that these platforms will supposedly block used games, it should come as no surprise that plenty of gamers and developers are kind of annoyed. After all, much like Twisted Metal co-creator David Jaffe has stated in the past, buying a used game allows gamers to become familiar with a franchise, which means that those gamers are likely to directly support the next entry by purchasing a brand new copy. As for those of us who play games, well, gaming is expensive, so if we can save a few bucks, we will.
Apparently, Sony President and CEO Jack Tretton is against the blocking of used games, reports That VideoGame Blog. In an episode of GameTrailers’ Bonus Round, analyst Michael Pachter said that he had talked to Tretton, who revealed that he felt blocking used games was “anti-consumer.” According to the Sony boss, the used game market is “great for consumers,” and he even went as far as to say that he was “opposed to blocking used games.”
Tretton explained that he was speaking only on his behalf, and that he didn’t represent any other Sony employee’s stance on used games. That said, it’s great to see someone so high up in the company making a bold statement against blocking used games for next-gen consoles. Because seriously, that would be pretty disgusting.