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#Used Games

Major Shift in Xbox One Policies

The consumer has been heard.

It looks like the overwhelming internet consensus has won the battle with Microsoft’s controversial policies for its Xbox One. Just a couple of weeks after releasing somewhat vague details about the upcoming console’s used game, game sharing, and connectivity restrictions, Microsoft has essentially negated every last bit of its planned policies. Is this a big win for gamers and their hobby, a speed bump on the road to the inevitable, or a big step backward from a glorious future of digital game sharing?

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Xbox One is the Future

Like it or not, Microsoft's policies are a harbinger of things to come.

It’s safe to say that Sony delivered an impressive showing at their E3 press conference and gained a ton of good will with gamers looking to upgrade to next generation consoles. While it’s far too early to declare the PS4 the winner of the next console war (the systems are five months away, after all), many people in the gaming community have latched on to the system since it still offers gamers the freedom to trade, sell, and buy used games. It would be foolish to count Microsoft out at this point, however, and even if many elements of the Xbox One are less than attractive, people should understand that it’s a glimpse into the future.

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Gamestop Providing Free Online Pass Code with Pre-Owned Copies of Unit 13

Be sure to check your receipt for the code!

Online passes have become something of an inevitability in the gaming industry as of late. Just like home console titles, PlayStation Vita games include the infamous passes solely within new copies of the game. Or so you'd think. After recently picking up a used copy of Unit 13, PixlBit discovered that Gamestop is providing its consumers with a free online pass with a purchase of the game.

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Nickel and Dimed at the Online Store

An in-depth roundtable discussion on the growing used games monetization problem – and its solutions.

Jesse: Since people apparently don’t want to spend $60 on every game, publishers have pinned their hopes on taking a bite out of the used market.

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Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions Save Files Can Be Deleted

After some mix-up, Namco's PR has officially confirmed the details.

Last week, it came to fruition that Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions didn't seem to feature the ability to remove the saved data on the cart. This news came hot on the heels of the announcement from Capcom that Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D didn't allow users to delete their progress after starting. Today, Namco has cleared up the confusion, announcing the method in which players must delete the progress on their game card.

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The Used Game Sale Conundrum

Why do game companies feel the licensed products you buy still belong to them after their initial sale?

Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. You might’ve heard of it. Releasing today, the arcade style shooter won’t allow players to erase their save data in any capacity. You heard that right – if you purchase this game and want to start over at any point, you won’t be able to. “Well,” you say to yourself, “I probably won’t ever start over anyway, so no big deal.” Until, of course, you go to trade-in the game after you’re sick of it and you’re being offered pennies on the dollar because nobody wants your game used. I’m guessing that’s when some frustration is due to set in.

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