Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Capcom Trying to Kill Used Game Sales?

In an interesting article posted by TinyCartridge, a photo of the manual for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D reveals the game cannot erase existing save data. What this means for the average gamer is that after you beat the game and get your heart's fill of achievements, you cannot erase the game, making it useless to used game retailers like GameStop. It's no secret that game industry professionals view used game sales as destructive, but it's surprising that Capcom would make such a bold move to counteract used game sales.

A damning side effect of this is that if you want to let your friends try the game, they can no longer start from the beginning, which means there would be no point in lending your games to friends. Obviously Capcom has weighed the potential profit gains from less used sales and presumably more new game sales versus the sales added by word of mouth or game lending and have deemed this trial as a viable one. Luckily for all of us, this game is the only one of its kind from Capcom thus far. I suppose if we see this feature in more games, we'll know how the experiment ending -- with consumers losing.
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