Curmudgeon Gamer
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08 November 2005
The Future is Nigh
Used games are loved by gamers, hated by game makers. Sony will kill that joy. From a Sony patent:

Since only titles for which legitimate software has actually been purchased and which have been initially registered in the machine table can be used, resale (so-called used software purchase) after purchase by an end-user becomes practically impossible.

Reminds me of the most popular article on Curmudgeon Classic, Welcome to the Future, Mr. Gamer. Here's what I said back then:
No physical media. No rentals. No used games. No sharing games among friends. Limited hardware upgrades. Pay-to-play. Unless something seriously changes the course of the industry, this is the future.
GameTap, Xbox Live Arcade, and of course Steam are leading the charge on games without physical media. GameTap is also trying out the software-as-service model. And now Sony is tackling the problem of used games by tying any purchased game to specific hardware, and that stone also kills the rental and sharing birds at the same time.

It's a wonderful time to be a gamer, no?
--Matt Matthews at 20:45
Comment [ 4 ]

Comments on this post:

Your US PTO link didn't work for me. Joystiq's did, copied here.

By Blogger Bob, at 10 November, 2005 07:29  

Blogger was translating ampersands into HTML entities, i.e. & amp ; (without the extra spaces)

After wrestling Blogger to the ground and making it scream "Uncle!" I think I've fixed it.

By Blogger jvm, at 10 November, 2005 11:59  

Man I can't wait. Every fucking time I have to stick a CD in the drive for some braindead copy protection system I die a little bit inside.

Also, all of you used game people are starving my child. Stop being so cheap!


By Blogger Michael, at 10 November, 2005 19:28  

I guess it's not as convincing for me to say that my child goes hungry every time you make a game I have to buy, is it?

By Blogger jvm, at 10 November, 2005 20:11  

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