Epic Games’ president has a plan to fight used game sales

Mike Capps, president of Epic Games, is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. With the secondhand game market (read: used) sassing the publishers and encroaching on profits from new games sold, he’s come up with a potential solution to the problem: sell game endings as DLC.

Capps said, “I’ve talked to some developers who are saying ‘If you want to fight the final boss you go online and pay USD 20, but if you bought the retail version you got it for free’. We don’t make any money when someone rents it, and we don’t make any money when someone buys it used – way more than twice as many people played Gears than bought it.”

Sure, it’s a romantic notion that sounds great on paper — like Communism — but really, this couldn’t work. Forgetting there are people unable or unwilling to connect their consoles to the Internet, you’d have those that rely on the cheaper prices of used games to even be able to play and an inevitable boycott from the hardcore of the hardcore. It’s bad news bears all around.

How do you feel about this as a potential solution and what can you see as a friendlier, more “middle ground” approach to the problem? I say cheaper price points and less mediocre games. I also throw in a vote for the thai massage, but I’m a forward thinking kind of guy that doesn’t have time for rules, the law or making my bed.

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