How would you feel if whenever you went in to trade in your games you needed to hand over your fingerprints to the authorities? That’s the predicament facing gamers in Broward County, Florida where retailers are now required by law to collect the thumbprints of anyone trading in used videogames.
According to the Brownward Palm-Beach New Times: “Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Concepcion said the new requirement comes straight from the Florida Legislature, which enacted a law on October 1 of last year that treated video games like second-hand goods sold at pawn shops. Now any store buying used video games has to collect the thumb prints, along with a bunch of other personal info about the seller.”
Videogame retailers have had it easy with regards to how freely second hand videogames, which could quite easily be stolen, change hands. If these sort of legal measures replicate themselves in other states then that could deter gamers trading in used titles – and while that would be a bad thing in terms of feet on retailers floors – critics of the second hand videogame industry will likely be happy that it seems to be nipping itself in the bud.