Used games are the shining light on the horizon for many college gamers in DeKalb and throughout the country. Stores like GameStop that resell games at a cheaper price help gamers afford more products. Therefore they have a wider variety of games in their collections, because who doesn’t want as many games as they can get their hands on! It would devastate many people’s wallets if they tried to keep up with buying every game that comes out in a year at $60 a pop as well as buying all the downloadable content. Herein lies the problem with the rumors that the next generation PlayStation and Microsoft consoles will rid the market of this money saving tool.
There has been speculation that the PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox console will eliminate the possibility of reselling games in a few ways. One theory is that they will do away with physical copies of games all together and only have games available via download, although this seems unlikely. The second and more likely of the two is that discs will only work on one console with some sort of code that would come in a new games package.
This could be seen as a betrayal to gamers by these companies. Games are meant to be shared. Many times people discover games because a friend brought it to their home to show them. Things like this are just some of what people will miss out on if these rumors that used games will go away came true. People may even abandon consoles all together and head to PC gaming. If these companies want to gouge our wallets, why should we continue to support them?