Sony has patented technology that will seemingly destroy all second hand gaming. On December 9th 2012 Sony Computer Entertainment Japan filed for patent on an application that involves a network connection between the game disk and the console itself.
The way that this proposed technology works is, on the disk there will be a contactless tag (imagine a bar code), and when the disk is first used the game's tag and the console's tag will sync, every time the disk is played again the two tags will match up and if they do not match up then the disk will not work.
Obviously this raises some concerns for gamers but the real concern should come from anywhere that sells used games. In theory this game would annihilate all transactions involving a previously owned game, and places like GameStop are built by used games. Businesses like GameFly, who allow gamers to rent games, would theoretically go out of business if this patent went through. This patent would change gaming forever and thus progress should be monitored by gamers in the near future. Leave your thoughts and comments below in the comment box.