Thursday Bloggedy Blog Blog: Formspring and Used Games
Hello, Non-Player Readers! (NPR’s? Hmm, not sure about that one…)
Just a couple things.
First, I wanted to let you know that I have a Formspring account, because I’m totally living in 2009. But I think this social networking trend is still going strong. I added a link in the sidebar to the left. You can use this to ask me whatever, whenever! And I’ll even answer you! You don’t have to sign up for anything to ask a question.
Second, this Penny Arcade comic and blog post stirred up some controversy this week, and I think it’s an interesting discussion. The gist of it is that the PA guys say that buying used games only supports GameStop and not the game developers, and therefore they’ve stopped doing it. A lot of people sent in tweets and emails, a few of which have been posted in the blog post and you’ll see them if you scroll down. Gabe’s twitter seems to indicate that a lot of the feedback was from angry gamers, thinking they were being criticized for buying used games. Sounds to me like a lot of people are being overly defensive, which is a common reaction when someone has made a personal choice to do something they feel is for the greater good.
I think the used games I’ve bought have been mostly out-of-print games, like old gameboy cartridges and PS2 games. I prefer to download games digitally if I can, and the $5 off a used game that came out recently just never seemed worth it to me.
I applaud the PA guys for supporting the industry. As independent creators, I’m sure they have a greater awareness of how publishers, developers, and creators of all types can stay in business.
Unfortunately I think the average consumer can’t always afford to think like that.
What do you think?