Bethesda says used games are 'absolutely' a concern
As a gamer interested in the ins and outs of industry, by now you know used games, hand-in-hand with software piracy, are holding back the games industry. Single-player seems to be on the out, as fewer players are interested in going solo. The market is suffering the slings and arrows of a creative drain from which it may never recover.
Then there's Bethesda, which has not only managed to publish some of the best AAA games of the past few years, but has managed to outright thrive while doing so. The company has done this in spite of the fact that their games were all single-player experiences, and in spite of the fact that none of them were saddled with even a lick of DRM.
Simply by continuing along as they've always done, they're shunting the apparent downward trend of the games industry.
That isn't to say they're ignoring them. Speaking to Destructoid yesterday, Bethesda Marketing VP Pete Hines explained how the publisher has attempted to lessen used game sales through downloadable content, among other initiatives.
"Absolutely, it's a concern," said Hines. "We have tried to mitigate it by creating games that offer replayability, by supporting them with DLC that's worth hanging onto the game for, or offering tools that let them take things further."
"There's no doubt that being a gamer is expensive," he continued. "Games are not cheap to buy because they're expensive to make, and people are looking for ways to keep it affordable. I'm not sure anyone has figured out a solution that works for everyone, and there simply may not be one until someone has figured out how to include developers and publishers in the loop on used game sales instead of keeping it all for themselves.
A gamer at heart, Nick started writing when he was a child. He holds a BA in English, works as a freelancer, and loves every minute of it. One day, he hopes to net himself a career in game design - but that's something for the future.
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