Episode 169: Used Games Are Not the Enemy

In: Podcasts by Edie Sellers

30 Jan 2012

Sometimes GameHounds is about news. Sometimes it’s about games.

Sometimes it’s all about Skyrim. Actually, lately it’s frequently been all about Skyrim, … but that’s another post.

This week, our intrepid GameHounds hosts — Holy Goalie, Nick Dinicola, and Edie Sellers — discuss one big news-related topic: Used games and their pros and cons. This comes from a recent rumor from Kotaku that the next gen Xbox console may contain some voodoo in the chipset that prevents used games from being played.

Not bloody likely, that that doesn’t stop the GameHounds gang from launching into a sometimes heated discussion of the used-game market and its effect on the game industry.


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5 Responses to Episode 169: Used Games Are Not the Enemy


Peace Minus One

January 31st, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Great show all. Figured I’d just throw my two cents in on some of the topics…

I really think the no used games thing on the next X-Box is just a rumor, mainly due to the fact that if they did do that, you’d have Sony standing off in the distance wringing their hands together like Mr. Burns and saying “Eeeexcelent.”

However, if they really were gung ho about dropping used games from their system I think the only valid way they could do it is to go 100% pure digital download. I still don’t think they’ll do it since there’s a huge percentage of 360 owners that aren’t online and that would be missed sales, but if they did they could forget about blu ray and just have a standard dvd player for backwards compatibility.

But again, I doubt any of that comes to fruition.

As for sex in games.. I’m a guy, so, you know… boobs. I don’t think there sure be gratuitous nudity in games for no reason (like Duke Nukem Forever), but if you’re going to send me into a strip club don’t shy away from the fact that I’m in a freaking strip club. GTA is probably the biggest offender of this IMO. I’m apparently mature enough to go on a murderous rampage, but if I see a nipple I’m going to freak out like I’m in a Tex Avery cartoon.

On a side note, I thought of a great horrible idea while I was listening at work so I thought I’d see what Edie’s reaction would be to the following situation:

Let’s say you’re having sex with a guy for the first time. You’re in his bed and at some point you end up on your back looking up (basic missionary position) and you see taped to the ceiling above the bed a poster of him with a huge smile, giving two thumbs up with the caption “Hey.. thanks for the sex!”

Mood killer?

Anyway, keep up the great show and sorry about the length of the post.



January 31st, 2012 at 4:52 pm

One thing you guys didn’t touch on in your used games discussion is sharing games.

My friends and I swap games around to help keep costs down. We’ll each play our own games, then trade them around when we’re done. If the Xbox 720 suddenly doesn’t allow us to play used games, that scheme (and you can bet we’re not the only ones that do this) isn’t viable anymore. Which is shitty.

I know that Microsoft and publishers (not necessary developers; an important distinction) are trying to ensure that they get a piece of the used games market, but they’d be using a nuke to kill an ant-hill if they go with this approach. They should, instead, be working on incentives for buying new games. They’ll have a much happier gaming audience and a happier consumer spends more money.



February 7th, 2012 at 2:53 pm


You assume that hasn’t happened.

Although, true story, I have looked up at the ceiling while… in flagrante delecto… and noticed the ceiling fan needed dusting.

I unfortunately mentioned that out loud.

Yes, mood killer.



February 7th, 2012 at 2:55 pm


Yeah. That’s another reason why I think that the whole no-used-games thing on the 720 is pretty much a dumb rumor. There’s way too much to go wrong with it. It would pretty much kill the 720 as a console.

But then again… this *is* Microsoft. They’ve been known to make mistakes.

Not to say that Sony hasn’t been sometimes worse… ahem, PSP Go… ahem.


Holy Goalie

February 8th, 2012 at 12:01 pm

@Peace and @GamerEdie you should both know my ceiling fans are now clean.


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