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Capcom trying to kill used video game sales with the one-save game

No save data reset for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D? this came out all over twitter some time ago with Japanese Gamers complaining about the move. Now that the game is released in the US and UK, the same warning data is found in the back of the manual. This is a move to prevent Used Video Game Sales, thus increasing the publisher’s profits.

For the most part, used video games are awesome for gamers who don’t want to pay the full price for the newest best thing. But, unlike gamers, Game publishers hate used games, for obvious reasons… after you spend the initial $60 on a game, you can then sell it to your friend for $10 bucks, and he then sells it for $3 etc. The used games get passed around 10 different times, the equivalent of $600 to the publishers. But Capcom is about to put an end to that second hand market by developing games that can only support one save file… for the rest of the game’s life.

Currently, Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3d for the Nintendo 3DS is the only game that has been confirmed, that once finished, it can NOT be reset for complete replay. Both the US and UK manual for the game have a warning post stating “saved data on this software cannot be reset.” This means that Mercenaries 3D is going to be a one time only play video game. Once you finished the game, there is no going back. If you want to start the game all over again you’ll have to buy a new copy.   Also, your friends will not be able to borrow the game and start their own storyline.

I understand that the developers are loosing money on the whole deal, but seriously, preventing you from having the ability to play the game all over again once you are done with it is ridiculous. It’s like renting a movie from PPV, once it’s done, it’s done, and you have to rent the movie again.

I hope this is a trial and error kind of move. I think if every developer starts to pull this move, their sales will go down and illegal video game downloads will go up. Or even worse, hackers taking down Capcom to figure out a way around this, just look at what happened to Sony. This move puts a huge restriction on your video games, if I buy a game, it’s mine to keep, the developer or publisher should not have the ability to tell me when I can reset the game or start all over again.

Via: Eurogamer