Sony’s 2nd Hand Game Patent: Ten year rumour or Future Reality?

PS3Every gamer out there has surely heard the rumor that Sony has implemented a new  patent that blocks the distribution of second hand games on the future console.  If you didn’t know about this, congratulations, you just found out.  I cant stress this enough though that this IS just a rumor at this point.  Yes Sony has indeed filed a patent which states:

“According to the present embodiment, realized is the electronic content processing system that reliably restricts the use of electronic content dealt in the second-hand markets. As a result, the dealing of electronic content in the second-hand markets is suppressed, which in turn supports the redistribution of part of proceeds from sales of the electronic content to the developers. Though in the following description a game application (AP) is exemplified as the electronic content, the present embodiment is similarly applicable to various kinds of electronic content such as an office suite, images, and music content.

“By employing the game playing system 1000 according to the present embodiment, the use permission tag 220 together with the game disk 210 is supplied to the user, and the use permission tag 220 actively determines the use permit/rejection of electronic content. Thereby, the use of game AP stored in the game disk 210 can be restricted as appropriate according to the attribute of a reproduction device. Consider, for example, a case where used is a game package 200 distributed in the second-hand market. Then the ID of reproduction device for the game disk 210 differs from the legitimate use device ID stored in the use permission tag 220, so that the game disk can be reproduced in a mode which is predetermined for those bought and sold in the second-hand market. Also, for example, a content key may be supplied to the reproduction device 130 and the encrypted game AP may be decrypted using the content key only if the reproduction device ID matches a legitimate use device ID. Hence, use of game APs bought and sold in the second-hand market can be eliminated.”  

If you guys failed to understand that, that’s OK…I didn’t understand most of it either.  (All those big words and all.)  In a nutshell it means that if this patent is passed they will have sole rights to resell their own products because nobody else will be able to thanks to some groovy ID Tags or Chips that will be embedded somehow on the disc and console.  I think I explained that right.  If i didn’t, whoops.  Read Lazy Gamers article to get some clarification but IT HASN’T BEEN CONFIRMED BY SONY…YET

Sony to block used games on the PS4? – Lazy Gamer

Now that I have successfully re-blogged someone else’s information I can get to my opinion.

I think that if Sony does go through with this they are going to be the biggest dicks of the century and it obviously will be a total bitch slap to the gaming community especially for the “Playstationites” ( my word..playstationers was taken) who have always backed Sony up, obviously.  But lets not point the finger only at Sony since Microsoft has been said to be flirting with this idea as well.   I read at IGN that Sony is going to wait for Microsoft to announce first and I can’t help but wonder if they are waiting to see if their console can play second hand games because i think that whoever does say ” no more second hand games” the other probably will say,” Pssst….we still have second games.  Come join us.”  And i would because who the hell has money to spend on buggy AAA games at $50+ (R500-R600 in S.A) which mostly never live up to the hype, pay for extra DLC, pay your subscription and pay for your internet to even use most of the services in the first place.  I don’t think I’m the only one who would pick the cheapest and easiest option.  How are these companies not making money.  They are global leaders.  I think they are just not making the money they want to be making and are expecting more because they know that we as gamers will throw our money at them (voluntarily i might add) because well, what else are we going to do?

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This whole locking of consoles thing, i think goes as far back as the 80’s so it’s nothing new really.  But it’s a big deal now because of how bloody expensive everything is and that it’s so easy to buy a shit game.

I like second hand games because i can at least try the game and if i don’t like it i can sell it again and at least make some percentage back of what i wasted on it.  But then i understand that Sony and Microsoft get upset because they don’t make money back on what I sold because they did make it and technically do deserve something for it and I’m pretty sure there is something in the fine print of about not being allowed to resell or rent it out.   If i purchase a PS4 i know I’m going to be scared of every little update wondering if this is the one that blocks my second hand games.  (Although thinking  about it now I doubt we will even be able to play our ps3 games on the PS4) which i think is kind of pathetic but i do understand why at the same time being new technology and all.

If this goes ahead second hand stores WILL close down, (not all of them) but most of them and i don’t  have a doubt about it.  The guys that will stay open will probably be Gamestop and who ever else gets the pre-order stuff.

“If they are not careful Ouya might actually give both of them a run for their money.” – Gamers Therapy

SOLUTIONS:

  • STOP MAKING SHITTY GAMES
  • STOP MAKING SHITTY GAMES AND LOWER THE PRICE
  • GET IN AGREEMENT WITH SECOND HAND STORES
  • STOP ALL THE DLC NONSENSE AND JUST RELEASE A GAME THE WAY IT USED TO BE (I DON’T THINK THIS POINT HAS ANY THING TO DO WITH THE ARTICLE BUT I FEEL ITS VALID)
  • GET INTO PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT AND MAKE A UNIVERSAL CONSOLE  (HA,HA,HA…THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN)

I strongly feel that Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and whoever else there is needs to think about the gaming community and what games mean to us and how much money we actually spend on the hope that what we buy is a truly fantastic game only to be disappointed yet again by another stupid decision which is like a knife in the back.  The fact that this patent was even thought about is only the first sting.

Most importantly, think….What would Jesus do?

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