Cliff Bleszinski and Reggie Fils-Aime:Used Games and Better Games

Good morning everyone.

Cliff Bleszinski former Epic Games developer and lead designer of the Gears of War franchise, has taken to Twitter to talk out in favor of Microsoft's used games policy.

Directly from his Twitter feed...

"You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and rental games existing. The numbers do NOT work people."

He then goes on to tweet...

"The visual fidelity and feature sets we expect from games now come with sky high costs. Assassins Creed games are made by thousands of devs."

"Newsflash. This is why you're seeing free to play and microtransactions everywhere. The disc based day one $60 model is crumbling."

He then responded to his followers tweeting...

"Those of you telling me "then just lower game budgets" do understand how silly you sound, right?"

No Cliffy they're not silly, because Metro: Last Light developed by 4A Games had a budget of 1/10th of a modern game, made in a cramped office space, often working in below freezing temperatures, on top of that MASSIVE power outages, that game is getting 9s and 8s across the board.

So it is possible for a low budget game to do well and earn a good amount of money, why? Because it's a good game.You need to realize that not everyone can afford to drop 60 dollars on a new game every time a new game comes out, most of us have to resort to game rentals or used game purchases in order to play a new game because it is the more financially responsible decision to make.

It is true that used game purchases to take a lot of money away from developer and publisher earnings, fortunately Reggie Fils-Aime has a solution.

                       "Make Better Games"

Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo America has made a suggestion to game makers worried about used games sales, make better games.

Reggie stated...

"We have been very clear, we understand that used games are a way  for some consumers to monetize their games, they will buy a game, play it, bring it back to their retailer to get credit for their next purchase. Certainly, that impacts games that are annualized and candidly also impacts games that are maybe undifferentiated much more than [it] impacts Nintendo content."

Nintendo is impacted less by the used games market because players don't generally the games that Nintendo makes-they keep playing them.

"The consumers wants to keep playing Mario Kart. The consumer wants to keep playing New Super Mario Bros. They want to keep playing Pikmin. So we see that the trade-in frequency on Nintendo content is much less than the industry average- much, much less,"

So there you go Cliffy, if you don't want players to trade in your games for someone else to buy at a greatly reduced price then make better games.  As I recall Gears of War Judgement was in the used games section of my local Gamestop.


Gamers today can barely afford to buy a game, even a used game.

Developers and people like Cliffy B. need to realize that not everyone can afford to buy the latest Gears of War title at 60 dollars,that there is such a thing as a good game even when the budget cannot compare to the budget of most modern games.

A big budget does not make a good game.

Instead of combating used games sales, leave it alone and focus on developing good games.

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