Used games are set to make GameStop $2 billion in the fiscal year 2009. Most game developers and publishers would like to see the end of the used game market. They say that they do not see any money from used game sales. This is of course true, but only to a certain extent.
How many gamers have had the experience of trading in three or four games to get the latest title? I know I have. Even now when I have more money to spend on new games, £40 is still too much. Trading unwanted games in for credit makes it possible for me to get the latest title; nine out of ten times, I will pick up a new copy.
Taking away the used game market would be a bad move for the industry. What about the older titles which are hard to buy new? Looking on eBay, it is clear that there is a large demand for older titles which are now impossible to buy in stores. Services such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Network try to solve the problem by offering older titles to download.
The solution seems clear to me: offer every game as a downloadable. The technology is there for such a service–perhaps not yet for Blu-Ray titles, but for everything up to DVD titles it should be possible. Would you like to see a service which offers the ability to download every PS2 title? Would you pay a subscription for this service? It is possible that a streaming service much like Netflix might exist for games in the coming years.