EA Sports Say "Eff This Used Game Sh!t"

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  1. Joe Moore

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    EA is making it so people who buy used games, borrow games, rent games get royally screwed. New copies of their sports games (all of their sports games) will come with a content code that will allow you to access the online features, including any and all online multi-player modes. If you rent or buy the game used, you have to fork over another $10 to EA to activate the ability to play online at all.

    EA Sports Online Pass: Buy new or pay $10 to play online - Destructoid
     
  2. smangerbot

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    wtf man, that's harsh. in the case of live, we already pay a yearly sub! good thing PES is the best footie game out there or i'd be annoyed.
     
  3. McBradders

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    To be fair I think I read there are 7 day demos for the online features for the used crowd. Probably long enough for the dedicated achievement/trophy whores to get their worth before moving on.
     
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    I kinda hope this isn't something everyone adopts. While I think the developer tends to get screwed over used game sales, I have to balance that kind of thinking when certain games that are new aren't worth 60 bucks, and I feel ripped off too. With used, I can at least return it. Still, if I'm investing in a game that I know I will play online, and care that much about the online component, I'd probably be there day one, so this isn't as tragic for hardcore gamers.

    I'm thinking more about something like ODST which I was hunting for used and would want to play some online with Smasher Bros.
     
  5. McBradders

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    If anything the Sports genre is not a place where this will be effective :lol 
     
  6. Joe Moore

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    That can be activated once per copy. So first person to rent activates the 7-day demo, then after that you're outta luck. Second person gets the game and they either pay $10 or don't play online.
     
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    I do beleive thats once per player account (Gamertag or PSN ID).
     
  8. Joe Moore

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    I read that as the game can do it once, not the account can do it once per game.
     
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    I'm telling you, next step is consoles that will have nothing more than games via digital distribution.

    Not overly keen on all this but I suppose they must do what they must.
     
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    How dare they?
     
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    UGh that sucks and i hope this doesn't be come a wide spread thing.

    That said I'm willing to bet the other game companies and the rest of EA will be watching this carefully to see how it works out.
     
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    From their website;

    To begin your free 7-day Online Pass trial:

    Start your EA SPORTS™ game, and select ENABLE ONLINE PASS from the Menu.

    Then select START TRIAL.

    Once you accept, you have 7 days to try out your title´s online features and bonus content


    There's not really a feasible way of singly identifying each disc out there then locking it out from the trial.
     
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    That's true, its not as if each disc has any unique idenification.
     
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    well screw EA then. Thank god I only own two of their games (Madden 08 and Tiger Woods 09) and i don't care for any more of them. I may do more really old ones for a quick 1000 gp down the road, but I never do much of anything with the games as it is.
     
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    Not really that useful to me or for the people who get duped into paying $55 for a used game only to realize they have to spend another $10 just to play online. Gamestop and other used game sellers aren't exactly known for their honesty to customers.

    That means your rentals are also only good for 7 days as well. Either way, I'll be doing my part in protesting these decisions with my wallet. I always buy the odd year edition of NHL (03, 05, 07, 09) but guess I'll just skip out on it this year all together.
     
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    Hardly EA's fault, but again, is a $5 saving really worth it in the first place?

    Good man, hopefully if nothing else this will see some real competition heat up with 2k Sports and chums like the good old days.
     
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    there are a few non ea sports Ip's coming out soon... maybe its time to jump ship.
     
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    Gamestop has had a big ol target on it's back for quite a while now...not to mention all the used games sold on Ebay and Amazon...and with the bigger guns like Walmart, TRU and Best Buy trying to figure out a way into the used market I think developers will do anything they can to make used games much less attractive to consumers. In some ways I think its a big over-reaction...but I get why they have the mentality...

    I expect this will become MUCH more widespread, especially for online multiplayer games (Activision with COD wont be far behind)
     
  19. Joe Moore

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    Sometimes it is, depending on the game or person. I usually buy used when it's at least a $10 savings. And in that case, I usually buy 2 at a time saving $20 or so a purchase. But if a system like this takes hold in gaming, people will lose out on even the smallest of savings and be forced to hold out hope for new game discounts (not exactly something that happens with EA Sports games until very late in the cycle of the game).
     
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    This news does not effect me since I don't buy used games, but I expect Peter was behind this.
     

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