|Posted by Darcy on March 6, 2013 at 6:40 AM|
I’ve been a PC gamer for the most part for my entire life and have only really ever dabbled in console gaming. I haven’t ever been drawn into consoles the way that I have with PCs so when I was having a conversation with a friend recently who is an avid console gamer, I was enthralled to learn about some difficulties they’re having at the moment with pre-owned games within the industry.
Apparently because pre-owned games are such a big drawcard in the market (remembering the purchasing games and downloading them directly is still a relatively new concept on consoles when compared to PC,) developers are starting to create ‘access codes’ that are one-off and exclusive to the original purchase of the game in question. These codes give the original buyer access to online content and multiplayer options but expire after its initial use. This means that people buying the game second hand have to then pay again to buy a new ‘access code’ if they want to play the game online.
I thought that this was a good idea on the behalf of developers in order to keep earning on their game but, honestly, I think that the entire thing is a little silly to begin with. I could never imagine flight simulator games for PC charging additional fees and stuff to play online if you were to buy the game second hand. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably shell out the money if the online features were good enough but I think the consoles have it all wrong by locking their players into these situations.
After my conversation I was even gladder than I usually am to be a PC gamer. I love the idea that I can take the best flight simulator that’s available on the market today – as far as I’m concerned – and install it on as many of my computers as I like, allowing me online access and free updates for life, all without having to pay an additional dime.
As far as I can see this is just another shining example of why flight simulator/PC fans are the smartest gamers out there!
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