THQ’s Cory Ledesma had a blunt, bitter message to give to people who buy used games: you’re cheating THQ. In an interview with CVG, the director of wrestling games waged his war of words against consumers who ‘cheat’ THQ out of proper profit for their games:

“I don’t think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything. So if used game buyers are upset they don’t get the online feature set I don’t really have much sympathy for them. That’s a little blunt but we hope it doesn’t disappoint people.”

For the most part I can agree with this section of his argument – the addition of exclusives packaged with a brand new game is a good way for people who purchase a game brand new to reap the rewards of it. People who buy the game used can accept that for a cheaper price they won’t get a feature or two – but no real harm done to the actual gameplay itself. While encouraging people to buy a minty-fresh new game, it doesn’t really smite people who don’t. It’s Cory’s next words that are a little off:

“We hope people understand that when the game’s bought used we get cheated.”

Yep. Did you buy a used game when you were a kid because you couldn’t afford the one in the sealed package? You’re a cheater, robbing THQ of profits. I think Cory missed the fact that at the end of the day, people are always looking to save money. People who buy used games save a solid $20-$30 off of a full priced $60 game – and not everybody can afford to constantly go out and buy full-priced games, especially in today’s economy. At the end of the day, I just think that calling people who buy used games ‘ cheaters’ isn’t really going to solve anything, unless your goal was to raise a few eyebrows.

I can understand how, from a developer’s perspective, used games hurt profitability. But it’s the same for any market, not just videogames – it’s an acceptance of business. It’s been years since I myself have bought a used game – in fact, the last one I bought was when the original Mafia was new, and I hadn’t the money since I was too young for a job. But from having enjoyed that game so much, I’m going to go out today and buy Mafia II on its release. Hurt┬áprofitability? Not so much.

What do you think, Ranters? Do you have an opinion about buying used games? Do you consider it cheating?

Source: CVG

tags: THQ