Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe Discusses Used-Game Sales, Uses A Wretched Analogy


Posted March 3, 2009 - By r_pad

Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe, who is never at a loss for words, has offered his opinions on used-game sales. He acknowledged that this is a touchy subject, saying, "Whenever this stuff comes up, gamers get excited and upset. Developers get upset. There's all this, kind of, you know, tension on the Internet between developers and gamers and publishers." Ultimately, however, his perspective as a comic-book fan has him siding with the consumer:

"Consumers are always right. I'm a believer in that. The customer's always right. Look, it they can get a game for five bucks -- if there's somebody out there selling them legally a game for $5, whether it's a used copy or whatever, go for it. Get the best deal you can get. It's not your job to look out for the developer or the publisher or anybody except yourself. I have absolutely no beef with gamers who partake in whatever deal they can get for themselves." 

Jaffe is also all for experimenting with different types of game budgets so that consumers can get their hands on cheaper games. However, he's not sure how much of an audience there will be for games that are potentially shorter, filled with less features, and sport less impressive graphics. He's not even sure most gamers are aware how much goes into the production of a game like a God of War or a Metal Gear Solid:

"One of the things gamers don't understand is that it isn't like we're overcharging you guys to the moon. These things are really, really expensive to make."

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Lastly, Jaffe uses the "chicken or egg" analogy, which irks the hell out of me. I hate, Hate, HATE this term. There shouldn't be a "chicken or egg" question. Aristotle addressed this thousands of years ago. The chicken is an actual chicken, while the egg is a potential chicken. Actuality precedes potentiality. Loosely translating Aristotle's words, I shall leave you with this:

"Although the actual is produced from the potential, it is the actual that makes the production possible."

Seriously, it's awesome that Jaffe shared his opinion on the used-game issue, but I can't stand this chicken-egg non-issue that's still being used.

Eat Sleep Play's David Jaffe Discusses Used-Game Sales, Uses A Wretched Analogy


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