Neoseeker : News : Used EA Sports games to require "Online Pass" purchase
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VeGiTAX2 May 11, 10
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we think it’s fair to get paid for the services we provide and to reserve these online services for people who pay EA to access them
Perfectly reasonable by them, of course it contradicts the whole plan. They get paid that first time for the experience they deliver to that account when it is active. When the users sells the game back they're actually no longer using any resources during the time that the specific copy is on the shelf. When someone purchases the game again they just pick up where that gamer left off.

They forget that the other account essentially goes inactive without the game anymore and so this is just a continuation of the same purchase promise.
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TheFogIsRising May 11, 10
When EA finally starts putting out titles worth the money, then this makes sense. But on sports games!!! F***, its the same damn game as the previous two years!! Again, all the more reason to stay away from EA.
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chautemoc May 11, 10
That used to be the case. It is no longer from what I've seen. Have you bought consecutive installments in the last few years?
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TheFogIsRising May 12, 10
@chautemoc

Actually, I really don't play sports games. The last one (and its barely sports) was a few Tony Hawk's ago. My point was that its kind of retarded to make you pay again for a sports game, considering most used game shops have several dozen copies for the last few years. I just have a problem with paying for something twice!

edit: More to the point, I just don't think its right to charge full price for a game that's going to be out of date when the new season comes out. And taking the issue to its next step, what happens if you want an older game that's out of print? Are you really going to pay full price for a title that's three years old? (Though, to be honest, I would pay the $60 for a Xbox copy of MvC2). I can somewhat understand if the company is running the servers, but even then, they won't be running the online multiplayer forever. I just think that one copy of a game means you own one license, and you can choose to sell it if you wish. Without that freedom, then all copyright law becomes meaningless because the companies can dictate all the terms. They seem to forget that the consumer should be protected as well.
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chautemoc May 12, 10
Well, anyway, they're generally valid and great installments.

The sports game sector has its own model as its based on the real world game each year. Sports gamers are typically perfectly happy buying substantial new installments each year, rendering previous editions more or less useless. This is why you see them cheap and plentiful in shops, and why sports games are generally of little value to collectors, while RPGs are of high value (highly replayable).
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