THQ: No sympathy for second hand game buyers

Written by Joe Martin

August 24, 2010 | 10:09

Tags: #drm #industry #second-hand

Companies: #thq

Publisher and developer THQ has said that it has no sympathy for consumers who buy second hand games and find they then have to pay to access additional features that would have been available in the new games.

In fact, said THQ's creative director, Cory Ledesma, the publisher feels that it is "cheated" when the game is bought second hand.

"I don't think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything," Ledesma told CVG. "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. We hope people understand that when the game's bought used we get cheated," he added. "I don't think anyone wants that so in order for us to make strong, high-quality WWE games we need loyal fans that are interested in purchasing the game. We want to award those fans with additional content."

THQ has recently begun introducing one-time codes into their games which allow those who buy the game new to access DLC for free, while second hand gamers will have to pay for it.

EA was one of the first to introduce the system, where it became known as 'Project Ten Dollar', while Sony is now looking to implement it for first-party titles too.

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