Fable III Designer: Secondhand Games Worse Than Piracy

It's no secret that a lot of the major publishers and developers are actively fighting secondhand games sales which - they believe - cuts through their revenue stream. Fable III combat designer Mike West has gone one step further by likening it to piracy.

"Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than secondhand sales on the Xbox," he said. "I've been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they'll buy it."

"The pirates, whatever you do on whatever system, they will crack it. It might take no time ... I think the longest it's taken to happen is two days. Someone will crack it somewhere and there's not much you can do about it. It's just a depressing situation we're in that people don't think it's worth spending money on computer games."

Needless to say, secondhand sale is a legally protected consumer right that involves transfer of physical media and licenses and it can be argued that it makes $60 games more affordable.

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