Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Needless to say, this is an act of pure greed on the part of Electronic Arts. The only give here is the first console used to activate Autolog will allow all Xbox Live Gold members on said console to access and play online freely. Move consoles? You're screwed. Want to pick up a used game because your budget dictates as much? Add $10 to the sticker price. Paid for your year of Gold for the multiplayer? That is so 2009 - pay again. Want to loan the game out to a buddy? Hope they enjoy solace.
I am disgusted by this practice. While I understand publishers do not make money on used games - that's too damn bad. Consumers have, will, and are legally entitled (in the US) to sell their property at any time of their choosing, without the meddling of the manufacturer. The system has been designed to work like this - to allow a fair share of consumer rights to exist. EA's greed is spit in the face of every gamer out there.
Microsoft and Sony have an obligation on the part of all Xbox Live and PSN users to step in and put a stop to this practice, immediately. XBL and PSN multiplayer cost money and have little reason to allow this practice. To pay for multiplayer and then be slapped with an additional fee for the same multiplayer is not something that should be tolerated by the console manufacturers - used game or not. This is wrong. Period.
EA, you are (pardon my french) greedy assholes.