I don't believe for one minute Pre-owned is damaging the industry in the slightest. No matter what Publishers cry about there is NO FACT whatsoever from anyone in this world that can say yes pre-owned damages industry, its all down to 'beliefs' no one can prove anything because each and every individual is different.
I will say one thing that I fully believe in, without pre-owned = downfall of new ips to a bigger degree than we have now, less innovation and more yearly updates. Without pre-owned there will only be CoD20, DS 10, Assassins Creed 15, FIFA 1,876 etc to be looking forwards to.
Why? Because there will be no fall back for buying a game and realising you just wasted all your money on a new ip you actually don't like, or the game is a broken mess. At the moment we have that comfort knowing if you go out and spend £20, £30, £40 on a new game that you haven't played before and has been hyped about how great it is by lying developers like Sledgehammer for example lying about how much MW3 is different when it isn't. When it turns out wtf I hate this game or too many bugs whatever! You can resell it on and use that money to get a different game.
What happens there is even though that 'used' sale lost 1 for the devs it actually gains one again because that initial buying with that crap product he doesn't like has now used the money plus more because he lost £5-£10 and put it back into the industry again to buy another product.
This of course is one of many examples. Some people, no wait, most people simply can't afford to buy all games without making some money back on them to reinvest in the next title. And therefore = alot less sales.
For example if I spent £1000 on gaming this year and made £500 back I can use that £500 to buy another load of games -putting that money from the 2nd hand sales right back into the system + extra.
So my theory is that no one is losing money at all. They are in fact benefiting from pre-owned sales. We need people to be there to buy our old games to fund future games simple as that.
And before anyone says anything. I have not sold 1 games this gen to anyone from my PS3 and have only purchased 3 pre-owned games which lead me to buy the sequels day 1! Dead Space 1, Uncharted 1, Batman. But as you all know Batman has now lost a sale from me ironically
I will be buying that game pre-owned.
And I tell you now the devs from them 3 games didn't lose a penny at all, because I hated the demos from all 3 and had no intention whatsoever of buying any of them. Dead Space and UC1 was 2 for £20 or buy them new for £35 in total. For a tenner a piece I took a chance, I was never going to buy them if the only choice was to buy them for £35 new and had no interest in either games. Only reason's I bought them was because everyone wouldn't shut up about how amazing they were so I thought the demos must have been s**t.
As for Batman? Well the Publishers got on their high horse and decided to punish anyone buying their game new and not having the internet. Well f**k them. I don;t owe them anything. They just lost £40 notes from me to now actually getting a grand total of £0
Dave talked me into buying Batman and he is the only reason I bought it. He actually would have been the reason Batman would have sold an extra copy this year.
And what happened? They were both awesome and I bought their sequels Day 1!!!!! Not only that I lent them both to my house mate that also had no desire to play them but I blagged his head to play them and he went and bought both the sequels even though he could have borrowed them off me. And we also both have Uncharted 3 on pre-order.
So that's a total of 6 brand new day one game sales all thanks to 2nd hand market. So people who say blah blah blah 2nd hand market this blah blah, well I wouldn't have bought them games would I????????