It’s a “fantastic” idea, says the developer.
It was Volition designer Jameson Durall, one of the Red Faction: Armageddon designers who made such claims. Praising the move, if it were to be implemented, as something that could really start to “shake things up”. He’s alluding to the used game market.
“Personally I think this would be a fantastic change for our business and even though the consumers would be up in arms about it at first… they will grow to understand why and that it won’t kill them,” Durall said.
“The system is already there for Microsoft, all they’d have to do is use the DLC and codes model they have to tie a game to your Xbox live account.
Each retail disc would likely need that unique key somewhere in the code so the account would be able to link it properly. Ideally it would tie a full version to the console it is registered on so family members can play even if the main account isn’t signed in, but this is exactly how their model works now anyway.”
Durall admits that the new system would have problems, especially pertaining to the rental market, and gamers wanting to lend their games to friends, however he believes Microsoft could create some sort of workaround.
“I could see Microsoft implementing their own rental service which would maybe give them a code that activates the game for X days and they are charged a small amount,” he continued.
Adding: “This could work when you borrow the disc from someone or even with digital download of the full version. It would also send a percentage of the rental to the Developer with each rental… likely improving the overall revenue we would receive from it.”
To conclude, Durall said that: “In the end, I fully believe that we have to do something about these issues or our industry is going to fall apart.
People often don’t understand the cost that goes into creating these huge experiences that we put on the shelves for only $60. They also don’t seem to realize how much they are hurting us when they buy a used game and how pirating a copy is just plain stealing.
I know that some will say I’m not considering the retail games stores and the impact something like this would have on them…but remember they were doing fine well before the Used Games market became such a staple of their business.
The truth is, they aren’t concerned with how this business is affecting us so why should I care how these changes will affect them?”