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GAME Offering Pre-Orders For Pre-Owned Games

Jonathan Lester
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GAME Offering Pre-Orders For Pre-Owned Games

In a controversial move that will likely cause friction with a few publishers, high street retailer GAME has announced a new initiative whereby consumers can preorder new games... preowned. That's right, folks - we can now put down cash for used games before they've even been released.

According to the GAME website, buyers can now preorder pre-owned versions of several big-name titles with a £16 saving. These used games will be delivered a week after release, allowing them to build up an initial stock of trade-ins.

Eight games have been included in the trial run, including Fight Night Champion, WWE All-Stars, Virtua Tennis 4, Crysis 2, Homefront, Dragon Age II, Shift II: Unleashed and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12. Considering EA's policy on fighting lost revenue from the pre-owned market, we can expect this new measure to go down like a lead balloon. Either that or GAME have worked out a deal behind the scenes. [via EG]

This isn't the first new initiative that GAME have recently rolled out in order to address a drop-off in high street sales. Their 3DS cashback scheme allows discontented buyers to trade in their preordered hardware for a net £10 loss (kicking buyers' remorse to the kerb) - and it's also possible to purchase Xbox Live Arcade DLC over the counter. These moves smack of desperation to us... but hey, if we get a saving and the high street gets a boost, maybe this is a good thing in the long run.

Will you be taking advantage of this new preowned preorder initiative? Have your say in the comments!

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Jerec  Mar. 4, 2011 at 18:40

I'm sorry but anyone that preorders a used game for that amount of money needs to be banned from Internet Shopping. And I don't have how many points you have to spend.

No new game should be bought for more then £29.99 unless its a SE/CE.

Rubisco  Mar. 5, 2011 at 06:02

If I wanted to make the decision not to pay developers for their work I would just pirate. At least that way I would have more money to pay other people to do other proper jobs.

Hopefully this latest biting of the hand that feeds will help hasten the demise of these obsolete middlemen.


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