February 8th 2013 3:47 pm PT

Show 466: Dead Space 3

Host: Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson (Xbox LIVE ) (Twitter)


Interview: Steve Papoutsis, VP and General Manager of Visceral Games

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Duration (approx): 00:24:03

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543573242 Robert Tonkli

    So its just the interview this week?

    • http://www.majornelson.com Major Nelson


      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=543573242 Robert Tonkli


      • deckardb26354

        Any news on upcoming deals at all for next week?

        • Putnum

          This ^^^

  • http://www.facebook.com/joa.david Joachim David

    Major Nelson, I have heard rumors that the neXtbox w’ont be able to play used games, or even WORSE, that you would have to pay for playing bought used games. I think this is a terrible idea for the games ‘industry’ and for Microsoft as well. I hope this idea doesn’t make it to the market, because possibly it will make console gamers see how PC games are much better and cheaper to play then xbox games.
    I myself am a true fan and owner of xbox live and windows Phone, hell, even windows 8, but this will stop many people that love console game experiences to buy your games.

    • http://twitter.com/Ganon255 Ganon255

      Your Windows Phone doesn’t play used games, nor does Steam. Xbox Live arcade games can’t be purchased used.

      • Volitar Prime

        Every single used game you see on the shelves at GameStop and similar stores were once a new game sale. These games were originally purchased new by people who bought them knowing that they could resell them on the used market. If you take that away then a lot of those new game sales would not happen. There is a significant number of people who won’t buy a new game if they knew that they won’t have the option of selling it used later on.

        In other words, the used market does drive the sale of new games. Getting rid of the used market will lead to a drop in new game sales too.

        The people who are buying used games may not be able to afford the new games at the higher prices. So instead of buying the high priced new games (which is what MS is hoping for) they will often just wait for the game to hit the bargain bins.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785779443 Zack Stein

          Absolutely agree. Well put. Thank you. If used games were truly hurting the market, the industry would have taken more severe action a long time ago.Used games may take a small chunk out of game sales, but the numbers are still obnoxious for the studios. No one is hurting on that side.

          • Nick Peck

            Volitar has a great point and I pretty much agree with it. however, used game sales do hurt the dev’s as they should make $ EVERY time said game has a new owner (if selling through stores like GS and the like).

            Plus, they would have taken action a long time ago if they actually could. Up until this generation there really was nothing they could do legally to disc game sales. But now with digital game sales and the introduction of the used game online pass, they can curb it a bit and recoup a little money.

            Everyone likes to complain about it but eventually we aren’t going to have the “little” dev’s anymore as they won’t be able to afford to take chances on games because if one game doesn’t sell, they are out of business. Do you really want the same few big guys churning out game series into double digits because that’s the only safe route they have?

            Dev’s need to make their money back and then some to keep things rolling as gamers greed in bigger and better games gets worse.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785779443 Zack Stein

            First of all, little developers are moving to the smartphone market. And that’s a good thing. That is the future, and that may be the best platform for them as consoles become even more powerful. I also think all platforms will eventually meet in the middle.

            I understand your point, and it’s a valid one with which I agree. However, the law states that once you purchase an item, you are legally allowed to sell it. And that person who buys it is allowed to sell it as well. I would love a model in which studios recoup a percentage of used game sales. However, the market is what it is. I think games are a bit over-priced to begin with – and that may be another discussion. The market always corrects itself. I think game companies realize, should they go to an all-digital model or ban used games, they will alienate a large chunk of their customers.

            Also, then a company like GameFly should be tossed into this discussion. They buy one copy, but rent it out and make a profit over time. Doesn’t that hurt the studio? So should rentals be banned as well? Something to chew on there…

            Look, I’m not a huge fan of GameStop. I think they are hurting studios and stealing from their customers. I’d love to see a solution presented. But used games have too many benefits to list here. I do think the next generation will see a compromise, where a player purchases a used game but still has to buy a license to play – much like many games do with their online component.

            Bottom line, if a game is coming out that I’m looking forward to, I buy the copy new. I want to support the game. Beyond that, I usually wait on other titles and purchase them used. That way, if I’m disappointed, I can return it and move on.

            I know I’m not the only one doing this. And you’d all be hypocrites to claim otherwise.

      • JoeGrahamcracker

        Steam has good deals on good games ALL THE TIME! Games disappear from the xbox marketplace usually because they suck and/or are too expensive and Microsoft doesn’t advertise anything besides Call of Duty, Minecraft and Halo. All I know is I’m tired of paying $65 for half of an unfinished game and then I’m expected to shell out $45 more for the rest of the game shortly after.

    • Lenonn

      If this plan is real and does go through, I’m going to have serious reservations about purchasing the next generation XBox. Same goes for Sony and the next Playstation. I think Microsoft needs to come clean: if true, admit it, and if not, let people know it.

    • Nick Peck

      Just so you know, Sony holds several patents on tech for blocking used games so don’t just think it will be only MS doing this if they in fact do it. I wouldn’t worry much about it though as I have a feeling the $10 online pass will keep being used for awhile for used game sales.

  • http://twitter.com/StrikeSudden StrikeSudden

    Not your best show. I like the interaction between you and lolipop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=785779443 Zack Stein

    Missing the show this week, but these interviews are cool. It would be nice to see this as something a bit more regular with major releases. I know you have interviews in the show, but maybe some thinking outside of the box could lead to a cool new offering from you. And yes, I know you do this for free, so I’m not complaining at all. Much appreciated.

  • Z4M0

    mnn… zombie sales this week…

  • MrRadiolips

    So many people out of a job now that we wont be able to buy used games from. Gamestop and the mom and pop dealers will probably go out of business. The economy is worse enough let alone those family men and woman whos jobs depend on feeding their children. Just evil corp. Evil.

  • http://twitter.com/Zackstein Zack Stein

    After following this blog for some time, it appears to me that there are trolls that come in here and just vote down everything. This is another flaw in the disqus platform. First of all, it’s a jerky thing to do, but that’s life on the internet I guess. However, most people that read posts don’t vote either way, or even let their presence be known. It would be nice if more of us voted on posts to send a message to the cowards that think it’s funny to just vote down and move on.

    Such a bummer. This blog is a place to get information and share a few thoughts. It’s not an objective news site, I think folks need to think it through about what you really think Major Nelson can share with us, and what you expect him to say or do. He’s public relations for Xbox Live. His job is to promote and inform about the products and services. And this site is a way for customers to feel a bit more connected to this product – nothing more.

    If you’re here, then you’re a fan of Xbox. If the rest of us don’t take part in making this a place to discuss and share without the bullies and trolls, it will devolve into junk. I, for one, won’t stay.