Why do online passes even exist?!

#1bassyuraPosted 4/27/2013 10:51:36 PM
Besides DLC, it seems like a shameless way of exhorting money out of the playerbase. You won't sell as many copies as Sonic 2 or Wii Sports, STOP TRYING!
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#2ServantOfErieosPosted 4/27/2013 11:09:20 PM
Online passes are free though, unless you're talking about used games in which case, yeah I hate them. I just tend to avoid games with online passes anyways. I won't support it.
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#3Evil_GogetaPosted 4/27/2013 11:14:16 PM
Season Passes I find ok, but Online passes for certain games can be annoying for some.

I`m not bothered as I buy the majority of my games new, my friend was upset when I told him that Soul Sacrifice has one when I bought it ages ago.
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#4kingofall214Posted 4/27/2013 11:14:33 PM
to make money off used game sales.
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#5OtakuGameraPosted 4/27/2013 11:18:17 PM
it's annoying and i hate it, but devs dont earn from used games so they dont owe me anything and i cant blame them for doing it
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#6iusefebrezePosted 4/27/2013 11:47:15 PM
I haven't found a game with online passes that's worth playing. So it hasn't bothered me yet.
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#7kewldude475Posted 4/27/2013 11:49:23 PM
iusefebreze posted...
I haven't found a game with online passes that's worth playing. So it hasn't bothered me yet.


Uncharted 3.
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#8iusefebrezePosted 4/27/2013 11:50:11 PM
kewldude475 posted...
iusefebreze posted...
I haven't found a game with online passes that's worth playing. So it hasn't bothered me yet.


Uncharted 3.

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#9SaintdantePosted 4/27/2013 11:56:19 PM
Eh... online passes just make money for used game sales I personally don't hate it. If I want a game with an online pass and I want it cheap I'll just wait til a new copy reaches 20 bucks it doesn't take long in this market only 6-8 months less if the game is released in the fall because of black friday and cyber monday.
#10NnamzPosted 4/27/2013 11:57:52 PM
Online passes exist for 2 interrelated reasons:

#1. To give publishers (and thus developers, most of the time) a cut of the money from used game sales.

#2. To make sure that people who buy a game used pay their fair share towards server costs which they are using.

Both of these are perfectly fair. Why would a publisher want people online, stressing their servers, if they didn't get a dime from them? When you buy the game, new or used, I agree that the player should be able to play the game offline. However ONLINE play is a service, and you're not entitled to that service by simply owning the disc. A lot of gamers do not understand that, and are ignorant to how expensive it is to constantly keep servers up.

Where online passes suck is when you lend your legally bought game to a friend or relative to try and they can't access the online. I think they should give people 2 codes for these scenarios, or give used copies the ability to play for a day or 2 without the online pass.
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