Dedicated videogame stores like Funcoland were around over 30 years ago and they most certainly sold used games. Why now all of a sudden is it some crippling problem? I understand that videogames are a $40 Billion+ a year industry by the way.
"The Delorean is a lot like modern Lotuses: It would probably be good, if they didn't feel the need to source budget engines from Toyota."- dark_minun
The reason being that they now have the technology to block used game sales, with online being a viable option now they can esstentially block out used games with no problem.
It has nothing to do with costing them money, used games don't cost them money, used games force them to lower the cost of new games to stay competitive. If they remove this option they can sell new games at 60 dollars for as long as they want. Why lower the cost when you don't have too. Sure the game will start to slow, that's when you just stop making it and move onto making other games.
It's a win/win for the publishers bottomline, the only people who lose with it are the actual gamers who are forced to spend more money. Dont' be fooled by their whole lingo of this and that, it's about the bottom line.
If you think used games being gone will spell the end of DLC money grabs and day one cut out DLC you are pretty foolish, these things will continue, used games will stop, and gamers will be like WTF>