on 18-05-2011 10:57 PM
Could someone explain to me why EA want me to pay an extra $9.99 (£4 - 5?) for an online pass to play one of their games online on a service that is already free? (PSN)
Okay my mate gave me a shot of Dead Space 2 and I really enjoy playing the game. I fancied a crack of the online but when I went to play it asked me for an online pass. At first I thought if I put the pass in it'd work fine but as my mates clearly already put the pass code in his PS3 it won't work on mine. A one time use thing.
Why are they now doing this "Require an online pass" just to play their games online? Don't I already pay £40 for the feature to play online already?
So say I went out and bought DS2 tomorrow, put the pass in and so fourth, then a week down the line wanted to play it at my mates house or something I wouldn't be able to play it online with them. That is completely shocking if you ask me. What they're collectively doing is forcing people who want to play their games online away from their own PS3 consoles to fork out more money.
Or for those who bought the game pre-owned, again if the previous owner has already used the pass then the new owner will have to fork out more money to play it online on a service that is already FREE. (PSN)
I can't even comprehend the reasons why they are implementing to their customers to do this. They seem to think their status has risen so high that people should pay more just to play their games online. That for me is an absolute disgrace and totally out of order.
Unless someone can shine a new light on me as to why they are doing this, because I can't even get my head around it at all. To me all they are doing is asking for more money.
on 18-05-2011 11:01 PM
on 18-05-2011 11:06 PM
It's mainly to stop people playing illegal copies online, so I thought?
Though, they could easily pay for the online pass, cheaper than paying for the whole game.
on 18-05-2011 11:10 PM
18-05-2011 11:14 PM - edited 18-05-2011 11:16 PM
Yea they do this to limit the amount of people buying pre-owned games as they wont be getting any money from it only the shop selling the pre-owned games will profit from this, just another way for EA and other companies to make more money out of us.
So like me for instance I brought Homefront Pre-owned, I had no online pass to put in and it will cost £8 for me to play online after level 5, so I pay £15 for game then 8 quid for the online pass, thats still cheaper than brand new tbh.
on 18-05-2011 11:16 PM
It's to tackle the "problem" of second hand games. Most games that feature multiplayer heavily have this "feature"
Games developers/publishers get nothing from second hand game sales, so they miss out on revenue due to people buying second hand instead of new because its cheaper.
Usually newly released traded games are sold for a tenner less than new ones. However buying second hand means the online pass has probably already been used.
The £9.99 Online Pass basically nullifies the newer traded games market as a customer would end up spending the same amount on a new copy of the game as they would on a second hand one, raising the chance dramatically of the customer buying the new copy and thus increasing revenue for the developers/publishers.
18-05-2011 11:21 PM - edited 18-05-2011 11:23 PM
When people buy the game second hand or rent/lend the game, EA get no money from the sale. EA are paying for the player to play online on their servers, when they get none of the money that the player spent on the game. Therefor they charge you a small amount of money if you did not buy the game brand new and want to play online.
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