So it's been revealed that Sony have patented an anti pre-owned game block tying a game to a console or online id, presumably in anticipation of the PS4. But I think this is something that's applicable in a broader context to Microsoft and the next Xbox as well.
What do you guys think of this? On the one hand savings made via pre-owned purchases are usually not all that significant I find. But on the other hand the pre-owned market makes it so that older games stay available via legal channels for a long time after they finish their initial print run. It would be such a sadness if older games just disappeared because of a DMR restriction. Just imagine what it would have meant for retro game enthusiasts if the SNES or PS1 had this kind of restriction, if the technology was available obviously. Another way to address it would be through digital distribution but the question is if every game can be made available at all times and at a reasonable price.
Another suggestion maybe would be to just electronically restrict re-selling of games until after a certain point in time, cutting down on those 'trade in such and such and get £40 off this new release' types of deals which is what pisses off publishers the most.