Saw this coming a mile away. Monday we reported how Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D contains a “feature” where only one save file can exist on the cartridge and you cannot reset that save file. We and others speculated that it was to kill the used market for the game. A Capcom spokesman talking to Kotaku denied this saying:

“The nature of the game invites high levels of replayability in order to improve mission scores. In addition, this feature does not remove any content available for users. Second-hand game sales were not a factor in this development decision, so we hope that all our consumers will be able to enjoy the entirety of the survival-action experiences that the game does offer.”

Well even if it wasn’t their intention it is the result. UK retailer HMV has said they would not accept trades of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. EB Games Australia has also pulled trade copies from the shelves, and EB Games US was under the same policy but reversed their decision last night after a “talk” with Capcom.

To top it all off, the game has a received an Amazon Bomb. The reviews on Amazon at publishing was at 67 1-star reviews out of 82.

People are not happy with this situation. And I don’t blame them. If we do not protest this kind of crap now it’s just going to get worse. Think long term folks. When Horse Armor came out, everyone complained but you still bought it. Now we have expensive DLC for stuff that used to be free. We complained about EA’s Project $10, but we paid it anyway. Now every publisher is adding an “online pass” to their games.

Mark my words folks. The game publishers have been looking for a way to kill the used market. This is going to help that movement. If you buy this game. Then every game that comes out from this point on will have this “feature” added.

Don’t let that happen. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME!!

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  • kris

    i think they have that right. if i where to buy a new cd and then transfer it to you that under the law is not allowed and many digital songs have software to prevent that. the truth is the game stores are the ones really profiting off the used game sales and its just not quite fair to the makers. the game stores sell a new game with little to no marketing on there part and little to no cash upfront where as the game makers spend million the game stores get a sale and make money where the game makers must support the game and not just sell the product. the game stores then try to get you to replace that game with a new game soon and try to get you to trade it in so they can sell that same game a additional time. so the game makers can make profit off 1 game more then once. Is that fair? i don’t think so. In the car market there are Ford used dealers but they work hand and hand with the Ford company not trying to devalue there product for there own enrichment.

    hell i like how china did those DVD you buy once then they are not useable i think that is a little bit over the top to many users however to the ones that cause the issues it helps solve them too.

    i think game makers should be able to do it and i really think they need to. however i do think game developers are getting cheated. the publishers are making most the money and yes there putting most the money upfront however the real work is done by the makers the developers and many have kids and work years for 1 game 10-12hrs a day 7 days a week. making a game is not a game it is real work and those that do that should be given proper credit along with money support. But on that note i only see things getting worst as the publishers buy out more and more developers giving them more control over the market and allowing them to pay less.

    many xbox gamers play call of duty games on xbox live its the most played game there for more users sign up for xbox live for that game then any game. Call of duty does not make 1 penny off the $50 you pay a year for the service they want a cut to help support there cost and alike. Open the books more and gamers will know more.

    Games like homefront sold now 2million and guess what ITS STILL in the red they want to brake even they are not aiming to make millions none just brake even so they can release part 2 and profit off that. due to bad reviews of the game there stocks dropped 22% and they laid off great workers .. due to your and my reviews. i think us gamers need to learn more about how the game market is done before we talk too much and become game maker killers like we did with THQ.

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