David Jaffe acts like a jerk


David Jaffe of God of War fame just made an annoying comment yesterday (surprise!):

“Whenever this [used game] stuff comes up gamers get excited and upset. Developers get upset… there’s all this kind of tension on the internet between developers and gamers and publishers…

The customer’s always right, and look… if there’s somebody out selling them legally a game for $5 whether it’s a used copy or whatever, go for it. Get the best deal you can get. It’s not your job to look out for the developer or the publisher or anybody except yourself…

The issue really has to do with publishers and developers and retail. I don’t mean this in a mean way, like it’s none of the consumers business. But literally, it’s none of the consumer’s business…”

I would like to say that this is a complex and multi-faceted issue that warrants examination from all sides, but that would be letting Mr. Jaffe off the hook too easily.  Video games, like every other product in a market-based economy, depends on its producers and its consumers.

Sorry, Dave, there’s just no way around this one.


2 Responses to “David Jaffe acts like a jerk”

  1. I don’t know, I feel that Jaffe is right. I almost always buy my games new, but if I don’t have the money and I can get it for a bit cheaper then of course I am going to, and can you really look down at me for it? Its up to developers to protect the property that we are only leasing from them, and that is why direct downloads are probably going to be the future. Sure they will probably be dealing with a bit more piracy, but at least they wont be taking it from behind by their own distributors.

  2. joshhest Says:

    It is definitely up to developers to protect their property, but the way to do that is not to exclude groups of people or be tight-fisted with the way you distribute. Didn’t work for movies/tv, and it won’t work for videogames.

    You create a better product like Direct Downloads and you sidestep the problem of used games altogether.

    But I still don’t think it’s Jaffe’s place to tell people who is allowed to have an opinion.

    I have the federal government for that.

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