Acclaim man (and Earthworm Jim
creator) Dave Perry has lashed out at what he calls a "retail disaster".
In a rant of the rantiest order about the sale and trade-in of pre-owned games, Perry (doing his best publisher pastiche) writes on his blog, '"Sure, let me go make you exclusive content, let me advertise to send buyers into your store, let me pay to put standees and posters everywhere, so you can sell them used games and stab our industry in the back.' Now you've shown that the industry won't stand up to you, everyone else can copy this practice."
Perry went on, "It's just short sighted, if the retailers could get to 95% used games, and 5% real revenue for the industry, they'd move heaven and earth to get there. (For the short-term gain.) It's just not smart."
The problem, of course, is that publishers and developers make money from the sale of first-hand games, while they don't make a penny off pre-owned titles.
It's not a problem for Acclaim, however. As Perry points out - "Let's just say I'm happy over here at Acclaim (with 100% digital distribution), where we don't have to talk to short-sighted retailers. We average $70 per paying user, so there's absolutely no interest in retail anymore."
The danger for retail is, of course, that if it drives publishers toward a digital distribution-only model it will cut off its own supply of product.
Perry's had a lot to say of late. He's also been grabbing headlines for his statements on the PSP2