Not too long ago, a man purchased a copy of The Evil Within 2.
He never got around to buying a Playstation, so he tossed the game on Amazon to sell.
The game was unopened, never used, never played, still in it’s packaging, so obviously he listed it as “new”.
Every gamer on the planet knows that pre-played games are sold as “used”, but games that are still sealed are sold as “new”.
Once again, here’s a perfect example of Bethesda showing how disconnected they can be from their fans.
And this guy is obviously a fan, he bought a Bethesda game before he even had a system to play it on.
The legal team at Bethesda must have been bored that day because they forced the man to take down his copy of the game from being for sale on Amazon, and they even threatened to take action against him.
The problem was that he listed the game as “new”. Bethesda said for all they know, he could have opened the game, played it, taken out any included inserts, and then sealed it back up with a shrink-wrap machine to pass it off as new.
Not even kidding. That’s actually their argument. Here’s the quote:
“You could have opened it up, played it for five hours, taken whatever inserts or stuff was in there, put it back in shrink wrap and said, ‘Hey this is new.’ It’s not new – you owned it, you bought it, so just list it as a used title. That’s it, that’s the end of the argument,” said Pete Hines of Bethesda to Eurogamer, presumably with a straight face.
If you can picture him putting his fingers in his ears after saying that and yelling “NANANANANA I CAN’T HEAR YOU”, you’re not alone.
But it’s not the end of the argument.
Why should people have to sell their unopened games for less money?
According to Bethesda, it’s because they may have opened the games, played them, and bought an industrial shrink wrap machine so they could sell them for an extra $5-$10 on top of the normal used price.
Obviously if that was the case, the Amazon seller would get negative feedback, the buyer would get their money back – there’s already systems in place to deal with fraud in online marketplaces without having to take a steamy dump on your fans.
It’s a testament to how incredible Bethesda’s games are, the fact that they’re still able to garner such incredible levels of support for their games.
We’ll give Pete the benefit of the doubt that he’s just doing his job and he doesn’t actually think this is a good excuse.
We’ll even imagine a scenario where he begged and pleaded with the Bethesda legal department to just drop this and not force him to make such a ridiculous statement on their behalf…
Because it’s just hard to imagine someone who has been passionate about games for decades thinking that this is a good move to make.
That’s it, that’s the end of the argument.
Don’t get it twisted, Bethesda is responsible for some of the greatest experiences in gaming, period. They clearly know what people want when it comes to games, which makes it all the more strange when these types of weird stories pop up of them handling things is such clunky ways.
Boogie did a good video on this, check it out below for his take on it: