Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D Only Allows One Play Through

Tiny Cartridge has revealed that saved data on Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D cannot be erased. This is presumably an extreme reaction to used video game sales by Capcom, as it renders used copies almost useless. Of course it also means that you can’t lend it to your friend, share it with your family or replay it yourself.

With all the hatred of DRM, and even the likes of EA’s project ten dollar proving controversial I can’t see this winning Capcom any fans. What’s more worrying though, is that if millions of people still buy the game it might catch on with other companies.

Of course it’s not a black and white issue as used games sales genuinely are hurting the industry, but I don’t think that it’s right to penalise customers who pay full whack for a new copy, which this scheme is essentially doing, as I don’t know about you, but I like to be able to play my games more than once, and after all, no-one would accept it if a DVD got blocked after watching it once.Source: Tiny Cartridge

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  • Anthony Lipke

    We wouldn’t accept this for used cars or used books. I’m afraid many people will buy without knowing and the problems for this will be more long term.

    I think the companies are missing the point that a lot of players use the return on sold games to buy new games.

    If gamers game based on network effects they could shrink their whole market.

    The clever thing would be to offer discounts on trade-ins.

  • NinjaGabe

    I believe it only allows one save-file, thus to crap out the used sale market, but you can continue to play it over and over again for higher scores, but you can never “start from scratch,” everything you earn/unlock will always be there.
    Not sure it is a wise idea myself honestly. Might be fun to unlock everything again after a bit.