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Crytek exec backtracks on used game comments

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 30 Apr 2012 20:38 User comments (8)

Crytek exec backtracks on used game comments Crysis developer's director of creative development Rasmus Hojengaard has backtracked from his infamous comments made last week.
At the time, the exec said he was all for the gaming industry moving towards blocking used games, as it would be "awesome" from a business perspective.

Today, in an interview with CVG, the exec did a complete about-face:

"My comment made in the interview released on the 24th of April, touching upon 'blocking sales of used games,' was not intended to be taken seriously nor representative of the opinion of Crytek."

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Over the past few months, it has been rumored that the upcoming generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft will block used games from playing, a move that would kill the entire second market and likely bankrupt retail companies like GameStop.

Rasmus Hojengaard, the director of creative development at Crytek, seems to feel that rumor should become fact: "From a business perspective that would be absolutely awesome. It's weird that [second-hand] are still allowed because it doesn't work like that in any other software industries, so it would be great if they could somehow fix that issue as well."

If not completely banned, the exec appears to at least want the used game sales truncated.

"The worst thing that can happen is they [console makers] make something that's very complex for developers, regardless of how awesome it might theoretically be. So getting hardware that allows you to quickly get prototypes up and running, and any kind of scalability they can offer will be great as well, as long as everyone has that scalability and not just a select few."

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8 user comments

130.4.2012 23:12

GD F'ing LIAR!!!!

He meant every word.

21.5.2012 1:37

lol to funny just like a politician lol

31.5.2012 2:23

F-in Moron!


OH YES ... THERE WILL BE BLOOD.

41.5.2012 11:25

That was the best statement ever. Clearly Crytek board members told him to retract or lose your job. That is special.

52.5.2012 11:11

Typical moron... pulled a Romney was then forced to retract it. I'm with Mysttic, Hojengaard let his mouth overload his ass & the stock holder paraded his out to renig on his original comments.

Not to mention, the best excuse he could make was "It was a joke"... Sorry, I'm not laughing & it seems a huge chunk of the listening audience weren't either.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 02 May 2012 @ 11:11

64.5.2012 9:46

what a wanker.

75.5.2012 18:50

It never ceases to amaze me how some people in the gaming industry can be so short-sighted. Their attempt to monetize every bit of IP will do nothing but alienate their customer base. I can't even count the number of times I played a used game, and then went on to purchase the newest version of it. All because I was impressed with the prior version. The way I was introduced to the franchise, definitely created a loyal customer.

85.5.2012 19:56

Originally posted by phobet:
It never ceases to amaze me how some people in the gaming industry can be so short-sighted. Their attempt to monetize every bit of IP will do nothing but alienate their customer base. I can't even count the number of times I played a used game, and then went on to purchase the newest version of it. All because I was impressed with the prior version. The way I was introduced to the franchise, definitely created a loyal customer.
sadly ut sucked arse after the original. i still play that, the sequals i played once or twice and never again. they added nothing to it to make them worthwile.

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