Atari founder Nolan Bushnell has become the latest prominent games figure to air his views on Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal.
In an interview with VG24/7 he said, “They totally screwed it up. When I heard some of the announcements and the analysis of it, I’m shaking my head and saying, ‘What in the hell were they thinking?’ Of course that wasn’t going to go down well.” The announcements he refers to are the DRM and always-online policies which Microsoft subsequently dropped.
Bushnell later went on to defend the used games market by saying, “I actually think that trade-ins are good and they bring in more money…Some people are willing to be the person who is the first on their block to a game and pay full price. if you’re willing to wait a month or two you can get it for half price. What happens in that case is that the person who bought the first instance has a little bit of money so he can continue to buy new games ata higher rate than he would have otherwise.”
Bushnell’s comments come after several developers have come out both for and against used sales. Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot has recently said that used games can be a positive force but a lot of developers seem to lean towards the thinking of Cliff Bleszinski who had backed the ditched DRM policy.