We all know about online passes that companies like EA and THQ have implemented into their console games. These little codes are meant to stymie the used market and bring in more revenue to the game publisher. Sadly, these things have been plagued with problems from the start.
It is now going around the web that EA has a little problem on its own that has customers all over the web complaining. Their online pass codes expire. People who are buying new copies of some older games that have these codes are finding that these codes are no longer valid. This is causing frustration for everyone involved. Frankly, EA should have seen this coming.
The whole idea of these codes was a bad idea from the start. Firstly, they don’t even need the extra revenue to keep servers up for every person who plays. But mostly because this is only causing bad blood between paying customers and the company. Why would anyone deal with a company that doesn’t trust them to buy a game? Why would anyone want to deal with a company that forces them to verify that that they bought the game?
This is just another bad decision in the long line of bad decisions that game companies have made in their fight against the used market. I don’t know why they can’t just deal with it like they should. Used games are never going anywhere. So why inconvenience paying customers with problems like this online pass? Fans of your games deserve more than what you give them.