Bushnell voices support for second hand sales

Atari founder says that pre-owned software plays a key part in people affording gaming

One of the founding fathers of the games industry has added his voice to the pro-trade in camp.

Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said that pre-owned resale plays an important part in the gaming ecosystem.

“I actually think that trade-ins are good and they bring in more money,” he told VG247. ”I believe that in a lot of ways, a $50 game is discontinuity. There are more people who can’t afford a $50 game than can.

"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 at a higher rate than he would have otherwise.

He also dismissed the idea that second hand sales take money away from publishers and developers.

“I think the industry gets more money if you look at the whole picture because I think that people will spent what they can afford, and if you make the hurdle too high for people who are not as well off, they just won’t be able to buy the game at all.”

Bushnell also had some strong words for Microsoft.

“They totally screwed it up,” he said. “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.”

In April, Bushnell had predicted that Microsoft would win the next-gen war with Sony because of its superior software development tools, online infrastruture and better cash reserves.