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Old 10-31-2008, 08:06 AM   #1
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Belgium Bans Game Rentals

The government of Belgium, at the urging of video game publishers, has banned the rental of all video games within that nation. The law bans the purchase of any new title for the purposes of rental immediately, and ends rentals altogether on December 1st.

The rental ban is seen as a way to prop up floundering game retailers, who have always claimed that game rentals harmed their business.

Source - GI.biz.

UPDATE - The Belgian Entertainment Association refutes reports that they've banned game rentals. They say they've simply required that rental stores must stop buying games at retail and begin buying them wholesale from the publishers. This would require rental sites get approval from the publishers, a process similar to how movie rentals are done in most of the world.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:09 AM   #2
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:10 AM   #3
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They have Gamestops in Belgium don't they? Just buy a game used and return it with the receipt and say you didn't like it or something....it's not technically rental.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:11 AM   #4
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Same here in Holland, Shit is ridiculous.

Really, like I'll buy your crappy 2 hour game because I can't rent it.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:14 AM   #5
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:16 AM   #6
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Belgium says it's not true.

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Following reports that Belgium will call an outright ban on videogame rentals from December 1, the Belgian Entertainment Association has told Edge that it is "simply doing what all other countries do."

"The point is that stores can still put out rental copies. They just have to get permission to do so. In most countries a rental point must get permission for renting out. We are no longer any different to this system, but that doesn’t mean we are 'banning' game rentals."
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:22 AM   #8
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Forcing them to get permission is about the same as banning game rentals. At the very least it'll reduce the selection to a point where most stores won't carry anything, and that's the point.

That said, game rentals do considerable harm to the industry. Every rental is a lost sale, after all. (I'm just kidding on this. Kinda. I just think that their piracy rhetoric is overblown when every big rental store around here is renting out 20+ copies of Fable 2 on launch day)
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:25 AM   #9
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The problem with game sales is that they are simply too damn expensive. I've switched almost entirely to rentals myself as it gives me much more value for my dollar. Either prices need to change, or people need to start getting more value for their purchase. 8-hour games aren't gonna cut it any longer.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:33 AM   #10
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I thought you needed to buy special rental versions anyway? Hasnt that always been the case? ie, the dvds and games you get from video stores arent what you would buy from the stores, they are different versions exclusively for rental?

Actually, come to think of it, you should be able to rent out anything. Heck, I should be able to rent out my kettle - once I bought it, I can do what I like.

This is what the game companies really want - no resales or rentals. I'm surprised console games have been re-sellable for as long as they have.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:36 AM   #11
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Competition hurts my business too. Can it be illegal? Please?
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:42 AM   #12
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I thought you needed to buy special rental versions anyway? Hasnt that always been the case? ie, the dvds and games you get from video stores arent what you would buy from the stores, they are different versions exclusively for rental?
Nope, the games industry is run by dipshits. They would rather bitch about rentals than monetize them and culture them. Like those geniuses in LA figured out almost 30 years ago. They just now figured out.
, Wait not them but Gamestop Corp, the portion buyback on unsold games to slash prices rather than refunded send backs, how DVD and VHS has worked for ages.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:10 AM   #13
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The problem with game sales is that they are simply too damn expensive....Either prices need to change, or people need to start getting more value for their purchase. 8-hour games aren't gonna cut it any longer.
I agree, I agree, and I agree again!

I've stopped buying full-price titles. I buy the vast majority of my games "new" at retail, but "old" in terms of price...when they hit $20 or less, typically. Most games do, eventually, and my lack of interest in multiplayer means I miss nothing of substance by waiting and actually gain a lot, including extra content, patches, user-mods, free DLC, and on and on...
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:23 AM   #14
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How much do the game publishers get from game rentals? I imagine gamefly and other get too much of the money the publishers and developers should get.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:32 AM   #15
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The problem with game sales is that they are simply too damn expensive. I've switched almost entirely to rentals myself as it gives me much more value for my dollar. Either prices need to change, or people need to start getting more value for their purchase. 8-hour games aren't gonna cut it any longer.
I don't think the length of the game automatically defines the quality. I'd rather have 8 hours of godlike entertainment than 45 mediocre ones. It's also kinda nice to blow through a game in a weekend sometimes, most of the time I don't finish em at all or 6 months later during dry spells.

Quality is key though

Sometimes you really like stuff the first few hours, and then get bored. That's where I would like a rental system. For all the Creeds and Mirrors edges in this world. Ultimate rentals.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:39 AM   #16
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How much do the game publishers get from game rentals? I imagine gamefly and other get too much of the money the publishers and developers should get.
I would assume the publisher/devs get nothing. The rental company buys the game, and then rents it out.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:43 AM   #17
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This is the future anyways...good luck renting out Steam or XBLA games.

Once physical media goes away so do rentals.
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Old 10-31-2008, 09:43 AM   #18
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Next up they will ban chewing gum and walking at the same time. Because it also poses as much risk to your person. Then Walking will be banned, because god forbid you should turn your ankle.

Hey, it's for your own good, free choice sucks anyways.
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Next up they will ban chewing gum and walking at the same time. Because it also poses as much risk to your person. Then Walking will be banned, because god forbid you should turn your ankle.

Hey, it's for your own good, free choice sucks anyways.
They call that european progress
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Old 10-31-2008, 10:04 AM   #20
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They have Gamestops in Belgium don't they? Just buy a game used and return it with the receipt and say you didn't like it or something....it's not technically rental.
We don't.

I only know one store chain that even offers rentals to be honest, so I doubt that it's that big of a deal. Still sucks, even though it's been years since I personally rented a game.

EDIT: After looking at today's newspaper, there was already a law against game rentals for years. All that's changing now is that they're actually going to follow that law, instead of looking the other way.

Just found a letter from BEA (Belgian Entertainment Association) that someone got in May about this. It's not something that happened overnight.
Apparently they couldn't add new titles to their rentals since June, the ban starts on the first of December.

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