Miyamoto says game ownership should be like toys
Shigeru Miyamoto has weighed in on the used games issue, stating that he believes games should be treated like a physical toy that remains the property of the owner after its purchased.
He believes that consumers should be able to keep the things they purchase so that they can go back and experience it again, should they desire. Of course this view is in direct contrast with Microsoft’s recent policy with the Xbox One, which sees games more as a license than a physical product to be owned. This has caused a lot of back-lash among gamers who like to trade-in their games.
“What’s really important is viewing Nintendo almost like a toy company where we’re making these things for people to play with. As a consumer you want to be able to keep those things for a long time and have those things from your youth that you can go back to and experience again.”
It’s important to note that Microsoft is the only current-gen console attempting to emulate the PC market by using license-based games instead of actually physical products. Both Nintendo and Sony have stated that they plan to allow games to exist on the disk separate of online check-ins and accounts.