Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

Belgium bans video game rentals

By Peter Nowak, CBCNews.ca

In one of the more bizarre rulings in recent memory, Belgians will soon not be able to rent video games, according to a report on Kotaku. It's true - the Belgian Entertainment Association managed to convince legislators in the European country this summer that game rentals were hurting game sales.

As such, the courts decided that game rental outlets could no longer buy new titles to rent, and could only continue renting out their existing offerings until December 1.

Well, December is only a month away, so in 30 days there will be no more video game rentals in Belgium.

There are several problems with such a ban. As one of the comments on the Kotaku story pointed out, if the Belgian Entertainment Association was worried about how rentals affected sales, it's now going to have bigger fish to fry with the inevitable increase in piracy the ban will lead to.

More importantly, how long can such a double-standard possibily hold on a legal basis? By the same logic, aren't movie rentals hurting movie sales? You'd think someone will challenge the ban in the courts before too long.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

Comments

Jstrang14

Halifax

This is a touchy subject and one that has been brought on by the consoles, and their designers, themselves. I don't see how this is going to improve sales of video games themselves. I mean, the whole aspect of rental stores (dealing with video games) is to test drive games to see what you could expect, if the game is something your interested in and if it lives up to the many infamous reviews posted via internet, TV or in Magazines. Plus, not all people can go out and afford to be buy games, which in Nova Scotia can be up to 90+ $. It almost seems like an attempt to control media piracy, something which is impossible for the European government to control at this moment. This is only going to create a wildfire, that the government will create themselves. They will see Video game purchases decrease GREATLY and piracy and illegal distribution increase... You can't fight fire with gasoline...

Posted October 31, 2008 05:12 PM

Luc

Buckingham

What an idiotic ban,

Clearly one must assume that all game releases are worth the buy..... they obviously not and renting is a good way for the customer to enjoy the less then spectacular title...

This will only hurt the video stores and the gaming industry, the 3rd party game developers will take a hit as well.

Posted November 3, 2008 03:49 PM

Joe

Ottawa

(1) No rental means no legal way to try something out. This will only hurt sales because now people will only spend their hard earn $$$ on those top, proven franchises. No one is going to take a chance on a new unknown game.

(2) Piracy in Belgium will increase because, again, no legal way to give something a test drive. Pls don't tell me you can download demos from PSN and Live. Firstly, most of the demos have unfinished touch to their graphics, performance, etc. and sometimes are not the real indication on now good a game is. Secondly, not all games have demos that you can download.

Posted November 3, 2008 07:59 PM

Akbar McGillicuddy

Regina

I presume the game rental places in Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands and France will do great business with their new Belgian clients. Too bad for the Belgian providers of this service. Of course you could just move your business across the border.

Posted November 5, 2008 03:44 PM

Akbar McGillicuddy

Regina

I presume that the game rental outlets in Germany, Netherlands, Luxembourg and France will appreciate the money from their new Belgian clients.

Posted November 5, 2008 03:46 PM

Amir

Canada

I think a more reasonable policy is to allow developers (especially local developers) to get a percentage of revenues from game rentals. It could drive costs of rentals up slightly, but that's far better than to ban them outright, which as the article alluded to, can have unpredictable consequences, possibly negative.

Posted November 6, 2008 02:08 PM

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

Breaking EU rules Apple must pay up to 13B euros in back taxes
The European Union says Ireland has given illegal tax benefits worth up to 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion US) to Apple Inc. and must now recover the unpaid back taxes from the U.S. technology company, plus interest.
'I have no alternative': Palestinian teen sneaks into Israel to join 25,000 illegal workers video
Israeli authorities say they plan to clamp down on some 25,000 Palestinians working inside Israel illegally. But the illegal workers continue to make their way in. See how two young Palestinian make the dangerous journey.
Impeachment trial a step away from 'real coup d'état,' says Brazil's Dilma Rousseff
Suspended president Dilma Rousseff appears before Brazil's Senate to defend herself against charges of breaking budget laws in an impeachment trial that is expected to remove her from office this week.
more »

Canada »

Ontario guaranteed-income pilot moves ahead with new report
Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal delivers a key report this week on a plan by Ontario to launch a pilot project to guarantee a minimum income for participants in a community still to be selected. In an interview, Segal gives some hints about the report's contents — and rebuts critics who say such programs foster laziness.
U.S. approval of commercial UAVs outpacing Canadian rules
Things are looking up for U.S. drone advocates. New Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing companies to fly small unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes came into effect this week.
Canada's ad industry cracking down on undisclosed paid endorsements on social media
Canada's advertising industry is taking long-overdue steps to curb misleading posts on blogs and social media that double as paid product endorsements in an effort to keep so-called influencers honest.
more »

Politics »

Ontario guaranteed-income pilot moves ahead with new report
Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal delivers a key report this week on a plan by Ontario to launch a pilot project to guarantee a minimum income for participants in a community still to be selected. In an interview, Segal gives some hints about the report's contents — and rebuts critics who say such programs foster laziness.
Point of View Neil Macdonald on brother Norm's confessions of a cult leader
A look at some of the stories in the comedian's strange new memoir, some of which may be true.
Analysis Upcoming Alberta byelections pose stiff challenge for Liberals
The Liberals have already launched an appeal for donations to mount a campaign in Stephen Harper's old riding. Considering their slim chances there and in byelections to be held in two other Alberta seats, are the Liberals serious?
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

Legendary comic actor Gene Wilder dead at 83
Gene Wilder, star of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Mel Brooks comedies such as The Producers, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, is dead at 83, his family says.
Anna Paquin to star in CBC mystery drama Bellevue
Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin, best known for True Blood and the X-Men films, will star in the new CBC-TV mystery drama Bellevue.
Ben Affleck teases possible villain in next Batman
Speculation is rampant about Ben Affleck's upcoming stand-alone Batman film after the actor and director tweeted what appears to be footage featuring a famous DC Comics villain.
more »

Technology & Science »

U.S. approval of commercial UAVs outpacing Canadian rules
Things are looking up for U.S. drone advocates. New Federal Aviation Administration rules allowing companies to fly small unmanned aerial vehicles for commercial purposes came into effect this week.
Human ancestor Lucy's cause of death solved, scientists say
The famous human ancestor known as Lucy walked the Earth, but it was her tree climbing that might have led to her demise, a new study suggests.
Mechanical failure sends UBC Sailbot off course, drifting south
A self-sailing boat from British Columbia has encountered a mechanical failure in the Atlantic Ocean, and it appears there is nothing the team who built her can do about it.
more »

Money »

'Laughable': Critics slam McDonald's ad for preservative-free McNuggets
McDonald's is promoting its new preservative-free Chicken McNuggets with a commercial that says, "We all want what's best for our kids." Some health advocates claim the ad is misleading because it implies processed McNuggets are good for children.
Canada's ad industry cracking down on undisclosed paid endorsements on social media
Canada's advertising industry is taking long-overdue steps to curb misleading posts on blogs and social media that double as paid product endorsements in an effort to keep so-called influencers honest.
Statistics Canada celebrates 'best census since 1666'
Statistics Canada is celebrating its “best census ever” after close to 98 per cent of the census population filled out their long- and short-forms questionnaires this year.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Recap Estrada baffles Orioles, Blue Jays hold top spot in division video
Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days and Jose Bautista also went deep in support of Marco Estrada, leading the Toronto Blue Jays over the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Monday night.
49er QB Kaepernick's anthem protest sets off firestorm in U.S.
From the White House to San Francisco police union headquarters and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Colin Kaepernick's name came up Monday as his decision to sit down during the national anthem reached far beyond football.
Raonic kicks off U.S. Open with straight-set win video
Fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced to the second round at the U.S. Open with a straight-set win.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »