Digital Distributor Green Man Gaming Lands Bearing Used Game Trade-Ins, Launch Discounts

By Alice O'Connor, May 10, 2010 7:40am PDT New digital distributor Green Man Gaming launched today, bringing a new feature to the exciting world of virtual video game vending--the ability to trade games in for credit.

Games bought from the site can be traded back in for credit. VVVVVV, for example, is currently on sale for £8.99 but can be traded in for £4.99 of credit at Green Man.

Green Man Gaming's own client, 'Capsule.'

Green Man requires its own client, 'Capsule,' which uses SecuROM to activate and deactivate games. Capsule is needed to download and install games but they apparently will then run without it open. All prices are apparently listed in British pounds only for the time being, at least, and the only payment option is a credit or debit card.

89 titles are currently available, which COO Gian Luzio says is only a "small selection" from the 500-odd games Green Man has signed up from "over 26 publishers," used to test stability. More will be added to the site's catalogue "over the next few days."

To celebrate the launch, World of Goo, Uplink, Darwinia, NecroVisioN: Lost Company and High School Dreams are on offer for a single British penny each.

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  • I love the idea of digital trades. One of my fears about digital distribution is that we can be charged more or similar for less. Being able to trade and sell my games helps offset the price I pay. It's one of the perks of owning something (the physical copy). If games go digital distribution only, the publishers all of the control. The more people accept the non-transfer concept, the easier it will be to dominate the markets when physical distribution becomes impractical.

    I'd love to support the digital trade concept, but I doubt many publishers will want to change their tune and support this. It's probably going to be used by independent publishers.