The internet is alight with speculation that Capcom is trying to quash used game sales. Apparently, owners of Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D will be unable to erase save files and unable to reset them, meaning that once you've beaten the game that's all she wrote. Use up the remaining save files and the game really is over. In Japan game stores will pay less than ten dollars US for a used copy of the game, and the no-reset feature is confirmed to be included in the American and UK releases of the game as well.
Needless to say, this isn't sitting well with a lot of people. According to some, Capcom is "spitting in the face of second-hand games" and "[stepping on] classic gamers." The argument is that Capcom, which makes no money off the second-hand game market, sees the no-reset feature as a way to prevent sales of used copies of the game, strong-arming gamers in to buying new copies. But where would this trend lead us? What about classic gamers in the future...won't it be hard to find copies with no saves? What about players who like to replay games? What about players who want to get some money back on games they didn't like by reselling them to a retailer? Does this mean you only get so many chances to play through a game that you bought? What does that say about ownership of video games?
What do you guys think?