GameStop Will Give Online Passes To People Who Buy Arkham City Used

So when Batman: Arkham City releases next Tuesday, people who purchase the game new will get a code inside the game that will let you play as Catwoman, and let you use her in four story missions. However, if you are not in a rush to buy Arkham City and are going to wait some time and buy the game used, fret not because GameStop has you covered.

For whatever reason, when you buy a used copy of the game from GameStop, they will throw in the code on your receipt that will unlock Catwomen for you. Basically negating the whole reason of the online pass. That means no additinal $10 charge if you want to play as Catwoman. So if you buy the game used from at least one location the online pass is useless. Just to prove all of this we have an apparent memo that is being sent to all GameStop’s.

So it looks as though the online pass for Batman: Arkham City is pretty much useless if you buy your used games from the largest used game seller, which the online pass is trying to combat. Arkham City isn’t the first game GameStop has done this with either, they also did it with a previous Warner Bros. game — Mortal Kombat. It looks as though either Warner Bros. has a heart, or maybe GameStop is just trying to get some money out of these passes that make a tiny dent in their over-all sales.

Whatever the reason is, I could get used to this method. Let’s hope more things like this starts happening.

[Image via Kotaku]

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  1. By UFC345 on 10-14-2011 14:09

    Wait Gamestop is doing good?!?!

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  2. By Leonnald on 10-14-2011 14:13

    I still smell something fishy here. I cannot put my finger on it, but I still don't trust gamestop. This just makes me think they will charge slightly more for a used copy of Arkham City, and justify by saying you get the DLC. I dunno, but I'm keeping my eyes on them.

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  3. By JustAndrew on 10-14-2011 14:15

    I'm always hesitant to trust Gamestop at all. But this doesn't seem to have a catch. Good for them, being nice and all that. It won't last.

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  4. By JesusHMacy on 10-14-2011 14:16

    So then what the fuck is the point of the online pass?

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  5. By Gunner164 on 10-14-2011 14:20

    thats good but i think there gonna incrase the price because of this.

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  6. By junxtown on 10-14-2011 15:06

    something fishy is going on in gamestop..... and i can't quite put my finger on it

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  7. By Crash McCloud on 10-14-2011 15:19

    Originally Posted by JesusHMacy:
    Quote So then what the fuck is the point of the online pass?

    Because game companies are filled with greedy dick holes who want more money. This is Gamestop's way of defeating it.

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  8. By Dakomissar on 10-14-2011 15:25

    I wonder how long it'll be before WBIE hears of this and slams Gamestop for this, if they can even do so.

    Either way, it's nice that they're somewhat making up for what they were doing then Deus Ex 3 came out, but honestly, Arkham City's going to be one of those games where the devs deserve the new copies sold.

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  9. By Christian M. on 10-14-2011 15:27

    Hey, that is pretty cool of them to do that. Makes them not seem so douchey.

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  10. By Crash McCloud on 10-14-2011 15:58

    Originally Posted by Dakomissar:
    Quote I wonder how long it'll be before WBIE hears of this and slams Gamestop for this, if they can even do so.

    Either way, it's nice that they're somewhat making up for what they were doing then Deus Ex 3 came out, but honestly, Arkham City's going to be one of those games where the devs deserve the new copies sold.

    Not really considering that the Online Pass re-adds portions of the single player that were taken out for the pass in the first place.

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  11. By Hunter on 10-14-2011 16:54

    Good to see Gamestop doing something good. Hopefully their is no catch..

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  12. By Ianoy on 10-14-2011 17:06

    Gamestop vs Publisher. Lets see who wins this war.

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  13. By Red2k on 10-14-2011 19:15

    Originally Posted by Crash McCloud:
    Quote Because game companies are filled with greedy dick holes who want more money. This is Gamestop's way of defeating it.

    What do you think publishers and developers are going to do when they see how much money Gamestop makes on used games?

    Used game sales are the reason online passes exist. If you support Gamestop in this you are pretty much asking for publishers to remove even more content from used copies. I'm sure some have already removed content from new copies and sold it as DLC to make up for it.

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  14. By mrcheez on 10-14-2011 21:19

    LOL I love how Gamestop doesn't seem to give a shit anymore. First the whole Onlive thing now this? I love you Gamestop.

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  15. By Crash McCloud on 10-14-2011 21:39

    Originally Posted by Red2k:
    Quote What do you think publishers and developers are going to do when they see how much money Gamestop makes on used games?

    Used game sales are the reason online passes exist. If you support Gamestop in this you are pretty much asking for publishers to remove even more content from used copies. I'm sure some have already removed content from new copies and sold it as DLC to make up for it.

    I don't support Online Pass because of several reasons. One. I can't rent the games anymore. Two. I can't barrow or lend a game to friends of mine anymore. Three. Like my little brother I used to play offline strictly, people like him can't play the full game anymore because of online pass.

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  16. By Sleep on 10-14-2011 22:40

    With so much drama in the H-B-G It's kinda hard bein' Sleep D-O-double-G. But I, somehow, some way. Keep comin up with funky ass reasons to visit like every single day

    Sursly though, every other article seems to be filled with negativity. I'm not complaining but I'd lie if I said that it wasn't a deterrent for me personally. Luv you guise.

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  17. By Ryz on 10-16-2011 14:58

    That's really cool. I'd like to see more retailers do this. I hate that Online Pass bullshit so much.

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  18. By MainFatality on 10-16-2011 16:16

    Is this to make up for them taking out the extra copy of Deus Ex? But I am glad Gamestop is doing this, even though I'll probably end up waiting for Amazon to cut the price like 2 weeks after release like they do with almost any new game.

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