Obsidian Entertainment's chief creative officer Chris Avellone has hit out at the second hand games market, suggesting the shift to downloadable products may be the best way to kill it off.
In a rather harsh-worded comment, he told IndustryGamers: "Of course, one of the greatest things about digital distribution is what it does to reduce the used game market. I hope digital distribution stabs the used game market in the heart."
Avellone also said that digital releases give developers greater flexibility when it comes to finishing off products.
"One of the things I enjoyed with Fallout: New Vegas was that digital distribution of the DLC made things more flexible in terms of getting the content done.
"You didn't have to worry about production times for discs, and so you could take an extra week if you needed that to get things right," he said.
The Obsidian man added: "Our eventual hope is that we can stockpile enough resources to release our own titles digitally. Smaller games can be very satisfying projects to work on, and it would be great to do that. But it's going to take time for us to get there; we want to make sure we do it right."
It was recently announced that Obsidian is developing a new South Park role playing game.