Question: EA Sports Online Pass

RTR91

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Got NCAA 2012 a little over a month ago. Moved my PS3 to a direct hookup with my router instead of trying to go Wi-Fi across the house. Do I have to buy the Online Pass to play online or when I activate the code does it last forever? I haven't gotten a good answer from the things I've read. Thanks!
 

rtcjny

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I hate online passes. They are going to kill Gamestop. I have always loved racking up on used games when Gamestop runs them buy 2 get one free. Now with online passes that messes that up.
 

RTR91

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I hate online passes. They are going to kill Gamestop. I have always loved racking up on used games when Gamestop runs them buy 2 get one free. Now with online passes that messes that up.
I must be misunderstanding the concept. How does that mess it up? I was under the impression Online Pass is what I need to play online games or an online dynasty. Is it not?
 

Rattlehead82

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I must be misunderstanding the concept. How does that mess it up? I was under the impression Online Pass is what I need to play online games or an online dynasty. Is it not?
No, you have it right. New games come with the online pass. Used games won't. So if you buy a used game that has a multiplayer feature, you'll have to pay extra for that game's online pass.

At least, That's how I think it works.
 

BEATtutorsee

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No, you have it right. New games come with the online pass. Used games won't. So if you buy a used game that has a multiplayer feature, you'll have to pay extra for that game's online pass.

At least, That's how I think it works.
It is. The real downfall of places like Gamestop is likely coming with the next generation of consoles, which are rumored to be disc free, meaning you'd pay for and download the games directly from either Sony or Microsoft over the PSN or Xbox Live respectively. The only potential issue I see with that would be hard drive space, but I assume the next gen consoles will come with very large hard drives standard.
 

RTR91

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It is. The real downfall of places like Gamestop is likely coming with the next generation of consoles, which are rumored to be disc free, meaning you'd pay for and download the games directly from either Sony or Microsoft over the PSN or Xbox Live respectively. The only potential issue I see with that would be hard drive space, but I assume the next gen consoles will come with very large hard drives standard.
I like that idea, but I know I won't be getting a new console anytime soon. I'd be curious about the cost of that considering the disk and packaging costs SHOULD be (not necessarily will be) removed. Also, it would mean more people buy and download because I would not be able to take my disk to a friend's house to play. He would have to buy it.
 

cbi1972

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It is. The real downfall of places like Gamestop is likely coming with the next generation of consoles, which are rumored to be disc free, meaning you'd pay for and download the games directly from either Sony or Microsoft over the PSN or Xbox Live respectively. The only potential issue I see with that would be hard drive space, but I assume the next gen consoles will come with very large hard drives standard.
Drive space isn't even really an issue if you retain rights to re-download, like with Steam.
 

rtcjny

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No, you have it right. New games come with the online pass. Used games won't. So if you buy a used game that has a multiplayer feature, you'll have to pay extra for that game's online pass.

At least, That's how I think it works.
Yes and they are usually 10 bucks. I got Dirt 3 used and haven't been able to play it online.
 

RammerJammer14

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Yes and they are usually 10 bucks. I got Dirt 3 used and haven't been able to play it online.
In my experience, the online pass makes the game full-price again. So you can buy, say, NCAA 12 used for $50, but then pay $10 to play online. Thats what happened when I bought BF3 used as well, I think it was only one or two dollars cheaper used. On the other hand, maybe it is just because the two games I bought like that are the most recent of their respective series and they would have been priced at about $60 without the need for an online pass anyways, idk.
 

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