|Mr Khan said:
I remember my Phantasy Star Online disc had a setup that you could register, but that did not prevent the game from being used by a new user had the old user sold the disc
Hence, no anti-consumer bullcrap, but you can know who has owned what
I see...well. The difference here is that thq already implemented the online pass, and this free game thing was announced later on. Like after the game released or around the release. There was no real reason to know the ownership, but I guess they took advantage of the pass.
Also I don't think the Phantasy star method could prevent people from abusing this offer. But I am not sure.
Had there been no pass, they would have had to do it some other way. Maybe it was still possible, since you can register PSP umds to PSN. But that system isn't really available on the PS3 right now, and would have been a lot more complicated.
Or they could have just stuck with the exclusivity .