The Oklahoosa County Sheriff's department in Florida is forcing GameStop and other local game store retailers to require Pawn Law Service Implementation from gamers hoping to trade in their used games.
Gaming Console Network reports that this is due to the local Sheriff's department's attempts to stop the sale of stolen video games and consoles, but the new practice has been alienating to say the least.
In addition to a plethora of paperwork, gamers must give their ID, height, weight, place of employment, and thumbprint to GameStop if they wish to sell their used games. On top of that, all their information is then sent to the Sheriff's department, and GameStop must wait fifteen days before they can resell the used games.
Needless to say, this has ticked off some customers.
“What will they ask for next, a pint of blood?" asks an angry mother who brought her son to GameStop to sell some used Wii games.
“I feel like this violates my rights. Hell, All I want to do is trade in some old Xbox 360 games. This is bull#@*#!" replied another angry customer.
Besides pissing off gamers, the practice is also hurting the used games market in the area, as many customers now refuse to trade in their games (understandably), causing many GameStops in the area to lose revenue.
Boy, and we though DRM was bad, huh?
UPDATE: It appears that Oklahoosa County is not the only place that this is happening, as many other gamers have reported this happening in their county as well. Hopefully this is not a pratice that will not be adopted nationwide. gamrFeed will keep you udpated.