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Game over: Gov's 'itax' would increase price of videogame downloads

Fabre's friend, Pierre Caffin, 20, also of Schenectady, chimed in outside of EB Games, a videogame store at Crossgates Mall, stating that, "It's a shame that he wants to do this."

Although the tax could affect a number of gamers, it will not affect all of them because many do not rely on downloadable content to use on their gaming systems.

Zack Schongar, 12, of Troy, said he never has and probably never will download content to his PlayStation. Schongar said he likes to play sports. His father said that Schongar's sisters download a lot of content and that "they wouldn't do it as much if it cost more."

The tax on downloadable content also has the potential to affect the retailers that carry the games.

The tax could affect retailers negatively if gamers begin to lose interest in specific games that rely heavily on downloadable elements. On the other hand, the tax could promote economic stimulus in the gaming world by encouraging gamers to simply go to the stores and buy what they would otherwise download since they would be paying the same price anyway.""

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