Borderlands is no longer available...

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  1. Manuzza

    Manuzza Well-Known Member

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    ...on Steam, to Aussies or NZers. Try getting to the Borderlands page and get the message:

    It has been that way for a few days. Anyone have any info as to why this has occured?

    Manuzza
     
  2. Thermal Ions

    Thermal Ions Retired Captain

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    I've heard rumours that it has something to do with the disparity between retail and steam prices - as "no-one" is buying the PC version in-store....

    Stuff the rip-off merchants i say if that's the case!
     
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    u can't spell victorious without the victori(a)...
    trouble is the retailers are BUYING it for alot more then it was on steam... if there are rip-off merchants in the equation... it's gotto be 2k game or the australian disties for 2k...

    el :)
     
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    sif buy games from a shop !
     
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    This is what I have been told I can tell people with regards to this:

    "I am sorry but this game is no longer available for purchase on Steam in these countries. If you have any questions, please contact the publisher."

    These are some replies claimed to be from Support staff :
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12075965&postcount=73
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12082144&postcount=82
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12095377&postcount=96
    http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showpost.php?p=12096124&postcount=99


    I'm sure some of you will be able to put two and two together .... (=
     
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    Yep, censorship rearing its ugly head again :rolleyes:
     
  8. Justin Kace

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    Speaking of this, anyone noticed the incredible difference between L4D2 retail and digital? Gamedude offer it at the special price of $82AUD. Or you could buy it on Steam and pay $49.95USD which amounts to about $52AUD!

    I don't get it. The aussie dollar is really strong right now? Do the retailers just delay their adjustments to the changing dollar to make a few more bucks? This must kill them in lost sales!
     
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    I'm not sure blaming the retailers is the right target - if they could sell it to us at say $60 and still make enough margin to pay their bills, they'd probably do it; I'd be looking further up the food chain to see just who is really gouging us (and I mean that)...

    You're right - with the AUD doing so well at present, none of the past "exchange rate" excuses are valid.
     
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    I agree with Unknown. They are trying to make enough to stay open, I expect that if they reduce it, they may as well not sell it.
     
  11. Manuzza

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    Can anyone tell me - what WAS Borderlands being sold for on Steam?

    Manuzza
     
  12. Jigoku

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    US$50 for a single copy. US$150 for a four pack.

    Pre-release sale: US$45 (single) / US$135 (four pack).
     
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    It's really bad form by 2K Games from the outset. Why create the apparent disparity to start with, it's only asking to receive backlash from the major retail game chains in Australia / New Zealand. I'm suspecting they had a digital distribution team that wasn't talking to their retail distribution team, and the former didn't even consider Aus/NZ or the current exchange rates when signing off on steam pricing.

    I've noticed that EB Games now has the game at $20 off on their website - wondering if 2K have had to placate retail with $$ or just this ridiculous action on steam.


    For those who do have it through steam I wonder if this will impact upon our ability to purchase the DLC?
     
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    The one thing I can think of in our favour is that "DLC", by its nature, doesn't require a retail distributor. So it'll depend on what resources Gearbox draw upon. If they deal directly with Steam and also distribute the content themselves, I don't see a problem. If 2K are involved it would be a more grim scenario. It would then likely require Valve and 2K to come to a workable agreement.

    Alternatively we all hit up our good friends in other countries to help us out =p
     
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    I thought I'd go to 2K Games site and ask them about the availability of DLC for steam users in Australia & New Zealand. So I go to the site, choose Australia as my country, click on Support, scroll down to Contact Us and click the link - and get "Unable to Connect". looking at the link it's trying to direct me to:

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    http://localhost/uk/contact
    Selecting UK as my country I at least get an email address for Europe. Guess I'll just email both the Europe and US addresses as I can't find any way to fix the above link to get a valid page to display.

    If I get a response back I'll post it.
     
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    Thanks Jig. They really need to sort out their international sites and links properly. :rolleyes:
     
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    I was at EB games today and I pointed out the prices to my Girlfriend for both Borderlands and the 'Coming Soon' Title of Left 4 Dead 2. I paid $43 and $37 dollars repectively. They were asking for $80-something and $104, respectively.

    Edit: Oh yeah Borderland did have a $20 off sticker too.
     
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  19. Thermal Ions

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    Interestingly, Borderlands appears to still be purchasable through gamersgate.com - well I could add it to my cart and proceed to checkout while logged into an account where my location is listed as Australia anyway.

    GamersGate - Borderlands - Buy and download games for PC now

    Same doesn't hold true for direct2drive.com but then I never seem to come across much on there I can actually purchase from Australia (that I'm interested enough in from them to look at anyway).

    Might make a suspicious person a little more suspicous of how strained the Valve / 2K Games relationship is right now. Or maybe just how slow gamersgate.com is in acting.
     
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    I sometimes feel a little guilty seeing people pick up and buy games at EB which I know are priced 50% or even less when purchased digitally. Of particular note was when the half price orange box sales have been on steam and EB were still flogging it for 2-3 times the regular steam price.

    I placate myself by reasoning they don't have the download allowance, proceed to point out quietly to Opti what I paid for it, both laugh, leave empty handed and then come home and play said games with a sly smile. ;)
     

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