Space Marine: Aussies charged 200%

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  1. Genghoidal

    Genghoidal Retired Captain

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    Shot myself in the foot with PlayAsia before... purchased Burnout Paradise and then also some DLC for it on the PSNetwork and it wouldn't work because of the region mismatch... fail!

    The main game always worked fine - but the party pack.... nope
     
  2. delushin

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    oh that sucks ... you just make a region specific account MUHAHAHA
     
  3. Genghoidal

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    Nah screw it - I'll probably never buy another PS3 disk game again. None of them have held their interest very long, I much prefer playing on PC and keep PS3 for the sub $20 downloadables... Wipeout HD is sweet - have you got it? Add --> Antsy Pantsy
     
  4. delushin

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    OMFG ... is the PSN up?

    MY FREE GAMES ...

    GENG HOLD ME ... I NEED LOVE
     
  5. Reoh

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    Steam doesn't set the pricing, its the publishers that do so.

    Also, I activated my OzGameShop Brink on Steam no hassles (even though it was a UK flagged CD key). Doesn't guarantee it will for other games / publishers though.
     
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    How much was borderlands when you bought it?
     
  7. Drac

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    ACCC - For consumers Fill out a complaint form.

    Probably won't see anything from it but it's worth a shot. If enough people complain they might rattle some cages and that alone might then at least let the publishers know that their customers are noticing and prompt them to stop biting the hand that feeds them.

    Apart from that we could always try and get an online petition happening and start shopping it around on Whirlpool, ISP forums and other large discussion groups - if you get a few thousand people signing it then you can usually get a mention on news sites like Kotaku and maybe even IGN and hope to get it snowballing and get more news coverage. The more people seeing it and complaining about it the better really.

    The there's always the really underhanded stuff like amazon and metacritic vote-bombing ratings of stuff that's overpriced but that idea brings a rather sour taste to my mouth and send the wrong message.
     
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    I'm with you on vote-bombing Drac. My fear would be that it would harm the developers more than the publishers.
     
  9. astrospud

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    I'm not entirely sure complaints/petitions generally get much done. To a distributor, I'm guessing it's units shifted per steam membership ratio that may determine pricing and not much else. If they see that Space Marine isn't selling as well as projected, they might do a weekend special free play and get word of mouth sales, or a simple week long price cut.
     
  10. Dalienx

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    With digital sales they have no shipping, no taxes, hell they don't even have to pay someone to stamp disks out and put them in boxes.
    So i can't think of a single reason they charge one region more than another.
     
  11. Jigoku

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    Because they can ... for now ...
     
  12. Reoh

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    Everytime we buy a game somewhere else, we should Email Steam and let them know why. Get Steam to complain about it to Publishers would probably be more helpful. ;)
     
  13. DrunkenSailor

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    Do you think they would be taking note of the number of non-steam registered games? I have only a couple that I've registered in steam, the latest being Dirt 3. There was only a difference of about $10 in this case, but still, it's $10 in my pocket and not in theirs.
     
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    No idea.. I always register games on steam that CAN be registered on steam. :) It makes it easier in the long haul for me I think.
     
  15. MMOGAddict

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    I've now brought over 10 games through Ozgameshop, never had a problem, though sometimes it can take the full 2 weeks to arrive.
     
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    2 weeks is fine if it saves me some cash. In some cases you can save enough in one purchase to be able to get another game, like the upcoming Battlefield 3 - $109 at JB or $65(PS3)/$47(PC) at ozgameshop. It's rare for me to get a game close to launch time anyway, so the extra wait is no problem.
     
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    Extra wait means time to patch errors before you get it. ;)
     
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    Too true.
     
  19. Ulric

    Ulric Assume a Can Opener You said you wanted a Donkey...

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    The issue even gets worse when you have legitimately purchased digital content (say a DVD) from the USA while you were there, and you cannot play it in a playstation due to the region coding stopping you.

    This is despite a so called Free Trade agreement between the USA and Australia, and the ACCC stating in the past that region coding may be anti-competitive we still have these issues.
     
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