Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

September 26, 2012 -

Let’s say there’s a new console coming out that you’ve totally got your eye on.  It’s a groovy piece of kit, it’s reasonably priced and it’s got a bunch of games you want to play.  You’ve got your money saved up and you’re just ticking off the calendar days until its launch.

And then you find out it’s region locked.

What now?  Do you buy the console anyway and resign yourself to the fact that you won’t be importing any games you otherwise would have bought in a heartbeat?  Do you mod your console so that it will play import games?  Do you even care about import games in the first place?

Maybe region locking is such a deal breaker that you flat-out refuse to buy the console.  Or maybe you’re hardcore and will import an additional console to play a different territory’s games.

Such is the subject of this week’s poll, folks.  Keep in mind, I’m not necessarily referring to the Wii U.  Maybe you’re a Sony gamer through and through and are waiting on pins and needles for the PlayStation 4.  How would you react if it turns out the PS4 is region locked?

Vote in the poll and let us know.  Write spiffy comments in the ever so appropriately named “Comments” section.  Send us email at SuperPACPodcast@gmail.com.  Make sure you finish your homework before you play video games into the wee small hours of the morning.  Brush your teeth before you finally go to bed.  Did you remember to let the dog out?  Maybe that’s why there’s a puddle by the back door.

Sorry.  Where was I?

Oh yes.  We’ll discuss the poll results and your comments on the next week’s Super Podcast Action Committee and so get cracking!  The poll closes sometime this weekend.  Tick tock, tick tock…

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

Honestly, I realize that some game companies apparently don't want my money for games I would clearly pay for, and I make sure they know it.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

region locks simply suck. i hate that i can't get my hands on some awesome games from over seas without either modding my system or buying a new one from that region. such as in the case of the ol' PS2. i have 2 sitting around (sitting thanks to a new PC emu that plays any region very well!) cause i spent some time in japan while i was stationed there and really wanted at the Macross, and A.C.E (Another Centuries Episode) games. love those game series to death!

was ecstatic when i found out my PSP wasn't locked and i could play the Macross Frontier games (had to baby those UMD's... damned garbage design...), and even more when my PS3 wasn't so i got the A.C.E. R (tbh big let down.. big game, but big let down too compared to the second/third in the series).

so yeah.. i love region free, and despise region locked... atop it all with the crazy mixed market online, its always a risk that you overlook a region when buying from a non mainstream retailer like on amazon or ebay, and might end up with the wrong region disc :/ (got some CD's once that came with DVD's... thought they'd be region 2 and be fine in my PS2.. nope.. region 3... thank god for PC's and changeable dvd drive regions :) )

 

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

As an expat Briton, I have to say that region locking sucks big time. I hate that I can't play any English cricket games on my Xbox 360. Even if I had a region-free console, I'd have to get my brother to buy the games in the UK and have him ship them to me, because stores in the UK won't ship video games to the US. It's freaking ridiculous!

And games like cricket aren't popular in the US, so the console games based on these sports never get released here.

These corporations go on about the free market, but it's all just talk. Their idea of a free market is one that they're free to control.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

I already do this.  I've modded my PS2, SNES, and Wii to play imports.  In addition, I also have an Action Replay for my Saturn and a bypass adapter for my N64.  Importing is only a minor hindrance compared to what it tries to stop.  I still have my contacts, I still get my foreign games.  And I can still use them.  The only thing that bugs me about it is having to worry about getting banned from online for using a modded console.  That's why I haven't done anything with my 360.  Then again, I have a friend who imported a Japanese one so he could play the bullet hell games he so loves.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

Nobody should buy region locked hardware, it will encourage them to keep it up. It's a sure-fire way to encourage infringement. They do it to themselves, really. They take away legal options and all you have left are illegal options.

-Greevar

"Paste superficially profound, but utterly meaningless quotation here."

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

I would just mod my console. I give them my money and after that I don't agree that my personal use of the stuff is any of their business. So yeah, mod and then import away. At least Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story came out here eventually.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

But no Pandora's Tower or Fatal Frame 4.  Yes, I mad.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

Over protectionism is a good reason to softmod, if just to make backing up your saves that much easier...


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Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

I moved to Australia in 2004 and brought my XBox, PS2 and Gamecube with me. It was very frustrating that I couldn't buy any new games there. I had to have somebody in the US buy them for me and then mail them. International shipping isn't cheap. 

When the new systems came out, I didn't buy them because I knew I would eventually move back to the US (came back in 2009) and didn't want to wind up in the same situation. 

They say region locking is to protect retailers and not spoil marketing plans. Both of these excuses seem rather thin. If the publisher doesn't sell a game in that region or the retailer doesn't stock it, how are we hurting anybody by buying it anyway? And any word of mouth that I might do by importing it is going to be drowned out by what everybody is already reading on the internet, you've already spoiled your marketing plan the moment you released it in one region but lag behind in another.

Re: Poll: How Do You React to a Region Locked Console?

Out of curiosity, how did the price of importing a game compare to the price of buying it locally?

 

Andrew Eisen

 
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