Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban Region Locked Consoles?

July 31, 2013 -

You may have noticed that video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else.  If you haven't noticed...

Video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else.

It's true, so long as they weren't banned, your favorite titles can run you 50 to 100 percent more Down Under than Up Over and that sucks.  Well, it sucks for Australians.  I live in America, but I am nothing if not empathetic so I feel for my gaming brethren with the funny accents.

An inquiry conducted by the Australia House of Representatives found that there was no good reason for these price discrepancies and proposed several potential solutions to the Australian government.  Recommendations ranged from a gov't monitoring system to track price fluctuations to legalizing the circumvention of region locks (those pesky things that keep consoles from playing games sold in other countries).

But perhaps the most interesting suggestion was to outright ban region locked consoles altogether.  That's right, Nintendo.  Either you release a region free Wii U in Australia or you don't sell Wii Us in Australia at all.

Not that you're selling that many in Australia right to begin with.  Or anywhere else in the world for that matter...

Anyway, so how do you like them apples, readers?  Is a law banning region locked consoles a lovely idea or a mind-numbingly stupid one?  Vote in the poll and let us know!  Fill the comments with your opinions!  Send us email at SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com if you must, just give EZK and I something to talk about on the next podcast!

Please don't make us think for ourselves!

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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


Comments

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

I support it as I support free choice, but I'd rather not need it. I'd rather see our dollars better directed to bolster our economy.

But if you think games are bad, you should see what some mobs charge for something like a 3 metre USB extension cable... $35. (Example, Dick Smith: http://www.dicksmith.com.au/computer-accessories/dse-cable-usb-2-0-3m-a-a-dsau-xh3355). Through eBay stores I recently got a 10m cat6, 2m USB, 2x 1.5m HDMI, 1m 3.5mm and a 3.5mm splitter for under $20 (incl. postage).

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

I think it stupid to ban region free consoles.....


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

Re-read. You got it inverted.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

Its lovely being dyslexic LOL


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

As an expatriate gamer who cannot play certain games from my homeland, I've always supported region free gaming. Although banning region-locked consoles is a bit radical, I think it's a step in the right direction.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

Sad thing is, when it comes to doing the right thing, most coporations won't unless forced to.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

I support it, but I think what will happen if they go through with certain ideas on that list is intense lobbying, getting taken to the WTO for removing protection for TPMs or barring the sale of goods that use them(which are protected by World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (in force in Australia since July 26, 2007)), content being pulled from the Australian market, and a bit of pressure on allies to curb grey market exports to states that aren't upholding their treaty obligation (legalizing the bypass of TPMs like geo-locking systems).

We know the U.S trade representative is in the content industries pocket and the White House pretty much support their position (just look at ACTA, TPP, and the various free trade agreements which for some time have all contain rather draconian copyright provisions ). It won't just be the U.S content industry and their political puppets in government, I am sure those in the EU will be equally as incensed. 

In short some of the worlds largest economies will put Australia in a very uncomfortable spot.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

Great idea in theory, but wouldn't that just lead to an official pull out followed by some kind of grey market like China has?

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

Considering they already have a gray market for games, I don't see why that would be a big deal.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

I support it.

Re: Poll: What Do You Think of Australia’s Proposal to Ban ...

I think it's a great idea, but does it violate any WTO rules?

 
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