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!
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen