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#1 6 years ago

Our first post! So Hello everyone!

We wanted to start by sharing our video on Guild Wars 2 Region Locking! Any thoughts about this? We're fairly GW2 fans but been a little thrown by the recent announcements.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE-akVaK8KA




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#2 6 years ago

Not particularly bothering to me. I do not plan on leaving my current region any time soon, and if I did, I would likely have far more to do than play Guild Wars 2.

I can see why it would bother other people, though...


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#3 6 years ago

Game companies screwing consumers over news?

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Don't like what's being done to it? Don't buy it. If you buy it after this, you forfeit your right to complain and deserve to be screwed over.

My thoughts on this? Nothing really.




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#4 6 years ago

Yet somehow, this doesn't surprise me in the least. And, less surprisingly, it doesn't bother me, because I don't care. This is so common with the gaming market. Alienate one part of the customer base, favour the other. Even less surprising is that they use the same excuse always used. Either blame it on currency conversion(which the vast majority of distributors and publishers seem to fail horribly at), or blame it on regional market competition(of which there is very little, usually). Same old stuff, all that.




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#5 6 years ago

Hands up everyone who was planning to travel to another continent to buy it.... Anyone?...

I would be interested to hear what sort of precedent would be in existence if someone tried to do this sort of region locking of sales with cars and the like.




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#6 6 years ago

Didn't they already do that? Where a GPS kept track of the location of the car, and if it went outside the country it was automatically switched off?




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#7 6 years ago

Problem is, you own a car (at least you do for now). You don't own video game software anymore (unless you steal it). It's easier to do something like region-lock games because of leasing and the dreaded EULAs that make it essentially lawful.




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#8 6 years ago

You never did own video game software, you don't own – fully – most things that you buy.

I agree that the authentication methods they're using harm our abilities to use software the way we might want to. But the idea that people should just be able to do whatever they want with something they've bought isn't workable. It's just that it's a hell of a lot easier to abuse your rights with software than it is to do it with cars - I can't just print off another car....

There are a number of questions about quite what the effect of that ability is – and how much it costs when people do so. And I'm not convinced that DRM is the best way to address the concerns that those questions might raise. But ownership is a simplified way of talking about what rights you get over something in return for your money – and I'm not sure it's a useful model to apply here.

Serio;5631793Didn't they already do that? Where a GPS kept track of the location of the car, and if it went outside the country it was automatically switched off?

I dunno. =p