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A begging Australian

posted by dark moogle on - last edited - Viewed by 321 users

I know we are the bane of gaming society, what with our terrible nation wide internet and all. But I have to speak for the land down under when I say 'PLEASE KEEP THE PRICES LOW'

Australians don't get special treatment from Nintendo, so while we pay more for our Wii Points, our Wii Shopping Channel prices aren't adjusted to compensate for this. So if episodes are priced at anything over 1000 Wii Points, it's going to feel like highway robbery. After checking the prices for Sam & Max episodes, I want to be optimistic but when your an Australian gamer you learn to wait until the last minute only to find out that:

a) the price point is overinflated
b) the game will be delayed several months for no reason
c) features (such as online play in EA games) will be cut
d) all of the above

Don't get me wrong, knowing me I will probably still buy each episode (and I plan on picking up Sam & Max Season One when the disc version comes out) but when you guys finally settle on a price, remember that unemployed Aussie student and how he will be struggling to make ends just to play this cool game for attractive people.

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  • fortunately where I live games only cost 2 dollars because of mass piration.

  • That doesn't mean games are cheap, it just means everyone pirates them. Not the same thing.

  • Wow, suprise announcement:
    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/05/nintendo_wiiware_launches_in_oz_today.html

    Wiiware is in Oz, only a week after the US. Wow. So hopefully those Aussie Wii owners who want SBCG4AP can get it via WiiWare on the same release schedule as the US.

    I don't have a Wii, so I'm not so fussed. I'll be getting the PC version.

  • We still don't have Dr. Mario in NA. =(

  • We won't have Super Smash Bros. Brawl for over a month. You guys have had it for nearly three.

    Who do you think is getting a bum deal? :)

  • I didn't say it wasn't fair. Everyone should get to have games as soon as they're released anywhere. I can be sad!

  • @FoboldFKY said: We won't have Super Smash Bros. Brawl for over a month. You guys have had it for nearly three.

    Who do you think is getting a bum deal? :)

    I didn't really like Smash brothers brawl I'm sad to say. It's cool that Sonic and Snake were in it, but other than that, not much else for me. Same bash the button until you break your thumbs in two gameplay.

    I have a PC that can run the widows versions, and I have a wii to get the wiiware version. I'll be getting the wiiware versions of them.

  • @Tester Scott said: Wow how do they stay in business when they are screwing you so bad?

    Because all the competition is screwing just as much. No market pressure to bring the price down. Another reason why PC gamers are using online distribution instead of retail purchases.

    When I bought Orange Box it cost US$50. It came to A$56 (AFTER currency conversion charges). The stores were selling it for as much as A$110. For the extra $54 you would probably get a case, a disc, and a useless manual.

    I don't think I have bought any game retail since Enemy Territory: Quake Wars.

  • The reason we pay so much for games is because our economy has gotten so much better (and America's worse) in the last few years but it hasn't been taken into account in any electronics pricing. It's cheaper at the moment to have every part for a pc shipped over from america individually than to buy any of it in australia...
    Add that to the fact that we get games so late and it's no surprise that most gamers i know will download a game before(if) they buy it here, whether to get it on time or just to be sure they aren't wasting that much money.

    So we go online and it's only a currency conversion fee - then consoles come up with all this bs with points instead of an actual price and back to the exact same problem and then companies assume their games aren't selling well here and we just keep on getting everything late and overpriced. :mad:

    rant rave rant rave rant rave...


    leon101: we won't even get a chance to decide that or another month

  • @TomSuperman said: fortunately where I live games only cost 2 dollars because of mass piration.

    If you're serious,which I practically know you're not, I'm packing my bags.

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