Why are some games region locked?


#1. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 04:03 AM
Why is region locking still a thing?
And what is the purpose of region-locking video game systems?

You're welcome to share your wisdoms.
I've done questionable things.
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#2. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 04:19 AM
Hasnt it always been so that companies can sell a product at different rates based on cost of living / probability of sucking more money out of consumers from more developed countries? Videogame-wise i dont think its ever reallly differed recently too much pricewise. Bluerays i know there have been some insane differences in the past (US region vs JP region anime for instance)
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#3. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 09:19 AM
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#4. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 11:14 AM
(11-08-2018, 04:03 AM)Nux Wrote: Why is region locking still a thing?
And what is the purpose of region-locking video game systems?

Technically, it isn't.
With the exception of the 3DS (which can run multi-region fine with cfw), none of the current gen systems are region locked (in terms of physical media). Software from all regions works on all region consoles. Same is true for digital releases, as long as you have the ability to access the stores for other regions.

As for why certain titles don't get localized, or why titles get a localized release in one territory but not another... well, that's a much more complicated debate.
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#5. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 02:18 PM
there are the basic reasons:

1) esrb rating differences between countries.
2) International licensing costs or bumps in the road
3) Money
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#6. Post Posted: 11-08-2018, 02:52 PM
(11-08-2018, 02:18 PM)Moandain Wrote: there IS the ONE reason:

1) esrb rating differences between countries.
2) International licensing costs or bumps in the road
3) Money

there , fixed that , dont thank me all at once ! Tongue
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