Originally Posted by Artev
we all take advantage of unfair labor practices - our computers, clothing, food, all are touched at some level by slave labor or sweat shops. It is wrong. Why are you so passionate on this issue in particular? kids scanning game bar codes just seems like such a weird place to draw the line - they can sew your clothing, pick your crops, solder your hardware but scanning games is just TOO far for you?
[we all take advantage of unfair labor practices] -- This assumption is incorrect. Many of us try absolutely not to. There's a huge line between legitimate labor and slave labor...
Do you eat fruit? Over 1/2 the strawberries in America are picked by illegal immigrants however, while my local farm is a little more expensive, I know HE picks them so I only buy strawberries when he has them. - Otherwise, I don't eat strawberries...At all.
To address your passion question -- I've actually ALWAYS been "passionate" about this issue because these are real issues, that effect us all.
This isn't the garment industry where people buy Nikes daily, or Vans (Which btw, has a very long history of being counter-fitted, in fact, they've gone bankrupt because of it before) and there's an incredibly high demand for that product because they wear out.
This is the gaming industry where you buy 1 copy. That 1 copy, serves you.
If every single American bought that 1 copy from Region 7, not only does the studio lose a 50% margin on every single copy, the distributor says "How can we prevent this?".
Enter our current situation. Enough people are buying games from Regions 5/6/7 that publishers are getting angry. Studios/developers aren't making their projected profits and you end up with a spanking of sorts.
Xbox One is no longer region free purely because of digital content being purchased from "across the pond". WE as a community did that. WE caused that.
So now, if you're PAL and you want to play an NTSC only game, tough. Same in reverse, tough. Same for a Japanese only release; tough.
We are very rapidly bringing the reality of the Xbox One TO the PC. Faster than most of you think...and that my friend, is the problem.
I know of 3 major publishers that are "region locking" titles by language. They're not announcing it, either. You'll pay that $40 and BAM, Albanian only. Or you'll pay that $40 and WABAM, Arabic only. - It's not like they're doing anything illegal, they're simply removing english from the choice of languages -- Want that patch? Prove you're from the region.
They haven't had the need to put forth that effort until recently...And it's not just Titanfall it's industry wide. Assasin's Creed had some serious blowouts...Call of Duty did...
It's mostly on games where people feel the publisher is "bad" so we'll take justice into our own hands...That game's only worth $40 so, that's all I'm paying.
How am I supposed to feel about the situation at large when it directly impacts us all? Just because people want to save $20?