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Tailored Carpet V.I.P- Platinum Member
| "Re(3):PS3 Region Free: IS THIS TRUE?!?" , posted Sat 25 Mar 06:56|
Someone at Sony finally opened their eyes and realized that Region Protection just fuels piracy anyway!
I mean, I haven't modded my PS2, but I've thought about it because of games available only in Japan or Europe (mainly before the Winning Eleven series hit the North American shores), but if I had, I tell you I wouldn't have bought a single game after that, what's the point. If the company forces me to mod its system to suit my needs, why would I make the effort of buying games when I can download them after that...
I think you're right, but I think that's a stupid outlook at the same time. I mean, you're right, because region locking absolutely DOES fuel piracy. Many people just want to play some or one import game, mod their system, then find out they can do...other things.
But saying "because they region locked, now there's no point in me paying for anything" is apples and oranges. If you have so little honor to download every game you play, then your attitude is already "why pay for it if I don't have to?" Region locking is just an excuse and not so great an insult as to repeatedly commit a crime.
It's not piracy that I'm condemning so much as justification. I can't condemn piracy, because I've downloaded things myself. However, now that I have money, I don't so much, because I don't get much satisfaction from having something I don't actually own.
BUT...I think a good way to reduce piracy and make companies try harder is to make demos of games widely available and downloadable. There are MANY games that I've wasted money on because I didn't know what they were really like (reviews RARELY help). If people could download demos, they might do that, rather than download games (it's faster after all). That way the justification of "I'm not paying for a game that might totally suck" is out, since you'll know if a game is good or not BEFORE you buy it.
The people who don't need any justification and will pirate at any excuse (why pay for it if I don't have to?) are probably lost causes anyway.
I think a lot of companies are probably afraid of publishing demos, though...because they know their games aren't good enough.
Tailored Carpet V.I.P- Platinum Member
| "Re(1):Alternative retail justification?" , posted Sat 25 Mar 12:14|
After reading this I'm curious how you feel about people who only purchase used copies of readily available games.
Every time you buy something you're supporting SOMETHING, even if it's the used game market...if you want to look at it that way.
Buuut...you're still showing a demand for the product. For example, if used copies of a game are in high demand, then the company (if they're smart) will create a second print of it (or a remake). In that case, the used market actually helped the creators. This isn't especially uncommon.
But that's not what I'm getting at. I honestly don't much care for "supporting companies" until the piracy situation gets so bad that it makes them incapable of making games.
My issue here isn't about support, it's about not breaking the law. Or rather, not justifying your breaking of the law.
That being said, if I was a developer, I wouldn't want people to pirate MY games, but if the alternative was them not playing them at all, I'd rather have them pirated.
| "Re(4):PS3 Region Free: IS THIS TRUE?!?" , posted Sat 25 Mar 14:23|
I'm irritated that I can't play import PS1 games anymore, myself, since I only have an English PS2 now. I wonder if there's a boot disk option for that, though...
You can, believe it or not, use a PSone game shark CD to boot imports with a flip top. Just load the disc up, wait till you can choose to start the game, CHOOSE to start the game and when it tells you to switch the disc you do so with the new lid. Press X a couple of times and you're on your way.
There's also an (apparently) all-region Breaker Pro for the PSone that you can use the same way, which costs more but lacks the annoying Shark loading video and can change the video mode too, IIRC.