- Oct 10, 2007
That's part of the reality of the game retail industry in developing nations. Virtually no games are sold "officially", meaning via fully licensed distribution partners, in many of the countries where piracy is most rampant. The vast majority of users who buy legit buy from stores that import from the west or from richer nations of the same region (such as Singapore). Therefore, officially sold "Region 3" games are virtually worthless since they either come in Japanese, or very long after even a European release date.Ryan Sumo said:Regarding price drops, it seems as if there's a bit of disparity between Western and Southeast Asian markets. From what I've heard, it looks like game prices drop considerably a few months after release. In the Philippines at least, until even a year after the PS3 was being sold, old PS2 games were being sold at full price.
To recoup the loss retail outlets must continue to sell legit games at full price since the import costs are so ruinous. Admittedly, this is partly due to piracy (who'd buy an old game at full price in a region unlikely to match their own imported/modded system when they could get it almost free, sooner, and in English?), but also because publishers are simply unwilling or unable to officially distribute there.
Notice the recent E3 announcement that Sony was (finally) going to distribute PS3s in Latin America. The first reaction from the average gamer is "Wait, what? Aren't there thousands of PS3s ALREADY in the richer households all over the continent?" The answer is yes. Possibly millions of latin americans have undoubtedly gotten a PS3 or Xbox 360 into their homes as soon or shortly after launch in the US or Japan.
That's part of the region issue. As most Europeans would know, it's usually cheaper, quicker, and easier (at times) to import everything because the bureaucracy of the region system is so thick that it's usually better not to bother. And it's thick because publishers haven't bothered (which hasn't helped spur attempts to streamline its operation). It becomes a vicious cycle that helps to kill off quick and cheap distribution of titles to places that aren't region 1 or 2 (USA or Japan).