JiggleBiscuits wrote:Rooks wrote:Rachael wrote:I wish all systems were region free. I'm sure there's some good reason for region-locking, but it's a pain in the ass buying two complete systems.
Well, technically, they do not want people to import systems or games from Gambia -where they are sold at a discount because of the local economy- to the US or Japan, where people pay full price. But, this has been largely disproven, because of import fees, restrictions, shipping cost, etc. They still only hold onto these older regional systems when they are forced to make games on major media formats, ie the DVD or the Blu-Ray. This explains why the PSP (UMD-based) and the VITA (some kind of SD card-like system) are not region-restricted.
Companies have no business telling us what we can or can't do with our money.
There's no excuse for region locking.
The actual reason there's region-locking is that companies are given distribution rights, and they don't want those distribution rights impeded upon.
When a company like Atlus buy the rights to publish a game in North America, it is with the knowledge that they will have a monopoly on that game in that region, and as such the price of the liscensing goes up. If there was no such guarantee, then companies would be far less likely to localize.