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16Feb 07Living in Australia sucks.
Well not really if you think that Australia is a free country like America and Canada and many parts of Europe and even Japan.
But when it comes to Videogaming, it sucks as a RPG Adventure fan in Australia.
For one thing, Any game that comes to Australia, has to be popular in Noth America first.
The gamers in the UK will agree with me for that as they have to suffer the porly PAL version of games that run 10Hz less than the standard 60Hz of Japan and North America.
So if a game is not popular in North America First, then people like me who live in the wrong end of the Videogame Market can kiss it goodbye.
The RPG's and Adventure games have been some of the most rewarding games that offer a great epic story, plenty of plot twists, and a whole world to explore that can't be matched by a platform game or a Real Time Shooter.
But because of the fact that an RPG and Adventure genre is not as popular as Platform, Fighting, Shooting, Sport and Racing, then that means that there are less RPG's to choose from.
There have been some notable exceptions, like Final Fantasy can easliy be found in Australian stores.
But with other classics like say, Skies of Arcadia from the Dreamcast and GameCube, not only is it NOT a popular, but it is also a game that is only avaliable on consoles that are NOT popular.
Besides, the Dreamcast only survived on the market for only a year and the Gamecube has had verry little sales compared to PS2 and XBox at the time over the last 5 years.
And even if a game like Skies of Arcadia could very well be one of the Greatest RPG's (Or something of a Equal to Final Fantasy 7 and Chrono Trigger (CT was another RPG, that was sadly not released in Australia), it does not mean S*** if that game did not make money in North America.
But what am I doing about it?
Well for one, I be informative.
In the know.
I was verry lucky to get Skies of Arcadia as it was released to Australia, but the problem was that it was only sold at a limited of copies.
That means that even if it was sold in your country, does not mean that every store would have it.
Sometimes you have to search the store or fiersely persway your local game shop that specilises in Videogames to order it and you get it as soon as it arives in store or else if for some missfortune that some lucky person happens to pick it up all because they liked the front cover, you miss out. And you have to wait a few more weeks to get it.
The Virtual Wii's Virtual Console would have been a dream, all the classic games that I never got the chance to play would be able to download, BUT, BECAUSE of all the NTSC and PAL and Region lockout, the Country system that your brought the Wii is only going to have certain games that were originally avaliable from that country. So unless you import from North America, then there is no chance you will ever play Chrono Trigger on the Wii's Virtual Console.
You Americans, are the lucky ones.
So then I would have to go and do the unthinkable, download Emulated games.
I know that some people think it's illegal, but to download emulated games is the only way to play some of the greatest RPG's that were not avaliable in my country.
Plus they are over 10 years old.
So if you think that you are not lucky in America, just think of people in the UK or Australia who are able to play videogames but don't have the choice to invest into turly creative games or have games released months or even years after they were avaliable in North America.
You don't know how lucky you are.
21Nov 06Hi I was wondering how do I make my game reviews?
Do I have to become a subscribed member?
Or can I make game reviews if I reach a certian level in my account?
I just want to know, that's all.
16Nov 06Wow... I am already new here and i am about to pass level one.
I have found out how to create my games list now and I even found some games that were cancelled that I put into my wish list.
Just to let you know my wish list not only has the games that I am waiting for, it also has the games that i wanted but never got because of the games being canned during development or that they were never released to where I live in Australia because they wen't popular enough to be sold in Australia.
This lets me know how many games I should have got but also lets me feel lucky for the games I have now.
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