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Old 01-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #1
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Petition for White House to ban Region Locking

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These Guys Want The White House To Ban Console Region-Locking
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NeoGAF frequenter and helpful Japanese translator Cheesemeister has started a petition to ask the White House to ban region-locking.

Region-locking, the practice of restricting game consoles to one specific country or region and only that specific country or region, has been criticized by gamers for decades now. If a console is region-locked, you can't use it to play imports. Which really sucks for Americans who are into Japanese games (and vice versa).

You might be wondering: isn't this a global issue? Cheesemeister writes: "Ultimately, there'd have to be bilateral legislative action, but you have to start somewhere. A US-side ban on region-locking would require that products sold in the US wouldn't prevent you from playing imported digital media."

Okay. So there's a White House petition. Some might say, "Are you ****ing kidding me? You're petitioning the White House about region-locking? This is the stupidest thing ever."

That's not what I say. I say, power to you, Cheesemeister and crew. As video game fans, we're often at the whim of giant money-mongering corporations who control what we play and how we play it. That's frustrating. And sometimes our options are limited. Sometimes, no matter how crushed we might feel by the weight of companies who have asshole-ish practices like region-locking, it's comforting to know that at least in some small way, everyone can have a voice. Even if it is in the form of a ridiculous White House petition.

Go sign it.
SOURCE - http://kotaku.com/5976918/these-guys...region+locking
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:02 PM   #2
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In all honesty I think this is kind of stupid. The Government doesn't give a shit about how hard it is for you to import games (they don't even care about your right to defend your home, for shit's sake).
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:08 PM   #4
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #5
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Good news for us Aussies. We'd be able to import from America and finally feel the love of a game that doesn't cost $100. And if the Australian market wants to still have a fighting chance, they'll know what's good for them and finally lower the prices here.
However, is it the console that's region-locked, or the games?
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However, is it the console that's region-locked, or the games?

From what I understand, it's region-locking as a whole, both hardware and software region-locking.

Until now, I didn't realize at how specific region-locking can be.
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My PS3 isn't region locked but some games like Persona 4 Arena for example, are region locked. It'd be cool if they weren't anymore but I doubt the government would do anything about it.
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In all honesty I think this is kind of stupid. The Government doesn't give a shit about how hard it is for you to import games (they don't even care about your right to defend your home, for shit's sake).
I kind of agree with you, the government wouldn't really care.
May as well sign it anyway, only takes a minute.

Signed it too.
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