Why do companies legion lock the system?

#21ChikaraXPosted 1/16/2013 8:08:37 AM
It's to have control over distribution.

Certain games might be banned in some countries.. Region locking will prevent players to play these games (Sony doesn't like region locks anymore and it's a thorn in many publishers sides.. Like Sega.. But some PS3 games actually did get a region lock)

When it comes to Japanese games.. There was an interview with a publisher and he actually said that he didn't want the West to play their games.. Oh.. And uhm.. Remember when THIS happened?
http://kotaku.com/5932792/phantasy-star-online-2-is-now-japan-only-sorry

And IF these games are actually released there might be forms of censoring.
1. Cultural differences (Religion and stuff like that, swastika, nuclear bombs etc.)
2. Sexual innuendo (For instance skimpy dressed anime girls is a reason for some people to cry 'Child Pornography') I still can't get over the fact that some countries banned Dead or Alive Dimensions because of this.

Random Gamefaqser
Who cares if it has a region lock or not.. Only a handful of people import games.

You said it.. Why region lock if only REAL FANS OF A GAME import a game or 2 because it's not being localized.

Quoting Wiki
Pricing. It is difficult to maintain a single pricing structure that can be applied worldwide. Region-locking a console means that there is no need for pricing parity across the world; different territories can have different prices for games without people simply shopping "wherever is cheaper".

Sensitive regions. Some games could be regarded as offensive for religious or political reasons, and regional lockout may be required to prevent these games from being distributed in sensitive countries.

Staggered launches. If a console is region-locked, then staggered launches of the games would be easier, as console producers could easily control the huge bow-wave of people wanting a game the moment it is released.
#22RocketZXbluePosted 1/16/2013 10:59:12 PM
ChikaraX posted...
It's to have control over distribution.
2. Sexual innuendo (For instance skimpy dressed anime girls is a reason for some people to cry 'Child Pornography') I still can't get over the fact that some countries banned Dead or Alive Dimensions because of this.

ROFL wow, I see the reasoning but still LOL japan has balls the other regoins don't LOL
#23elsmittyPosted 1/16/2013 11:03:01 PM
IHeartMetroid posted...
It's all about control.

They want you to see what THEY want you to see, to be controlled by what THEY want you to do and know.

Because when you have the control, you have the power. It's happening everywhere- more and more control is being taken away from the consumer and given to the proprietor- in how you buy your software, how you use your software, even how you deal with your software after you no longer want it.

Ever wonder why they hate used stuff so much? It's because it represents a revenue stream that's traveled out of their control.


I agree with this statement.
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#24TheTrueNubPosted 1/17/2013 12:55:23 AM
Games in Japan are much more expensive and they want to keep it that way.

Prevents reverse importing, it's why you don't see dual-audio in a ton of things either.
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