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Are Companies exploiting you on DLC Content?

For a long time now video games have had regional releases and you can play Region 1 games (from the US) in Region 2 (Europe) on European machines. This isn’t locked and when you order games off the internet it’s best to be sure you are getting the right region game for your machine otherwise any extra content you buy will most likely not work.

What Xbox and Sony don’t tell you is that extra downloadable content (DLC) is non-refundable and companies such as Ubisoft who make the DLC content for their games will not allow you to change a US code for a UK or European code.

For example a UK citizen can see a PS3 game on Amazon for sale at a very reasonable price. Buy that game, wait a whole month for it to be delivered and realise they can’t play online because the game code is region 1 only and not region 2.

Of course you should be able to return the game and get a refund, but shipping it back to America is pricey and the consumer is out of pocket this way.

So this is more of a warning to make sure you are buying games that are the same region as your console. To check this in a store simply look at the bottom of the spine and make sure the correct graphic is present.

Another interesting point I have thought about and wondered because it’s DLC content, is it taxed? Is the consumer paying any tax in the price? Are governments taxing companies DLC profits? How much is the consumer out of pocket and how many people have lost their money because they are not informed about the regional locking of DLC content?

If the games industry is in the billions and DLC content is in the millions? Could the consumer market already be out of pocket by millions? And considering DLC is non-refundable I am betting these companies have already make a fair few millions off this exploit.

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Amazon took my money

I sold an old playstation 2 game on Amazon, I don’t mind selling stuff on Amazon generally but this one, somehow I feel so robbed.

I sold it, get an email telling me to ship it, which I did, I probably deleted the email as I have been having problems with my email and had to clear a load out. Now it comes back to annoy me that I have deleted the shipment email!

I explained what happened over the internet, but today they phoned me up. How do I feel, it makes me annoyed, I feel robbed! It feels as if they don’t want to give my money back which they took.

They are a multi-billion pound company, no wonder they are so rich when they don’t give back your money! Hopefully I will get it back, but it feels as if has been lost long ago know! 😦 I am so very sad today.