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  • unmanneddrone 10:58 pm on September 24, 2012 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Forgive my countrymen, bowls. We’re perhaps used to dealing with mobsters, like triple A game publishers and their pricing antics in the Antipodes, where not even European language localisation requirements can justify the gouge. Retail? Yeah, get some return on the smaller population, but digital!?

    That said, and far be it a feeble clearing of conscience, but if I picked up triple A titles more often, I’d have a stronger position on it. Kotaku AU had an article recently on the Skyrim price-drop on Steam in Australia. Would anyone here pay $93USD for Skyrim? Mass Effect 2 is almost $80AUD STILL.

    Have a gander at some top rip-offs. With Warhammer 40K Space Marine a whopping 97AUD – over a 100USD – you can see why some folks turn to Eastern Europe.

  • RedSwirl 11:23 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    Looks like I got one of the last copies. Still didn’t get the scan of the box, just the code in order history. I’ll request one soon enough though.

    Won’t have a lot of time for B2 right now though. Next week I actually intend to get back in RE2 before 6 came out. Anybody else try out the latest demo? It’s been very polarizing but I honestly like it. Capcom basically threw their hands up here and said “If we’re making basically Gears with horror-themed enemies, then we’re not gonna fuck around with it, we’re just gonna do it”. I honestly don’t think they’ve done a bad job in that respect. Controls-wise it feels much more even than RE5.

  • unmanneddrone 9:55 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 Yeah, that’s the place those scallywags back home used. It used to be a bit of a crapshoot with these operations, but now competition is fierce and if you deliver a bad product, the feedback by customers can sink you when the other bloke is delivering decently.

    Keep an eye out. Pennies can be saved. They should be back in stock soon on that particular site.

  • RedSwirl 6:25 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    So the main issue in the case of B2 (which is region-free) is figuring out how trustworthy the vendors are. I just read the fine print on CDKeyDeals and it says that they actually send you a photo of the retail box, so I guess that’s cool. Too bad they’re sold out now.

    Edit: This one seem trustworthy to you? http://cdkeyshere.com/borderlands-2-cd-key.html?tracking=4e4656fceacc7

  • unmanneddrone 5:58 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 I’ve a few folks back home who can vouch for Borderlands 2 working beautifully, no need to do any of that VPN business. Personal experiences? Space Marine, Rage, Dead Island and a few others. No issues.

    I’ve read the horror stories, but a lot of that comes from people not reading the fine print on some titles. It also depends on where you stand. Save a few bob and Ivan in a former satellite state lets you into the party, or wait for a sale and let the mighty greenback stay in the land of the free and home of the brave.

    Convic-er, I mean, Australians love their grey market because it’s one of the very few ways to dodge the hideous price gouging that goes on digitally.

    Just something to ponder, if you’re really that keen. I don’t know where the Squad stands on this, but as long as they’re not stolen keys, I consider it just another avenue in a globalised world. Best way to start is to read the feedback under particular games on vendor sites.

  • RedSwirl 4:42 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    @unmanneddrone The hell is this?! And how common is this?!

    Edit: Looked them up and got a list of risks and whatnot involved. VPN and spoofing requirements, key bannings, stores selling stolen keys, etc. I’d have to get some kind of serious confirmation on that one.

  • unmanneddrone 2:06 pm on September 23, 2012 Permalink
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    @redswir1 Ahem…

    Gregor could be heard coming from a mile away, that distinct thrum of a Lada engine whose loud burble syncopated with the screech of clawing gears and backfires. It was a cool Rostov eve, the sun reclaimed once more by the early arrival of a winter’s night. Red cupped his hands, puffing hot air and squeezing his fingers to fend off the encroaching threat of chill. Atop the approaching ratcheting noise of the Russian vehicle, Red heard the blast of horns from the Don harbour, as river traffic turned from ferries to night barges that plied produce down to Voronezh and the sea of Azov.

    Gregor arrived, the dim beams of the headlights playing off the old walls and pipes of the abandoned industrial plant Red found himself waiting in. The Lada’s engine sputtered as Gregor turned the key, opening the door and raising two big burly hands.

    Priyatel! I thought I had wrong address. Now…” Gregor motioned to the back of the Lada, “What you need? I have. You tell me.” The thickset Russian clomped around the Lada and opened the door.
    “It depends.”
    Depends? Let me make deal, Muzhyik.” Dragging a long wooden case from the rear of the Lada, Gregor gestured with a nod at the cargo. “Is prime. Dragunov, I throw in scope and box of bullets. This? Forget the 74, this is Motherland’s best.”
    Red shook his head. “No man, no guns. Not that gun, anyway. I was hoping you could help me wi-.”
    “Kubanskaya!” The Russian interrupted, sliding the box back into the rear of the car and elevating a bottle of vodka. “Is export quality, this I can say. Russian holy water, Priyatel, I baptise in this.”
    “Man, no. Look, I’ve got a plane in an hour. I’m after one thing.”
    The Russian grinned, eyes narrowing and pointing a stubby finger in the dim light.
    “Ah ha, yes. I know. I know! You Americans.” Gregor shook his head and laughed. “You after dirty maga-”
    “Borderlands, man.” Red interrupted, exasperated. “No rifles, no booze, no smut. Borderlands 2.”

    The Russian froze, his stillness portraying fear if it hadn’t been for the lethargic wink Red caught in the moonlight and reflected illumination from the silent Lada’s headlamps.

    “You want sequel? You want good price?” Gregor walked slowly around from behind the vehicle. He stepped up to the foreigner, to such a proximity that the bouquet of spirits, tobacco and cabbage took on a tangible, horrifying presence in Red’s mouth. Gregor squinted. “I give you good price, Tovarish. I give you fine price indeed.”

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