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Region Locking is the Most Annoying Aspect to Gaming

I've spent the last nineteen years playing video games so you can imagine that in that time I've grown an interesting collection of titles and a certain fondness for specific genres. With that I've also taken a liking to many development houses that aren't as close to home as I'd like them to be; however there was always the choice of importing the titles that were important to me.

Since my early days of gaming I've always wondered why consoles weren't as easily accessible in terms of region-locking. Why is region-locking a big deal considering the money spent still goes to the developers on the other end of the transaction. I understand that we have VAT and all sorts of import taxes and other various issues but that shouldn't deflect someone from not buying a title just because it's overseas... of course, that would be the preferred thought but it doesn't work that way.

I applaud Nintendo and Sony for releasing both their handhelds (and in Sony's case Playstation 3) totally region-free. It's probably the best thing that's ever happened to gaming and those platforms for me lead the way to letting people play what they pay for, especially when that title hasn't or will not be released state-side.

The most recent title I imported was Hexyz Force by Sting on the PSP. Now that's an RPG and with me living in the United Kingdom I find that we miss out on a lot of these titles because publishers aren't interested in licensing titles (especially PSP ones) as they're costly. My thought there is if they don't try they'd never know how well a title does but no one's out there giving these games a chance.

I also imported Demon's Souls when it was released in America and it's one of my favourite games for the Playstation 3... it's hard to believe that it's still not out on European shores considering how much of a hit it was in both Japan and the US. BlazBlue also had the same issues but was actually picked up rather quickly however I love the American limited edition set and wouldn't trade it for the rubbish European one any day.

Overall, I now have 15 imported titles shared between the PSP, Nintendo DS and Playstation 3. Many of them never came anywhere near me and some came out a year and a half to two years later. It's 2010 and I'm no longer willing to wait 2 years for a game to reach European shores as most games are pre-translated in America before they ever reach here.

With all of that down; I think it's time to remove region-locking from games and let people do what they want. Technologies come far yet this still seems to be a trivial matter that should have been resolved years ago.

Here's hoping that the next generation will be more forgiving.

I've Had It With COD4 Idiots!

I'm sick and tired of Call of Duty 4. The reason is simple, there are way too many kids and absolute idiots playing which is totally damaging the atmosphere of the Game.

Tonight I went from clean sheet to being avoided by players for absolutely nothing. I've been playing the game since it's inception and have thoroughly enjoyed it whilst playing. I only ever play with friends though so we use the XBOX Party chat feature now, but before then it was 1-on-1 chats with mates while playing.

I'm also sick of being sent derogatory messages from players after rounds. There's no need for the hostility considering it's only a game and is meant to be fun not a freaking life or death situation.

So, I'm officially throwing in the towel. I hate the game now and I don't think I'll be buying the future titles with players like this stinking up the Community. What was once a fun pass-time has turned into a bitter experience.

Thanks to all who I may have played online, the matches were awesome!

Reviving My GS Account

It's been over a year since I've given my GameSpot Account any love so over the next few months I'll be working towards giving a full re-bound. I'm working through my old Retro stuff which is all packed away and plan to all all of that along with my latest purchases.

I've had a busy year but if anything's kept me going it's my Game Collection. I know this doesn't mean much to anyone else but I just feel the need to write something.

Here's to a full revival :)

Prepared to 'Finish the Fight'?

In answer to the question above, I know I am. Halo 3 arrives in the UK tommorow (as it's out in America today) and already I'm feeling the edge of waiting.

I was a huge fan of Halo 1 & 2 but was extremely dissapointed with the end of Halo 2. Now, it's time for Bungie to show what they have in store for us and according to Jeff Gerstmann it's going to be one hell of a battle.

I didn't play the Beta Online stuff just because I couldn't be bothered with the 'kids' who end up on it. However, I'm looking forward to trying it in the full game in all it's glory.

I'm looking forward to playing and reviewing Halo 3 and tommorow will be one hell of a day !

Nintendo Wii, All Hype with No Substance

When I first seen the Nintendo Wii, I said wow, much like the many millions that have bought into the Console's hype since it's launch in December. Nine months down the line, I feel the Console stagnating both in Games and the Control Scheme. Overall, do I think this could be a Gamecube reprisal . . . indeed I do.

Nintendo have thus far not managed to make a decent Console since the Nintendo 64 and the Wii is bound to recieve it's fair share of damage from being both under-powered and a tacked-on Console that tries to revive the Gamecube generation. Personally, I think Nintendo should have made a Controller adapter for the Gamecube instead of building a whole 'new' Console, it would have made more sense.

It's questionable how Nintendo think this Console will live over the hype it has generated. Currently, the Japanese are dropping the Console for more favorable Gaming Systems (X360, PS3 & PC) to gain a better gaming experience.

After catching up with Iwata-san's most recent Nintendo Press E-Mail on the Nintendo Wii's position in the Gaming Industry, he has stated that he's currently not happy with the current direction the Wii is taking and that he does not feel that the Nintendo Wii has been a success. "Everyone thinks Wii is such a success, but Nintendo hasn't become overproud of it. It's a good start, but it's only the beginning. We want to have the customers continue playing. We want to continue coming up with new proposals to them, and have them keep playing. Only then can we say that we've accomplished our goals. We've been preparing to make things happen."

Currently, the Wii's fate is undecided and as sales drop, it makes you wonder what the next choice for Nintendo will be. I personally hope it won't be the end of the Console but Nintendo need to stop aiming for new Gamers and take care of the fan-base they have currently.

This emphasis on new gamers will undoubtedly cause Gamers to turn away from Nintendo if they don't soon see improvements and less Party-Based games coming to Store shelves.