I've been a fan of PlayStation since their first console. I was a late bloomer when I bought PSOne when pirated games spread the local market here in Philippines. Eventually it faded out coz we already have a law against piracy.
PlayStation 2 came out and I instantly bought my own console when a close friend of mine went to US for a short vacation. There were some consoles can be bought locally but they are already modified for pirated games. I have no problem with that, all I care was I had a console and I know I can afford to buy games I like.
PlayStation 3 came in after few years and I really got excited to get my own. Sadly it was pretty expensive to buy locally. So I waited few years for the price to drop down. I heard PS3 Slim was coming out very cheap and after couple of years I finally got my own.
I instantly bought couple of games and I was satisfied of what I have found. Especially when I bought HDMI cable for my LCD TV. It was awesome. (I heard XBox 360 has a better graphics so no argue with that!)
So, when I registered in PSN via PS3 there was no PHILIPPINES in their country list...still up to today, no Philippines in their list. So I have to use US based address just to complete my registration. I was done, I was happy that I have completed my registration, I can now play multiplayer games. Sadly, I cannot buy games using a credit card.
Okay, I read some forum threads about piracy here in Philippines is very overwhelming. Like you can see them on the sidewalks and street. Who buy them? People who are cheap. Coz life here in Philippines is very hard. Where these pirated copies of DVDs and "BluRay" (coz they're not really BRDs just DVD9s)? I'm sure they came outside the country and inside. Who are making these CDs? Mostly Chinese nationals or from Hong Kong/China.
We can say it's really bad especially for those who are film makers/producers. For me too. Coz only few of us here buy original DVD/BRD. There are stores that sells original copies, trust me. Especially if you're looking for PS3/PSP/XBox games. It's just sad when you cannot get rid of piracy when there are people who still buy pirated copies.
I just wish PlayStation Network will give us Filipinos a chance to register using our country instead of using others, so we can buy non-disc base video games. There are still people who support the original copies. TRUST ME. :)
Note: I have more than a dozen PS3 and few PS2 games, all ORIGINAL!