Submitted by Aclay 1228d ago | opinion piece

The Worst Countries In The World To Be A Gamer

Gamesradar- The physical act of gaming should not be difficult. The word 'game', by its very nature, implies fun, recreation, and a general lack of stress. In reality though, gaming is not always the carefree frolic through a sunlit Disney meadow that it rightly should be. While many of us enjoy an uninterrupted fine old time, in some parts of the world gaming is rather a struggle. (3DS, Culture, PC, PS Vita, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)

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Blastoise  +   1228d ago
Poor Australia :( and I thought we were getting screwed over here in the UK
Nimblest-Assassin  +   1228d ago
I know man... not only does violence get abolished from some games, and others are outright banned... they're games are expensive as f***

I've been partaking in the steam summer sale, got skyrimm for 29 bucks, borderlands, fallout 3 GOTY edition and GTA episodes from liberty city for 5 bucks each

The aussies had to pay the normal price we pay here in canada, and the games were on sale too


Feel really bad for the aussies
mafiahajeri  +   1228d ago
Well here in the middle east we have terrible net although we have some up sides like getting games early and there not that expensive Also I'm pretty sure Aussies lag with pretty much everyone not in or around. Australia so yes Aussies are having it the worst!
TiberusX87  +   1228d ago
The RRP for "Next Generation" games when they first started being sold in Australia was $119.00 AUD. That's not to mention the 360 was $650.00 and the PS3 60GB was $999.00 - Also take into account that our currency value is almost the same as the US too.

It's getting a lot more competitive now that people are moving to online shopping, so the standard price in stores is around $79.00 now.

However, a lot of us still just buy online. Places like http://ozgameshop.com sell PAL Region games for no more than $60.00 and have great specials, rewards etc. - The majority of my games I pick up for around $30-$40 which I think is similar to the US?
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AusRogo  +   1228d ago
We are getting an r18+ for our games though so that will allow the more violent games in like Mortal Kombat. But yeah, it blows over here. 80-90 for a new release? Hell, sometimes even 110$ depending on where u shop.
Rhythmattic  +   1227d ago

+1 for ozgameshop.

Have saved a fortune buying from ozgameshop.
I bought from them when they started out as ebay store, and now have about 60 tiltles sitting on my shelf thanks to them.
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THESONYPS3  +   1227d ago
Aussies do earn more alot more money than Americans for wages, don't know aobut Canada though.

ALso aussies can just use the OzGameShop for brand new games that are $50. Also most games are about $79- $89 new. Finally New Zealand games cost more..
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Kevin ButIer  +   1227d ago
Nice reading, thanks for the post.
Red_Orange_Juice  +   1227d ago
OK ok ok ok but stop talking about 'expensive' compare average and minimum wages from US, Canada and Australia - not so pricy anymore

People in Australia simply make more , wanna ask about games being pricy? Ask gamers from South America or Eastern Europe
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SolidStoner  +   1227d ago
LATVIA, Lithuania and Estonia are the worst.

we have the same support from Sony like in African Jungle! Seriously! Google it!

I cant register my country, I cant buy anything legally, and i cant use any programs (netflix etc.)except games.

At least Microsoft is supporting us here, pity I dont like Microsoft and buy only Sony's products!
andibandit  +   1227d ago

terrible net in the middle east??

explains why it's always some middle eastern named guy who kills me in MW3.
nukeitall  +   1227d ago
You can't really say expensive and not compare buying power! It's like saying people in third world countries things games in the US are expensive! No sheit!
GrumpyVeteran  +   1227d ago
Yes Aussies earn more, but everything essential costs more anyway, thus we're pretty much even.
thats_just_prime  +   1227d ago
I'd say japan cause they are so racit they wont play american games at all. Hell they hang signs over ameican games that read "western dogcrap"
Pushagree  +   1228d ago
Glad I live in a civilized country where free speech is held dear. Banning media is about on the same level as barbarism to me.
nukeitall  +   1227d ago
I agree!

It's amazing what people have to put up with in other countries. Us Americans are spoiled!
b777conehead  +   1227d ago
if obama stays in 4 more years you can kiss our freedoms buy buy
Matpan  +   1227d ago
"It's amazing what people have to put up with in other countries"... In many cases with you guys :P hahahaha

Now, jokes asides, try gaming in south america... Argentina at least: Expensive as hell! To begin with, each buck costs like 5 pesos and even then, resalers want to make a nice profit over the full retail price... So do the maths...
1Victor  +   1228d ago
could be worse in Dominican Republic there's a 2 to 6 hours of electric power at random thru the day.
JoNaZ_RG  +   1227d ago
True my friend, I feel your pain. But in Dominican Republic is not just the electric power, but the game prices and consoles are outrageous. It is better just importing it from the USA.
badz149  +   1228d ago
gaming in Australia is pretty bad
I remember spending AU$978 for the 60GB PS3 + 1 extra sixaxis + R:FoM + Motorstorm back then! ahh...what a BARGAIN that was...if you live in there LOL! that was right before 40GB and I really didn't want the stripped down 40GB!

retail games are crazy expensive too! I got Uncharted DF for AU$78 during a sale at JB HiFi and then I learnt that eBay is much better to save money and that's when I started buying stuff from eBay!
YoungKingDoran  +   1228d ago
haha yeah fight the power
"omg retail is dying... WHY!?"
because we aint chumps anymore, chumps!
JoNaZ_RG  +   1227d ago
and I wanted to move to AUS so bad, but if prices of foreign electronic are that high, never mind.
ELite_Ghost  +   1227d ago
theres so much to do in australia tho, and their women 0_0
tee_bag242  +   1228d ago
Being from Australia I can confirm this. Prices are stupid. Most of my game I now import from the UK.
Vortex3D  +   1227d ago
Does Australia gov monitor their local gamers playing illegal or banned games on the network?
awesomeperson  +   1227d ago

As far as I know, they don't.
tee_bag242  +   1226d ago
I don't believe they do. I imported the new Solder of Fortune 2 when i came out, L4D2, GTA4...many others.
I'm sure they could confiscate it if they wanted to get tough though.
ChrisW  +   1228d ago
I wonder how bad it is to be a gamer in North Korea???
badz149  +   1228d ago
you don't game in North Korea! never! they play with real guns ONLY!
gatormatt80  +   1227d ago
ChrisW You can't miss what you don't know exists. Their leader doesn't allow any " propaganda" from outside his country.
ChrisW  +   1227d ago

So true. NBC's Richard Engel asked a computer science major in N. Korea about social networking, Facebook and Twitter, and the student had absolutely NO CLUE what he was talking about.
M83_  +   1228d ago
Australian's are hot.

There. I've made my contribution to the discussion.
INehalemEXI  +   1227d ago
If I was in a country where a game costed almost as much as the system ....I would move.
r1sh12  +   1227d ago
Theres a few issues with this. ITs all been converted to dollars which is fine to determine the value but currency makes a difference.
Its the same with clothes, e.g a hollister hoody in the U.S is around $40-$60, in the UK its £40-£60 depending on the hoody etc.
The montary value is higher in the UK, but that is due to currency.
Also new console games cost $60 in the US, and a new game in the UK costs roughly £35-$40, so taking into account of currency they are actually fairly similar.
This article is not accurate IMO
6yo  +   1227d ago
and I thought we were getting screwed over here in the UK
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No, but other countries are screwed by english ppl.
Nobody wants to play with them bcuz they thing like jewish ppl WE ARE THE CHOSEN ONES. ..I..
tachy0n  +   1228d ago
people should rise against this BS!!!!
WeskerChildReborned  +   1228d ago
Time to protest! lol
ApolloTheBoss  +   1228d ago
Yes, start an online protest! Don't worry bout it, Aussies! The US got your back!
JoNaZ_RG  +   1227d ago
Yea right! lol
ALLWRONG  +   1227d ago
I don't think most Americans really care about prices of gaming in Australia or anywhere else.
ApolloTheBoss  +   1227d ago
Then I'm not referring to those Americans.
ChronoJoe  +   1228d ago
Why didn't they include Japan? I'm pretty sure retail games are even cheaper than in the US there.
The Great Melon  +   1228d ago
Nope they can be about $100 if you check the exchange of yen to dollars on some of the bigger releases.
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ChronoJoe  +   1228d ago
Hm, why did Atlus say they prevented the JP import of Persona 4 Arena because it enabled US / EU consumers to get the games for far less, then?
TheLeapist  +   1228d ago
It's because you have it backwards. They put the restriction to stop Japanese gamers from doing the importing from EU/US
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badz149  +   1228d ago
Japan is pretty bad too but not Aussie bad lol!
1st, game prices are not standard and the higher the profile of the game, the higher the price will be! most almost all new games are more expensive than in the US too!

2nd, if you want to complaint about games from Japan not reaching the west, it's worst there where many more western games don't even reach there due to low demand and not many Japanese publishers want to take a hit from venturing the market with western games! XBOX and 360's sales in the definitive proof of this!
ChronoJoe  +   1227d ago
Oh I see.

Makes more sense actually. Sorta. I mean JP consumers would have had to wait then import from US / EU so it doesn't seem very viable either way for them to import for cheaper prices unless they enjoy getting their games months late...

Either way that makes more sense with the yen being like it is right now. My bad. :)
h311rais3r  +   1228d ago
Aussies have it rough. The heat, overpriced games and related content, delayed releases, banned games and poisonous critters in da potties. I feel sorry for the CoD fans over there....but I'm sure they're smart enough to not buy the same thing each year /troll
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DeadIIIRed  +   1228d ago
I don't pity the Aussies since the male-to-female ratio there is very beneficial for the male population haha.
Theangrybogan  +   1228d ago
It's the middle of winter in in Australia, IM FREEZING MY ARSE OFF!

That being said the the range of games isn't that dramatically effected, it just means that many games that are 18+ or 17+ in other countries are 15+ here, sometimes games get edited, sometimes they get banned, so gamers just buy online.

The prices are crap, but the dollar is ok, many webstores offer free delivery, so a lot of gamers just buy online.

It sucks to be a games RETAILER in Australia, but it's still awesome to be an Aussie gamer!
peowpeow  +   1227d ago

Only other thing I can say we have is terrible lag unless playing with Aus/NZ players
Pozzle  +   1227d ago
"Aussies have it rough. The heat,"

The heat's one of the best things about living here in Australia. I just wish it was hot all year 'round. :D
Dingodile  +   1228d ago
What about Iran ?
We pay 120-130$ for a new game & even 30-40$ for a 2006,2007 second hand game.
These days the price of a 160gb PS3 is about 700$ & a 250gb X360 is about 800$.
TheObserver  +   1228d ago

Probably because of all the trade sanctions the US and its allies have against Iran. You have to buy them from from middle men who are not legally bound by US and its allies' laws. That is my guess. Is that correct?
Eamon  +   1228d ago
Yeah pretty much. I wonder when governments will understand that these type of sanctions in non-War times hit the people the hardest rather than the regime.
Soldierone  +   1228d ago
They won't ever "learn" lmao. The governments are about making money just like business' its stupid. They come with any excuse in the world to raise prices or change things.

"Oh we just argued with the middle east, gas prices will go up now" and they literally go up the same day it happens, not when the effect takes place.

"Oh we just cleared a deal, prices will go down" and they gradually go down for the next month, before going right back up......
ShaunCameron  +   1228d ago
Canada's close proximity to America is probably the only reason why game prices are bearable. And some people do have the luxury to go cross-border shopping. But **** these trade tariffs and sales taxes (both federal and provincial).
justpassinggas  +   1227d ago
Damn the HST! Can't even buy stuff online from other provinces without getting dinged an extra 8% (Ontario).
ShaunCameron  +   1227d ago
I live in Quebec. Add language laws on top of that.
CanadianTurtle  +   1228d ago

Everything there costs a fortune. I remember when Spiderman 2 the movie came out on DVD, here in Canada it was 24 bucks new. In Dubai it was 70 bucks new, I am not kidding you.

Now imagine games prices...
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Rashonality  +   1228d ago
Actually it's not that bad
i'm from KSA which is next to UAE where Dubai is located and the prices here and there in Dubai are normal, we get games for 230 Dirhams(UAE curency) or Riyals (KSA currency) which equals about 60$ U.S with no tax (at least here in KSA)

so yeah, we got it pretty good, the only problem we face is with the collectors editions and banned games which we usually pay extra for (and i mean extra as in over the normal price for it)

i believe you went to some famous store in a big mall or something, some store make you pay extra for their name so yeah...we got it some what good
mafiahajeri  +   1228d ago
Exchange rate my friend that's your problem I'm from Kuwait and I'm currently in Texas and everything's much cheaper here than back home but when you come to Kuwait you will be like " wow everything's expensive" simply put its expensive for foreigners. Thank god for our oil and our strong currency :D BUT the Us is starting to get expensive but that's mainly because of the oil prices going up which in turn makes the dollar value go down. Inflation kicks in because the prices of oil are inflated and the world goes round because of oil so in the end prices go up. Black gold my friend black gold ;)
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doctorstrange  +   1228d ago
North Korea
Unexpecta  +   1228d ago
I was just going to mention Antarctica as the worst place to be a gamer in the world, even though it isn't a country.

But now that you mention it, I don't know which one I would choose between the two, Antarctica or North Korea?
SovereignSnaKe  +   1228d ago
-This is why I'm bringing by North American 360 with me to Germany! :D
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unkn0wn  +   1228d ago
North American huh? Try picking up a console in Mexico.

Just don't be surprised when your WiiStation 360 can only play Super Nintendo games.

True story.
The_Devil_Hunter  +   1228d ago
Oh man tell me about it. Family is from Mexico City and wow everything down there is piracy and games are like 100 bucks brand new there too. I remember my cousins husbnd in Mexico had a game console that played PS3 games along with Wii games but they had to be pirated only though. Unbelievable.
violents  +   1228d ago
austrailia definetly has it rough, however in the first graph based on costs might not hold real true. As far as I know the minimum wage in austrailia is almost twice what it is here, given that they probably have a much higher cost of living. I'm not sure how realistic it is but if you compare our mimimums and translate that to the graph it would cut the aust. numbers almost in half putting them much closer to our numbers.

I'm not sure if that would really work out but it's interesting.
TiberusX87  +   1228d ago
I'll give you a rough idea as someone from Western Australia. Our minimum wage is around 35K and the average cost of rent in Perth is $400.00 - $450.00 per week. We have a lot of people on a boom from the mining that earn ridiculous money (80K+), but it's hardly the majority. Most of us sit within that $40k - $60K mark.
taquito  +   1228d ago
every country in africa

every country in africa is the worst country to be anything

-i'm from africa, and its true
DragonKnight  +   1228d ago
Greenland is worse.
Brownghost  +   1228d ago
didnt they ban consoles in China
hongthay  +   1228d ago
They are not officially licensed for sale. You have to import from outside the country, usually Hong Kong. The Chinese make great use of Taobao (A more unique version of Ebay.). Also, there are little shops here and there that import the games and sell them at a slightly inflated price.
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DragonKnight  +   1228d ago
Australia still has it the worst, not only because of price, but because of their ridiculous review board and government banning the sale of some M rated games. Mortal Kombat anyone?
BitbyDeath  +   1228d ago
R18 games are to be introduced to Australia next year.
Better late than never...
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Keeperofzion  +   1228d ago
Bump to the guy talking China. They even have laws for time played on PC games. Talk about a funny case in court...

Gamer "Your Honor you see It was my Little brother."
Judge "Your family has more than two children?"
Gamer "I mean it was my dog"
Judge "Your letting dinner play on the computer?"
Gamer "Um it was my dad yea he was playing WOW all night."
Judge "Your dad plays Alliance? Isn't that Code for American?"
Gamer "Yea um it was me I played for 5 hours last night"
Judge "Off with your hands"
(A joke, please know I am 1/2 Asian so its ok for me to make jokes about my own people)
China sucks! You cannot play for extended hours online. Have more than one child or actually afford the Ipad you manufacture.
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   1228d ago
being "asian" doesn't necessarily make you chinese, and being half asian doesn't make it ok lolz simply being asian and being chinese are two different things. i really hope you know the difference lolz
TheFinalEpisode  +   1227d ago
But it's still funny xD
DFresh  +   1228d ago
Makes me glad I'm American.
AmkOwns  +   1228d ago
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TXIDarkAvenger  +   1228d ago
I don't really count Canada as getting screwed over tbh.
chobit_A5HL3Y  +   1228d ago
gaming is pretty good here ^^
clevernickname  +   1227d ago
Yeah, I was wondering where this article got their valuation from, because we're apparently paying a 30% premium over American prices and our new game prices are, to the best of my knowledge, the same. Unless they are counting game hardware or the cost of used/older games.
byrnezy  +   1228d ago
Yep it sucks being an Aussie gamer :(
peowpeow  +   1227d ago
You buying retail? It'd suck for me too :P
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Ghost_Sparta  +   1227d ago
I don't know why you said that... We don't have any kind of censorship, we normally have the major games at lauch and almost every kind of collectors editions, we have decent net services... the only inconviniente is that we are living a bad economic depression: it's really more difficult to buy a game whith a price of 69 Euros or a console of 299 Euros; and the unemployed people are growing, means less money spent in this kind of stuff, people have prioritys... But considering Portugal to be the worst place to be a gamer I think is exagerating!
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urwifeminder  +   1228d ago
Im a happy australian gamer .
hongthay  +   1228d ago
I am a gamer in Thailand, and the online kills me. The games are imported, at a slightly inflated price, but that's bearable. Never being able to connect unless it is a Sony server is the worst. Good luck attempting a lag-free Xbox Live connection.

Also, some games are blocked on Steam as well, such as the recent sale of Batman Arkham City, which I really wanted to pick up.
timzone  +   1228d ago
As a New Zealander I import most of my games now. Unless it's a major title that I may buy DLC for. The high cost is no only with games. As an example the Nexus 7 16gb tablet translates to almost US$350!!!
level 360  +   1228d ago
Not a happy Australian consumer.

Yes almost everything is ridiculously priced and not only gaming, that is why I buy most of my stuff from overseas.. even the things I wear for goodness sake.

Too expensive and a LOT of Uncaring, Opportunistic people/companies/corporations.
IHateYouFanboys  +   1228d ago
eh, im Australian and while we do pay more for video games, we also get paid a LOT more than those in the USA on average. our minimum wage is something like 15 dollars an hour - whats the USAs, $6?

you want to see ripoffs, you should see our car prices. whats an M3 BMW cost new in the USA, something like $50k? $160k+ here.

i havent paid more than $79 for a regular copy of a game for years from a retail shop (huge collectors editions like Gears 3 epic edition etc excluded obviously). as long as you dont shop at EB youre fine. i got the amazing spider man for 360 from Harvey Norman Online for $55 a few days after launch. thats <50% of the RRP.
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glennco  +   1228d ago
average price for a game in Oz right now is about $80. this article is out of date. with R18 coming next year things will only improve further.

"Last year IGN Australia compared the international prices of six different games..." this article is bullshit. do some damn research for yourself, then it might just be up to date
CaptainSheep  +   1228d ago
I'm a Pakistani gamer. :P
The prices are the same as US games, sometimes even cheaper. We get the games 3-4 days late, though. But I payed 45$ for UC3 and UC3 had just released 3-4 days before.
But if you're searching for Xbox 360, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS games, you'll have to search A LOT to get them original. PS3 games are always original here, same for Vita. All the other consoles' games are hacked.
And if the games are hacked, they cost about 80Rs and that is less than ONE dollar for US. (of course, the game is hacked and no online but still)
BlackPhoenix  +   1227d ago
In addition to all of this (especially the difficulty of finding genuine games)
Gaming is usually looked at as something childish. Older than 15-16 amd you would be 'too old.(specifically in the part of the country I live in. K.Pukhtunkhwa). This also means that spending spending the required amount on hardware and then the games themselves is considered ridiculous and stupid.

Where do you live Captain sheep? I live in Peshawar to be precise.
Septic  +   1227d ago
What's odd is I have cousins in Pakistan who play pirate games on the 360 online somehow haven't got their consoles banned.
BlackPhoenix  +   1227d ago
The only online multiplayer I've been able to play is in the local gamezone. They have genuine MW3s on PCs with some good internet connections.
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InTheZoneAC  +   1228d ago
how sad is it there's still places out there in this world that have these old neanderthal communist rules and prices.
Kluv  +   1227d ago
Now THIS is the type of story I come to N4G for.
pulsuhundur  +   1227d ago
If you're not a millionaire, it's hard to be a gamer here in Iceland. A new PS3 game costs around $120 - $140. Last time I was at the store, I saw a USED Lair (one of the first titles that was released on the PS3, for those who didn't know) and the price was $40... for a used, 6 year old game...
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