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.

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Blastoise2282d ago

Poor Australia :( and I thought we were getting screwed over here in the UK

Nimblest-Assassin2282d 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

mafiahajeri2282d 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!

TiberusX872282d ago (Edited 2282d 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 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?

AusRogo2282d 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.

Rhythmattic2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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.

THESONYPS32282d ago (Edited 2282d 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..

Kevin ButIer2282d ago

Nice reading, thanks for the post.

Red_Orange_Juice2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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

SolidStoner2282d 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!

andibandit2282d ago


terrible net in the middle east??

explains why it's always some middle eastern named guy who kills me in MW3.

nukeitall2282d 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!

GrumpyVeteran2282d ago

Yes Aussies earn more, but everything essential costs more anyway, thus we're pretty much even.

thats_just_prime2282d 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"

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Pushagree2282d 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.

nukeitall2282d ago

I agree!

It's amazing what people have to put up with in other countries. Us Americans are spoiled!

b777conehead2282d ago

if obama stays in 4 more years you can kiss our freedoms buy buy

Matpan2282d 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...

1Victor2282d ago

could be worse in Dominican Republic there's a 2 to 6 hours of electric power at random thru the day.

JoNaZ_RG2282d 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.

badz1492282d ago

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!

YoungKingDoran2282d ago

haha yeah fight the power
"omg retail is dying... WHY!?"
because we aint chumps anymore, chumps!

JoNaZ_RG2282d ago

and I wanted to move to AUS so bad, but if prices of foreign electronic are that high, never mind.

ELite_Ghost2282d ago

theres so much to do in australia tho, and their women 0_0

tee_bag2422282d ago

Being from Australia I can confirm this. Prices are stupid. Most of my game I now import from the UK.

Vortex3D2282d ago

Does Australia gov monitor their local gamers playing illegal or banned games on the network?

awesomeperson2282d ago


As far as I know, they don't.

tee_bag2422281d 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.

ChrisW2282d ago

I wonder how bad it is to be a gamer in North Korea???

badz1492282d ago

you don't game in North Korea! never! they play with real guns ONLY!

gatormatt802282d ago

ChrisW You can't miss what you don't know exists. Their leader doesn't allow any " propaganda" from outside his country.

ChrisW2281d 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_2282d ago

Australian's are hot.

There. I've made my contribution to the discussion.

INehalemEXI2282d ago

If I was in a country where a game costed almost as much as the system ....I would move.

r1sh122282d 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

6yo2282d 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..

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tachy0n2282d ago

people should rise against this BS!!!!

ApolloTheBoss2282d ago

Yes, start an online protest! Don't worry bout it, Aussies! The US got your back!

ALLWRONG2282d ago

I don't think most Americans really care about prices of gaming in Australia or anywhere else.

ApolloTheBoss2282d ago

Then I'm not referring to those Americans.

ChronoJoe2282d ago

Why didn't they include Japan? I'm pretty sure retail games are even cheaper than in the US there.

The Great Melon2282d ago (Edited 2282d ago )

Nope they can be about $100 if you check the exchange of yen to dollars on some of the bigger releases.

ChronoJoe2282d 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?

TheLeapist2282d ago (Edited 2282d ago )

It's because you have it backwards. They put the restriction to stop Japanese gamers from doing the importing from EU/US

badz1492282d ago

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!

ChronoJoe2282d 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. :)

h311rais3r2282d ago (Edited 2282d 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

DeadIIIRed2282d ago

I don't pity the Aussies since the male-to-female ratio there is very beneficial for the male population haha.

Theangrybogan2282d 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!

peowpeow2282d ago


Only other thing I can say we have is terrible lag unless playing with Aus/NZ players

Pozzle2282d 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

Dingodile2282d 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$.

TheObserver2282d 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?

Eamon2282d 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.

Soldierone2282d 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......