Why Region Locking is Good for Video Games

Tynan Muddle at writes: "While usually unpopular to certain groups of gamers, region locking on a video game console can actually be a good thing.

A region lock on a video game console is any method the manufacturer uses to prevent international games playing on local system. This can be done on either the software or the hardware level and is usually a permanent feature once the console ships.

Region locking is not a new phenomenon, nor is is assigned exclusively to video games. DVD players, BluRay players and even printers have region lockout chips built into them, preventing international use outside the country they were purchased in."

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nick3092839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

It is not good to region lock consoles. Alot of people know a few languages and not just 1. Nintendo need to do something about this in the next few years, i like their games but i wont get 2 3ds's just to play ace attorney vs layton in Japanese.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II2839d ago

there is no possible positive spin you can put on region locking its just bad and gamers dont want it.

ChickeyCantor2839d ago

It comes down to marketing and profit. It's that simple.

And not to be that guy but only a handful of people actually import games. It's never been an issue to me nor all the people I know.

Personally i'm not convinced as to why this is an issue to a larger group, even though i'm sure most of them never really cared.

TongkatAli2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

Sidar why do you care about the safety of Nintendo not being even more filthy rich. Who cares, they should be your b**** not the other way around.

People want to import those Japanese 3DS games.Do you guys always have to go after the little guys for wanting something to be free.

You know the word free is a good thing right ?

Qrphe2839d ago

There is no possible way it can be good for the consumer. It may be good for a company but we don't care about that (just like DRM or used-game policies may be), we're the consumer, our perspective is the one that is important here.

Dj7FairyTail2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

then Xenoblade would had never came over, Tales of Xillia would had never came sooner, Then US and EU sales and profit will suffer also prevents localization in the future from Japanese Studios and Publishers.

Skizelli2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

A friend of mine recently traded his Turbo Express for a North American Turbo Duo in hopes to play his copy of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, only to realize it was region locked (something that didn't occur to him at the time). There's nothing remotely good about region locking in the grand scope of things.

badz1492838d ago

is either dumb or Nintendo whore!

1. region lock - "doesn't bother me anyway as I don't import". you don't like options? good, keep being a sheep then!

2. no online MP - "doesn't matter as MP games are fun/meant to be played with friends on the same couch". what about giving out options for those who have friends everywhere else? it's freaking 2013, WAKE THE HELL UP!

stuna12838d ago


Just look at it from this point, suppose a next gen console that you're pretty stoked to have, but you find out close to release that it'll be skipping your region altogether, what would you do!? That is all the reason to import.

Best believe pier 2 Xbox supporters will be importing too.

Bereaver2838d ago

There is ONE positive spin to region locking.

It helps keep costs low in countries that want to buy games but can't afford them. If I lived in a low income country I wouldn't mind having a game half price of what America gets it for.

Help the needy.
But I still don't agree with region locking.

InTheLab2838d ago

I read through that and failed to see how Region locking benefits all. Can anyone explain?

ChickeyCantor2838d ago (Edited 2838d ago )

"Sidar why do you care about the safety of Nintendo not being even more filthy rich. Who cares, they should be your b**** not the other way around.

I don't care for their safety. It's simply is what it is. People ask why we have region locks. It's part of a business model. Just stating as it is.

As a dutch person I know all about "free".

dlocsta2838d ago (Edited 2838d ago )

The problem with gamers is we think the world revolves around us. Who cares what gamers want (that is my MBA speaking). This is a business industry. And like any other business the only rule that matters is profitability. The more the better. One of the main reasons Sony does better outside the US than Microsoft is the regional locking. It makes for fans that love you but you have to answer to shareholders. And for all of you out there that think the fans have a bigger voice than shareholders your are nothing less that delusional. At the end of the day if the sharesholders are not happy there won't be a company, fans or no fans, to worry about. How may fans are shareholders? Until you (fans) are you really need to shut the hell up because all of your ranting and raving won't change a thing. You think your complaining made MS change the X1? Get real! They performed a market analysis, analized the lost revenue do to lower than expected sales and changed the policy. Your words meant nothing. You not buying means everything. In short stop trying to talk about these things like rants make a difference. All they do is stir up fanboys (anyone who critisizes because it is not their "favorite" console).

rainslacker2838d ago (Edited 2838d ago )


The Turbo Duo(or any TG-CD variant) is not region locked for CD's. The Hu-Cards did have a different pin out, but there are several adapters that exist, or there is a switch mod available if he's technically minded.

Rondo of Blood plays perfectly find on a NA Turbo Duo.

Skizelli2837d ago (Edited 2837d ago )


He's ridiculously technically minded, so I don't think it's something he'd get wrong or misunderstand. However, you seem to be right from what I've managed to dig up on it. He specifically told me it had a region lockout on it and that he'd have to mod the console to get around it, so I don't know what the issue is if that's the case.

Thanks for the info. I relayed it back to him.

Skizelli2837d ago

Turns out he didn't do any research and just assumed it was region locked because his disc would boot up to a black screen.

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tarbis2839d ago

Don't think Ninty will do away their region locking when they can get more profits from selling both U.S. and Japan version from 1 gamer.

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avengers19782838d ago

Um no it is not... That's why other consoles and handhelds are region free.
It be different if every game came out in every country, but they dont

GeisT2838d ago

If any of you have ever played any MOBA especially DOTA or DOTA 2 you know that region locking is the best thing ever. Trying to work with a team when you have a language and cultural barrier is less than fun.

nick3092838d ago

Same in the last of us and many other multiplayer games. I hear people speaking french and spanish , russian etc.

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PopRocks3592839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

While I would say the issue is at times overblown, I really do not see the overall benefits of region locking for any big gamer.

DragonKnight2839d ago

"Why region locking is good for corporations"

That's the real title.

Region locking is not good. Period.

I would love to ask the author of this article how he/she justifies region locking that denies gamers the chance to play games in regions where the publishers refuse to sell them. The Tales games is a perfect example of this. How many of those games never left Japan because the publisher felt that the sales wouldn't be worth it? Why should people who would legitimately buy the game be punished by a business decision that didn't take them into consideration?

Region locking is about greed and control. That's all. And it's very ironic that this is coming from an Australian site. Try asking some Aussies if they'd rather pay $100 or pay less even after importing the game. I would think that most would say "pay less."

McScroggz2839d ago

I forgot about that, A LOT of Australians import games from Asia.......

Very strange indeed DK.

TongkatAli2839d ago (Edited 2839d ago )

Yeah and know they're delusional to even say they like it or don't. You have no choice, anyways. You better like it.

Some games are so fun you don't need to know the language. You can simply play it for the gameplay, look up guides and go through trial and error.

ShaunCameron2838d ago

You know businesses are well within their rights to sell it whoever they want, right? They own the merchandise.

<Why should people who would legitimately buy the game be punished by a business decision that didn't take them into consideration?>

DragonKnight2838d ago

Wow, sticking up for region locking. I'm sure Nintendo will throw you a parade.

GeisT2838d ago

Whenever I play DOTA 2 and have 3rd worlders on my team who fail really hard they always say "I'm lagging" maybe if they played with people in their own region then they wouldn't "lag" as bad.

NYC_Gamer2839d ago

Its all greed because it stops consumers from having the option of importing products/saving some coin

Dj7FairyTail2839d ago

it prevents localization. look at Tales of Xillia

McScroggz2838d ago

No it doesn't o.0

Where do you get this strange conclusion from?

Dj7FairyTail2838d ago

yes it does. If their a large number of imported games then localization will take long or wont exist.

grimmweisse2838d ago

No it doesn't, if enough people show interest in the game, hence import, then there is a chance it might get localised. Demons Souls is a perfect example!

Region locking is an old business practice of controlling the market that has outstayed it's welcome.

Hicken2838d ago

Yea, it's really the exact opposite.

If Namco saw a significant number of games were being imported, they'd be more inclined to localize the game, banking on the idea that even more people would buy it if it were available in their region, and in their own language.

But if your system is region-locked, you're actually locking yourself out of sales, and not too many people are going to buy a completely separate console for their imported games.

Hell, it may not be a lot. Maybe a few hundreds or even tens of thousands. But it's more than they'd otherwise get.

Qrphe2838d ago

Basically, you don't know what you're talking about

Do read Hicken's post

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McScroggz2839d ago

I swear, I wonder if I have ever agreed with a story from this site.

On topic, there is literally no good reason to region lock a console. It's certainly not a huge issue, but it is great to have the option to import a game that may never see an official release for your country. There are even some games, though fairly rare, that have English subtitles.

But I digress, another disagree from me aussie-gamer.

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