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Skyrim looks like an excellent game and the reviews are tempting. I'd love to play it, but not when the recommended retail price is AU$108. The cheapest I've seen is AU$99.

How does that work? Right now US$1 is worth AU$0.99 Why is software so much more expensive here?

I still haven't played Age Of Dragons because it's still over AU$45. I have to buy the discs; downloading is not possible with my connection.

Oh well. I'll play the old games when the next best-thing-ever hits the markets.

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If you want me to pick stuff up for you at a non laughable price, come find me on IRC and we can discuss.

Yeah, I was wondering why someone in the US couldn't just get something for you and send it off. I don't know what the rules are on international mail, however..

Yep. Excellent, addictive, fun.

$108?!! D: That is absolutely insane!

"Why is software so much more expensive here?"

Because they can... same reason why US prices and UK prices are more often than not exactly the same, despite the £ being equal to $1.5 to $2.

I think they think we're stupid or something..

"Age of Dragons"? Is that like EA's "Dragon Age"?
If so, I have a sealed copy of Dragon Age 2 I'm not interested in keeping.

Shipping comes to mind, but that's a lame excuse.
(though we Canadians often get charged far more for a product or service than the exchange rate would suggest, so it's not unusual. Not that it's fair, either...)

I meant Dragon Age. I've never played No.1 or 2.

If you have Paypal and can send me a price to post, I'll transfer the money.

As international shipping prices are fairly low (around five dollars per package, depending on size), and as I got it for free (EA has a play-testing program, and you get free games from them for each session), so why should I charge you?
(plus, I don't have a Paypal account, and most of what I've been hearing about it has been reasons not to use it)

I was going to pay for postage, but if it's that low and you're okay with it...

PM with address on the way.

oh yeah, is that the PC version? I don't do consoles.

Yes, it's the PC version.
I don't do consoles either.

For some strange reason, they don't support mice...

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Lovely idea to send a copy but are TVs and the australian PCS/game consoles compatible with US versions? I don't know if all modern TVs are standard now or if PCs and game consoles match.

I don't know about console games - our TVs use PAL instead of NTSC, but it's only the console output that is different. PCs are identical.

If downloading isn't possible with your connection, you might not be able to play anyway. Discs are often pushed out the door as fast as possible to make the market, and anything that needs updating between the three months pressing date to date of sale, goes into the online update system.

Meaning you'll load six gigs of stuff onto your machine, then have an additional 2-4 gig download of patches, updates, textures and additional materials. The game *might* work without the updates, but ONLY if you don't allow the game to connect to the Internet. If it does, it'll contact the update server and find out it needs updating. Then it won't let you play without the updates.

This all varies from game to game, but that's the basics right there.

As to why US games are more expensive in other countries? American executives don't understand that the rest of the world doesn't use dollars. Be grateful that your currency is so close to ours in value?

If you were in the UK, you'd have a game that costs $49.99 in the US, listed for £49.99.

Of course, for some reason we haven't been able to figure out yet, you'll never see that same game for ฿49.99 in Thailand. Go figure.


The download thing happened when I bought Total War: Empires and Portal. Installed the game, then waited 38 hours each when they decided I couldn't play the older version because there was a newer version to upload.

I assume it's a rhetorical question... the answer is basically 'because they can', but iirc there was a point when the Australian dollar was worth significantly less than the US dollar. So that's when they'll have set the prices, but if it drops later, it's like, well people are willing to pay $100 for a game before, just because they currency is worth more, they still will be, it's not like they got a pay cut in proportion.

Occasionally this works in customers' favour (for example, the yen has increased in value a great deal, but prices in other countries for Sony and Nintendo game consoles and software haven't increased in the local currencies as a result).

Usually it doesn't.

It's because they have to translate the whole thing into Strine.

CRIKEY! Look at this DRAGON! What a Beauty!

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