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46. Re: Ships Ahoy - XCOM: Enemy Unknown Oct 9, 2012, 15:33 Beamer
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 9, 2012, 15:07:
All these different release dates in different Countries did not make much sense back in the day either but these days with 99% of sales on PC being digital distribution it is just down right stupid to have different dates set for different Countries.

You can unlock the game with a VPN from a different Country anyways but I don't understand the concept behind holding the games back several days depending on where you live. What gives?

They made sense back in the day. Media was released the day it came to stores. Different countries had different shipping infrastructures so they couldn't guarantee deliveries on the same day. All these infrastructures were built long before anyone had any idea things came out on different days (heck, they were built when movies didn't even have national release dates.) Changing that was impossible, as the infrastructures were largely small businesses.

The other side is marketing. You want to build up an interest and get people out to buy something. If someone walks into a store expecting to buy one thing and it isn't there they usually get pretty annoyed and often don't return to buy it, either because they bought something else, forgot, or just never got the motivation again. So you don't want to build up your promotions unless you know specifically what date something will be available at all points of sale in a region.

Yeah, you can VPN to fake being in a country, but how many people do that?
Right now the assumptions are that the B&M needs are too strong (for PC games this is rapidly declining) and that people still get their information from TV/Print, not the internet, so people are more aware of a set day they expect things in their country and there aren't an enormous amount of people realizing that their buddy in a different country is already playing.

Both those ideas are rapidly falling away. Remember Mortal Monday? Only a matter of time before someone does a similar idea with a major global release date that they loudly trumpet, and it will do a lot to break through to make that more common.
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