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GOG.com Drops Geo IP

GOG.com announces they are no longer using Geo IP to set customer's regions:

For example, customers may be travelling when they want to purchase or download a game from GOG.com. In this case, automatic IP address capture might change the price or the content of the game they’re ordering (such as the default language of the installer). Further, geo IP data collection is not always right. IP addresses are not a perfect or unique identifier of location, and can report the incorrect region of users, particularly ones who are not using standard Internet connections. Finally, we’re always very sensitive of our users’ privacy. Effective privacy protections for our users means that any data that we don’t need to collect, we shouldn’t. We only need to know the country that you’re making this purchase from, so although we originally planned to use geo-IP to determine user’s location, we’ve decided to trust our users and let them inform us as to the correct region for their purchase.

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12. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 14:31 Mashiki Amiketo
 
durandal wrote on May 10, 2011, 05:32:
I hope Steam follows GoG on this.
There are so many games I can't buy from Japan.
Yeah tell me about it. And it gets tedious using a proxy and hoping it works.
 
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11. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 09:59 eRe4s3r
 
This might come as shock to you, but in Germany Witcher 2 is not going to be censored  
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10. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 08:39 necrosis
 
Asmo wrote on May 10, 2011, 00:51:
Curious, I wonder if you can buy Witcher 2 unedited by changing your country of origin? The timing of this change so shortly after that announcement is a bit to close to be coincidental...
I was thinking the same thing. And it is not just the censored version of Witcher 2 in AU its the massive price hike because B&M stores in AU are assholes.

I would not be surprised if Steam sees a ton of dumped preorders and the like because of this. Its not only AU but the $1 == 1Euro (sorry can't make that symbol) BS that steam does with pricing.
 
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9. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 08:33 El Pit
 
Brave move by GOG. Unfortunately, Australia and Germany are going to bomb the GOG headquarters because of them offering uncensored games to Australian and German citizens. Although, maybe all Germans and Australians are trustworthy, so they will properly identify their location so that their games can be neutered.

Valve, please do this, too. I'd like to buy more games from you, but I will neither accept ridiculously higher prices nor neutered game versions. Trust me, I am American . So please sell me your games cheap and not censored. Thank you in advance. Sincerely yours, an *cough* American *cough* customer.
 
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8. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 05:52 eRe4s3r
 
Mhh, true - though just my location within a 100km radius. I don't really care if they know in what country I am, but I'd care if they get even the general region right. Which so far they don't.

What i am far more paranoid about is if they'd save info about an IP to create a fully fledged profile.

As for the reply, the reply wasn't made to the topic but to post about Static IP I replied to. A static IP is a massive privacy issue imo.
 
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7. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 05:32 durandal
 
I hope Steam follows GoG on this.
There are so many games I can't buy from Japan.
 
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6. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 05:12 Golwar
 
Sweet move by GOG, I wish online shoping would be less regulated in general.

eRe4s3r wrote on May 9, 2011, 23:40:
This is why i love random IP assignment - every 24hr my IP changes, it makes me feel a lot more "private" as sites i have visited yesterday can no longer "know" me.

And if i wanted a static ip .. well theres always anyDNS (or dynDNS)

I have no idea how this reply is related to the topic. Any of your IPs would still give away your actual location.
 
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5. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 04:19 Rilcon
 
Blessed be those people at GoG, as someone that travels a lot IP geolocation screws me over pretty bad pretty often.  
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4. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 04:15 Grokk
 
Asmo wrote on May 10, 2011, 00:51:
Curious, I wonder if you can buy Witcher 2 unedited by changing your country of origin? The timing of this change so shortly after that announcement is a bit to close to be coincidental...

I certainly hope so, being that I live in a country where the game has been censored.
 
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3. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 10, 2011, 00:51 Asmo
 
Curious, I wonder if you can buy Witcher 2 unedited by changing your country of origin? The timing of this change so shortly after that announcement is a bit to close to be coincidental...  
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2. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 9, 2011, 23:40 eRe4s3r
 
This is why i love random IP assignment - every 24hr my IP changes, it makes me feel a lot more "private" as sites i have visited yesterday can no longer "know" me.

And if i wanted a static ip .. well theres always anyDNS (or dynDNS)
 
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1. Re: GOG.com Drops Geo IP May 9, 2011, 23:10 Mashiki Amiketo
 
Geo-IP is a bad idea in the first place. My old ISP gave me a formly bogon address which belonged to spammers. Sadly this caused no shortage of headaches ... for 8 months. While companies figured out that no, I wasn't in Kuwait.  
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