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Rock, Paper, Shotgun Call For Worldwide Game Release Dates 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the problems-that-could-totally-be-solved-by-emigration dept.
deanbmmv quotes a plea from gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun for game makers to stop delaying game releases in continents with lower per capita cheeseburger consumption: "Crysis 2 comes out today! And Lego Star Wars III! Hooray! Except of course, only if you drawl your vowels. These two big games are out in America only today. Crysis 2 reaches Australia on Thursday, and the finally completes its journey to Europe by Friday. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars is taking a three day journey to Europe to reach us by Friday, before then walking to Australia to eventually be released eight days after its US launch. We've had enough. ... There’s an internet now. It’s changed everything. Once we were separate nations kept apart by vast spreads of water. But the internet contains no oceans. The time was a game could come out in North America and we’d not hear about it until the boats arrived carrying news from the new country. But now we can see the Steam page, the giant clocks on the game websites counting down to a day that means nothing, the launch trailers and excitable press releases about something we can’t have yet."
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun Call For Worldwide Game Release Dates

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  • Who gives a damn. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by jpapon (1877296) on Wednesday March 23, 2011 @03:38AM (#35583362) Journal
    This is due to the distribution networks and traditional release days for games. Changing this would require a significant shift in infrastructure and all that nonsense. I'm sure it will inevitably happen, but there's quite a bit of inertia to overcome.

    Also, You have to wait *gasp* THREE WHOLE DAYS longer than Johnny over in the USA before you can play your game? Poor kid. Sometimes life just isn't fair.

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