I am an XBOX Gold Member - have been for years! (And thanks to trying to change my payment method from card to Paypal discovered how easy it is to get billed twice - so I will be a member for many more!)
Thanks to Sony, and yes it was thanks to Sony. We now get two free games a month and other Gold Members specials.
I was reading an online article the other day that said over the weekend Bioshock would be heavily reduced. So I decided to walk into uncharted territory typically enjoying the likes of Crisis and Halo over an unknown title - for me that is (I own over a hundred games for 360 - have an original xbox, 2 xbox360's and the unfortunate experience of a Day One edition of Xbone - another waste of money - before you say go play on a PC - have four of those, Wii - got that, PS3 - got that, OUYA - got that, PSP - got that - this is not about game titles this is about right and wrong.)
So bottom line, I have steered clear of Bioshock for years but the special interested me (tempted me - city in the clouds etc.).
The weekend deals:
Bioshock Infinite: US$9.98
Bioshock 1 & 2: US$4.99 each
PS. I work in finance - I understand how exchange rates work. **** THIS IS THE GREATEST RATE JUMP I HAVE EVER SEEN ****
Then I clicked to buy it and learnt how Region punishment works. Because I live in Australia and pay more for my Gold Membership than my equally pale brothers in the States, my price became as follows:
Bioshock Infinite: $26.38 (US$9.98)
Bioshock 1 & 2: $12.48 each (US$4.99)
DO THE MATH - THIS IS A DOWNLOAD NOT AN IMPORT.
Why after Governmental Inquiries, why after Microsoft has launched a white elephant in the Xbox One do I still put up with this? Because they know I have invested into a system I cannot escape.
To use their Xbox Gold promise (words in brackets are mine):
All Gold members (not some) get to enjoy discounts (depending on where you live) on games, add-ons (funny they seem to be level priced) and more every week. Check back here to see what deals we have (and if you are entitled to them). It could be the game you've been waiting to get your hands on (but as always if you live outside the continental US - you will have to pay more - there are no additional shipping costs - you just have to pay more, because you eat Vegemite.)!
If you are an Australian, if you have something better to say than go play on Sony's network (we owe them a lot - a lot, if they hadn't backed down right now you would be living in a very backward world - If MS had listened they would still hold the lead on next gen consoles) - please post the life out of this so we can get traction - someone might listen, if not we can team up another way. If you are just sick and tired of duplicitous practices when there is no reason for it - if I buy software directly off the US server - then what is the issue? I know some *** will say - just because you have a Gold Subscription doesn't mean you can have the same benefits as everyone else - does being Australian make me somehow lesser, is this the new racial divide? If I have to pay more than the US price, can't I get a reduced premium for gold?
Tell me if you are just as annoyed by this as I am?