A while back I purchased and downloaded a game (DeadRising) via Xbox Live Markeplace. This was done on an American console with an American account while being physically in Europe. Surprisingly, this worked and I enjoyed playing the game for a while. In short, I defeated the system by somehow overcoming the massive regional mismatch that so many others complain about. However, my Xbox console died after getting the RRoD, so I got a European console. Since the American console's HDD was still working, I decided to use it with my European console. Since it had the game I payed money for, I tried playing it. What happened next is so baffling that it's hard to describe in words.
I went to the game in my libraby and pressed play. An error massage popped up, saying, I joke you not, "This disc's region code is incorrect for this console." Now, while it would be easy to ridicule the fact that a console can't discern between digital content and a physical disc, the substance here is much more alarming. I signed in with a different profile and this time it just said: "Can't launch DeadRising." If this error message isn't the perfect digital personification of the middle finger Microsoft is giving its customers, then I don't know what is.
Think about this. I payed the full price for the game. I downloaded it. It worked fine, even with the regional mismatch and what not. Then, when I (like the good sheeple of a customer I am) purchased a new console when the old one broke down, it ceased to work. It should be pretty obvious that this is intentionally coded, so the question I want to ask is: Why? And, as a bonus question, how do I "fix" it?
In conclusion, I'd like an explanation as to why you guys think it's acceptable to purposefully corrupt users' content if there appears a regional mismatch. And since I payed for the game, I suppose it would be nice of you to explain to me what I can do to fix this. Also, I feel like I'm entitled to a refund since Microsoft intentionally didn't uphold their end of the deal by corrupting digital content I had already payed for and downloaded. Cheers.