Getting screwed by Sony, Microsoft and Sega on my birthday.

So, today was my birthday and to celebrate, I went out to buy a PSN prepaid $50 card. I drove to my local EB Games and they were sold out. No problem , I'll just go to the next closest one. Turns out they were out as well. Fortunately, there was a Best Buy in the same shopping centre and they had a whole stack of them. So after wasting some amount of gas on an errand that was supposed to take 15 minutes but instead took an hour and a half, I finally got the card. But that's not the worse of the day yet.
 
I got home, got the $50 into my PSN "wallet" and started buying and downloading the games. I bought the obvious two games for me; Battlefield 1943 and Fat Princess. This left me with $16 or so left. I wanted to go buy Outrun Online Arcade (Sega), but I couldn't find it in the Playstation Store. I was confused because I read that it had come out on PSN and XBLA. A little internet search revealed that it had been released on both PSN and XBLA, but the PSN version was available in Europe only, while the XBLA version was available everywhere. This means that Outrun Online Arcade is exclusive to XBLA in North America. What the hell? Regional exclusivity? Who is responsible for this? But most importantly, WHY?
 
I was really looking forward to getting this game too, for sentimental reasons. When I was growing up, the only game game I played in the arcades was the original Outrun. Sure, the game came out in 1986, but it was really ahead of its time. It brought alive fantasies of owning a Ferrari and having a beautiful woman sitting next to you as you just drive by breathtaking vistas. I sunk in many quarters into that machine, and for that reason I will always have the song Splash Wave and Passing Breeze etched into my memory. I really wanted to see how Sega approached the 20 year-old gameplay mechanic in this one.  Ah well, at least there are other quality PSN games to spend my $16 on. Problem is, I can't identify them.
 
Yay Nostalgia! Best Game soundtrack of the 80's I say.
 

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Edited by FrankCanada97

So, today was my birthday and to celebrate, I went out to buy a PSN prepaid $50 card. I drove to my local EB Games and they were sold out. No problem , I'll just go to the next closest one. Turns out they were out as well. Fortunately, there was a Best Buy in the same shopping centre and they had a whole stack of them. So after wasting some amount of gas on an errand that was supposed to take 15 minutes but instead took an hour and a half, I finally got the card. But that's not the worse of the day yet.
 
I got home, got the $50 into my PSN "wallet" and started buying and downloading the games. I bought the obvious two games for me; Battlefield 1943 and Fat Princess. This left me with $16 or so left. I wanted to go buy Outrun Online Arcade (Sega), but I couldn't find it in the Playstation Store. I was confused because I read that it had come out on PSN and XBLA. A little internet search revealed that it had been released on both PSN and XBLA, but the PSN version was available in Europe only, while the XBLA version was available everywhere. This means that Outrun Online Arcade is exclusive to XBLA in North America. What the hell? Regional exclusivity? Who is responsible for this? But most importantly, WHY?
 
I was really looking forward to getting this game too, for sentimental reasons. When I was growing up, the only game game I played in the arcades was the original Outrun. Sure, the game came out in 1986, but it was really ahead of its time. It brought alive fantasies of owning a Ferrari and having a beautiful woman sitting next to you as you just drive by breathtaking vistas. I sunk in many quarters into that machine, and for that reason I will always have the song Splash Wave and Passing Breeze etched into my memory. I really wanted to see how Sega approached the 20 year-old gameplay mechanic in this one.  Ah well, at least there are other quality PSN games to spend my $16 on. Problem is, I can't identify them.
 
Yay Nostalgia! Best Game soundtrack of the 80's I say.
 

Posted by Icemael

I'm fairly sure you can just create a European PSN account, and then buy the game.

Posted by killdave

"should have bought an xbox"

Posted by Jolly_Lolly

You should get Shadow Complex, although that might be XBLA exclusive.....well, if it isn't, get it SON. 

Posted by FrankCanada97
@Icemael: Yes, but I redeemed the code on my main account. I don't think the cash will carry over to a new one.
Posted by Icemael
@FrankCanada97: Ah, I didn't think of that. 
 
@Jolly_Lolly:
 Shadow Complex is XBLA exclusive.
Posted by FrankCanada97
@killdave: I'll pretend I didn't read that.
Posted by zombie2011
@FrankCanada97 said:
" @killdave: I'll pretend I didn't read that. "
Pretend all you want but if you want that hot hot exclusive Outrun Online Arcade, you're gonna need a sweet 360.
Edited by RYNO9881

get shatter my friend. only $8

Posted by Video_Game_King

Stop having birthdays, Giant Bomb members! And stop region exclusives, game industry! That trend should have died after the PS1.

Posted by damnboyadvance

Too many birthdays being ruined!

Posted by Tireyo

You know, you need to be famous. It's not only your birthday, but also Michael Jackson's birthday is today, and Ted Kennedy was buried today! : - P So, this is a unique day. lol.
 
I do wish you had a better birthday though. Maybe next year will be better for you.