By Tetsuo 28 Comments
I hope you guys and girls living in the rest of the world are enjoying Live. Just remember, most of you don't know how lucky you are.
I live in Taiwan, and already we were being treated like second-class citizens by Microsoft, but this week I hit the wall. As it stands, in Taiwan we pay exactly the same amount for a year's Gold membership on Live, but we don't get the Video Marketplace, the Music Marketplace, Community Games, Primetime, Last.FM, or Netflix. There's probably more, but I forget. That was pretty bad, but I'm willing to suck it up. However this year, Live Arcade has been just squatting and dropping a huge load on us.
Out of 34 games released on Xbox Live Arcade so far this year, we've missed out on 10. That's right, damn near a third of the XBLA games released this year I cannot buy, even if I wanted to. Sure, I could use a credit card, but not living in America credit cards don't just come flying at me, so I in fact do not and cannot have a credit card. I have to rely on points, much like many people here, and so if it's not in the local marketplace, it's not available at all. I've already emailed Atlas about Zeno Clash UE, only to be told I was shit out of luck. I've emailed Microsoft asking what the deal is, only to be politely fobbed off with no explanation or even help. It's a digital distribution platform, right? Why are there any geographical restrictions on games on a digital bloody platform? There have, in fact, been weeks when we've had no new games at all released. None. Zero. So basically I'm out. I'm done. Live Arcade is dead to me. If they don't want my money, they're not getting it.