So I recently came to think of this again when I saw a mention of a game not being released outside its own country for unnamed reasons...I would imagine this has a lot to do with localization. Whether it's a German adventure game, Japanese RPG or any other type of game the rest of us who live outside those borders won't experience, I think it's a shame.
With movies you most often get the option to see a movie in the original language but with subtitles in your own. I have yet to see this in games, why is that not an option for us? I would love to play a Japanese game with Japanese VO and English subtitles. That has to cut costs a lot and make localization easier. Maybe even open up the ability to make crowd sourced subtitles, let the local fans translate your game.