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Rock Band - Australia - Fuck you EA

mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Games and Technology
Seriously, what the fuck?
Kotaku

Europe's Rock Band pricing didn't go down too well, but at least they've got Rock Band pricing. Australia have so far been left out altogether, with only a "later this year" release timeframe hinted at. Well, according to a number of sources across the local retail sector, that timeframe is going to be October. You know, a month after Rock Band 2 is released in the US. But wait! That's bad, but things get worse. Employees at a couple of the nation's largest specialist games retailers have tipped us off as to what the game's going to cost would-be Aussie rock fiends, and the news is not good.

Firstly, as in Europe, there'll be no all-in-one bundle. You'll have to buy the game separately, and the game is going to retail for AUD$120 (USD$115). For instruments, you've got two options. All will be available individually (guitars are priced at AUD$110/USD$105, with drums at AUD$160 and mics TBA) , but you'll also have the option of buying a "hardware kit" that includes one guitar, drums and one mic. That'll cost you AUD$290 (USD$277). So to buy the game and the hardware bundle (ie what you get in the $169 American bundle), you'll be paying AUD$400. That's USD$380.

Thanks, but no.

I cannot believe this. I'm absolutely astounded at the big "Fuck you" to Australia. Sure, we've put up with this shit for ages, but this is beyond ridiculous.

How can they have the nerve to sell a game that is nearly a year old, for over double the price US consumers pay? A month before Rock Band 2 comes out.

So, fellow Australians, will you be buying Rock band? What do you think of this?

I don't think we have ever been fucked over so bad, this has topped my list.

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  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    What region is Australia in? If it's the same as America and if you're going to pay a ridiculous price anyway, surely you could get Rock Band 2 off eBay for the same ammount.

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  • plufimplufim Dr Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Djiem wrote: »
    What region is Australia in? If it's the same as America and if you're going to pay a ridiculous price anyway, surely you could get Rock Band 2 off eBay for the same ammount.

    The european region, actually. So yeah. Fuck EA.

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    why the fuck did they do this for Europe and Aus?

    Selling the box full of instruments without the game inside?

    What the fuck were they thinking? "Hey, I'm not sure if Guitar Hero 4: Totally Not Rock Band is going to fuck our shit up or not, let's make sure it does"?

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Djiem wrote: »
    What region is Australia in? If it's the same as America and if you're going to pay a ridiculous price anyway, surely you could get Rock Band 2 off eBay for the same ammount.

    We are PAL. America is NTSC.

    To get the game shipped here costs a ridiculous amount. Usually more than 100 dollars. It still is cheaper than it is here, but the whole situation is still frustrating.

    What really annoys me is the other consumers such as parents and those who aren't as net savvy who are being taken advantage of.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    D:

    FUCK. YOU. EA. AND. MTV. AND. PROBABLY. HARMONIX.

    I'll just have to import Rock Band 2 now. Why do you make it so hard for me to give you money?

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  • HerothHeroth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Am i reading that right? we aren't getting Rock band till one *month* after Rock band 2 has hit the shelves in America? for serious?


    on a more serious note,

    EA... we are ahead of america in *time* we are, in fact, not three months behind in april.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Djiem wrote: »
    What region is Australia in? If it's the same as America and if you're going to pay a ridiculous price anyway, surely you could get Rock Band 2 off eBay for the same ammount.

    We are PAL. America is NTSC.

    To get the game shipped here costs a ridiculous amount. Usually more than 100 dollars. It still is cheaper than it is here, but the whole situation is still frustrating.

    What really annoys me is the other consumers such as parents and those who aren't as net savvy who are being taken advantage of.

    PS3 is region-free I'm pretty sure.

    But yeah, importing is alot of fucking hassle. But it seems like the best thing to do now.

    Aargh.

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  • DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Heroth wrote: »
    Am i reading that right? we aren't getting Rock band till one *month* after Rock band 2 has hit the shelves in America? for serious?

    Yeah, but you forget every videogame publisher's motto: "Fuck Australia."
    You know, maybe they're purposely releasing it after Rock Band 2 just as a giant slap in the face?

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  • -SPI--SPI- Osaka, JapanRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Wait, what? They're selling the game... without ANY instruments, for $120? And then to get A SINGLE GUITAR it costs an additional $110?!?

    Uh... they do realise that Guitar Hero 3 with a guitar for 360 is $170 right? Guess they decided they didn't want to sell any copies of rock band here huh?

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  • MeizMeiz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I guess shipping to Australia is rather costly? That is a hell of a lot of money for plastic instruments and a game.

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    EA

    We set these goals in alignment with our mission statement - �Be the Greatest Entertainment Company ...Ever!� - and with five strategic objectives:

    A Roadmap for Growth
    - Be the #1 Company on Current Generation Platforms
    - Be the #1 Company for Next Generation Platforms and Markets
    - Be the #1 Provider of Interactive Entertainment Online
    - Be the #1 People Company for High Performance Teams and Individuals
    - Be the #1 Ass to Australian consumers, and strive to continually brutally sodomise them in every way possible.

    It's okay guys, it's right there in their mission statement. It's all good.

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    the two people i know who might have been interested in rockband already imported it

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  • devoirdevoir Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    EA

    We set these goals in alignment with our mission statement - �Be the Greatest Entertainment Company ...Ever!� - and with five strategic objectives:

    A Roadmap for Growth
    - Be the #1 Company on Current Generation Platforms
    - Be the #1 Company for Next Generation Platforms and Markets
    - Be the #1 Provider of Interactive Entertainment Online
    - Be the #1 People Company for High Performance Teams and Individuals
    - Be the #1 Ass to Australian consumers, and strive to continually brutally sodomise them in every way possible.

    It's okay guys, it's right there in their mission statement. It's all good.

    This is glorious.

    To contribute... well, I'm not really big on Rock Band and the fact that they're willing to completely fuck Australia over when our currency is close to parity with the USD is just pure money grubbing at this point.

    I would honestly love to hear the justification of the guy/guys/girls who made the decision that Australia wouldn't get it until just before Rock Band 2 is released, and also that Australia would pay more than double what the US does when you do the currency conversion.

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  • galenbladegalenblade Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    EA

    We set these goals in alignment with our mission statement - �Be the Greatest Entertainment Company ...Ever!� - and with five strategic objectives:

    A Roadmap for Growth
    - Be the #1 Company on Current Generation Platforms
    - Be the #1 Company for Next Generation Platforms and Markets
    - Be the #1 Provider of Interactive Entertainment Online
    - Be the #1 People Company for High Performance Teams and Individuals
    - Be the #1 Ass to Australian consumers, and strive to continually brutally sodomise them in every way possible.

    It's okay guys, it's right there in their mission statement. It's all good.

    How can an ass sodomize something?

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  • Road BlockRoad Block Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The start of this video strikes me as appropite:

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/30-Turok

    I have little interest in Rock Band Personally. But serriously. Is there marketing department run by a Chimpanzee?

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  • FaceballMcDougalFaceballMcDougal Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So you guys really think EA is taking a bigger percentage of the profit from a sale... just because they are selling it in Australia?

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So you guys really think EA is taking a bigger percentage of the profit from a sale... just because they are selling it in Australia?

    nope. they're donating the rest to charity.

    clearly.

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I wonder if the Aussie government had something to do with this.

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  • devoirdevoir Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    So you guys really think EA is taking a bigger percentage of the profit from a sale... just because they are selling it in Australia?

    Are you going to argue that having more than double the effective price is somehow explained by extra shipping costs? That Australia has a massively ridiculous standard of living? That local distributors are the ones sitting on money thrones wearing money hats?

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  • ArikadoArikado Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    I don't think it is going to be that expensive. We're going by what Kotaku is reporting from unconfirmed sources.

    Europe got the bundles so I don't see why Australia won't.

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Henroid wrote: »
    I wonder if the Aussie government had something to do with this.

    obviously. rudd and his cronies are taking the musical video game riches to finance their regime of moderate taxes and reasonable immigration policies

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    devoir wrote: »
    So you guys really think EA is taking a bigger percentage of the profit from a sale... just because they are selling it in Australia?

    Are you going to argue that having more than double the effective price is somehow explained by extra shipping costs? That Australia has a massively ridiculous standard of living? That local distributors are the ones sitting on money thrones wearing money hats?

    that somehow shipping the box full of instruments without a game disc inside costs so much less that it becomes economically necessary?

    That's the real problem here. If they put the damn game in the box full of instruments this would still be kidna bad but it wouldn't be so terrible.

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  • JoJoHoraHoraJoJoHoraHora ItalyRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    I don't think it is going to be that expensive. We're going by what Kotaku is reporting from unconfirmed sources.

    Europe got the bundles so I don't see why Australia won't.

    Well, The full price for the european version is €240/£180 which is around $375 USD so I can see the game having that price.

    At least they are fucking us all equally.

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  • WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    And I thought I got ripped off paying $199CAD for it at Futureshop a couple days before street date when it dropped to $169. (they advertised it as though that were regular price though, so I just assumed that the MSRP had been adjusted)

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  • LegbaLegba He did. Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Arikado wrote: »
    I don't think it is going to be that expensive. We're going by what Kotaku is reporting from unconfirmed sources.

    Europe got the bundles so I don't see why Australia won't.

    Bundles don't help anyone who already own an Xbox. And the price does line up with what we paid here in Europe. Given that Australia as a rule is horribly over priced when it comes to video games, I'd say that's a pretty good estimate at the final price. The only thing that surprises me is the whole "released one month after Rock Band 2 comes out in the US" thing. That is truly just taking the piss. You'd think they would just skip forward and release Rock Band 2 straight away.

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  • CoreoCoreo Sydney AustraliaRegistered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Seriously I am crying right now.

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  • KorKor Known to detonate from time to time Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It amuses me how every time we see something like this happen to australia or even Europe, we automatically revert to, "Why the fuck does <company> hate us!?"

    I dunno, maybe its just me but after all of these horrible occurenses, I would maybe guess that getting video games from the states outside of the country probably involves some horrible exporting bullshit.

    Also, The game by itself makes perfect sense to me. Why force people to buy instruments they might not use? Better let them buy the standalone and the instruments they know they'll play.

    Of course, its not my country so maybe theres thing I'm not aware of here...

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  • WillethWilleth Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kor wrote: »
    It amuses me how every time we see something like this happen to australia or even Europe, we automatically revert to, "Why the fuck does <company> hate us!?"

    I dunno, maybe its just me but after all of these horrible occurenses, I would maybe guess that getting video games from the states outside of the country probably involves some horrible exporting bullshit.

    It's really not. When I fly to America next month I am going to be buying Rock Band instruments and sending them to the UK via UPS. Because it's cheaper than buying them over here.

    Really, it's the publisher saying 'okay, they already pay this much for games, and the peripherals are required, so how much can we get away with charging for these on top of it?'

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    There's a clear solution:

    American PAers that own Rock Band should start leasing their garages out to Aussies who want to play Rock Band. Said aussies can fly in and play -- the ticket is probably only a bit more expensive than RB + instruments, and they'd actually get to play RB2.

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  • quovadis13quovadis13 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    There's a clear solution:

    American PAers that own Rock Band should start leasing their garages out to Aussies who want to play Rock Band. Said aussies can fly in and play -- the ticket is probably only a bit more expensive than RB + instruments, and they'd actually get to play RB2.

    They can do that. But if they play GG&HT on drums and score 481516 with a 2342 note streak, I would advise them to NOT get on the plane back to Sydney.

    LOST

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  • DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Kor wrote: »
    It amuses me how every time we see something like this happen to australia or even Europe, we automatically revert to, "Why the fuck does <company> hate us!?"

    I dunno, maybe its just me but after all of these horrible occurenses, I would maybe guess that getting video games from the states outside of the country probably involves some horrible exporting bullshit.

    Also, The game by itself makes perfect sense to me. Why force people to buy instruments they might not use? Better let them buy the standalone and the instruments they know they'll play.

    Of course, its not my country so maybe theres thing I'm not aware of here...

    the game by itself makes perfect sense.

    The box with every instrument, by itself, does not.

    Here, the game was sold by itself, or in a pack with guitar, drums, and microphone.

    You guys, on the other hand, have the game by itself and then also need to buy the pack with guitar, drums, and microphone.

    Imagine if Guitar Hero never came with the guitar; it always had to be bought separately. Think of how well that would go over. Now extend it for the other instruments.

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  • HenroidHenroid Mexican kicked from Immigration Thread Centrism is Racism :3Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    We need to start up a program to help Australian gamers immigrate to the United States.

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  • KorKor Known to detonate from time to time Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Daedalus wrote: »
    Kor wrote: »
    It amuses me how every time we see something like this happen to australia or even Europe, we automatically revert to, "Why the fuck does <company> hate us!?"

    I dunno, maybe its just me but after all of these horrible occurenses, I would maybe guess that getting video games from the states outside of the country probably involves some horrible exporting bullshit.

    Also, The game by itself makes perfect sense to me. Why force people to buy instruments they might not use? Better let them buy the standalone and the instruments they know they'll play.

    Of course, its not my country so maybe theres thing I'm not aware of here...

    the game by itself makes perfect sense.

    The box with every instrument, by itself, does not.

    Here, the game was sold by itself, or in a pack with guitar, drums, and microphone.

    You guys, on the other hand, have the game by itself and then also need to buy the pack with guitar, drums, and microphone.

    Imagine if Guitar Hero never came with the guitar; it always had to be bought separately. Think of how well that would go over. Now extend it for the other instruments.

    So this would make perfect sense... if it was RB2.

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  • zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It's expensive because Australia is a small market. Period. It's no different in any other small Southeast Asian country.

    People somehow expect it to be different because they speak English there, I guess.

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  • NullsNulls Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Given our censorship laws I am suprised that we get the game at all atm.

    Our own country hates the gamers and it looks like the word is spreading and catching on...

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  • mooshoeporkmooshoepork Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    The source isn't entirely unconfirmed. Someone I know rang a representative today and gave the same figures. Not sure if the rep knew what they were talking about though.

    Even though it isn't exactly confirmed by EA, we all know it's going to happen.

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  • W2W2 Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    Honestly?

    At least we're getting it.

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  • devoirdevoir Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    zilo wrote: »
    It's expensive because Australia is a small market. Period. It's no different in any other small Southeast Asian country.

    People somehow expect it to be different because they speak English there, I guess.

    Right, explain Europe then.

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  • zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    devoir wrote: »
    zilo wrote: »
    It's expensive because Australia is a small market. Period. It's no different in any other small Southeast Asian country.

    People somehow expect it to be different because they speak English there, I guess.

    Right, explain Europe then.

    VAT? Lots of medium-sized markets? Everything is expensive in Europe?

    I'm hardly an economist but the fact that you have to go to market in five different languages probably doesn't help either.

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  • DehumanizedDehumanized Registered User regular
    edited July 2008
    It's because America has a natural god-granted right to cheap video games and guns. The only reason Canadians only get "moderately" ripped off for the video game prices is because they're next to us. Duh.
    please don't hurt me

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