Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Sony Europe screws European gamers

Thanks a lot Sony Europe. Just when we thought you couldn't sink any lower...

Many of us get our games from Lik-Sang, and none are for your expensive and bloated PSP platform, and yet today, I along with many customers have suffered because of your lawsuit! European gamers are constantly being ripped off. This is why many of us import, get it? We take into account the savings (sometimes up to 50%) and the fact that we get to play new games - earlier too. More money saved, more games bought. Your parent company's revenue remains protected!

The fact that portable games are region-free makes it even sweeter. So how can you complain that region-free games are not meant to be exported? Protecting us European customers? Stop the bullshiting! You are the main cause of exploding laptops, remember? If you want to protect us then march down to Tottenham Court Road and close down those shops who overcharges on dodgy exploding products.

Of course there is still Play-Asia and other import companies but I am sure SCEE will be using this victory to shut them down. I am already having difficulties off-loading used import games on eBay and CEX (which, to be fair, seems to be stemming from NoE). The days when we need to pay smack down 30 to 50 quid for games, that are released many months later than our friends in North America, are back. Lik-Sang wasn't selling pirated games or even mod-chips!
Furthermore, Sony have failed to disclose to the London High Court that not only the world wide gaming community in more than 100 countries relied on Lik-Sang for their gaming needs, but also Sony Europe's very own top directors repeatedly got their Sony PSP hard or software imports in nicely packed Lik-Sang parcels with free Lik-Sang Mugs or Lik-Sang Badge Holders, starting just two days after Japan's official release, as early as 14th of December 2004 (more than nine months earlier than the legal action). The list of PSP related Sony Europe orders reads like the who's who of the videogames industry, and includes Ray Maguire (Managing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Alan Duncan (UK Marketing Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Chris Sorrell (Creative Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd), Rob Parkin (Development Director, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited), just to name a few.
See? Even Sony European directors are fans of Lik-Sang. I suspect that this lawsuit was borned by the marketing department and retailers looking to protect their revenue.

In other news, £425 can buy me 200 pints of lager at the pub!

Source: Eurogamer

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ShaolinTiger said...

Ah this caught me eye as back in the day of the PSX and Dreamcast I used to order loads from Lik-sang...WAY cheaper and faster than getting ripped off with local UK prices.

Play.com was good for DVD's too, before that I used to order from Canada..

Wii60 FTW said...

Fuck Sony.

Jon said...

Oh yeah, Dreamcast. Great games. I still have one (I hope - I left it in Malaysia).

Movietyme is highly recommended, cheap legit games, although their customer service sucks.