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Ban all regional pricing from GOG. Stick with your principles!in progress

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http://www.gog.com/forum/general/announcement_big_preorders_launch_day_releases_coming/page1

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Matruchus
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I came here long time ago cause gog had fair pricing policy that did not screw me with regional pricing in comparison to the most of the world. Now that gog is going for full regional pricing im wondering if its worth to stay here. Now we even have the look of the website that looks like a copy of Steam website. I really don't know anymore what to think about gog and in progress needs to be removed from this wish since its not valid anymore.

5 hrs. ago
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SpanishDiablo
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Well, I bought here cause it was cheaper; Now it is not possible cause of Regional pricing; I will look for another web where I can do it.
Im not an idiot so as to pay more for something digital others can buy cheaper,
Regional pricing is just a digital Rob. They always sell you the same tales as politicians, in the end its is just about getting more money, there is no advantage;

11 hrs. ago
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satyr1349
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I wanted to buy some games from the activision promo. After logging into my account I saw the reginal pricing and that stopped me. I am very disappointed by GOG :(

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marrowj
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a great , guess witcher 3 was the last game i get from gog then, i guess i will still buy when they have extreme discounts but at normal prices in euro o hellls nooo

2 days ago
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PhilliKon
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I was one of the original customers when GOG opened it's virtual doors, I have supported their selling model by buying over 250 games from here.
Sadly I won't be buying any more. it was only a few months ago that GOG made a promise not to charge the same in £'s as they did in $'s.
so much for that then.
sorry guys, you've got too greedy.

2 days ago
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dragso
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Much has changed and much more will. It is all about "shareholder value".
I won't trust them anymore. One of the main reasons for supporting gog got buried. Once it was one for all ... now its all they can get. Just to maximize profit.

3 days ago
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Taterlicker
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Im an American that just moved to England because of family.When i logged onto gog for the first time since moving here,I noticed that gog wants to charge me English prices for games.My Paypal account is tied to my American bank account.When I go to buy any of your games here I'm now paying almost double because of regional pricing!You are trying to charge me double in American currency because my ip addy says im in England.Im from the US,I created my account in the US,and My money is from the US.This is not just.I will not be buying anymore games here,and I think that anyone else who feels this way should make their vote count by saying no more!Regional pricing is a plague on the digital market that needs to be cured

3 days ago
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mrking58
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how is this in process? gog just added more regional prices

3 days ago
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PaterAlf
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It's disappointing to see this one marked as "in progress" while at the same time more than 20 new games with regional pricing were added to the catalogue.

3 days ago
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SmokeyPSD
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As an Australian I moved my gaming purchases primarily digital to escape being asked to pay for more due to the "Australian Tax".

I shouldn't have to pay it even on one of my favourite sites such as GOG.... :(

4 days ago
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sorrowofwind
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I would agree to regional pricing only if it works according to each nation's income. For example, someone in Belarius wouldn't need to pay as much as someone in Switzerland according to net income.

Jul. 30, 2014
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sorrowofwind
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For example, in my country our wage is 1/3 of US citizens, but our games cost 10$~20$ more expensive than US!

Jul. 30, 2014
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sorrowofwind
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Some countries are actually POORER while the games are priced HIGHER, the regional pricing feels so wrong..

Jul. 30, 2014
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LouNatick
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I am far more inclined to buy games when they are cheaper. It's unfair to expect more just because a country seems wealthier. Not everyone in that country is wealthy and things can cost more to buy locally. If prices go up I would be far more selective about which games I buy and therefore would spend far less on games available on GOG.com. I love GOG.com because prices are very reasonable so I hope you will avoid regional pricing.

Jul. 26, 2014
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vladimir1986
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Regional pricing is far from being fair! You can live on a "rich country". but if you are part of the majority of the population you are going to have a 0 hour contract or a below minimum wage! Any game over £5 is unaffordable by me, so I switched to ONLY buy from offers now... Or just download on abandonware pages for what I care.

Jul. 25, 2014
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Matruchus
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Effect of regional pricing in every digital store besides gog.com for European customers is this - minimum 25% increase in price in regard to the base price in USD for no reason. Not to forget Australia who in several cases has to pay extortion prices for games. Regional pricing won't increase the number of games on gog - that is a fact. We will get more games only if gog changes its quality standards. Several good selling games from other digital stores have been offered to gog and declined by it for no apparent reason - gog stated to developers that they don't think the game will sell good on gog when it sells excellent on other platforms - what an oxymoron. That's the response I got from several developers when aksing why isn't their game released here. So I don't think regional pricing is good since it does not quarantee that a game will come here. And its obvious that it does not work in gog's case after regional pricing implementation since there aren't any more games coming to gog besides indies and few games from smaller publishers.

Jul. 23, 2014
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tdsamardzhiev
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Please, think before voting for this **** - people in some countries work whole months for $9.99

Jul. 20, 2014
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tfishell
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I say yes for older games; for newer games that tons of people want here, GOG's Fair Price Package is a pretty good compromise, imo.

Jul. 18, 2014
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loki21
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Another Australian weighing in. I hate regional pricing. If you think it is a good thing, you obviously live in one of the countries that gets stuff cheap. Your $5 purchase is $10 to us. Why? "Because we said so."
Regional pricing hurts a lot of people. The ones who are 'helped' by it get that at the expense of those being hurt.
"Oh, but it means more games on GOG" - yes, for those of you getting the lower prices. What do I care if GOG adds 50 new games, but I know that I will be paying 50-100% more for them? Pretty simple: I'll wait for them to go on sale, if I buy them at all. Doesn't help GOG, does it?

Jul. 17, 2014
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deadfloat
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I am from Australia and regional pricing is terrible. Not once have I seen any hard facts stating why we get such a ridiculous markup. There is no legitimate reason for this, publishers do it because people keep paying it.

Jul. 10, 2014
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Regional pricing in general means that Americans pay less and Europeans pay more. What's more it's not 10% more it's usually more then 30% more something that is absolutely outrageous for a digital good.

Is regional pricing is allowed the next step will be to verify that the purchase is made from the correct region. After that the next step is to make sure the game isn't played in the wrong region.

Basically for regional pricing to work you have to start creeping towards a DRM model step by step.

Jul. 4, 2014
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antspants01
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Let me guess, most of the people agreeing with the regional pricing come from fracking America where they ALWAYS get games cheaper? If you're in Australia you would never want this. We get overcharged for everything. If they start doing this with all the games and not just the ones from the major publishers I will quit this site for good.

Jul. 4, 2014
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davidlukewilcox
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One more comment... Regional Pricing allows Gog to put through more transactions, which means that Gog becomes bigger and more games will come to Gog. I think that this is a win-win-win for everyone.

Regional Pricing helps Gog by helping poor people. When Gog is helped, more games come to Gog, and thus the rich gamers have more selection on Gog.

Jul. 3, 2014
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davidlukewilcox
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Regional pricing isn't about you paying more because of where you live, but instead, someone (maybe you) paying less because of where you live.

In the absence of regional pricing, Gog will pursue the maximal profit strategy, which is to price the games as high as people are willing to pay for them. If there's a large market of consumers willing to pay a lot of money, then the smaller markets of poorer consumers just never play any games.

I am personally very in favor of regional pricing, even though I live in the United States, one of the richer regions.

Jul. 3, 2014
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0Grapher
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"we had to add in regional pricing."
"We're doing something like that once again in order to bring you new titles (...)."
"the decision on pricing is always in our partners' hands, (...)."
"we believe that there's no better way to accomplish our overall goals for DRM-Free gaming and GOG.com."
(http://www.gog.com/forum/general/announcement_big_preorders_launch_day_releases_coming/page1)


Here's the thing:
imagine they hadn't added any game with regional pricing.
If that were the case this wish would not exist - but the games wouldn't be available on GoG either.
I believe anyone would agree that this would be a worse situation.

I hope we can trust GoG that they do their best to ban regional pricing but IMHO the notion of banning ALL regional pricing is not reasonable because
there may not be another way to get some games to GoG.

The question it comes down to is: Do you trust GoG to only add regional pricing when there is no other way?

Jul. 2, 2014
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0Grapher
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While for me every game on gog is cheaper than on, say, steam (often less than half the price) I personally couldn't care less if regional pricing was introduced. In my opinion regional pricing may even have many benefits depending on your motivation.

I am more concerned about non-regional pricing limiting the amount of games here.
What I find unacceptable is forcing regional versions of games on people, making games unavailable for some and DRM.

Jul. 2, 2014
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nirvback
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It's quite funny: When I go to work (all traffic from my company to internet passes trough proxy in US) The Witcher 3 is advertised at ~$40 (with discount), and from home (EU) I see it as ~$54...

I think that regional pricing might be applicable to the local shops, but Internet crosses the continental boundaries and should not be applied here!

Jun. 28, 2014
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t0suj4
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Regional pricing is unacceptable as paying more for ice cream only because you're not from their town! Just say NO to regional pricing!

Keep it in single currency, people will use their calculators. Choose no game over regional price!

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Nobody profits from regional pricing except the publisher. Either GoG would lose on this, people will just refuse to pay for that game or choose to leave GoG entirely! Regional pricing is just bad as DRM is. Refusing regional pricing means competitive advantage.

Jun. 27, 2014
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turbond
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I live in New Zealand and I have no problem with regional pricing. I feel GOG has always been focused on offering the best deal, and support, for their customers.

I have brought over 750 games on GOG (most of which have been specials with awesome discounts). i have also brought the Witcher III Wild Hunt pre-order and was impressed at the pricing offered when compared to the Brick and Mortar or online shops here in NZ.

Considering the support I have had with the games I have purchased (fast, efficient and free) and knowing what is involved in running an on-line business I feel GOG are doing a fantastic job, and being able to buy games DRM free, even with regional pricing is real bonus!!!

Jun. 25, 2014
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nadezdha
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OBVIOUSLY the people here defending or not caring about regional pricing have never suffered paying 20-50% more in each game just for a few more or less hops in the Internet nodes while downloading, they are probably from USA and they don't care at all because they have always had and will have the best prices due to dollar being the military-imposed international currency

Well guess what, digital sales allow publishers to save a lot of money in distribution, but it also makes every customer in the world the same, they have to stop those monopolistic practices of $1=1€, AUD being +50%, etc...

This is the main reason I left Steam and the other digital retailers, I think GOG is/was the only with international fair prices, but if you become just another digital scammer, you will start to lose non-USA customers

Jun. 24, 2014
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MasterS.249
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Would have downvoted this if it was possible.

No regional pricing discourages publishers from releasing games in the regions where there are low incomes-high taxes and whatnot.

Would have rather paid more but get a DRM-free game with a bunch of goodies than not get such a game at all, right?

Jun. 21, 2014
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Rostelle
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I dislike any concept of regional pricing or availability. It's a revolting irony of what some claim is a capitalistic free market. However as a died in the wool skinflint I don't buy anything unless it's on special offer. And the special offers from GOG are generally very good.

Doesn't everyone else do much the same ?

Jun. 21, 2014
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kitenkaiba
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I live in Australia. The exchange rate to the us dollar is ‘at time of writing’ $0.94 just under parity by about 4 cents.

The Witcher 3 is $89.99 AUD whereas the US prince is $60 USD

Please just charge me in USD and I’ll weather the exchange rate, I’m cool with paying $63.74AUD that’s fine…

$89.99 is not fine. $89.99 is not ok.

You are basically taking $26.25 AUD out of my pocket for no reason other than you can.


That’s no ok. Anyone whose trying to tell me that its just the global market do not understand how much of a blatant rip off cash grab AU pricing is … oh and in store you can be expecting to pay around $110 AUD for a box choppy… So I guess I should say thanks for not being as evil as the brick and mortar stores but still… Please just … stop with the fake money grab pricing.

Jun. 19, 2014
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Tychoxi
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@borsook create a wish for that!

Jun. 14, 2014
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borsook
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Such a pity there is no vote down, I prefer to have regional pricing and more games to less games and no regional prices.

Jun. 14, 2014
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Zojokkeli
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I wouldn't have any problem with the vouchers, but honestly: you get two 6 dollar vouchers, which you can't even combine. Instead you can pick and choose a game from a rather disappointing list.
If the vouchers could be combined and used on any game in GOG you wish, that would be a much better solution. If you're going to use regional pricing, please do it right. Otherwise, don't do it at all.
I've bought over 50 games on GOG and will continue to be your customer in the future, just please don't f*ck yourself over on stupid little things like these. I really appreciate what you're doing!

Jun. 12, 2014
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Shigeruken
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I'm from NZ, why am I seeing the AU price for the Witcher 3? I've never bought anything with AUD in my life.

Jun. 12, 2014
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Merranvo
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Err, Aussies DO pay more, and it is not conversion... actually, the whole "global economy conversion" is a pitiful globalist claim. I mean, the market is completely different and the government has various protectionist taxes, to say that the currency conversion makes it all the same is rather... uneducated.

Jun. 11, 2014
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Ooh are we doing that? I can too, look: I wish you bloody europeans would get your thumbs out of your arses already.

Just because you're ok with paying more for the same product, doesn't mean everyone else is too, vouchers on the table or no.

Jun. 8, 2014
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manic221
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*Sorry i mean omegadrace not Rayden.

Jun. 8, 2014
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manic221
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Rayden you get the regional difference in vouchers for GOG... It says so on the page. In this case i have no problem with the regional difference in pricing because they're giving us the difference in vouchers.

On a side note i wish you bloody Australians would stop saying OMG we pay more money then everyone else wah wah wah!

Do you Australians even understand the concept of coversion? FYI you pay exactly the same as i do in the UK. So stop saying you get worse off. Fact is if you live anywhere but America we all get ripped off because we all have higher taxes then America and in a lot of cases sales tax isn't even included till you hit purchase.

Jun. 8, 2014
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omegadrace
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So because I'm an australian and not an american, I'm supposed to pay $20+ more to pre-order The Witcher 3?

Disgusting.

Jun. 7, 2014
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rayden54
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@viranimus

DRM free or no, games on GOG are still worth nothing. Not unless you can resell them.

It's still a great start, but I want my first sale back. (I also want my physical discs back--without DRM--but that's just me.)

Jun. 6, 2014
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Lachned
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I'm a bit disappointed that this topic comes up again, with Witcher 3 of all games.

Jun. 6, 2014
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leavingbob
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The Witcher 3 pre-order --> 49.79€ = 68.01 $ (Today rate) !!!

With a US proxy, i payed : 53.99$ for the game --__--

EU customers pay 14$ (10€) more...!

Seriously... I believe in you and want to support you. But please, do what you say, use flat and fair prices !

Regards,
Loic

Jun. 5, 2014
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viranimus
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For everyone commenting "Do this and I go back to steam" you need to remember two crucial things.

1: GoG is not the one at fault here. It is the developers/publishers who will not work with what is reasonable because they have become accustomed to effectively what was always an error. Credit where credit is due, Blame where it belongs.

2: Turning "back to steam" is STILL shooting yourself and everyone else in the foot because

A: GoG version will always be "worth" more than ANYTHING from Steam due to the vastly more important principal of DRM free and any steam version of a game BETTER be cheaper than a GOG version because of having by default less value.

B: Giving into steam only serves to further their monopolistic practices and make them even stronger and makes it that much harder for alternatives that try to correct those unacceptable practices to even exist.

To do so helps transform Steam and all their consumer attacking practices into a natural monopoly and if that happens that consumer attacking behavior will not only never get corrected but in fact escalate and become far worse.

So even if Steams prices beat GOGs, they never will because GoGs prices reflect persistent superior value, and moreover the long term costs are not measured in currency but in sacrifices of freedom and control all consumers have to make and the magnitude of customer mistreatment all consumers end up bearing.

When you stop looking at the cost per transaction and look at the longview you understand that there is no amount of Savings steam can offer that can ever be a better value than your freedom and control as a consumer.

Yes, stick with principles... but stick with principles that make sense instead of a principle rooted in redistributing vested interest in greed from one location to another.

May. 25, 2014
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um, found this: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/17/gog-abandons-regional-pricing-plans

May. 16, 2014
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if gog goes regional i go steam exclusive, bar exchange rates that will make slightly different prices in different areas and times (read pennies) why should i pay a higher price than someone in say the us or the euro zone just because im in a different contry and visa versa. in an age of digital products, its not like ur having to ship stuff places and pay different rates of import. so just quit it already, steam do it and it pisses me off there too

May. 13, 2014
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essi2
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If GOG starts charging me in EUR or NOK(Based on the EUR price) I'm going back to Steam thank you very much.

May. 9, 2014
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Qoiorav
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I have to agree with RaiFighter below. It seems unattractive, and it's probably abused somewhat by publishers (looking at the USD/EUR prices), but adjusting the price to local purchasing power is definitely the right way to go. Buying in USD from another country means 1. you're subject to fluctuating exchange rates and 2. the price is aimed at an economy totally different from yours. There should be a relative purchasing power index somewhere, I say, adjust the prices accordingly and use as many currencies as possible. Not pretty, but definitely fairer.

May. 2, 2014
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