211w ago - Hard to believe after Sony's PlayStation 2 console just turned nine years old it would finally hit Brazil, eh?
That is exactly what Sony did today, according to Kotaku (linked above), the PS2 has officially launched in Brazil.
To quote: "It's priced at R$799, which works out to be around USD$465. So, yes, it's expensive to buy video games in Brazil.
Our man Pedro tells us that with a nine year-old console only just launching, there obviously isn't an official PS3 presence, though he says Sony do sell some older PS3 games. For R$199 (USD$115).
Ever wanted to know why piracy was rife in South America, those prices might get you in the right direction."
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I tend to disagree a little with talruum, because while I don't know how it all works; people still pirate games (one reason being) because they are expensive. Even in Australia, where it is a wonderful first world country with not many problems, Australian gamers generally pay roughly $100USD for new-release games. I either wait a long time until a game I really want is about half that, or I pirate it.
Usually I just pirate the game, because I find that too many games aren't worth my money, for any console. And what about if you pay $100 or more for a game, then you are able to beat it thoroughly within two days, and find that it has very little re-play value? That to me would be a rip-off as well, so luckily I am slow. I don't collect games for the sake of collecting, I do play them. just my thoughts.
Here in Brunei (Borneo,South-East Asia) a PS3 slim costs roughly about BN$560 (U$400) Big PAIN! and PS3 games cost an average of BN$90-100 (US$64-70) another big pain.
so most people here have Xbox's (Screw them) just because its hacked and able to play pirated games. (piracy here is actually very legal, lol) but what sucks for them is that they can never play online no more, unlike us PS3 users
Here in Pakistan Xbox360 is beating PS3 and wii by 3:1 due to piracy as price of an arcade xbox360 is 24000rs (300$) while ps3slim 120gb is 32000rs (400$) and wii is for 24000rs (300$) But still all three are expensive but as xbox360 and wii are hacked therefore games are dirt cheap aswell ie 150rs (2$) but as Pakistani gamers are spoild by heavy graphics we did'nt even touches wii so thats why xbox360 is winning in Pakistan but if PS3 will ever hacked we'll surely buys ps3 even if its worth 1000$.
i'm in colombia, here at sony style stores (yes we have a couple of those!) the fat ps3 is being sell for U$450, that's insane for us, that's two times our monthly minimun salary. i've got mine for U$800 two years ago, the mgs boundle, so it is very expensive to be a gamer here, at least a ps3 gamer because sony haven't ever paid attention to South american market, although nintendo and microsoft had.
their consoles rule seven gen pie here, i.e. a totally pirated wii with to controllers and 10 games cost u$350 and xbox arcade cost the same, pirated games are U$5 for both, ps3 games are U$100, so no wonder piracy rule my country, i've got a great job so i managed to own 9 games (but i'm buying them in the states) but i'm one of the 1200 ps3 colombian gamers compared to almost 100000 wii players and 25000 xbox players.
sony isn't the only one to blame for VGs to be expensive, in south america,the goverments of our countries are guilty as well, because they charge VGs with taxes that increases insainly VGs prices.
Brazil doesn't got good computers or electronics fabrics. Almost ones are just assemblers. Yes, it's expensive to have video games in Brazil, but it's very cheap to have a good cooffee, eat a good fruit, or just drink a mineral water. Brazil got natural resources. Most agro-economics here.
Let you Americans, Europeans, and Asians be making these things that we haven't. And we make the things you don't Let's think global. Am I forgeting anybody? Oh yeah... Africans... I guess Africa got a lot and lots of animals from this beautiful world. North and South poles only to science right? hehehe
But anyway, I hope the economics here grow and people stop piracy. When you buy the game, you known how much it value to you. You play it until the end. Who really play a thousand of pirated games?
When piracy decrease, the cost of the games decrease either. It's obvious.
Paraguay is the center of pirated things, coming from China, and entering in Brazil easily. People cross rivers with thousand of dollars of pirated things to sell here. Unfortunaly, this things still happens here.
Stop piracy! But hack the PS3 for fun :P Let us think we can beat Sony and IBM freaks.