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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:12AM (Unverified) said

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I just wrote about this on my blog today. I tried registering with Gamigo so that I could try Black Prophecy and couldn't because of an IP block.

The fact that SWTOR is doing the same thing to Oceanic players simple reduces my desire to buy their game at all. The Secret World is out soon anyway, so I might just wait for that.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:26AM Yellowdancer said

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I donno if I would call SWTOR an IP block. They're not selling to those countries...they're not blocked. Slight difference.

I do like how DCUO does it. You just need to flip a switch in your options to go from US to Oceanic servers.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 10:25AM Daelda said

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@Yellowdancer And with SWTOR, it isn't even that they *won't* sell to Oceanic players, it is that they aren't directly selling to them *right now* - in an effort to stagger out the game's launch and prevent starter area over-crowding and huge queues.

I know it really sucks for those that are going to have to wait a week, month or even a few months (I doubt it will be more than 3-4 weeks for Australia, but that's just personal opinion). But I do understand why they are doing it. It doesn't mean that they couldn't have prepared us for it sooner though.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:03PM mmogaddict said

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@Yellowdancer

Unles something has changed in the last month or so, DCUO doesn't have Oceanic servers. We play on the same servers as everyone else (at least PC)
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:18AM bulldozerftw said

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I would rather have a server for each timezone with low pings if it were possible to support it. But that's the problem mainly there's not enough effort or a publisher who isn't too greedy willing to take the risk of bringing foreign games over. Or maybe it's due to copyright laws that take a long time to carry out. Either way I think it would be worthwhile for someone to take over the business of bringing worthwhile games overseas if done right. But yeah there's a good reason these ip blocks exist so unless you want to be that publisher maybe you shouldn't complain.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:14PM mmogaddict said

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@bulldozerftw "...But yeah there's a good reason these ip blocks exist..."

Rather than just putting up 'maybe's' you could site an example of an IP Block and why it is/was a good reason.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:18AM berghes said

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Yeah...Perfect World really screwed up this Rusty Hearts CB launch. I understand that there might be some licensing issues but they could have at least told us that instead of putting up a FAQ saying "Yes. you can play from Europe" and then announce "oh..you know, your country might be IP blocked...doesn't matter what we stated before".

Yeah...let's let the players register for the game, activate cb keys, post on forums, download the game...and then tell them that they can't actually play the game from Half of Europe.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:25AM (Unverified) said

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How does "you can order the physical game and play anywhere in the world with no IP restriction", constitute an IP ban from SWTOR?
Yes, there are no dedicated servers for Aus and Southamerica (ect.), but I've read of plenty who have ordered the game there, and there are nothing restricting them from playing the game. Just as there are nothing restricting EU players playing on US servers - or visa versa.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:22PM mmogaddict said

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You can't order a digital copy in those regions.

You can't order a psyical copy LOCALLY that will be released at the same time as the NA/EU launch in those regions.

You can order a copy from an overseas site to be sent to you on launch and (at the moment) play it when it launches in the NA/EU.

You can order a psyical copy LOCALLY that will be provided either 2+ weeks later or in most areas at a date to be determined sometime afterwards but could be months later.

At the moment the stores selling psyical copies to be provided locally in the red zone are either ordering from outside the standard supply chain (buying from other stores in other countries) or taking pre-orders for when the game is eventually released to those regions.

I can go pre-order a copy of SW:TOR at EB Games in Australia, but I won't be getting a pre-order code and I won't be getting the game at the launch date.

Luckily I've got 2 CE's on order with Amazon and Gamestop so I'm right, as are about 50% of the Oceanic players who have been following the game.

Kinda makes the whole thing pointless given that most of us have just circumvented the regional block anyway.

Plus due to the way PUBLISHERS sre often trying to sting us for much higher than US/EU prices we're probably saving money by buying from Amazon anyway even with the shipping costs comparred to what the Brick and Mortor stores will try and charge us here locally.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:25AM Dumac said

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Im from eastern Europe. So i guess that means no Rusty Hearts for me... This typically doesn't happen with titles i actually want to play, but it's frustrating that someone is preventing you from even trying. In the case of Vindictus, the only reason i want it to come to Europe is so that i can play it once and say it's crap. It's just an urge i have, it wouldn't be that way if it was just available here from the start.

A year or so ago, a RL friend of mine tried to subscribe to Runescape, but Jagex rejected him citing "political reasons" which was lol. I even wanted to send you guys the info so you could make an article about it, but then i kind of didn't 'cause i thought nobody would care.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:39AM JadeCurtiss said

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yeah almost every game I wanted to play had Ip block like Vindictus and Dragons nest and a few more games the only game company I say that has brains is Perfect world I never been IP blocked buy them so im happy I never needed to wait for EU release. But thanks to Nexon has no brain so when Vindictus comes to EU it will only last for maybe 1 month before they have to close it down cuz no one will be intressted in a 1 year old game that will be CBT for a month or 2 so there is no point in releasing it now when ever one lost interested in the game and that Tera online soon will be here. If if you want your game to be popular or get allot of players donĀ“t make them lose interest with you stupid IP shit release the game in both US and EU at the same time if your smart but game company only care about cash and license is to damn expensive. But then again it is there lose not my problem if they have to close down for being stupid.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:42AM (Unverified) said

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To be ultimately fair, SW:TOR is really bipolar, almost Jekyll and Dr Hyde about their public relations. this isn't a dig about any developer, just the way that Star Wars The Old Republic is being distributed by EA.

In this case, Dr Hyde is the Bioware developers, and Jekyll is the EA Marketing department that does these silly things like leave mutilated bodies of prostitutes around.

I can feel for Bioware, since they have very little control over the Monster that is EA, but they're tarnished under all of their actions, for good and bad, just like Warhammer Online is and was.

the IP blocking is entirely due to Origin, EA's Juggernaut Digital Distribution portal,

While other MMO companies and sites are more specific about IP blocks or not having Payment Gateways accept international credit cards or alternative forms of payment, Origins is more frequently charging more money for a digital copy than retail, wether that's supposed to be protecting the retail store distribution chain of international retailers, or just greedy, or lazy, it's still apparent.

if only Origins would stop leaving it's bloody corpses on the back doorstep, and blood drenched footprints leading to Bioware's door with a sheepish grin on it's face, i think that most international users would be less likely to blame Bioware for EA's malfeasance if they realised EA is the monster in the dark butchering their Public Relations profile.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 8:26PM mmogaddict said

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I'd actually buy that about Bioware up to the point Dragon Age 2 was released.

Clearly the Bioware of old is pretty much gone, guess that's what happens when you sell your soul to the devil (EA).

EA is about the only company that makes SOE look good.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 9:08AM Caskio said

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@Ren54

What? Of course they are spending money on a network and servers. They have to run the game and have an internet connection.

Anyone thinking that SWTOR is IP blocking is incorrect. You may not be able to order from specific sites because of your region, but the game will not be IP blocked.

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 9:09AM Link064 said

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Great job on spreading misinformation, Massively. I'm so proud that you guys know how to read the millions of times that Bioware has stated that there is no IP blocking going on. Also, I'm glad you guys paid enough attention to see that a lot of the countries that were locked out of Origin actually got boxes to preorder. No, this article wasn't intentionally misleading to cause extra confusion and incite extra anger among those on the fence. Nope, not at all.

I usually like the articles that come through Massively, but sometimes you just get some real winners that like to pretend they are part of some ridiculously biased news conglomerate that only says things to stir up the bees nest.

(Inb4 comment deleted for posting critically of Massively and/or its staff)

Posted: Jul 28th 2011 9:12AM ShawnSchuster said

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@Link064 We never once, ever said that SWTOR was IP blocking anyone. Please read the post before commenting. Thanks so much.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 9:17AM Dumac said

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@Link064
you can't inb4 something when that something is the reason inb4-ing is needed

:)
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 9:46AM RaQin said

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@ShawnSchuster - But Shawn, you mentioned them in the same breath as Rusty Hearts, a game that is IP blocking. Your omission of the words still left the implication that SWTOR was IP blocking.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 10:13AM Lenn said

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@ShawnSchuster To be fair, you mention the fact that people from certain parts of the world cannot digitally preorder SWTOR (which I agree is not an IP block) and you do so in an article titled "Have You Been IP Blocked?" It's throwing fuel on the already raging fire.
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Posted: Jul 28th 2011 11:28AM Samael said

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@Lenn

Welcome to Massively, are you new here?
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