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Topic # 32606 21-Apr-2009 01:45
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can someone help me please.
I bought a xbox360 in NewZealand. recently my brother came back from overseas with xbox360 games and they don't work?

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  Reply # 208285 21-Apr-2009 09:08
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Unfortunately theres nothing you can do about it. Some overseas games are region-free but the majority arn't, and will only play on consoles from their region. Heres a list of region free games. Welcome to geekzone by the way.

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  Reply # 208413 21-Apr-2009 18:47
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I don't get why Microsoft screwed us over like that, Sony didn't.


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Reply # 208451 21-Apr-2009 21:46
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Region locking isn't new, in fact it was done many many years, dated back to when NES was popular. This is due to the PAL vs NTSC-A vs NTSC-J. The king of region-locking is still Nintendo, however their portable game titles (in fact any portable console games) are region-free.

Sony's PS3 does way without region-locking to make their product stands out a bit better but they're not on the total clear either. Those version that can play PS2 are still region-lock for PS2 titles, and possibly PS1 titles too (not sure). BluRay is region-lock but not all BluRay titles are currently region-locked.

As a general rule of thumb for buying console and games are, buy the game of the same region, or at least look at the region, PAL system then get PAL titles.

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  Reply # 208697 22-Apr-2009 23:04
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Depending on how many games your brother bought you, it may be worth modding your console so you can play them.

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