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Topic # 55967 11-Jan-2010 17:06
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Just wondering if I bought an X Box 360  game from the UK, would it be region free and work on my NZ purchased X Box 360?   

The reason that I ask is that I have just read that the new  AVP game  has been banned in Australia, which will almost certainly mean that it is banned in New Zealand also.  Developor has said that they are not prepared to make cuts to enable this game to be released in Australia.

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  Reply # 289027 11-Jan-2010 17:23
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UK games are PAL. NZ is PAL. Good news for you.




Do whatever you want to do man.

  

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  Reply # 289050 11-Jan-2010 18:36
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Yes as stated above we are in the same game region as England so you will be fine and in regards to region free games it would depend on the game, some games are, some games arn't.




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  Reply # 289055 11-Jan-2010 18:42
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Just because the AvP game was banned in Australia does not mean it will be banned here. In NZ we have an R18 classification for games, in Australia they do not which is why a lot of graphically violent games get banned there. It's a stupid system so we're pretty lucky here in NZ that games can be rated according to the maturity of those people that will be playing them.

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  Reply # 289074 11-Jan-2010 19:39
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MarkX: The reason that I ask is that I have just read that the new  AVP game  has been banned in Australia, which will almost certainly mean that it is banned in New Zealand also.  Developor has said that they are not prepared to make cuts to enable this game to be released in Australia. 



Not true. Just to expand on gehenna's post, the highest classification Australia has for a game is MA15+, whereas we obviously have R18. In Australia if a game doesn't meet the criteria to be classified as MA15+ then it will be 'refused classification', effectively meaning it's banned.


Games can be edited and resubmitted to achieve the MA15+ rating, with Left 4 Dead 2 being the most recent high profile example. In Australia L4D2 is an edited version after initially being refused classification, whereas NZ has the uncut version because of our higher threshold R18 rating.


Besides, a quick Google search told me that in December Sega appealed Australia's decision to refuse classification of AVP and it was overturned, without any modifications required, so looks like you've got nothing to worry about anyway.

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  Reply # 289115 11-Jan-2010 22:39
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As noted Australia doesn't have an R18 rating for games so more stuff gets banned from Australian than New Zealand.

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  Reply # 289225 12-Jan-2010 11:43
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the below link is a great guide to what you can and cant play in certain regions, I have refered to it many times when getting overseas software.

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-00-3-xbox360_compatibility_guide-49-en.html

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  Reply # 289243 12-Jan-2010 12:15
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Not sure if this helps or not.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PAL-NTSC-SECAM.svg

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  Reply # 289248 12-Jan-2010 12:25
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jsauni: Not sure if this helps or not.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PAL-NTSC-SECAM.svg


not with XBox 360, some NTSC games can play in NZ via XBox Pal conversion and some cant.

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  Reply # 289251 12-Jan-2010 12:28
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What's this Xbox PAL conversion? And how do you know which games?

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  Reply # 289255 12-Jan-2010 12:30
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jsauni: What's this Xbox PAL conversion? And how do you know which games?


where the XBox reads the NTSC disk and outputs it to PAL, refer to the link I posted above for a games compatibility list

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-00-3-xbox360_compatibility_guide-49-en.html

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  Reply # 289262 12-Jan-2010 12:51
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Cheers, never knew this



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  Reply # 291580 20-Jan-2010 17:13
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Thanks for your help with this guys. Much appreciated. Cheers, Mark

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  Reply # 297461 9-Feb-2010 18:55
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Region coding as a whole is stupid. People travel and buy stuff so it should be region free for all games especially. They do it to make you pay more as countries like NZ pay top dollar for games compared to some places (however goes both ways some places pay even more.)

You can't even bypass region coding with a modded console which is odd since Xbox one became region free once modded.

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