So, I found an interesting link via Google about an hour ago.
It's a thread on the Steam forums that keeps track of currently running "indie bundles", ie. bundle sales outside of Steam that contain Steam keys.
Highlights at the moment:
One bundle containing the Gundemonium collection and Serious Sam 2, if you're into FPS or shmups
One bundle containing Avernum 4/5/6, Oddworld 1/2, Postal 2, and a couple of other games
A couple bundles containing games that I wasn't particularly interested in
I just bought a Wii the other day again. It's like I took a step back in time.
Hitman HD Collection coming out?
Absolution and an HD Collection containing Hitman 2, Contracts and Blood Money. Lovely!
So Persona 4: Arena is to be the first ever region-locked PS3 game. It was fun while it lasted, guys. Apparently it's okay though, because this is totally a one off, and won't set a precedent to other companies or anything. Yeah. Because one company being able to push through a controversial decision that financially benefits them at the expense of the consumer totally isn't going to make other companies curious.
What I don't get is that apparently it's region locked in all territories, not just the US. The US region lock makes business sense because of the reason Atlus gave, even if it's not very classy behaviour from a company I always respected. But locking even the more expensive Japanese version? That's just a completely unnecessary slap in the face to people who want the Japanese version. Now I have to wait months upon months for a European release. Which I may or may not have to play in English despite speaking the game's native language. I haven't had to do that since about 2004.
Long story short, next generation I'm not trusting any promises that a console is region free, and I'm never buying a European console again.
Additionally, you can opt to not support shitty business practices by not buying P4A at all.
Eh, I'm not really bothered by this. I understand the reasoning behind it, and think the massive backlash and seething hate this is getting is pretty overblown. Kinda like everything else ever.
Then again, I'm an American, I clearly know nothing.
I don't know, though. I think it is a pretty big deal to region lock a game on a console that has never been region locked until now. Especially when the reasoning they gave reeks of anti-consumer business practices. And when it... really doesn't cover why it's locked in every territory as opposed to just the US. If they're worried about Japanese people jumping on the cheaper US version, that doesn't explain why they region locked the Japanese one as well. Unless they just want to see Europeans suffer. Which given the history of game localisations here, probably shouldn't exactly surprise me.