Did you hear? There was a big fifty-percent-off sale on all Rockstar games this past weekend. With GTA San Andreas running a mere $10, I could finally see the lovely city of Los Santos for myself before deciding whether I should drop $50 on GTA 4. Perfect!
Then I logged onto Steam, went into the store and searched for San Andreas. The cupboard was bare. “Hey stupid,” said a little voice in the back of my head. “Did you forget? Rockstar games aren’t available on Steam if you live in Japan.”
Oh yeah, I remember alright. Thanks for asking, brain. Kind of hard to forget when you’ve just got three trailers staring you in the face. Valve really knows how to rub in that salt.
Now, here is what amazes me about Steam. It’s supposed to be the best digital distribution platform on the Internet, and it can’t tell that I’m an American with an American credit card? Even iTunes knows that much. I just switch to my profile, and there’s the American store front. I can download a new episode of Battlestar Galactica in peace. Meanwhile, Valve and Rockstar are saying, “How do we *know* you’re American? You could be a sneaky Japanese in disguise.”
No guys, I’m not. Most Japanese people can’t get American credit cards. And even if they could, why are you so concerned with keeping GTA out of their hands? Last time I checked, there were quite a few GTA games available here. I even once had a student tell me that Liberty City Stories was his favorite PSP game.
But it’s fine. Trust me, I’m taking deep breaths. I’m just going to get it from Direct2Drive. I don’t even mind that I have to pay an extra $10, because as far as I’m concerned, that’s my $10 screw-you-Steam tax. That’s right, I’m sticking it to the man. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to listen to Pandora and play some GameTap while I wait for my download to finish up.
Oh wait. I can’t!
Well, now we know why GameTap ended up hemmorhaging money, huh? You keep on locking out those customers, guys!