In Indonesia, Pirated Games for Two Bucks a Pop

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Spotted at an Indonesia game shop by Japanese site Game Watch Impress. All these Wii games are priced at Rp.20,000 or around US$2.30.

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The game shop, like so many in the region, also had binders and binders of pirated Xbox 360 games—here, XGame 360.

"規制"から"支援"へ変わりつつある中国市場と [Game Impress Watch]

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DISCUSSION

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Marvel Sutantio

As an Indonesian, born & live here all my life, I really am ashamed of this fact. I used to play pirated games too when I was a kid, all the way till college. The only authentic games I bought was the ones that are not pirated (such as FF6, Secret of Mana, Shen Mue, etc). After that, I started buying official products with my own dough. I guess it all started with GTA San Andreas & Shadow Hearts 2. Back then, I thought that I love those games so much It's worth it to buy the official one, even if it's a lot more expensive. Playing online is very important to me too. Pirated console / games will never give me the complete experience. They break easily too, heck some doesn't even work at all. This realization is strengthened even more when I work as a copywriter in a multi-national advertising agency. Having our ideas stolen sucks, and it's the same for the game developers.

I kept telling my friends to stop playing pirated games. But even with my own logical train of thoughts,

they just won't listen. For them, game is a small, insignificant industry. They think it's not worth buying the official products if they can get it cheap. It's pathetic, really. Considering they can buy a $300-$400 product but not $40-$50 games. Fortunately more and more Indonesian gamers have changed their minds. In Kaskus (Indonesians' largest forum) there is a community of gamers who trade used PS3 / Xbox games. Some even sell / buy new ones. There's also a Steam community there. AFAIK there are 1400 registered Indonesian Steam users. An insanely small number, but a great start nonetheless