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Sunday, August 21, 2011

A word with our foreign friends...

I mean no offense to any non-Americans out there, but these are a few things I'm sick of hearing from people in other countries...

1. You type the date wrong!

Yes, in America we type month/day/year instead of day/month/year like in other countries. I'm aware that this is wrong. Every country has some things that are quirky about them, this is hardly a significant one.

2. Game prices in my country are way higher than in America! That's bullshit!

I hear this one at least once a day. Seriously. Yes, I'm aware of this. We all are. You really don't have to keep telling us. I think it's bullshit as well, but this doesn't happen for the reason you think it does.

The reason a game that might sell for, say, $60 here in the U.S. and $90 in Australia isn't because the game publishers can't work out exchange rates. It's because people in Australia are used to paying $90 so they have no reason to lower it. Greed? Yep. That's exactly it. Take this issue up with the game companies, please stop repeating it on forums and content aggregation sites.

3. That video isn't available in my country!

Here's another one I hear almost every single day on the internet. Usually when a youtube video or something similar is posted somewhere. Yes, we know. This is due to legal and licensing bullshit, not because youtube or insert your video site here hates your country. Please stop telling us this.

That being said, I don't wish to bash anyone or any country because of these annoyances, just pointing them out. I'm sure Americans have things they repeat over and over that people from other countries are sick of hearing, what are they? Leave a comment and let me know.

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