VinceFox wrote:region locking = lack of choice
region locking in a way can lead to piracy because region locking is a technical middle finger to the consumer
I guess, but only to those who care to spend the effort in importing games. I assure you, you stand in a minority. The effects are more devastating to those who want games but dont get them cause a developer gets scared of losing sales. Why did they get scared? cause self entitled humans feel that they deserve to steal. Despite what has been said, numbers dont lie.
If seeing the game you spent time and money on developing being downloaded a thousand times over the sales number, knowing that cause your title isnt selling you will probably not work on another game (ie, could possibly loose your job) dont you think that would scare them a little? Would you want to work your ass off on a game (remember a lot of these guys have bills to pay, its not just the talking heads who make games.) only to have some person claim they should download it for free for whatever arbitrary reason they spit up? Thats a hard sell.
No matter how you feel about the industry, this is a problem. I understand there is issues with the industry and I understand a lot of shovel games are made now-a-days, but that still doesnt excuse theft.