Regional lockout is the programming practice, code, chip, or physical barrier used to prevent the playing of media designed for a device from the country where it is marketed on the version of the same device marketed in another country.

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Are boxed PC retail copies of Skyrim region-locked?

I've heard that all PC copies of Skyrim require Steam activation and am wondering if this is forcing region locking. I want to buy a UK copy of Skyrim and be able to activate/play it in the USA. Can ...
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Will games from the UK work on consoles from Portugal?

I am planning on going out to Portugal soon and I am wondering if I should bring out some Xbox 360 games for a friend that stays there, as the games cost a lot more there than they do here. So, ...
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Can I play UK (region 2) DVDs on a US (region 1) Xbox 360?

Okay, as my friend just shipped me her Misfits (UK only show) DVDs so I can catch up on them over my holiday week- I am wondering if I should look at investing in a region free DVD player on my next ...
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Can I play DS games from any region on the 3DS?

I have a North American 3DS, and I really, really want to get a copy of the DS game Freshly Picked: Tingle's Rosy Rupeeland. However, the only way to get it in North America is to import a European ...
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Can you play a Japanese N64 Game on a European console?

Back in Europe I have a N64 console. As I am currently living in Japan, I find myself tempted to buy some old N64 games in Japanese. However, the articles about the N64's region locking usually assume ...
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Which console versions do Amazon.com sell? [closed]

Since they are in the US, I'm assuming Amazon.com sells the North American one? Or do they sell both? I am looking for the European version but I don't see any version in their catalog: ...
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Game compatibility on Wii

I have recently acquired my sister's Wii(PAL) from Australia. I live in the Philippines(which is an NTSC region). She sent me a NBA 2k11 with the Wii(PAL) and I was hoping if I could play any NTSC ...
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Is the Nintendo 3DS region-locked?

I am thinking of buying a 3DS when the price drop comes into place in America, however I live in Australia. Will Australian 3DS games work on a North American 3DS?
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How to change installation region

I have two starcraft accounts on different regions - one on NA server and another on EU. Right now I have the NA client installed, which means I can only log into the NA battle.net. What is the best ...
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Does the EU release of Pokemon Black / White work in a NA DSi?

The Japanese version of Pokemon Black & White does not work on North American DSi systems. But But the Australian version of it works on a Japanese 3DS. Does anyone know if the European ...
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Are there any issues if I bought a Nintendo Wii from the US and use it in India?

Will there be any issues if I buy a Nintendo Wii from the US and use it in India? Issues like ports or game campatibility, etc.
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Why is StarCraft 2 divided by regions?

I live in Argentina, but I love to get all my stuff (be it games, tv series, movies, etc) in English. Battle.net will only let me select one region, which by default is Latin America, that has only ...
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Purchasing a Steam Game in Europe (though I am a US citizen)

Ok, I'm hoping this question doesn't get closed with regards to small locale as I'm trying to cover all of Europe with this one :) I am a US citizen currently working on an international assignment ...
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Is it worth taking a UK Xbox to the US?

I may be moving to the US and I want to know if it is even reasonable to take my Xbox. I realise that there will need to be a power conversion, but that aside we have lots of kid's DVD's and Xbox ...
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Are console games locked to a certain region?

I'm going on a vacation from Europe to the US and was planning of bringing along some Xbox360 or PS3 games, but now I'm curious if they will be compatible with my European Xbox. In that past there ...
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If I make a battlenet account in Australia, will I be able to swap it to US?

I am in Australia right now and I'm thinking of making a battlenet account for the various demos they claim to have on their site (which you have to have a bnet account to see). When I get back home ...
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Does the German PS3 support UK games?

Does the German PS3 support UK games?
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Will my Xbox 360 from the UK work when I move to Australia?

I own (and love) an Xbox 360 and nearly 50 games which I play regularly and I have a Live gold membership. I will soon be emigrating to Australia and was wondering will I be able to take my 360 and ...
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Online games region restrictions [closed]

Is it possible to buy games in Asia (from web or when on holiday) and then play them in Europe? I'm worried that they may be some region restrictions on them. It's mostly games from US or European ...
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Buying games across countries with GameTreeOnline

I am currently sitting in Sydney for a summer break and I want to buy games from GameTreeOnline. Unfortunately, their 'security' mechanisms prevent me from using my bank account while in Sydney, ...
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Why do you need a SS for some Korean games?

For some Korean games, you need a Korean Social Security number to play. I don't understand, why is it a requirement? What's the justification?
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Are there any region-based server limits in ArmA2?

I am planning to buy ArmA2 (since I keep hearing and reading great things about the game!), yet I'd first like to check whether it is possible for players of versions bought in different places (e.g. ...
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Is Red Dead Redemption multiplayer region locked?

I have an american PS3. I bought the UK version of Red Dead Redemption. I am currently living in Italy I tried to play a multiplayer match with a friend with an american PS3 and american RDD. He is ...