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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Xbox account region change - what about NTSC/PAL?

So it appears that it is possible to change the region of your Xbox Live account. That's great news since I've moved to another country and had difficulties buying games on marketplace since my credit ...
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Are there advantages of having a Japanese vs an American 3DS?

I am from India, and I am planing to order new Nintendo 3DS XL from Play-Asia. I am looking at either a Japanese version or an American version. The Japanese version is cheaper for me, but I don't ...
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Is there a legal way to obtain games not available in certain Steam regions?

I'm currently living in Japan. These are the games that I want to buy but for some reason (publisher's discretion?) is not available: Valkyria Chronicles Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm series Is ...
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Is there a way to bypass the Steam region lock?

I want to check out a game but when I view it from Steam, it says: "This item is currently unavailable in your region" Is there a way to go around this limitation? Not simply by using a proxy to ...
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Are DS games region locked?

I have a friend in South Africa who is thinking about buying a Nintendo DS. It's hard to find games in her city, though, so I was thinking I'd buy several in the USA and mail them to her. Would this ...
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Steam gifting a region locked game can it be added to library [duplicate]

I live in India and gifted my friend, who lives in USA, Witcher 3 During the purchase steam gives the notice (which I did not see) Gift purchases for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt can only be added ...
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How does region/language locking work for Legacy of the Void?

If I buy a StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void Battle.net key from a Russian shop, which says it's for "a Russian-language version, intended for activation in Russia", what are the restrictions exactly? ...
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Will Nintendo eShop cards work cross-region?

I am from Singapore, which uses the American region for 3DSes and eShop cards. A friend bought me a 3DS from America when he went there. I set my NNID to Brazil to be able to use the eShop. Will I be ...
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Is there a difference between Nintendo 64 controllers used on PAL and NTSC systems?

Is it possible to use the controllers from an NTSC (Japanese / US) Nintendo 64 system on a PAL (EUR) system? Are they the same item or is there a difference?
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Playing UK-bought games on a Japanese GameCube

So I've just moved to Japan and couldn't bring my GameCube with me (though I did manage to bring my games). I just bought a GameCube today (Japanese), and was hoping there is some way to play UK games ...
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American 3ds, but I'm in France

I recently asked about zelda tri force heroes being region locked (link here Can you play with players worldwide in Zelda triforce heroes? ) And now I'm wondering, since my 3ds was bought in the USA, ...
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Nintendo Network ID requirement

Which regions are accepted by Nintendo Network ID? I live in Malaysia and they don't allow me to join the network ID. Any idea or list of which countries are accepted? I have tried it a few times and ...
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Can you play American games on a French Nintendo 64? [duplicate]

I bought 2 Nintendo 64 games off the Internet and I want to know if I have to buy an adapter for my French n64. So, is it possible to play American games on a French Nintendo 64?
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Is it possible to get US games from the nintendo Eshop in wii u?

I have always wanted to speedrun Donkey Kong 64 but i realized half the glitches you need to use are left out of the PAL version (i'm in Australia). I want to play on the wii u VC but i'm assuming the ...
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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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Can a UK 3DS play USA DS Titles? [duplicate]

I want to buy Pokemon Soul Silver, a USA version, in order to play it on my 3DS. I know the 3DS is region locked, but is it region locked for DS games? Need an answer generally or specifically for USA ...
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Is it possible to activate and play Mortal Kombat X in Germany? [closed]

I'm wondering if it's possible to activiate and play Mortal Kombat X over Steam, in Germany, even though I would have to get it from another country. I know it's against Steam's rules to use a VPN or ...
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Playing disc-based games from other countries

If I buy a playstation 4 from America and bring it back with me to South Africa, will it be able to play games I buy on discs?
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How do I change my Nintendo Network ID?

Actually, I have a lot of questions. See, my previous home was in Mexico and my Nintendo Network ID has that country registered. Now I live in the USA and I want to use dollars to buy cards for the ...
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Are the Steam region locks backwards compatible? Are there any workarounds?

Just recently, there has been an update to Steam's region locking, which affects gifting where games that are region locked can be activated on accounts outside the countries it is locked to, but ...
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I just bought an Xbox 360 game with wrong region. What should I do?

I just bought a game (Forza 4) for my Xbox 360 (bought in the US). When I tried to play the game, it wouldn't load because of region issue. Is there a legal way to solve this (no crack)?
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Playing PSN bought games on separate PSN account

I am thinking of buying a couple PS3 PSN games from the US PSN with a US PSN account since they're having a sale. I download the games, and then switch accounts to my main (Australian) account, would ...
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How can I play Dying Light in Germany?

The game is not available for sale here, and CD keys apparently will not activate on steam from this region. Could I activate a key on the steam website using Hola Unblocker, or would the gam refuse ...
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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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PlayStation 4 dlc different region

Hi I've encountered a problem. I bought my ps4 in NA. It came with free download from the PSN store. I brought it to Singapore with me. I signed up a Asia pan account. I can't download the games ...
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Are Playstation 4 games locked to a certain region?

This question has been asked before, but it was for PS3 and Xbox 360 and was asked August 2010. This time around my question goes specifically to PS4, since I'm moving from Mexico to Europe and I was ...
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Can I play PS3 games from another country?

I'm going to buy Assassins Creed 3 on amazon.com, but my friend told me if I buy it from there, I can't play because I have a PS3 from Iceland (where I live). It is true? Does the PS3 have region ...
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Is Mystery Dungeon: EoD region-locked?

I have an Italian 3DS and I've bought a second-hand English Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness. I should be able to play it, but I can't, and I don't know why. According to this question "Can I ...
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Is Kinect Star Wars Region Free?

I want to know if Kinect Star Wars PAL is playable on a NTSC-US Xbox 360. Thanks
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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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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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Does a copy Dragon Age: Inquisition bought and activated elsewhere work in India?

Dragon Age: Inquisition is not sold in India, for conformance with 'local content laws'. Fallout 3 was in a similar situation, and getting a friend in the US to buy and gift it to me worked with ...
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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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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 use a US PSN account with Reg ALL physical copies?

When I visit the store to buy Freedom Wars PS Vita, there are only Reg ALL/Asia for physical copies. As far I know the downloadable content in region 3 (Asia) copies only works with a Play Station ...
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Is Mass Effect 2 region locked? [duplicate]

I found a Mass Effect 2 game in one of the stores in the Philippines, but they said that my Xbox must be a US Version, and that it won't work as my Xbox is a Japanese Version. I later found out on the ...
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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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What will happen to my 3DS when I move to a different region?

Recently I bought a 3DS in America, but soon I'm moving to Australia. I've heard that the device is region locked, so I know that if I buy any games in Australia, they won't work on my 3DS. I want ...
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How do regions work for XBLA?

So I have a Japanese Xbox 360 and, after changing the console's language to English, it's deceptively identical to an American one. But the 360's region locked for disks, and I'm not really sure how ...
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Is DLC for region free games region free too?

I know that DLC is region locked for PlayStation4 games. If a get a region free game (the one that has free on the globe on the back of the box) will I be able to run the DLC for my game that was ...
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Can I play UK games on a French Xbox 360 or vice versa?

I have just bought an French Xbox 360 from a French friend with 30 French games. Can I use this console back in the UK on Xbox Live? Can I use the games on an English console? What will my limitations ...
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Any conflicts with DLC from a Dutch PSN account when playing a UK PS3 version of South Park: Stick of Truth?

Unfortunately, here in the Netherlands we only have the censored version of South Park: The Stick of Truth for the PS3. Both the US and UK versions are uncensored. I am considering ordering the game ...
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Access online play on PS4 from a country with no local PSN and no foreign credit card

I can not play online on my ps4 because I need to put my billing info before using codes. The problem is I am from Qatar and I use the USA as my region for my main account. I tried making a Qatari ...
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How can I know if a game from an NTSC region can be run on a PAL console? [duplicate]

On a PAL xbox system - I can run some NTSC games. Is there a way to know which NTSC game will run on the PAL console just by its cover?
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is it possible to play a Japanese Xbox 360 game on a US Xbox 360 console? [duplicate]

If I were to buy a Japanese Xbox 360 game and have it shipped, would I be able to play it on an US console out of the box? If not, how would I go about doing so, if it's possible all?
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How to play Xbox 360 NTSC-J games in Europe?

I was 6-months in Japan and played Monster Hunter Frontier Online(who looks to be ip adress restricted game) with my hostfamilly' japanese ip adress and everything was perfect. Before coming back to ...
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Is there a way to remove the region lock on a 3DS and still connect to the nintendo store

I have an old DS Lite, and I want to get the Etrian Odyssey series, but the 4th one only came out on 3DS, so I'm going to get a 3DS. But since the 3DS is region locked I was thinking of getting all ...
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Can I purchase a PS4 in Italy and use it in Australia?

i would like to buy a ps4 for my boyfriend that lives in australia as xmas present, but in australia preorders are for ps4 to come in february. i live in italy and was thinking to buy it here so i ...
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Can Xbox One codes for Fifa 14 (Day One edition) be redeemed worldwide?

Mirosoft announced a while ago that games on the Xbox One would not be region locked. However, some DLC might be. As the system is not quite clear on what is possible and what not, I am doubting ...