Previously, customers purchasing a game on GOG.com would have their region automatically determined by the website based on the user’s IP address. So, if your IP address says you live in Australia, you’d be stuck with the censored version of The Witcher 2.
An announcement on GOG.com explains why customers suffer when digital distribution services use geo IP to set their region. “For example, customers may be travelling when they want to purchase or download a game from GOG.com. In this case, automatic IP address capture might change the price or the content of the game they’re ordering (such as the default language of the installer). Further, geo IP data collection is not always right. IP addresses are not a perfect or unique identifier of location, and can report the incorrect region of users, particularly ones who are not using standard Internet connections.”
GOG also stresses the importance of honoring its users’ privacy. “Effective privacy protections for our users means that any data that we don’t need to collect, we shouldn’t,” reads the announcement.
Seeing as how The Witcher 2’s gameplay emphasizes the importance of choice, it seems fitting that GOG has seen fit to give its customers the ability to choose their region if they pre-order or purchase any titles. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is set to release on May 17.
May 11, 2011
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