I used my companies US office address for my Amazon US account and it worked just fine. Got the steam key's and downloaded from there (but equally could have done so from Amazon). Have had a similar thing with my PSN account for years when I've needed to buy PS3/PSP games from the US PSN - although in that instance I needed to purchase US PSN credit from a 3rd party as I couldn't use my UK cards.
I'm failing to writing a blog, specifically about playing games the wrong way
Weekend sale on GOG is half-price on all the Ultima and Wing Commander games they carry - that's Ultima 1-8 (although 4 is free anyway IIRC), Ultima Underworld 1 and 2, WC 1-4 and Privateer (1, not 2). $27 for the lot.
Gamersgate have a few new deals today - the one which caught my eye most was Blades of Time (£6.24 regular, £6.99 deluxe).
Reviews were poor but they were for a full-price title and the demo on 360 isn't actually that bad. The ranged combat (e.g. guns) is poor but the close combat and movement is rather good - and it remains the only game I've played where a valid (and necessary) combat tactic is to build-up a power-move against an enemy, unleash it and then 'rewind' a copy of yourself in time and do it again (so both of you are unleashing whoopass at the same time).
The puzzles apparently get really, really tiresome (switches and doors - repeat until you lose the will to live) and the need for ranged combat never gels but the setpiece melee stuff is really rather excellent IMO
It will probably get cheaper of course - but horses for courses...
Pro tip: Make sure to somehow check if a game you'd like to buy from Amazon.com as a downloadable version (i.e. via Steam key) is actually available in your region before you buy it. "Saint's Row - The Third" (US version) does not fall into that category for people in Germany.
As Amazon.com downloads require using a false address outside the US I don't know if bringing attention to it would be a good idea but the theory is sound for a legitimately purchased key.
Last edited by goatmonkey; 05-06-2012 at 09:05 AM.
Weird. I'm german myself and so far never had any issues with smuggled keys or purchased international keys.I got a Dead Island 4 pack from Gamersgate with a few people from several European countries (pretty certain at least one was German) and they were unable to activate their keys. One of them contacted steam support and they activated the game for him
However, the only title I know of which cannot be activated with a German IP is the uncensored/international version of "CoD: MW 2". Are you sure this is also the case with "SR3"?
Edit: It seems like it is (also "CoD: MW 2" and "CoD: BO"). I couldn't find anything specific regarding "Dead Island", though.
Last edited by TechnoJellyfish; 05-06-2012 at 10:02 AM.
Yupp, you're right (see my edited post above). Gotta keep that in mind for future purchases.
Just ask some trustworthy friend to activate it for you or use one of the many available VPN/Proxy solutions if you're comfortable with that.