Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cairo's Game Valley

As most of my readers know, I've been in Cairo for 2 weeks. I leave for New York tomorrow, so writing on this blog will be a bit less sporatic soon.

Egypt isn't really a video gaming place but, my roommate did show me a video game store in Cairo called Game Valley. Click on their games tab and you'll notice that they don't show their Wii games, which they had in their store when I visited. Part of the reason why they probably don't show them is because their merchandise is clearly pirated.


First off, all of the Wii games were 80 L.E., which in American money, would work out to be about $14.50. You could argue that since the cost of living is less in Cairo, games would cost less. However, if the extremely low price wasn't a giveaway, then one of their "Wii" games is clearly pirated. They were selling a single Wii disc that had the "Wii" games of Star Fox Adventures, Beyond Good and Evil, and the Zelda promotional disc that had four Zelda games on it. I say these were Wii games because they had the Wii logo plastered on them for the box art. However, anyone who plays games knows that these games came out for the Gamecube, NOT the Wii.

Regardless, if the Wii was region-free, I was going to buy a whole bunch of games and sell them back in the States and make a pretty penny. However, all of these games were the PAL versions, so they wouldn't work on a United States Wii system unforunately.


Oddly enough, this store also had no Xbox360 games whatsoever. They had a crapton of PS2 games and Game Boy Advance games, but the Xbox360 was nowhere to be seen. They also had PS3 games but they were selling them at 675 L.E. a pop, which works out to be about $120 per game. Who could afford games at that insane price? And why was is so inflated compared to the Wii? I know Blu-ray is a more expensive disc but an over $80 difference? Makes no sense to me.

I can't wait to get back to the States though. The new Prince of Persia and Resistance 2 are calling me. That, and I miss my family and my girlfriend. They are kinda important too.

13 comments:

Will said...

Crazy stuff. Maybe the PS3 ones cost so much more because they're legit?

Anyway, I just got back to DC last night, so I'll resume writing here (and on Will and Beyond) too.

Shawn R. said...

I miss you too buddy!

The Prince of Persia game didn't grab my attention after going through it for an hour or two. Resistance 2 though was freakin' great, and the multiplayer makes it more replayable.

I'm starting to feel better about Mirror's Edge too; the replayability by those speed run and time trial things actually helps a lot, as the target times are just impossible for some boards.

ultima301 said...

Yay for underground pirated game stores! I believe there's a way to make your Wii play games region-free via the Homebrew channel btw, not 100% on that though, ask Chris. Also, the new PoP is pretty fun but painfully easy and repetitive...I'll be reviewing it whenever I get around to finishing it.

Chris M. said...

Aww bitches you should've bought those zelda things. You can easily get those to work right now with some homebrew trickery.

Plus, I've always wanted a "Wii" gamecube version of Majora's Mask.

Richard R. said...

Well, Garrett is still in Egypt, so I can have him pick up some games if homebrew can break the region codes.

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