RED ASH Kickstarter Discussion Jul 9, 2015 13:43:41 GMT -5
Post by Aiyumi on Jul 9, 2015 13:43:41 GMT -5
I have a reason for preferring digital versions: (*enters Call mode*) digital versions are usually cheaper, and there are no shipping and import duties to worry about. I don't know about import duties in other countries, but here in Brazil they're simply insane. 60% of the total purchase value (which means total cost of the product plus shipping) + federal financial operations tax (actually, not part of the import duties, but related to international credit card transactions) which is currently 6.38% + another tax that varies by state (from 17 to 19%). This means more than 80% of the purchase total just in taxes! In the end, we end up paying nearly double the price of the product! Also, one Brazilian Real is worth less than one third of a US Dollar right now, and the purchase total is calculated based on that. So, depending on the dollar rate at the time it's calculated, it might get even more expensive (at the moment of this writing, 1 USD (US Dollar) = 3.23 BRL (Brazilian Real), 50 USD (*eyes the REDASH digital soundtrack reward*) = 161.69 BRL...). Importing goods was cheaper a few years ago, when one USD was around 2.50 BRL. But now, I think it isn't worth it unless it's something very hard to find (like Japanese version games) or if it's something that's still cheaper to import than to buy from the stores here (like musical instruments-related stuff). Back then, the agents seemed to charge or ignore packages at random, and I had been lucky that they let my import game packages slide and didn't charge the 80%+ taxes, but now with the country under recession and all, they're doing anything they can to collect as much in taxes as possible. I've heard that they don't let anything slide anymore and are charging taxes even for items that shouldn't be charged (like books, which are supposed to be duty free in Brazil).
Anyway, this is why I prefer to get the digital versions, at least for PC software. Then I just save them to an external HD or a DVD just in case. If I need to reinstall them, I don't need to go to all the trouble of downloading everything again. Old habit from back when I was still on dial-up, my internet speeds were terrible, and a 5 MB download took literally half an hour to complete . (*exits Call mode*)
I don't have any of the current game consoles (except for a 3DS, which probably doesn't count in this case. Even if it were to count, I think a game like RED ASH should be played on a big screen!), and I don't know if my PC (which is not a gaming PC) would be able to run the game (I don't know the "norm" for nowadays' game system requirements). I hope that the game gets a Linux version (like Mighty No. 9), or that it can at least run on Linux through Wine.