In what could be viewed as a real-world version of a business tycoon game, the video game foreign trade wars appear to be heating up.
Earlier this month came word that Nintendo was jacking up the price of the Wii in the U.K. due to the weakness of the British pound vis-a-vis the yen.
Last week GamePolitics cited a report that China was using protectionist tactics by blocking entry of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft in order to promote home-grown MMORPGs.
Now, via Kotaku, comes word that Sony has stopped shipping PlayStation 3s to South Korea.
Thanks to the depreciation of South Korea’s won versus the stronger yen, it seems that Japanese tourists have been picking up PS3s on the cheap and toting them home from Korean trips. A Sony employee told Chosun Online:
We are troubled by ‘reverse-importing’, which is when products exported into South Korea are flown back into Japan," said a Sony employee.