In australia import duties and tax are only paid on shipments valued over $1000.Zonder wrote:It would probably be cheaper to pay for a US bank account and sign up to steam with that
But I wonder if the inflation is due to export and import duties + local tax?
Anything over $1000 being imported gets hit with 10% GST (goods and services tax) and 5% duties.
The GST is paid on almost everything within the country, but not on things we import. So generally it's much cheaper to buy things from overseas.
The current problem is that the exchange rate between us and aus dollars has reversed. We used to be better, now we're worse.
This has also caused australia's last AAA games company, 2K Australia (they did Borderlands Presequel) to close 2 days ago. It's no longer cheaper to make games in aus than to do it in america.
Although even when the dollar was much better, we still had the "australia tax", which is the nick name we gave to overseas companies adding huge markups to anything they sold here for no particular reason (higher markup than the cost of shipping and real tax). Like 2 years ago when it was cheaper to fly to america and back to buy adobe software than buy it locally. Adobe CS6 master Collection was $4344 here but $2513 in the us, you could get a return plane ticket with Virgin to Los Angeles, but CS6 there and still save $680 over buying it locally.
Anyway... GTA V.
I've done 3 missions so far.
Lamar is already pissing me off. It seems all GTA games have annoying characters that you have to put up with instead of telling them to STFU. And I bet he'll turn on me at some point.
The game runs fine and looks ok, pretty damn detailed city. But fun wise... I'm already wishing for a Sleeping Dogs 2, now that was a GTA clone that brought in new concepts. I didn't know what to expect in Sleeping Dogs and the lack of guns, focus on detailed martial arts combat and desire to not harm civilians or property because of us being an undercover cop really made the game feel unique. GTA V just feels like more GTA. I never finished GTA IV, I found it too boring compared to the great Vice City and San Andreas. I got into Saints Row instead. Hopefully GTA V will hold my interest longer.
First Person works ok. I don't like it for driving, too hard to see. On foot it's good for guns, but movement is laggy (since you are still moving like a GTA character, just viewing from first person).