Today brings an additional blow to the international freedom of gamers everywhere. Not only will Wii games be region-encoded, but it seems
games downloaded from Nintendo via the Wii’s Virtual Console will
be locked to specific regions
. Likewise, GameCube games played via the Wii will also respect region-encoding.
The Internet was supposed to usher an age of global connectivity and interchange, but so far it seems like it’s becoming more divisive instead, turning the world’s regions into electronic ghettoes.