No Magic for you, SA Xbox Live Gamer!

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If you, as a South African Xbox Live user were excited to start playing the digital 2012 version of the Magic: The Gathering trading card game – you might be outta luck. According to the Twitterverse, it seems that it wont be making its way to the South African Xbox Live Marketplace.

“Hey everybody got some bad news, @Xbox360ZA has just informed me that MTG 2012 s not coming to the ZA Marketplace” says the tweet from Ryan Williams, fingering the official South African Xbox twitter as his source. The original Xbox Live release of the Magic : The Gathering , Duels of the Planeswalkers, released two years ago, is also missing from the local marketplace. Magic The Gathering: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 was released on June 15 this year, and is available on the US and UK marketplaces.

There is, of course, a work-around should you really want to get your digital trading card on. You’ll have to create a UK or US-based Xbox Live account and use vouchers to get the points necessary to buy the game. Remember, any purchases you make on Xbox Live get tied to both the account doing the purchasing as well as the console it first gets downloaded to.

This isn’t even nearly the first time that brand new (or even old) games have just failed to show up on the local Xbox Live Marketplace, something Microsoft blames on the Film and Publications Board that rates  and certifies games for release. Earlier this year, we took an in-depth look at how the ZA marketplace was faring – and it didn’t score well then. It seems it’s hardly progressed since then.

If you don’t want to employ any work arounds…you could always stick to the traditional card-based game.

Last Updated: July 12, 2011

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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