Also, aren't there downfalls to PAL games? Or is that only on consoles?
Consoles, and even then Im not 100% sure any more. I know the last gen (PS2 etc) consoles applied but not sure about PS3/360/Wii do. Infact thinking about it I am sure on the Wii you can actually set the frequency... Anyway.
PAL TVs were designed to operate at 50hz (100fps) and NTSC TVs at 60hz (120fps). PAL TVs have a richer colour display that NTSC but you are correct in saying that the FPS on PAL is lower than NTSC.
But as I say, this day in age this sort of thing is moot. Most LCD/LED/Plasma screens can be set to 50 or 60hz (and higher, on better TVs) and modern consoles the same.
So, assuming that they are both created equally, it may very well be better (assuming you can afford it, as it tends to be a little bit more expensive because of exchange rates) to go with EU (PAL) over NA (NTSC) because from my understanding, the EU accounts fall under EU laws, which favor the end user more than the equivalent US laws when it comes to your "rights" and ownership. Unless things have changed recently.
We have very strict data protection laws in Europe yeah, the kind of laws where a major breach could see the head of SE sent to jail (as well as massive fines) although I'm not sure anyones ever been sent to jail.
On a FPS issue, I'd assume you'd be talking about TV's which means the PS3 version, that'll run on HD through HDMI which is a standard now so won't make any difference (except of course your PS3 won't be able to play US version or JP version if you have a PAL PS3). There will be no difference
Standard TV (NTSC vs PAL) is different too, PAL has something like 625 lines compared to NTSC's 480 (or whatever it is) so we get a much clearer picture (PAL isn't all that far from HD-720). I guess you could say, on a good quality TV in the UK, the difference between NTSC and PAL is almost the same as the difference between NTSC and 720i HDTV (in fact, on some SD with upscaling it's very hard to notice that the signal isn't HD on my TV)
Previously on old import consoles (SNES/Genesis(MegaDrive) would run faster on a UK TV because of the different refresh rates, games were hard coded to run at the TV's refresh rate which gave us a 13% (or something) increase in how fast a game ran. Games these days are no longer coded this way.
On a computer though (back to Data Laws) if you did get the EU client you would be registered in the EU which means support in the US would not be able to help you at all, they wouldn't even be allowed to look at your account. If you needed to call support you would have to phone the UK support line so would be restricted to web chat mostly. Oddly, if a person in the EU purchased the NA version, the "safe harbor" laws in the US would give the EU person more rights than an American would using the same client.
Short version: There is no point in choosing the EU client over the US client, there will be no performance gains and if the game is region locked to console, you'd need to buy a new (import) PS3 to play. Edited, Mar 30th 2010 8:10am by Lexxuk
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