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Should you preorder videogames?


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Initial post: Feb 12, 2013 5:00:16 PM PST
Meatwad says:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y

"TotalBiscuit speaks on the subject of pre-ordering videogames and the business behind the system, following the critical panning of Aliens: Colonial Marines."

Great. Now I feel like garbage.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 5:04:53 PM PST
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Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:11:28 PM PST
Generally speaking, no. You can't rationally defend preordering games. If you're really, really excited to play a game and put value on "having it to play at the earliest possible opportunity" then it might not be that terrible a decision (after all, at most you're out the cost of the game.)

But really, even if you get a $20 credit towards a future purchase, why not just wait a month or two and buy the game for $40?

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:12:21 PM PST
Haha just watched this video myself. Honestly I like TB, but he gets really annoying at times too. A pretty good commentator but at times a bit TOO opinionated on EVERYTHING.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 5:16:04 PM PST
Because of preorder dlc/bonuses and $20 certificates is plus in my book. Tomb Raider comes with a 48 page comic book, a exclusive multiplayer map, and a 1930's skin and the $20 certificate back. I win by preordering, crsytal dynamics make good games so Im not worried at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 5:29:10 PM PST
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Kirksplosion says:
Probably not? I mean, typically, the only time I ever pre-order is when a game I plan to get on day-one comes with some kind of incentive. I could avoid the pre-order, I suppose, but I'd just be missing on some bonus for no real benefit to me.

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:30:43 PM PST
I'm just tired of seeing exclusive preorder bonuses, I'm tired of seeing publishers being bullied by retailers...into forcing them cutting parts of the game... if exclusive bonuses wasn't allowed, retailers would offer giftcards, games etc. to make people come to their store and buy the game

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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 5:42:51 PM PST
$20 certificate games if you are interested

https://myrewardzone.bestbuy.com/offers/offersandpromotions/info/0900a76f8009c50a

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 12, 2013 5:45:33 PM PST
Kirksplosion says:
Price matching ended last month, unfortunately. :-/

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Posted on Feb 12, 2013 5:49:54 PM PST
AndrewA says:
If you don't mind paying full price and want to get the game, I don't see what the problem is.

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Posted on Feb 13, 2013 2:10:05 PM PST
Skull Kid  says:
Pre ordering helps the manufacturer understand the demand of the game and gives them an idea of what amount to ship.From a consumer perspective we can ensure that we get a copy of the game as soon as it's released, and also receive what if any pre order incentive(s) are being offered.Makes sense to me.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 2:16:43 PM PST
G-Money says:
I tend to pre-order special editions, but will now start cutting it down to games I really really want. I did it for Ni No Kuni (great pickup), Aliens colonial marines (appears to be a miss based upon VGF reviews).

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 3:50:07 PM PST
jSten says:
Depends on the type of game. My import shmup games for example, a month from now the price is just as likely to go UP as it is to go down.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 4:22:25 PM PST
Waldo says:
I got a LOT of my pre-orders in last year for this years big name games at Newegg.com for $48 bucks each. So I would say yes, if you can catch a good deal and you are really into that game/franchise.

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 4:44:55 PM PST
saskamazon says:
if it's a game you know you want, & there is some incentive to the preorder - yes. if I preorder Luigis Mansion I'll get a $10 reward card, as it will be a Day 1 purchase either way, might as well do the preorder ... & sometimes the DLC makes it worthwhile too ... by preordering All Stars, I got the 20 extra costumes - saved a bunch of money there.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 13, 2013 4:57:24 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 13, 2013 4:58:41 PM PST
Well, it all comes down to how much you value the ability to play a game right away.

I mean, right now I could buy Gears of War 3 for like $14 and still come out ahead of you. The difference between you and me in this situation is that I've got $6 more than you do, and you could have been playing Gears of War for the last few months when I could not have. Is that worth $6 to you? Maybe, but not necessarily. I'd also much rather have $20 cash, than a $20 credit towards a future purchase.

It's also not necessarily the case that you'll be able to sell codes like that in perpetuity.
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