I guess Prime is worth it to some of us and not others and it's all based on how much you order from Amazon. I order all of my movies, video games, electronics equipment such as speakers and televisions, headphones, etc. from Amazon. I save a lot of money by choosing to pay for Prime but others may not.
It also matters when you pre order a game, I notice recently that not all games have a release date Available, I'm assuming this is because there systems aren't up to date.
I have had well over a half a dozen pre order games this year with the problem of no release date delivery option, like yourself I didn't care to pay 8 dollars just for shipping so I left it at 2 day shipping. When the date came near of releasing the game I would receive an email indicating that my preorder game was now available for release day shipping and that my order was automatically upgraded to that.
I had this happen to about half of my orders, I guess it's just something new with amazon prime, but the free release day shipping is still there, it's just listed under the same 2 day shipping option.
Best Buy has won a majority of my business with the Reward Zone and all the $20 gift cards with pre-orders with in store pickup. Newegg has took the rest of my business with $12 off pre-order codes with often free 2nd to 3 day shipping. Sorry Amazon you use to be the best but this past year you lose.
Mikal, BB is still offering cash credits/gift cards for games coming out? If so, I think BLOPS2 will be my last pre-order game with Amazon. Only thing they are offering is silly video credits, lame wallpapers and a short story...lame. And with their slacking shipping and having a hard time making release day delivery there really is no reason to buy games from Amazon anymore.
Granted, I will probably still pre-order early with Amazon and give them the chance to beat out any competition with offers but if they don't within the last few days before release I'll just cancel.
Just make sure to preorder several copies from different retale stores/web. So when the game is almost out, you have different options and benefits without worrying about why you hadn't ordered earlier.