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Is Pre-ordering or Day One Purchase something to be proud of?

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I notice people (occasionally on this forum and frequently on other forums) proclaiming with what to me seems to be pride that they are "pre-ordering" or "day one purchas-ing" a game.


To me, this is not something to take pride in. Pre-ordering (IMO, but others as well) is not a positive practice for the gaming industry from a pro-consumer standpoint:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57452402-1/you-should-never-ever-preorder-a-video-game/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y


Pre-ordering incentivizes developers to focus on content that will encourage pre-ordering (marketing) over content that will encourage ordering based on game quality. After all, it is much easier to make a few slick marketing videos to encourage pre-ordering than it is to actually make a game that is of high enough quality and originality that people want to purchase it based on reviews after release.

Generally speaking, you get very little by pre-ordering. So why do people do it, besides the fact that they are easily led by effective marketing?
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When i pre-order a game or get it the day it comes out its because its a game that i can't wait any longer to play. Its not to think i'm better than anybody else, their are just some games that i don't mind paying full price for, others i can wait for a good deal.
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I would say in non-downloadable circumstances it would be a concern about demand. If I was excited about playing a certain game and didn't want to wait for it to possibly be spoiled I would definitely preorder. I don't think most of us that download our games do that though. I can only name a single game that I preordered, and even then it came with my graphics card (so I really didn't pay to preorder it. Made me justify my graphics card purchase though)
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