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post #1 of 56
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It's a very simple question. Given the fact that games that are downloaded digitally have no theoretical distribution capacity limit (i.e. a game can be downloaded an indefinite number of times), the old reason that "if I don't preorder, it might take me much longer to receive a copy of this game" holds no substance.

A:CM was a very enlightening example of digital preorders, and displayed in very public fashion the pros (or in this case, lack thereof) and very very significant cons of engaging in this activity instead of simply waiting for game reviews to come out. This video of TotalBiscuit discussing both the A:CM debacle and the general issue of preorders also makes a highly compelling argument against the activity. I have yet to hear a similarly compelling argument from the other side.

What do you guys think about preordering? Do you or do you not engage in it, and why?



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As far as digital I only preorder if there is pre-order exclusive content. Other than that I see no point in pre-ordering a digital distribution game.
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post #3 of 56
Nope, preordering is probably the stupidest thing you can do. literally no benefit at all other than investing in something early with no way out.

IMO, i think preordering was only good back in the days when things would sell out fast, or for things like xbox one and ps4 that sold out fast. but even then, they get them back in stock almost instantly.

in addition, if you dont preorder, its almost guarenteed within 1 week or so after release date, there will be some sort of deal that lowers the price.
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post #4 of 56
I never understood the mentality of pre ordering any game as it's just a copy of code that can be replicated unlimited times. There really is no benefit to it, "exclusive content" is there to give you the illusion to think you are getting more for pre ordering.
post #5 of 56
I've done it before and pre-ordered Shoot Many Robots for exclusive items for TF2 that was the only time I can remeber pre-ordering a game. I like to wait and buy games on sale.
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post #6 of 56
I rarely pre-order I have pre-ordered Xbox 360 games I knew I wanted on the day but couldn't go out to the shop to get it so I would have it delivered for the DOR(GAME here in the UK used to guarantee this)

The only time I have pre-ordered a Digi-Copy is Torchlight 2 I saw a rather compelling sneak peak and decided I wanted to get it and at the time Steam were offering a deal pre-order TL2 get TL1 free unless there is a deal lie this I don't see the point in pre-ordering Digi-Copies
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Originally Posted by XAslanX View Post

I never understood the mentality of pre ordering any game as it's just a copy of code that can be replicated unlimited times. There really is no benefit to it, "exclusive content" is there to give you the illusion to think you are getting more for pre ordering.

I never preorder. Mostly because I'm cheap, but I guess I do like to see some definitive reviews first as well.
That being said, exclusive content isn't an "illusion" to make you think you get more, it actually is more. Like, by definition. Now whether it's worth it or if that content will later be released with the GOTY is of course a different story.
post #8 of 56
I'll be brutally honest.. After what happened with CoD: Ghosts on PC, all their promises about PC optimization and then the game runs like molasses through a sieve, I will NEVER pre-order a PC game again unless it is from a dev that has a LONG history of properly supporting the PC community.
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post #9 of 56
I do.

Why ? Well before release games are usually cheaper (I'm not talking about buying right off Origin here, I used Fast2play I think) and I barely ever buy video games anyway but in the case of BF4 and whichever BF is to follow, I know that no matter what I'll play and enjoy it. Plus pre-ordering digital, forgetting about the fact games are cheaper before release and you get extra stuff, means that the game is paid for and you won't have to worry about it anymore.
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I'll be brutally honest.. After what happened with CoD: Ghosts on PC, all their promises about PC optimization and then the game runs poorly, I will NEVER pre-order a PC game again unless it is from a dev that has a LONG history of properly supporting the PC community.
It is CoD after all tongue.gif
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