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Poll Results: Do you preorder games?

 
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post #11 of 56
I generally only preorder if there are any benefits (exclusive stuff, early/beta access, cheaper price.. etc.) and if I know it's going to be a game I want day one.
post #12 of 56
I only ever preorder physical copies of a game and thats only when it has something awesome attached like collectors editions. Last game preordered was Bioshock Infinite Songbird edition and I was not disappointed. Also the songbird statue is awesome tongue.gif

Digital copies I pretty much always wait for a sale with some type of complete edition. I'm cheap like that
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post #13 of 56
I only pre-order Collectors Editions.
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Originally Posted by DiaSin View Post

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.

In terms of exclusive content, would you preorder a game just because it has it? What if it was just a custom skin, or an extra weapon or armor? If you expect more substantial content, what sorts of things do you consider worthy for preorders?
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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.

On the other hand, do you consider any sort of preorder content universally illusory? (Notice I'm taking the devil's advocate stance on my replies; sorry if it annoys, but I honestly want to understand why people stand on either side of this activity) What if said content included something as big as a whole level, or a self-contained quest branch?
     
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post #15 of 56
I would not preorder a game even if it comes with bonus skins, extra weapons or armour. Usually these items aren't particularly game changing, adding only to aesthetics or item variety instead. That said, if having lots of gear is important to a player and they absolutely can't wait to play the game, by all means go ahead.

Perhaps if interesting side missions/levels (separate to the story of course!) were on offer, I'd look more into preordering, however those seem to be reserved for expansions/DLCs most of the time.

I usually wait for a large sale where the base game and all extra content are offered for a great price. Patience is the key!
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Bonus content and/or discount.
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I only preorder a game if it meets two requirements: 1) If it is a game that I am really dedicated to and 2) If it has preorder exclusives. My latest preorder is Diablo 3 RoS. It isn't as good as D2 but I am dedicated to the Diablo game and I get a free wing thingy biggrin.gif
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post #18 of 56
Pre-Ordering comes with plenty of benefits...

Early Access to some games, beta testing perhaps, exclusive in-game content, and the ability to install the client before the game/servers are live. Mostly though this refers to MMORPG's which see A LOT of pre-orders.
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post #19 of 56
I pre-order games I really want because I'm just eager to get my hands on it, and buying it is the first step in that.

Also, many Collectors Editions are pre-order limited, and many pre-orders offer a discount or bonus content. I'm usually eager to get my hands on new, highly anticipated games of mine so may as well buy em at a discount and with bonus content.

I see the downside to pre-ordering but you just have to think about it before doing it, there's nothing wrong with it. It's a choice, if someone is reckless in their purchasing then maybe pre-ordering isn't for you.
post #20 of 56
I normally don't preorder games.

I'll normally wait for months or a year or more afterwards to get a game on sale that i know i'll play once or twice because I don't really play most games, and few interest me. It's games like MMORPGs and online game play based games that I'll "preorder"

I preordered WildStar for one reason.

Bonus stuff

The only games I've ever preordered were MMORPGs
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