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Then what's the point of a pre-order. Are you somehow guaranteed a copy you'd otherwise not get (like in the old days, when there were actually limited amounts of copies)? No.
Are you given anything of benefit for your pre-order? You usually get some free DLC for your pre-order that turns out to be largely useless.

All I see it as is devs trying to rope you into buying into their game, dangling that carrot in front of your ignorant little eyes in the. And most of the time nowadays, you get stiffed. Bad drivers, bad servers, glitches, bugs, you name it, we've seen it.

I've never pre-ordered a game in my life because I have enough patience to see whether or not the game is actually worth buying, before promising to pay even a dollar for it. After reviews, I'll then decide whether or not it's worth buying right away, or if I should just wait 6 months for a sale (steam, you delicious bastard you)

- Potentially sooner access to the video game and playing the game
- If you pre-ordered a physical copy or a collector's edition, you can usually pick it up midnight or as soon as the store opens
- Show of support for the developer
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Then what's the point of a pre-order. Are you somehow guaranteed a copy you'd otherwise not get (like in the old days, when there were actually limited amounts of copies)? No.
Are you given anything of benefit for your pre-order? You usually get some free DLC for your pre-order that turns out to be largely useless.

All I see it as is devs trying to rope you into buying into their game, dangling that carrot in front of your ignorant little eyes in the. And most of the time nowadays, you get stiffed. Bad drivers, bad servers, glitches, bugs, you name it, we've seen it.

I've never pre-ordered a game in my life because I have enough patience to see whether or not the game is actually worth buying, before promising to pay even a dollar for it. After reviews, I'll then decide whether or not it's worth buying right away, or if I should just wait 6 months for a sale (steam, you delicious bastard you)

Laziness.

Amped to play game X, Y, or Z? Pre-order it and leave steam or GoG or whatever open while you are at work on release day, come home and it's ready to go!
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I don't think preordering is a bad thing if the company/brand/series/gameplay/alpha/beta/footage has earned your trust already. I have literally never been disappointed in a single pre-order I've ever purchased. People just need to not blindly preorder.

This, the only games I've preordered last 2 years were GTA V for PC and Gears of War Ultimate Edition for the Xbox one. Currently waiting on Star Wars to release before making a decision, and waiting for a bit more gameplay/information on Doom. thumb.gif
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My gaming backlog is so huge now I don't even buy games. tongue.gif I figure by the time I'm ready to purchase the games on my wish list - the price will be dramatically lower and I'll save a lot of money.
    
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Don't blame me, I refuse to pre-order games. I haven't for years.
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Don't blame me, I refuse to pre-order games. I haven't for years.

There are so many games to chose from so i would say don't Pre-Order and dont buy broken games until they are fixed.
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i stopped pre-ordering games years ago. just felt burned in the end with games i ended up not liking. i hope that my lack of contribution to buying games helps future game innovation, which, according to the article is not helping, haha. maybe if those preordering follow the bank of gamestop system (moving money around from game to game), will keep game creators on their toes. if game creators want to tease us into preordering with a 20 second advert or 5 minutes of gameplay, we should be able to tease a sale to them by moving money around.
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My formal education is in psychology so let me try my best to make sense of this. This is just my hypothesis and this is to be taken with a grain of salt but I think some of you might agree with me.

I think the whole preorder nonsense (and I call it nonsense because it is) revolves around a need for instant gratification. The person has a hard time waiting for the game and they might need to get that preorder out of their system. It's like they feel that buying the game early will somehow benefit them. For what reason, I don't know. But I've been on enough forums to know the logic they use. They say things like, "It's going to be good anyways so I'll just buy it now." So that sort of sentiment is why I think this has to do with that instant gratification. Buying it NOW doesn't let you play it early, but you kind of get that feeling like you're getting into the game early. You know what I mean?

And a lot of people who can't stand to wait for things also experience negative emotions moreso than people who don't have a problem waiting for things. It's like it feels physically uncomfortable to wait. There was an experiment where a psychologist had children sitting at a table and he put a marshmallow in front of them. He told them they could eat the marshmallow now, or if they waited 10 minutes they would get 2 marshmallows. Many kids ate the marshmallow immediately because the feeling of sitting there at the table without eating it felt uncomfortable. They were squirming in their chairs. And the kids who were able to wait were followed up later in life and many of them had more positive outcomes when it came to school, careers, etc. All because they could handle delayed gratification better.

So all of this makes me think that the preorder stuff has to do with that uncomfortable feeling of having to wait for the game to come out and not being able to handle the anticipation. That may be why some of the gamers polled felt a sense of sadness. They can't handle the emotion of having to wait very long so they buy the game now even if it doesn't give them any advantage.

And I think game companies profit from this. And I may be wrong but I think many of the people who preorder are younger. And younger people have a much harder time waiting for things. When you get into your 30s you find it much easier to wait for something. I would like to see the age range of those polled but it might be hard to see those who were under 18 when they preordered because it's tricky getting data from people under 18 with polling due to legal issues.

edit: here's the link to the marshmallow experiment https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_marshmallow_experiment

Yeah, seems to be a major problem, and not just in video games either.
Heck, for video games don't look any farther than P2W tablet games. It crazy the amount of money people drop on those things. Just so they can be in the top tier.

For FO4 though, I can wait till the GOTY comes out. I am extremely patience person when I decide to be. (I still need to finish FO3 GOTY anyway, which I nabbed for 20 bucks tongue.gif )
Hehe, I waited out for when a PS2 drop under 200, waited out when a PS3 drop under 200, and I sure can easily wait years for even games. tongue.gif
     
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At some point in life $70 is nothing for working people.

Ya know, I really do get tired of hearing this fallacious argument. Just because you work doesn't mean it's OK to waste money on products and not get what you paid for. In no way, shape, or form is it OK for consumers to spend their money and not only not get what they were promised, but not even receive a product that fully works (BF4 launch, AC:U launch, MCC launch). As a college student with a mother providing for him while I still make side money being a DJ, there's no way in hell I'm spending my money on anything that doesn't give me what was promised, let alone doesn't even work when I bought it.
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i haven't pre-ordered anything since nhl 2005.

because it came with a free controller.

shame on you pre-orderers. SHAME!

also the word pre-order is redundant.

you can't order an order.

you can only order.

so you are ordering a game.
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