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Submitted by PockyKing 1011d ago | opinion piece

Pre-Orders Need to Stop Screwing Gamers

OnlySP: Pre-orders are everywhere, there is seemingly no end to them in sight. Are they good for games, though? (Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Brink, Industry, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360)

zeal0us  +   1011d ago
Good for companies to make some extra money. Good for the players who want to the items. Honestly I don't think pre-orders take away from the game. The pre-order items aren't OP or worthwhile because time you get midway through the game you would've already found a stronger weapon.

Not only that but the bonus quest/missions really don't take away anything from overall game. Majority of the time the don't even add anything to the overall game. Basically like picking up a optional item in a mission which really won't change the outcome of the mission.
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Y_5150  +   1011d ago
Well look at BEYOND: Two Souls pre-order for Gamestop exclusive is that you get a whole bonus scene, that's awesome! But pre-orders do screw gamers who do not pre-order because most of the time those goodies or items cannot be obtained until some time later or really in some cases ever.
gamerz  +   1011d ago
Publishers want us to buy their games new so they can use a carrot or a stick to accomplish that - this is the carrot way. I like it much better than online passes, for example.
Kingthrash360  +   1011d ago
I was done with preorder perks when black ops 2 pulled that nuketown bs.
Root  +   1011d ago
Especially those who buy the collectors edition...we should at least get every bit of DLC bundled with it...hell even a Season Pass if there is one
Soldierone  +   1011d ago
Couldn't agree more. I don't understand how this isn't even considered yet.

Would make sense to give those fans already paying extra, you know, extra stuff..... Pay 100 bucks for a special edition, then pay another extra 50 to get the rest of the content......

Because of DLC I've turned down special edition's just to have enough money.
Root  +   1011d ago
Exactly

I don't see why they haven't done it aswell. I mean are they really going to miss that sale for the DLC or Season Pass when someone has already bought a pricey collectors edition. Your still making the money up. Even if you give them a pass for every single bit of DLC that comes out your not going to loose anything because we've still paid extra for the more expensive edition.
Kyosuke_Sanada  +   1011d ago
If preorders were that useful that would do much better in their "war" against used games instead of the online pass BS. Hell, if games cost exactly their entertainment value instead of 60 dollars for every game, crappy or otherwise, more new copies would sell.

At least Nintendo HQ is actually creating competitive game pricing to tackle the problem......
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mydyingparadiselost  +   1011d ago
A season pass should be given to anyone who buys the game brand new, special edition or not.
Goro  +   1011d ago
Most pre-orders DLC become available on the Playstation Store/Xbox Marketplace after a week for about a dollar
admiralvic  +   1011d ago
I don't see how pre-orders screw anyone, since you're the one that assigns value to the items. Take Soul Sacrifice, some people might care about the Japanese language pack, some people might like the costume pack and others might use the items, but in the grand scheme they're pretty worthless (though I like the JP language). Typically preorder items are weak (to prevent imbalance) and don't always have value for said person. Finally, do people forget these items typically get listed in the store over time?

A recently example was Anarchy Reigns, which had a special gamestop edition. While the DLC is awesome, you can easily buy the content off the store and get the game for under the original MSRP by buying it today. That's pretty much the case with all this DLC. Buy it then and get the content for free, or get the game and choose to get the DLC to still get it for less / hit $60.
RustedMan  +   1011d ago
I've preordered one game, I think it was for Halo 2 or 3...And that was because I knew quantity would be an issue, not because I wanted perks. I went into an EB games to pick up the preorder, and I saw Halo 3's lining the shelves and I said, "never again".
Oh_Yeah  +   1011d ago
Who even pre orders bro
hiredhelp  +   1011d ago
I pre-order but not for DLC.
ginsunuva  +   1010d ago
Then stop preordering. What's with some people's need to give their money away so fast before the product is finished?

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