Why Do We Pre-Order Games? What’s The Point?

Baden of WGB doesn't really get pre-ordering, writing: "Pre-ordering video games is just one of the many, many things that baffle me about the modern gaming culture. So many people rush out to brick and mortar retailers and online retailers to pre-order a game as soon as they’ve seen a trailer or read a preview that so much as utter’s some vague praise, and for what? A few “exclusive” digital items that will be released as post-launch content, and that’s about it, usually."

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xHeavYx1791d ago

I pre-order if there is a physical bonus that I like, like a statue. I could care less for DLC though

darthv721791d ago

Yeah, sometimes pre-orders get a little something extra. I have pre-orderd a few games before and would get collectables that you just dont find anywhere else.

i never once pre-ordered a system though.

SirBradders1790d ago

I have this time around because i know the demand is so high, i wanna be the first and not have to wait to play some of the games lined up.

Iiits looking sweeet.

blitz06231790d ago

Actually for me, the better question is what's the point of buying games at full price if you didn't preorder?

badz1491790d ago

in my area, the only way to get new games on the day of release is to buy imported version from local game stores. by pre-ordering, not only, I will get what ever bonuses that comes with the pre-order, I get to pay cheaper price as well compared to if I didn't pre-order and buy it when it's already in stock. so...personally I have a reason to pre-order!

Mounce1790d ago

Yea, I'd think the answer should be pretty obvious to this.....really simplistic question.

1. Pre-orders exit just incase stock is sold out and it ensures you get a copy at launch so you don't miss out playing a game you clearly are really anticipating.

2. Many times you get pre-order incentives so you get a win-win scenario if you were already excited for a game and were likely going to buy it but were deciding if it was going to be a launch-purchase or not, well here you go!

This should be common sense on "Why do we Pre-order"?

Who the fuck would be stupid enough to not think of what I said in 1. ? Honestly.

WolfLeBlack1790d ago

The point raised, though, is that you're pre-ordering something when you have no idea of whether it's even going to be playable or good, like what happened to people that pre-order Aliens or Duke Nukem Forever.

Mounce1790d ago


That much is obvious as to why it's up to peoples perception of they can see or predict a game to be good based on how much evidence, footage and gameplay is shown to the consumer with no fear of backlash that it sucks like in DNF or Aliens. DNF 'hid' gameplay from people for a LONG time nearing launch and the Closed Demo for Pre-order purchasers was delayed likely due to fear that Word-of-mouth was going to be negative and to hinder sales.

But I mean, games that are Sequels are nearly always guaranteed to be great and to follow through with the predecessors like MGS5 say.

(The only time a sequel ever sucking ass in my mind was DMC2).... lol

lastofgen1791d ago

Well, in recent times, I'd say the answer is pre-order bonuses.

dudeOplenty1790d ago

Agreed. The only times I've pre-ordered were for bonuses or if I REALLY wanted the game at midnight.

0pie1790d ago (Edited 1790d ago )

pre-order are useless. Even for collector/limited edition since MOST of the time you can buy these editions at a slashed price a couple of months later.

Just to give you an idea, i recently bought the epic edition of gears of war 3 for 30$ at best buy.

Its basicly a marketing thing. Pre-order this game and get this dlc for free...

ABeastNamedTariq1790d ago

Because we want them day one. Same goes for a console. And sometimes, super popular games like COD and GTA have a high probability to sell out.

greyhaven331790d ago

If it is something I really want, I will pre-order to make sure I get a copy on release. I made the mistake recently of not pre-ordering TLOU and had to go to a couple different stores before I could find a copy

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