Sega is selling the cast of Alien separately from Alien: Isolation. GameStop wants to help developers make exclusive pre-order content. AAA is getting desperate, and as usual, the customer has to face publishers' consequences for them.
The real poison comes from both ends, greedy companies that try to get away with terrible pre order bonus & DLC like Capcom and EA to gamers that will hate on pre-order bonuses when they don't substantially affect the actual content that comes in the game. Also I like to call double standards on this because I never hear anyone complain when collector's editions come with bonus game content because the same arguments you use against pre-order bonuses can be used at digital content for collector's editions.
Putting down money on a game that hasn't released is irrational.
A full $60 yeah, but $5 is not a big deal.
I think, as Jim said, putting money down on a game that's likely to sell out quickly is fine, but most of the games these little pre-order things are for are really popular games like Far Cry and Call of Duty, games that have no chance of emptying their stock completely. In that case, pre-ordering is pointless, because the retailers will have more than enough stock to provide without running out.
What a whiner.
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