Nick writes: "Don't pre-order. It's weird. It's illogical, and it encourages ugly business practices."
"Don't pre-order ... it encourages ugly business practices." no it doesn't. that's a myth.
I prefer purchasing my merchandise from a third party on the day of release, sometimes I try to find a forth party, that’s when you really start to see savings
ain't nothing wrong with that!
I don't like feeding a monster as much as anyone. I am cynical as much as the next guy (see me get on my MT soap box about EA and my digital soap box). But this I dont agree with. Especially if you order from Gamestop(okay I cant believe I said something nice about them) but at least they actually order the amount of copies they take pre orders for. To my surprise years ago, best buy....walmart...target...meij er...frys ....many more dont actually have a copy coming to them from the manufacturer for every pre order. gamestop will actually stop taking pre orders based out how many they have guaranteed and how many they have sold. In fact they have become so good at it, that they can predict when they will run out, while accounting for the increase do to them warning people of them running out. If you really want a game that is coming out day one bad I would get from them. Anything else I can get from somewhere else with my store credits or discount cards. that reminds me, first thing in the morning I am going to order trails of cold steel 3 before it runs out. LOL
The ugly business practices would exist regardless. It would be better to say don't buy the game at all if it has things you don't like, pre-order or not.
I think the biggest problem is to many broken unfinished AAA games that have been released this gen . Sure they get patched but that shouldn't excuse any developers from releasing games in a broken state.
@Jack Pre-ordering isn't the cause of those games releasing in a broken state, though. Devs don't stop working once they reach X amount of pre-orders. I can tell you from first-hand experience that largely due to unrealistic deadlines imposed by the publishers, devs have to close a lot of bugs as known shippable because there's simply not enough time for them to fix everything. If you want to blame anyone, blame the publishers, not the people pre-ordering.
Shenmue 1 and 2 was the only exception I made when it came to pre-ordering, and it was a mess on release. This is why I don't like to pre-order or buy on day one. It always feels like we are being used as beta testers.
I don't mind for games I know I'll want. Pre-ordering means I don't have to try so hard to keep up with releases. Buy them on Amazon, then they just send them to me. Some of the games I like go with almost no fanfare on release, and they're easy to miss. Bigger games, I'll usually only pre-order if I know they're one's I'll get regardless, and it's rare when I am burned by them...mostly because I don't tend to gravitate towards the games where the bad business practices exist, or are broken on day one, and the devs/pubs tend to have a good track record with their releases. It's usually only the mega-popular games that get rushed to meet deadlines that have the problems that make a game not worth buying on day one. Other games may have minor bugs, but nothing that prevents you from playing them, outside rare occassions.
I’m a simple mam I see Naughty Dog Game In preorder
Preorder a fighting game I'm going to buy anyway and get an extra character because I preordered, or buy it on day one or later and have to pay an extra $5.99+ for the extra character. That's the reality of a lot of games these days. Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 11, Eliza in Tekken 7, Darkseid in Injustice 2 etc A couple of guns or weapon skins, or a different colored shield in a game is something I can live without, but when the preorder bonus is a playable character that's different for me. It's still a shitty business practice though, imo
I preorder a game when I know I will like it.
Yeah, Daemon X Machina and the controller are already hard to find. Glad I pre-ordered. Glad I got Xenoblade on Wii. It became expensive after that. I do miss when games came with physical bonus items like last gen.
Unless it's the last of us 2.
Don't pre-order games, don't buy games - sign up to a subscription service and never own a game again! lol at thexboxhub mentioning ugly business practices, how's the cheek of that? Too funny. I pre-order games that are to my taste, nothing illogical about that.
It really depends on the context. How do you buy editions of certain games that sell out within a few hours of being listed without preordering?
I pre order not for the cheap crappy plastic statues or weak DLC that comes with big budget pre orders but for the fact I can pay it off not worry about making sure I have out money aside at launch and just go in and pick it up. At least where I live you can cancel a pre-order at any point and wait a few days post launch to pick it up if you want so if order X comes in and reviews say it's garbage and everyone says it's broken ala anthem I can get a full refund by not buying it at all.
there are only certain games i will pre order. has to be one im really looking forward to, and has to have a decent discount. even then, its really just to pre load the game.
I still pre-order but my pre-orders are much fewer now. Used to pre-order a ton, but since I went digital, game costs have gone up, many games don't live up to their hype, and I have to pay attention to the "Total Cost of the Game", I have stopped pre-ordering almost entirely. Now, I wait for the game to come out and assess if and when I will buy it.
It's not illogical when you educate yourself on the game before you pre-order it. Never really happens from AAA 3rd party published games, but if I see raw gameplay that looks like something i can enjoy a lot even if there's nothing else to the game, i preorder it. For example, i pre-ordered Dying Light 2 based on the 26mins of gameplay combined with how good the dev teams previous games were. I know I'm gonna like it, and I know I'll play the hell out of it day 1 and every day after till I beat it. Then there's pre-orders I make based on pedigree alone because they consistently make games I love, games from studios like Naughty Dog, R*, That Game Company, pretty much any Sony first party, and from devs/directors like Yoko Toro, Kojima, Hideki Kamiya, etc. And finally there's games I preorder that I'm sold on but I feel will be very hard to find hard physical copies of later like Gravity Rush Remastered, Astral Chain, Bloodstained, Outward,etc All if these I watch and analyze carefully till I know without a doubt I'm going to really enjoy it, then I preorder it.
I'll do as I please thank you!
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