What about when you are preordering limited editions that will be sold out soon? (I’m looking at you, Nintendo).
@Raki Zaki, yep.
I like to preorder cause who knows why my finances will be like when it finally comes out, I’ll preorder and put a little on it every month and by the time it’s released all I have to do is pick it up.
@LilyFlowar, if you’re that unsure of your finances and can’t save money on your own, maybe you should turn off the video games, get a job, and move out of your mom’s basement
@dshira, I own my house, have a full time job, and I stay ontop of my Bill's and I still do this. Just because I never know when an emergency is gonna pop up and suck up all my savings, like when my kid decides to jump off the trampoline and I have to take them to the dr.
@Gerbosou, your video game money and emergency savings should never be in the same category.
Look into Dave Ramsey for a better way to do your budgeting.
@Child Slapper, usually both of them are separate lol, but having to drop 4k on emergency medical funds for the new puppy kind of drained everything.
@Gerbosou, oh. New information. Again, sounds like poor planning. Getting a puppy comes with knowing that. Either having the insurance properly handled, or having the fund ahead of time. Dave Ramsey taught me that. I would never buy a puppy without more than enough funds to take care of it....
4k.... ouch. I always have enough money in my emergency funds to meet my deductibles at least. None of my other categories ever get touched.
I've never understood the animosity towards preordering. I basically see these scenarios:
1. You preorder game and get it on release day. You are guaranteed a copy and preorder bonuses. game is good. Awesome.
2. You preorder game but lots of negative reviews come out before release day so you cancel it and get your money back. Awesome.
3. You preorder game but no reviews are out before release day. Play game. Uh oh it's not good. Return it or not? You would have bought it release day regardless of having preordered it, so at least you got the bonuses. Awesome.
Am I missing some other scenario here? People do realize preordered and prebuying aren't the same thing right? The latter involves trusting a third party to deliver on a vague promise over time while the former is just a time saver for a finished product that can be taken back at any time.
@Shmay Fish, when purchasing games online, there’s no difference between the two, as only retailers allow a partial purchase prebuy.
Speaking for myself, I’ve been burned a few times by buying something before it came out, but I still do it for anything I’m dead set on experiencing anyway. I’ll be prebuying the next Fallout and Elder Scrolls games no matter what the reviews are, I’ll just give a few weeks for patches if the game release is rocky. Sure, I got screwed over by Mass Effect: Andromeda and Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst, but now I just don’t buy anything from EA without knowing everything about it.
@Shmay Fish, An industry problem - due to the amount of pre ordering since reaching the height of the practices popularity - is that many games are judged based on their 'pre-release sales performance'. It leads to crappy treatment of lesser recognized properties based on figures that are irrelevant to the games value as that can't be truly identified until it has reached the consumer.
Further - because corporate b@st@rds saw the trends of consumer excitement for product and it lead them down the path of capitalizing on getting a 'deposit / advance' on products that eventually landed on Electronics Boutique crying in its grave along with Mom and Pop stores around the globe that can't compete.
Finally, it's pre order madness that played a large part in creating the reality of EA memes as they get so much money before a game is even released - they budget fixing the game's issues post release and plan development %'s based on how said product is received.
Tl;dr - it's evil
@Shmay Fish, FYI for any COD players out there. Activision and Infinity ward are going to be making the pre-order bonus available for all purchases regardless of release date.
To be fair, there’s been a lot of games that come with decent preorder bonuses. Just because most don’t doesn’t mean all don’t.
Unless its from CD Projekt Red.
I think it depends on the game, if it’s something you really enjoy what’s the harm in it? It’s a lot like a pre-layaway for a lot of people. I personally got burned once and will never do it again. It’s just a gamble with recent games, and honestly not one I’m willing to take.
*preorders cyberpunk 2011, and basically has a preordered graphics card*
The game industry has us by the balls because enough idiots buy the games no matter what. Why continue to buy ubisoft EA and Activision games if we know they're gonna treat us so badly? Yet every year the top sellers are ubisoft ea and activision...
@Genesis Rhapsodos , gamers are all secretly masochists
@Genesis Rhapsodos , I would like to get hired on by those companies, just so I can climb the ranks and then cause a mutiny. Then I could restore their reputation... if it’s even worth saving anymore.
@Genesis Rhapsodos , Sadly Alot of people are complacent and it sucks, I remember a time when you paid for a game and that was that you got the game and didn't need to pay for anything else
Why would you say something so controversial yet so brave?
@jdopps13, controversial? The only argument for it is it guarantees you the game as soon as it comes out. Even the "preorder bonuses" they typically give away later to everyone. Considering how games are basically in beta once they release them now I'd rather wait to get it.
Pre ordering made sense years ago when they would sell out. Or when I got free loot for it. I still have my water bottle from pre-ordering Resident Evil: Outbreak. Free and awesome. Now you pay an extra 30 bucks for basically nothing.
And don't get me started on season pass
If its a game I truly see worth I will preorder, I preordered witcher 2 when I was in high school on the 360 from my local staples no added bonuses or extra crap, definitely worth it. I also preordered skyrim same story different game
I never thought these actresses from my home country would become a meme. In order of appearance, Maine Mendoza and Marian Rivera.
I usually preorder a week or two before release.
Because they always seem to go out of stock for a week or two.
Or just wait till the game release week and get the non-physical pre-order bonuses without the pre-order
I mean sometimes there are preorder exclusive items and early access, but no it's not normally worth it. *Pre-orders gears 5*
I always like a good new format
Sometimes you get the game before anyone else, sometimes it shows up two months later. *Stares at Forza Horizon*