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Why do people preorder games?
#1  June 13, 2017, 11:15:43 pm
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i really can't wrap my head around this preordering games thing, i have no idea why people do it.
not only are you encouraging shitty company practices like preorder exclusive content, but you're also paying for something that you're not gonna play immediately, you'll have to wait for it anyways. you also have no idea if its gonna be good or not, best case scenario is you getting a bug ridden game game, worst case scenario is you paying full retail price for a shitty game.
so yeah, do you preorder? tell me why do you do it?
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#2  June 13, 2017, 11:19:05 pm
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tell me why do you do it?
- Because I like the videogame. And probably because I want to secure my copy on DAY ONE upon release.
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#3  June 13, 2017, 11:23:37 pm
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#4  June 13, 2017, 11:28:22 pm
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I'm really not sure what other answer is needed other than liking the game.

Most of the time you'll know what you're getting anyway (preorder stuff and all) and if it'll be good or not. It's not like the 90s where all you had to go off of were magazines and television.
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#5  June 13, 2017, 11:42:15 pm
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I get physical releases. Just not digital unless it has extras or a discount :p
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#6  June 13, 2017, 11:44:48 pm
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The only time I will preorder something is if it's a Nintendo product. Especially a limited edition game, because it will be impossible to purchase afterwards.

I hardly ever preorder anything else unless I'm doing it at a brick and mortar and am just basically paying a little on it every paycheck
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#7  June 13, 2017, 11:45:42 pm
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i preorder games when
1: there's a legitimate risk it will be sold out if i get there too late
2: the developer has a good track record

which doesn't sound that insane to me
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#8  June 13, 2017, 11:47:45 pm
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I preorder games i want since digital copies on ps4 allow you to download a couple days in advance so you're literally able to play it a couple hours before they release it in stores, i.e. I preorder tekken 7 and was able to play it on the 1st of june rather than having to drive out to a store and get it
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#9  June 14, 2017, 02:16:08 am
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Anyone remember Xenoblade Chronicles in North America?
I'm glad I pre-ordered my copy back then since it quickly became hard to find for a decent price.
Though with its re-releases, it should be easier to get these days.

People in Europe and Japan also had plenty of time to play and review it so I knew I'd enjoy what I was about to play.
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#10  June 14, 2017, 12:04:21 pm
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... and to not spend my money on something else.
that's exactly what you should do. spend your money on something that's readily available, because i don't think investing your money in something that you'll have to wait for a long time is smart.
Especially a limited edition game, because it will be impossible to purchase afterwards.
now thats what i hate about this whole thing. how they're insecure about their games and are afraid of critics cutting down their sales so they resort to manipulating people into preordering by offering a few extra things in those limited editions.
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#11  June 14, 2017, 12:32:16 pm
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You're just starting from the assumption that the game will end up bad or you won't like it. Which is fucking stupid. It actually IS possible to enjoy a game, in which case preordering something that you know you'll buy anyway is just fine.
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#12  June 14, 2017, 01:07:27 pm
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I preorder most every fighter because I know I'll buy them. And in cases like KOF14 Special Edition I knew no store would actually order copies of it. I was right I never saw that in stores besides the one I preordered. Again, I can only see arguments about digitally preordering. The best I saw for that is you can play it a few hours early sometimes. That's not really a big deal imo :p
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#13  June 14, 2017, 01:10:29 pm
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>Have "extra" money, the money is already there.
>I´m really interested on that game and show up as Pre-Order.
>Doesn´t really need the money for anything else.

"Meh, screw it."

*Preorder*

Simple as that but honestly all depends on the game... Also! if comes bonus stuff which is like a plus on something already was planning to buy anyway.
Like the Two DB Xenoverse Games or Zelda Wind Waker, two series i totally love.
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#14  June 14, 2017, 01:17:09 pm
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I never preorder games, but I do preorder toys, I guess with games you get a lesser risk because the game can be patched if it has flaws not with toys, but the reasons to preorder are more likely scarcity, lower price, and sometime special bonus included with preordered set
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#15  June 14, 2017, 01:20:55 pm
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When pre-order of "day one edition" is cheaper than the standard versions.
I never pre-order digital games.
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#16  June 14, 2017, 03:10:09 pm
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Basically to secure myself a copy. I don't put the full thing down when I do, maybe like $5, and I pay the rest off when it comes out.
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#17  June 14, 2017, 04:53:26 pm
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To support the company and to make sure I have a day one copy.

When I used to live near better game stores, I'd also trade in games and put the credit towards preorders, because it made me the most money to do it that way.

I don't preorder anywhere near all the games I buy, but I do preorder the ones I'm really hyped for. I had Pokemon Moon, FFXV, and Breath of the Wild fully paid off before they came out, and I had some money down on Nier Automata and Tekken 7 as well.
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#18  June 14, 2017, 06:04:13 pm
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I don't. Pre-ordering doesn't suit my lifestyle or spending habits. I only ever buy games at full price unless they are Nintendo games (since they generally don't price drop in a meaningful way), or if it's a company I still like and want to support, or a friend really wants to multiplay it up. Even in these cases I still won't pre-order. I usually wait a year and get it when it's $30-$40 new or longer and grab it for $20. I don't play competitive multiplayer games since they are often short lived titles and are typically missing the fun factor I look for in games, so there's no real incentive for me to get that stuff brand new either.

Pre-ordering only makes sense to me if the game has marketing hype, the company indicates a potential struggle to meet demand, and for some reason I don't have the patience to wait for the second release cycle to play some game. Additionally pre-order only content, aside from what I'd consider a shitty practice, has never had anything that appeals to me enough to make a pre-order even close to worth it.
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#19  June 14, 2017, 07:02:31 pm
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Pre-Order Exclusives and Early Access to demo or beta
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#20  June 15, 2017, 01:46:05 am
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still make more sense, than people who preorder jeans.
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#21  June 15, 2017, 11:39:49 am
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If you're a really big fan the price wouldn't really matter especially when one is focused on a particular game.

It's why some people invest in mugen which is even more expensive.

If one is passionate about a particular thing like a hobby price would mean nothing or a minor obstacle.
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#22  June 15, 2017, 10:30:18 pm
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I pre order for various reasons. I want it on day one, regardless of it will be readily available afterward, the bonuses are awesome and I want them, or because I believe the physical copies will go rare, and I like physical copies whenever I can get them. I barely ever buy digital unless I absolutely know there's no physical copy available. I've even bought foreign copies of games to avoid US digital only.
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#23  June 24, 2017, 03:28:10 pm
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I pre-order a game when I know that I want the game, I know the game will be good, and know that getting a physical copy of the game would be a great challenge after release since there is such a high demand for it.

See, there are sane reasons for pre-ordering a game. It is no different from making a reservation for a hotel or a restaurant when you know that getting a spot will be difficult under normal circumstances.
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#24  June 24, 2017, 03:47:02 pm
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Ah, about the matter of paying now vs. keeping the money for stuff you can buy now, I don't know where you preorder your games but at the gaming shops in here, I don't pay in advance. I pay when the game is in my hand.
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#25  June 24, 2017, 06:07:18 pm
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Here you have to put $5 down on a preorder in advance, and the rest is up to you. I usually prefer to pay in full in advance, especially if I have the money now and I'm not sure I will then.
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#26  June 24, 2017, 10:04:31 pm
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call me a cheap ass douche but i find paying more than 30 dollars for a game to be outrageous.
it's partially the reason why i made this thread. i thought because most of you guys seem in an average to humble financial situation, you wouldn't be too different from me.
but not all people think the same of course. tbh i enjoy games but not to the point of paying 60$+ on them on either preorder or retail purchase.
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#27  June 24, 2017, 10:15:13 pm
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60 to 70 which is the usual for a new game of the latest generation is too high, but 30 ? lol yeah, right. You don't have a problem with preorder games waiting until they're released, you have a problem with any game on the current gen waiting a few years until the price is halved.
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#28  June 24, 2017, 11:29:41 pm
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I only really buy Nintendo games (unless it's a big Fighting Game) so I don't tend to have the luxury of waiting until they lower in price. (as Nintendo game almost never do.)
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#29  June 25, 2017, 12:15:45 am
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call me a cheap ass douche but i find paying more than 30 dollars for a game to be outrageous.

I'm an adult living somewhat comfortably within his means now who doesn't have a lot of free time for games, but when I wasn't preorder layaway was essential

I'm sure some of us with brick and mortar shops can attest that when you don't have a lot to spend all at once on games using trade in pre-order bonuses and/or paying a little at a time is key

Whether you think a game is worth 60 dollars or not speaks more to a particular mentality than whether you think preordering is valid though because new games have been 60, 70, even 80 dollars American going back to cartridges
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#30  June 25, 2017, 09:07:42 am
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again, that wasn't the only reason. my points about encouraging pre-order content and not getting the game right away still stand.
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#31  June 25, 2017, 09:40:59 am
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I mean, 60 for a new game isn't exactly outrageous, in fact it's cheaper than it ever has been. people like to pre-order when they know that the game is going to be good down to the gut. I rarely pre-order games unless I KNOW for a fact it's worth it near the very end like Tekken 7 and KoF XIV. Another reason, specifically for online games, is to play it as much as you can while the game is alive online-wise. Some games are alive for a long ass time but nowadays that's a rarity, injustice 1 died only a couple months into its launch. SFIV might as well be dead at this point.
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