So, the topic of pre-ordering has been swirling around lately, both on this blog as well as the wider gaming world (Jim Sterling just posted a video on a closely-related topic today). And when an interesting topic is going around (especially one that I have little direct experience with), I like to put the question to you folks to see what everyone thinks about it. So, today’s questions are these:
- Have you ever pre-ordered a game, a console, or DLC?
- If so, what made you make that decision? What good things did you hope to get or bad things did you hope to avoid by pre-ordering instead of buying regularly?
- And finally, were you happy with your decision? Did it give you the benefit you wanted? Were you happy with the final product, or was it not as good as you believed it would be? If happy, were you more happy than you would have been had you bought normally, or the same? Would you pre-order again, and if so, under what circumstances?
I’m not doing a study or preparing an argument or anything - this poll has no purpose but to satisfy my own curiosity. I’m just interested in the way thoughtful people who aren’t me go about making these decisions. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!
Blargh, I hate response windows… anyway
2)Being heavily invested in the franchise (starcraft, diablo, WoW) or wanting to play with friends invested in a franchise (Borderlands 2) or wanting early access to beta and get portal day 1 (HL2 Orange Box) In addition the Blizzard games came with RL collectables that I quite enjoy having.
3) I was happy with all of those preorders for the reasons stated. Blizzards games are always a day one play for my friends and my guild is always happy to start leveling anew in WoW. Borderlands 2 was a similar case to diablo, started playing it immediately. Portal and to a lesser extent TF2 were something that I was exceedingly excited about as I’d been following the portal team since Narbacular Drop and really wanted to see what they could do with valve’s money and polish. TF2 is something I play regularly to this day.
With all this in mind I would certainly preorder certain games again depending on play time with friends and developer history. Haven’t been disappointed yet with my preorders.