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Perdition Haze
August 21st, 2013, 4:47 PM
Before new games are released, you have an option to pre-order them online. When you pre-order video games, they'll be delivered right to your house on the release day. You may also pick them up from the store by showing your receipt, but that's completely up to you! So, do you like to pre-order games, or do you like to buy them directly? If you like pre-ordering, then how often do you pre-order? What was the last game that you've pre-ordered?

August 21st, 2013, 5:02 PM
I usually only preorder when it bring some worthwhile extras (ex. Tales of Xilla Collector's Edition) but other than that, it's usually try Gamestop the day after release and hope they have some in stock.

August 21st, 2013, 5:23 PM
I usually don't pre-order games, usually because I don't have the money at the time. I like to save the money until release day and buy it then.

August 22nd, 2013, 12:29 AM
I rarely pre-order games. The only reason why I would pre-order a game would be if it came with extra content that I would actually use, like bonus content in the game or a coupon for another game I want to get. Posters and figures never really amused me. I can't remember the last time I pre-ordered a game considering it's been quite a long time...

Ragnar Lothbrok
August 22nd, 2013, 1:15 AM
I've always bought them directly unless there is some sort of bonus or opportunity with pre-ordering them. If it's a game like FIFA which I know is gonna be pretty much the same with no major changes or anything, I will safely pre-order. However, if it's a new game or a game I'm unsure about, I will wait 'till I see some gameplay footage around a week after release.

Kikaito plush
August 22nd, 2013, 1:20 AM
I will only pre order if there is a bonus or if it will sell out fast.

Mr. X
August 22nd, 2013, 1:42 AM
I haven't preordered anything, although I'm considering preordering a few things.

Watch Dogs and Assassins Creed IV have some very nice special editions.

August 22nd, 2013, 2:03 AM
I'll have to echo what a few others have said in that if there's some sort of bonus including in pre-ordering, then I will, otherwise I'll just pick it up after it comes out. One of the more recent examples of that is with Pokemon White 2, which I waited until a few days after it came out to get it. Pre-ordering Pokemon X or Y gets you a free poster though, so while it isn't much, if I'm going to be paying the full price for the game anyway, I might as well get something extra out of it.

August 22nd, 2013, 2:05 AM
I have only ever pre-ordered FFXIII and it's sequel. Before then I mostly relied on presents for new games and since then there hasn't really been anything to catch my eye!

Often I wait for a game to be out for a few weeks, to hear feedback and reviews, before purchasing.

August 22nd, 2013, 6:33 AM
With Pokemon games, I typically preorder, just in case some store got some extra figurines or posters, as those will be a pain to find.

With other games, I generally wait on the reviews, because most of the games I would pre-order, I already have its predecessors that I haven't gotten full use out of yet.

August 22nd, 2013, 6:45 AM
I often pre-order things to be on time with other gamers. I perfectly sick of coming in late game and just once I would like to engage in a multiplayer match where we're all level 1.

Perdition Haze
August 22nd, 2013, 7:15 AM
I make pre-orders only a couple of times a year. I pre-order games that I absolutely don't want to miss out on, such as CoD, Battlefield, or Pokémon. Last game that I've pre-ordered was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which was released last year in November. Thanks to the pre-order, I was able to download an exclusive multiplayer map called Nuketown 2025. I also got a special two-sided poster, but I later gave it away to my cousin. ^^"

August 22nd, 2013, 7:54 AM
I generally pre-order games I'm really excited about, or have some special bonus. The retailer GAME offers double reward card points for pre-ordering games, so that's often an added incentive to do so.

August 22nd, 2013, 8:15 AM
I pre-order games if I'm excited for them. I've only pre-ordered twice in my life though, that being HeartGold and SoulSilver, and this past Sunday I pre-ordered Y. Most of the time, if it's a game I am really anticipating, I'll make a pre-order and typically if it comes with a pre-order bonus as well. :P

August 22nd, 2013, 10:19 AM
I never pre-order unless there is a good incentive for doing so.

August 22nd, 2013, 10:59 AM
the only game i've ever pre-ordered is the last of us, and i still haven't beaten it yet because of animal crossing and work. hopefully i'll be pre ordering pokemon x/y soon!

Apple Juice
August 24th, 2013, 3:21 PM
I don't think I've ever pre-ordered a game. For the 4th gen release of Pokemon, I arrived at Target around five in the morning waiting for the doors to open. Other than that, I can wait a little while longer once the game comes out. If I've been following it for a long time and I'm extremely interested in it, I'd consider it, but for now, there hasn't been such a case.

August 24th, 2013, 3:38 PM
I like to pre-order games that are distributed digitaly. Mostly because I can download them before their release and I can play them on day one immediately. And nice free bonuses are always welcome. :D

August 27th, 2013, 6:02 AM
The only thing I pre-ordered was the limited Fire Emblem 3ds, thank god I didn't pay for the pre-order, because in the end I bought it at another store for less money.

August 27th, 2013, 7:20 AM
The last game I preordered was Dark Souls, because A) I was super excited for it and 2) it came with a nifty collector's edition for all preorders. Came with an art book, the soundtrack, and a poster of the world map in a nice metal case for no additional charge.

That's how preorders should be done, none of this "get the 'exclusive' on-disc day-1 DLC" bull(redacted).

August 27th, 2013, 7:27 AM
I just pre-ordered Diablo 3 for PS3, and in the past I've preordered Pokemon HeartGold as well as Black. Usually when I pre-order I have it sent to the store to pick it up, because my local Gamestop is near a plethora of restaurants to pick from to have lunch at before grabbing the game

New Eden
August 27th, 2013, 8:16 AM
I haven't pre-ordered in years. I generally only will if it is on a limited run and me getting it any other time is indefinite (I missed out on getting Xenoblade new and now look at it used...)

August 27th, 2013, 8:10 PM
it depends usually. i remember for fallout: new vegas, that if you preordered the game you got some unique gear which was only obtainable if you reserved a copy of it. so if i can get something exclusive from preordering a game, then i usually will. otherwise, i don't mind attending a midnight release.

Darkrai Lv.1000
August 28th, 2013, 11:33 AM
I only tend to pre-order games if they're games I can't wait to get my hands on, such as Pokemon Y and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. I also pre-order them in-store as opposed to online. Also, if it's a game that I want, but not enough to get immediately, but they have some sort of super cool pre-order bonus, I'll go ahead and pre-order them as well.

Sweets Witch
August 28th, 2013, 5:04 PM
Right now I have Pokemon X, Final Fantasy X/X2 HD, and Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD all pre-ordered at Gamestop because I let them guilt me into pre-ordering stuff. The staff at the Gamestop near me is really nice so I feel bad when they ask about pre-orders and I decline. Decided on these three games since they're under $60 apiece.

August 31st, 2013, 11:12 PM
If I know I'm going to get a game on or very close to release date, I'll almost always pre-order. I'm not exactly a huge fan of handing over money before the game comes out, but I do like the message it sends to publishers. They get a better gauge of whether people are interested in the game based on preorders as they ready the game and it also ensures that the store orders enough copies to supply demand. I'm pretty sure sequels and the like get greenlit based partially on preorder data so I have no problem perpetuating that. Besides, I like the peace of mind that comes with knowing my copy of a game is guaranteed. A lot of the games I tend to play are a little niche--at least compared to the big Western titles like CoD, Madden and the like--so often times, stores won't get very many copies of them. I hate, hate, hate running around to different stores in the area trying to find a copy of the game so I can play it the same-day instead of waiting for delivery online.

I tend to preorder all my games from the local EB Games. I like to be able to pick it up at my convenience on release day. I live just far enough out of Toronto that packages don't (always) arrive on the same day they ship, so I often have to wait at least a day to get something from Amazon unless I get faster shipping. And with faster shipping, someone has to be around to sign for the package and being stuck near the door just kind of sucks. The anticipation is really annoying and it makes me too anxious. I might have to leave the house when my pre-order is at a brick-and-mortar store but at least I feel more in charge. :P

The last game I pre-ordered was Tales of Xillia. When Canada was confirmed to get the Collector's Edition, EB Games actually called me to ask if I wanted to upgrade and I was so pleased with that. I don't have anything on pre-order right now (except my roommate's copy of Kingdom Hearts HD) but the moment the games are up on the system, I'll be pre-ordering Tales of Symphonia HD and Tales of Xillia 2.

September 6th, 2013, 9:08 PM
I used to pre-order a lot. And then I.. I don't know, I guess I grew out of getting useless knicknacks along side my games.

If there's a really awesome promotion, I'll pre-order. Or a console launch I'm really excited about. But otherwise, not so much any more

September 6th, 2013, 9:46 PM
about 2 days ago i preordered Watch Dogs for my Wii U

September 7th, 2013, 8:22 AM
I've always bought my games directly from the store since my GameStop is only a ten minute walk and usually has what I want in stock. Had no problems getting Pokemon games on release day there, too, but they won't have X and Y available until November 1st so I'm going to have to put in my first pre-order ever. Definitely can't wait 2 extra weeks. :(

September 8th, 2013, 7:10 AM
I only preorder games so I can get them on day 1. Like this year with Pokemon Y and 2 years ago with Super Mario 3D Land. The bonuses you get for preordering are nice too (like a 2 sided poster for Pokemon X/Y and the tanooki Mario keychain for Super Mario 3D Land)

September 8th, 2013, 7:17 AM
I preorder my Pokemon games. I do every time at gamestop just in case they are really popular. I did with Pokemon Y because I want to be sure I can get it before anyone else can, basically.