Pre-Ordering Games

by Jacob Parzych | August 11th, 2010 | Kids' Shopping

Now, I don’t have extensive game buying experience, as my game library consists of a modest nine games, but I do understand the pros and cons to pre-ordering a video game.

To start , I have a little information on pre-ordering.  It is generally only offered on games that are expected to do very well, like the Halo and Call of Duty series.  Games with smaller sales predictions may chose not offer pre-ordering and even if they do, stores may not offer it.  There are some pros and cons.  First, the pros:

  • If the game is popular, it could be sold out, so pre-ordering it guarantees you a copy.  This means not sitting in the record setting premier of a new game, aka Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. On top of that, the price to guarantee a copy is usually the same as the price to buy the game normally.
  • Sometimes, pre-ordering a game can get you certain features that aren’t in the ordinary copy. For example, I get map packs for free in Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Now, the bad with the good, the cons:

  • When you pre-order a game, they normally make you lay a five or ten dollar deposit down so they know you will buy it.  That means that you choosing not to buy the game because of you not liking it or having second thoughts results in you losing some moolah.
  • When you pre-order a game, it has not been released yet (obviously!), so there may be no or few reviews.  That means you are pre-ordering a game that could have good public relations people (good PR=good hype) but could actually stink like month old fish.  This means you could go pick it up and have it be bad or not get it because of reviews and lose your deposit.
  • Sometimes, a game will cost more to pre-order, although that is not normal.
  • Finally, if you are overly leftist, you may not want to pre-order, as your deposit gives the capitalist corporations money to gain interest on (gasp!).

It may seem like the cons outweigh the pros, but sometimes being able to get a game without waiting or hearing the dreaded “sold out” is worth all the risk. Hopefully, you, my reader, use my advice well, and don’t spend too eagerly on games.

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