questionsdo you pre-order video games?

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I pre-ordered FF XIII-2 for the omega boss battle code (even if the A$$ won't join my party and help me out). Amazon later added two $10 GC.

Game Stop has a lot of pre-order specialties.

Some gamers need the specials or the collectibles and are willing to pay extra or the full price.

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i am probably the only person left in the us that doesn't own a video game or game system of any variety. so on games, i'm not sure. however i will preorder movies. the first week they are out tends to be the only week they ever go on sale until they are over a year old. since most online companies have a low price guarantee that if you buy from them, they will give a refund to make the lowest price they charge within x amount of time that they are actually selling it (vs a preorder), also a lot of online will match the lowest online price of other companies too. got a lot of $ back that way, and still got to see it while (relatively) new.

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If there's a special collectible item that looks really awesome, sure. When I used to play MMOs, I would always pre-order the expansions (to get into the new content faster, obviously). Of course those would come with extra goodies, so it was also worth it in that regard.

I haven't felt the need to pre-order a game for a long time. Like you said, the price drops, and if I don't know if I'll have time right when it comes out to devote myself to playing frequently, there's no 'time advantage' to having it on release day. I'm becoming more 'wait and see', and reviews are critical to me. What are my friends saying (vs game reviewers, I check them last), are they having fun?

I will however, pre-order movies/tv-series because the price dip is usually pretty awesome. As I move mostly away from physical copies into digital streaming, that becomes slightly less important.

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I do if there is a discount or a gift card and it is a game I can't live without. I preordered MW3, BF3, Rage, Max Payne 3 and maybe a handful of others.

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@segafanalways: Rage is a perfect example of what I am talking about. I got it for $5 a few weeks ago ($20 before coupon):

http://deals.woot.com/deals/details/6923677d-f84e-4409-8a4d-e719ea9c0454/rage-xbox-360-or-ps3-in-store-only#11

It just seems to me that for a 92% price drop (assuming someone paid the full price of $60) it is worth waiting a few months.

EDIT: I do realize this is an extreme example and not all games drops that precipitously.

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@wnyx585am: This past year has been weird because a lot of AAA titles are droping in price fairly quick. Some titles I can wait for while titles like MW3 and BF3 probably won't drop to that price or even to a decent price for waiting till this November so it is kind of a give and take. You may get a game that doesn't drop in price or you may get one that drops extremely fast.

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I pre-order big game titles to try and ease the cost. For instance when Starcraft 2 came out, I had (2) Collectors Editions pre-ordered.. I was able to sell 1 of them for 2x what I paid, so I essentially got Starcraft 2:CE for free.

I did the same for CoD:MW3 (Elite Edition), and I have (2) copies of Diablo III (CE) also pre-ordered.

Otherwise I will only pre-order a title if Amazon has a $20 promo code to go along with it or $10 and some awesome DLC. (but I prefer the $20)

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I never pre-order games and I never buy them as soon as they come out. But then, I'm an old gamer (in my 40s) and don't play online, so I have no need to grab it while lots of other people are still playing it. For me, the game will be exactly the same when it's sold for half the original price in 2 - 3 months.

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As many people have said, I will if I really want it and it has a pre-order bonus that I care about. Special Edition Zelda Skyward sword I did (no bonus, but they sold out and 20 bucks more for a gold wiimote plus was well worth it), Pokemon Soul Silver for the Lugia figure. I think that's about it, though I think I also preordered StarCraft II for a poster. Kind of a meh bonus, but I was buying it the day it came out anyways so why not.

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nope, I'm cheap. I wait til they drop at least $20 from release price.

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Yeah, no. $40 is basically my threshold on non MMO style games. I tend to wait until 2-3 months after purchase when A) The bugs are mostly worked out, and B) It's come down $20 or so.

Especially if Bioware was in any way shape or form involved in developing the game. After being burned by Fallout: New Vegas's constant crash bugs I've lost all trust in their QA ability. Hell even Skyrim's bit me more than a few times.

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Depends on the game. We'll have two copies of Diablo 3 in our hands as soon as we humanly can. I think we would have pre-ordered both Skyrim and Portal 2 had we not picked up both of them through Steam on release day. MMO's and the like? No point anymore, they'll be there when we get around to playing them. :P

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Almost never, but I will definitely be pre-ordering Diablo III soon.

I am pretty sure this game is going to lose me my job, my girlfriend and my friends.

....And be worth every bit of it.

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Nope. I'm a very patient person. I can wait three weeks until the fervour winds down and I can find it cheaper.

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I have gone back and forth. I used to pre-order fairly frequently, then I got severely burned on a couple and swore it off. I preordered Mass Effect 2 and was glad I did. My last two preorders (Halo Anniversary and Mass Effect 3) have backfired on me. I think I'm back to the "never again" on preorders.