There are a lot of new games coming out over the next couple of months. With lots of hype surrounding these games a lot of people are pre-ordering their own copy. What I would like to do is tell you a few reasons why I don’t pre-order games (and why you should not either). First of all, what do we mean by pre-order?
Well, pre-ordering is simply a way for you to order a game before it comes out.
So, let’s get to the first portion of this which I would like to call “pre-order for beta access”. In the case of Street Fighter V(AKA Street Fighter 5) those who choose to pre-order the game will get access to the beta version of the game. Before games come out, you can access a work-in-progress version of a game and help the developers test the game to make sure everything is working the way it should.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s really good that developers allow gamers to try out a game before it’s released. It also allows gamers to give developers feedback on a game whilst it’s in development so that it’s all polished up before it’s ready. On the face of it, this sounds like a win-win. With that being said gamers are also forming an opinion on something that is not finished and parts of the game that are in a beta version may not even make it to the final retail release. If the gamer does not like what they see then that would be a lot of money gone to waste and that’s not fair on the gamer.
The second portion I would like to cover is the issue of pre-order bonuses. In some cases, developers give you certain bonuses if you choose to pre-order a game. This could be an extra level/map, a set of clothes for your character or an extra weapon. If you were to buy these items on their own then they might cost you something anywhere from £1/$1/€1 upwards. You might have spent £50 on a new game so these little bonuses and you might not even care about those bonuses so. I would like to encourage developers to give gamers the ability to earn those bonuses in the game itself as opposed to making them commit to a pre-order or even allow them to buy these bonuses after the fact.
Yes, this is wishful thinking, but if you miss out on some really good bonus content because you did not pre-order a game then it’s not fair on you. I think that everyone should be able to get any downloadable content for a game whether they pre-ordered it or not.
Last but not least I would like to cover the whole issue of getting the game on the day it comes out. When pre-ordering a game one of the benefits is that you can get the game on release day. However, this might prove to be a curse as well as a blessing and here’s why. Right now, you can go to a store like the Steam Store, the XBox Store (on your XBox One or XBox 360) or the PlayStation store on your PlayStation 4/3/Vita. If you see a game that you like you can then pre-order it and then on release day you can then download it straight to your console without having to wait in a line at a physical store.
However, if you pre-order a game
Now let’s be fair about this. You might be asking me “Adi, have you pre-ordered a game before? and if so, then why?” Well, the answer is yes. In particular I pre-ordered Mario Kart Wii when it came out for the Nintendo Wii. I did not pre-order for any specific reason. I just made the choice because I really liked Mario Kart at the time and I was excited to start playing it.
I would like to know why you pre-order games (consoles, or PC games). Is it because of the ability to play the beta versions of them? Is it because you want some bonus material? Or do you pre-order for another reason? Let me know in the comments.