Reservation for One: Why I Pre-Order Video Games

I don't always pre-order, but when I do, it's for big titles like GTA V.

I have been reserving games at Gamestop for many years, and I do not intend to stop now. Some people don't pre-order games and just show up the day of release in hopes of getting the game. Others might just go to their local 24-hour Wal-mart and pick it up with no problem.

Many times, there are plenty of copies and really no need to reserve a game, so why do I do it? The main reason is to put my mind at ease.

Playing Immediately

I like to play my games as soon as they are available and pre-ordering ensures that I do just that. I like knowing that I won't have to wait to play a game in case the stores sell out. By pre-ordering a game, I am guaranteed a copy when the game launches and that makes me feel better. The last thing I want is to have my favorite game release and I am not able to get a copy because it is sold out. Though I can probably buy it somewhere regardless of whether I pre-order, I want to be sure.

I made sure there is no reason that I won't be able to play this at launch.

Extra Benefits

Many places have pre-order bonuses you can get. These range from posters or key chains, to exclusive in-game content. If a game has some impressive bonuses for pre-ordering, I'll be sure to take advantage of it.

Several games have bonuses like this when you pre-order.

Not Everything That Glitters is Gold

It isn't always a good idea to pre-order though. Let's face it, some games that come out aren't that good. Things can also change over the development cycle of a game. This is when I do not pre-order. I never do it when the game has a long ways before it releases, and I only do it for games that I am certain I will enjoy. I use Gamefly for the titles I'm on the fence about and pick them up later if they are worth my time.

What do you think about pre-ordering, agree or disagree? Discuss in the comments.

Published Sep. 17th 2013
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    I'm sure it depends on the team and project. I'm sure the team that worked on the AMC walking dead, probably wanted a redo.
    On the opposite side of that, you have bioshock infinite that released when it was ready, and were under a microscope from the public, and I imagine 2K as well.
    In both cases I think any time you create something and then give it to the public, that's something you watch very carefully. I'd imagine both parties felt very similar emotions.
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    @Coatedpolecat I wonder whether a deluge of preorders makes a developer feel awesome or under tremendous pressure to release the game regardless of readiness. Seriously, I wonder this.
  • Coatedpolecat
    Featured Correspondent
    My wife has pre-ordered CoD: Ghost and that was before the preorder bonus. I guess for the same reason. Just to make sure to get it.

    When I was younger I pre ordered. I find I usually just aim for what's on sale. I try to stay away from used game sales as much as possible. I like supporting my favorite studios. Those guys work hard and need/deserve that money.

    When I do pre-order like I did xcom: enemy unknown, it's to do just that. Tell that studio with my voting dollars; thank you.
  • Courtney Gamache
    Featured Contributor
    I've never been one to pre-order video games often, because I usually don't have much time to play them. I plan on doing some soon with the new Just Dance 2013 coming out.

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