Originally Posted by fcorona76
It isn't the full game, by any means, either. Calling it an overpriced work-in-progress would be more suitable.
If you're not a fan, okay. But if you are, this is more than just a work-in-progress. I've had a chance to put in a few hours, and after that I prefer to think of it as an hors d'oeuvre. Complete in and of itself, but just a taste of what's to come. If you think it's too expensive, eat somewhere else.
But on topic: pre-orders are a scam, plain and simple.
Originally Posted by wirechild73
I just feel like rambling on about useless crap after reading this thread. What is the point of pre-ordering? I can't recall the last time a game wasn't available the day it came out.
There's a lot of politics involved in the world of pre-orders.
The retailers with the most clout in the gaming market all do pre-orders. Pre-order numbers are becoming a bigger and bigger determiner of eventual sales. If a game pre-orders well, it will sell well. If it doesn't pre-order well (or much at all), then often those outlets won't even carry it, or will carry it in limited numbers.
This made a game like Zack and Wiki very hard to find for a while. Since it didn't pre-order well, it wasn't stocked. And because it wasn't stocked, it didn't sell as well as it deserved.
It's messed up. Lesser known games stay lesser known because of pre-orders. Certain games are assured to get poor sales because of poor pre-sales. The vast majority
of gamers don't stay informed of the gaming world (they aren't on forums and they don't read gaming sites or magazines). All they have is the stores themselves and word of mouth.
I say be sure to pre-order, but try to pre-order games that you think might need or deserve the extra attention. Don't pre-order high profile games. All that means is that the "rich" get richer, and the "poor" stay poor.