Preordering games and why you shouldn’t do it
April 13, 2017
Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.
Email This Story
Video games have been on the rise over the past couple of years, with game console sales proving to be a huge money maker even when being compared to other electronic devices. With this in mind, people always seem to want the latest and most popular games for their systems right when they come out. Purchasing these games right when they come out is not only the most expensive option, but is also in most circumstances the most risky as well.
All the major department stores offering video games have the option for their average consumer to “preorder” the new games that haven’t come out yet, essentially reserving them a copy of the game so they don’t have to worry about it running out of stock. To encourage people to pre-order, the game company may include some type of little in game bonus for the consumer, maybe a special helmet for their character to wear or another level that will only be available to them. It is astounding how many people are sucked into buying a game they haven’t even played/heard anything about yet just to get some of these little extras.
A lot of times at a new games launch date, the game will have a number of bugs and glitches that got past the developers initial screening process. Some of these may even make the game unplayable, making it so you paid full price for a product that isn’t functioning properly. If you wait a couple weeks for the developers to patch the problems with the game, you’ll be ensured that the game is working exactly the way you want it to. This also stands for figuring out if the game is actually good or not, pre-ordering the game removes your ability to check out some reviews on how people like the game. If you already preordered but the reviews are bad, you’re simply stuck with your bad product.