I woke up on the 6th of March and shot straight down to my nearest GAME store. I stood for a full 20 minutes waiting for the store to open. When it finally did?
I pre-ordered a video game.
I put a modest £20 deposit down on a collector’s edition of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. A version that comes complete with a fake arm, a load of intangible digital stuff, a not-the-same-as-the-run-of-the-mill-standard-edition game box, and a map. The thing is though, that pre-ordering this game and pre-ordering early was the only way I would be getting my hands on any of this content.
A few months later comes the 16th of June, and I pre-order another game. The Pip-Boy Edition of Fallout 4. You know, the version that sold out everywhere and is now ridiculously hard to get hold of. The edition that comes with a wearable Pip-Boy replica. With pre-ordering being the only way to attain this piece of official merchandise.
Let me first explain in regards to Kotaku and their collective stance on pre-ordering that yes, I completely understand your disdain towards pre-ordering standard editions of video games. It’s almost unthinkable that any game that releases in 2015 and beyond will sell out of stock. There is no need to put your name down (and in many cases your money) to reserve a copy of a game that you will almost certainly be able to pick up in any store on your way home from work. It’s daft. It doesn’t make much sense anymore. Just have a little bit of patience.
However Kotaku’s dispair regarding the pre-ordering of all games goes beyond the logic of avoiding standard editions, and for goodness-knows what reason also picks fun at those who pre-order in hopes of attaining limited-edition, limited run content that can usually only be collected by pre-ordering and pre-ordering right sodding now.
Was it necessary to flaunt your nyah-nyah’s in the faces of those who were unfortunate enough to not be getting their Batmobile statues? Your “I told you so’s”? Over an issue that has nothing to do with blind negligence resulting in lining the pockets of publishers and more to do with the fact that people just wanted a Goddamned Batmobile?
Hell no. These pre-orders had nothing to do with your invisible war. Don’t treat these people like idiots because you seem to think that an anomalous event adds weight to your argument. It doesn’t. Pre-ordering the Batmobile was the only way to get the Batmobile. A freak occurrence has prevented it from coming out.
The last time I pre-ordered a standard edition of a game was Bioshock 2 on Steam. I get it. Standard Edition pre-orders don’t need to exist. In many respects “Day-1 Editions” are just as useless, and mostly include additional DLC (that may-or-may-not have been excluded from the complete game for the sake of spinning a few extra bucks) that will eventually see itself merged into the almost-inevitable Game of the Year edition. Maybe try avoiding pre-ordering these editions too.
But for the love of God, pre-order every collector’s edition you have your heart set on, and ignore Kotaku’s baseless argument that all pre-orders are bad. If you love a game, have faith in the developer, enjoy the preceding work and want to support the development (whilst simultaneously gaining some awesome physical merch,) do not be afraid to pre-order that awesome collector’s edition! If you love a series or a developer, why wouldn’t you pre-order their next work?
At the end of the day, Internet, you do you. Do what you think feels best. I personally can’t wait to put the Pip-Boy on Snake’s Bionic arm. A perfect match.
Viexi is a gamer on YouTube who yells when surgeries go wrong, swears at Pokémon and hates Horror Games. You can check out his and his girlfriend’s channel on YouTube here, follow him on Twitter at @DiViexi, or get into contact with him at DanVXC(at)Gmail.com.