Post Reply How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Way We Pre-order Games
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Posted 7/6/15
Gamers nowadays look at pre-ordering games in a pretty negative light. I myself haven't pre-ordered a game in about 5 years. However, pre-ordering really isn't as bad as we make it out to be. But that might not matter, since thanks to crowdfunding, pre-ordering as we know it could cease to exist. http://www.gameinformer.com/blogs/members/b/adamk678_blog/archive/2015/07/06/how-crowdfunding-is-changing-the-way-we-pre-order-games.aspx
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Posted 7/9/15
pre orders are a way of showing anticipation and support to the game developers,
the game devs then give out, bonuses or goodies , dlc whatever
sometimes early game access, there's nothing wrong with it
I think stretch goals should become the next big thing for pre orders, as they unlock tier after tier for unlockable goodness and hey - what's wrong with that?
Posted 7/9/15 , edited 7/9/15
Personally, I won't pre-order or Kickstart anything. Fortunately Steam now has refunds for the all too common Unitys and Arkham Knights.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm4JCFONptk
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Posted 7/9/15 , edited 7/9/15
You should never pre-order a game under any circumstance. Blind purchases are always stupid and it encourages a system where companies can release broken games knowing there broken cause people have already payed for a copy and will buy it day one. This is why we cant have nice things.
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Posted 7/11/15

megahobbit wrote:

You should never pre-order a game under any circumstance. Blind purchases are always stupid and it encourages a system where companies can release broken games knowing there broken cause people have already payed for a copy and will buy it day one. This is why we cant have nice things.


so when your favourite game gets made or it has a sequel and you want to support the devs?
great thinking!
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Posted 7/11/15 , edited 7/11/15

ExiAHesP wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

You should never pre-order a game under any circumstance. Blind purchases are always stupid and it encourages a system where companies can release broken games knowing there broken cause people have already payed for a copy and will buy it day one. This is why we cant have nice things.


so when your favourite game gets made or it has a sequel and you want to support the devs?
great thinking!


Dude you have no Idea how much I fucking want Shenmue III its still a dumb idea to pre-order blindly. It encourages lazy behavior and lets them release the games in a broken state. We all saw Assassins creed Unity.
Posted 7/11/15 , edited 7/12/15

ExiAHesP wrote:


megahobbit wrote:

You should never pre-order a game under any circumstance. Blind purchases are always stupid and it encourages a system where companies can release broken games knowing there broken cause people have already payed for a copy and will buy it day one. This is why we cant have nice things.


so when your favourite game gets made or it has a sequel and you want to support the devs?
great thinking!


Purchasing after release and in a known state isn't support? The money goes to the same place, the publishers bottom line.
Why would you want to take addition risk to support an industry/companies that see fans as cash sponges to be wrung dry and has no problem screwing them over to do it. They clearly don't recognize the positive sentiment when SEGA can call 2.11 Million sales of Alien Isolation disappointing despite being in genre that doesn't traditionally garner such massive sales and their previous game (Colonial Marines) being complete sh*t sold to preordering customers with lies. Or Square Enix who was unhappy that Tomb Raid only sold 3.4 Million copies.

Giving money to companies for a product sight unseen when they cynically carve content out of games for day one DLC or pre-order bonuses or plan old release broken games doesn't seem like a wise investment, especially considering how many times people have been burned in the past by these companies. At least now Steam has refunds so pre-ordering isn't completely insane.

I want Fallout 4, but Bethesda can waits until reviews are out before they get my $60.

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Posted 7/12/15
I've never pre-ordered before and I never plan on doing so. I don't like wasting my money on games that might not be that good.
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Posted 7/12/15
I pre-order on a regular basis, as that is often the only way to reliably get the niche titles I like to play. And I am new to Kickstarting, but it has been a great experience for me thus far. Being able to cut out middlemen when helping developers is a great feeling.
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Posted 7/12/15
I only pre-order games I've played before i.e. demos and Japanese imports. So I rarely feel about about it because I know I'll buy the game full price, one way or another. However, I've pre-ordered through GameStop and CD Universe. Both terrible experiences every time. They'll sometimes run out of the pre-order bonus or be weeks late on delivery. I'll either go digital or Amazon in the future.

As far as Kickstarter goes. I think it's fine to use to get your business up and running, but if devs have to use it to fund every game they release then that is a problem.
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