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Poll: How often do you pre-order video games? (123 member(s) have cast votes)

How often do you pre-order video games?

  1. All the time. (1 votes [0.81%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.81%

  2. Once in a while. (14 votes [11.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.38%

  3. On very rare occasions. (51 votes [41.46%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.46%

  4. Never. (57 votes [46.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.34%

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#1 Rhindle The Red OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:01 PM

So, do you pre-order your games?

Me, I only do it if it's a big title (like a "Zelda") or they're giving away something *really* good.

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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:13 PM

I'm with you, I only preorder for games such as Mario, Zelda, or Resident Evil which are my favorite 3 series of games.

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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:20 PM

Once in a while. Pretty much only if there's a pre-order bonus I want like a t-shirt, or a discount (like gamestop giving an extra 20% credit for pre-ordering SSB). Occasionally I'll preorder a game wihtout a bonus if it's something I absolutely know I will buy anyways (Metroid, Zelda, etc), but that's pretty rare.

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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:36 PM


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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:21 PM

Few years back I would have said on rare occasions....once Gamestop got all aggressive with the pre-order BS I stopped doing it completely. I actually tell them as I am walking to the counter that I do not want to pre-order anything so save your breath (politely of course)

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Posted Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:10 PM

I never did. My younger brother pre-ordered a couple of games in the past including Smash Brothers Browl for the Wii at an online store that is not owned by gamestop. It is a place that my brother and I used in the past for movies as chirstmas gifts. The store does a great job of shipping the stuff on time.

I get fed up with all the employees that want me to pre-order a game because I bought a game from them. They right away want you to pre-order a game after you pay for a game. I don't think it is worth it as a result to pre-order.

Employees are being too aggressive for having consumers to pre-order games. That is caused the expected amount of copies the store or a store of a chain wants to be sold. The employees are getting a percentage of the pre order sales or the store expects each employee to have a certain number of customers to pre-order a certain game.

The employees act at gamestop act like if you are comitting a crime by not pre-ordering a game. I wasn't being rude or nothing the employee to make the employee act that way.

That is why I don't pre-order at a gamestop.

Edited by 8th lutz, Tue Jan 29, 2008 11:22 PM.

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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:55 AM

Two reasons I will pre-order items once in a while:

1. Limited number of carts being sold (i.e. Boulderdash for the 2600)
2. Pre-sale bouns incentives (i.e. Holiday Cart)

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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:33 AM

For new games? Only if it comes with something:

Ocarina of Time Bonus Disc for Windwaker
Star Wars Arcade game for Rebel Strike (for which I never picked up the latter)

For homebrews? Only if...

--> it's something I'm interested in
AND it's only available in limited quantities
AND it's something I can afford

Other than that: there's no incentive to pre-ordering

[edit: clarified with "AND"s so it doesn't sound like I jump on anything produced in limited quantities *coughtronmanpicturecartcough*]

Edited by Emehr, Fri Feb 1, 2008 5:46 PM.

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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2008 11:01 AM

Sometimes for homebrews never for mass produced modern games.

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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2008 3:55 PM

Does participating in the AA Holiday sale count?



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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2008 12:42 AM

I've only preorderd once, Wind Waker to get the Ocarina of Time bonus disc.

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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2008 4:25 AM

I have preorderd Ultima IV and V in the 80ies!

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Posted Sun Feb 3, 2008 8:24 PM

I put down Never for myself as I honestly can't remember the last time I've been on preorder for video games. (Atari Age releases are a different matter, although even then..)

I'll generally pick up the game when I see it at the store, if it's something I want. If they don't have the supplies, well, I have no problem doing without. I have a LOT of games in my collection that still need to be played, some of them that still need to be unwrapped!

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Posted Mon Feb 4, 2008 12:53 PM

Never ;)

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Posted Sun Jun 6, 2010 4:58 PM

Never. I wait for them to get cheap.

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Posted Sun Jun 6, 2010 6:23 PM

Some times. It all depends on the game.

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Posted Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:27 AM

These days I am more likely to preorder a homebrew. But not modern games. I used to do it habitually back in the Dreamcast days, but no longer. If I need a console on day one, then I do a pre-order.

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011 1:45 PM

Very rarely. Last time I did it was for Madden 10 because I had the next day off and wanted to be able to play it all night!

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:38 PM

Never....last game I pre orded was Final Fantasy XI and the store forgot to mention I had to pay to play it so I never opened it other than to see the packing...

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Posted Fri Jan 21, 2011 2:42 PM

On very rare occasions, and even then just homebrews. I wouldn't ever pre-order a commercial game. They're produced in mega quantities and having it on day 1 means nothing to me, so I see no need.

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Posted Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:37 PM

I only did once. It was a shooter for the Gamecube, but it never got released. They cancelled it because the Wii came out. And Nintendo Power even reviewed the game. I guess the promo copies were sent out, but none to Amazon or the stores.

I would still preorder a homebrew for the 2600 or 800, but other than those I think I'd hesitate to preorder another game.

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:00 PM

I have preordered three times in the past six months or so, the only times I have done this. I preordered: Castlevania: Lord of Shadow Limited Edition (360), Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii) and Super Mario All-Stars 25th Anniversary Edition (Wii), I own every conceivable incarnation of the Mario Bros games but what the hell, right? With DKCR, my gf and I arrived at Gamestop like 5min after closing, so we ended up just buying it at an indy store that night!!

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Posted Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:18 PM

Never. I wait for them to get cheap.

Yeah, I'm pretty confident in saying I've never preordered a video game. Always keeping an eye out for AA sales though :)

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Posted Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:17 AM

For the purposes of this poll, I'd say Al's shop counts. :) :thumbsup:

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Posted Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:36 AM

I actually broke my no-pre order rule for Death Smiles on the 360 since I thought it might be hard to find if I didn't. I was wrong though and actually could have scored it cheaper if I waited so back to no pre-orders for me.

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