Think before you Pre-order

Think before you Pre-order

Harry Lin, Student

We’ve all been tempted to spend money on personal hobbies at one time or another. It’s pretty expected to be honest as people have designed to allow you to enjoy that experience better like running shoes for a jogger, a trowel for a gardener, or a tablet for an artist.

 Of course, you could convince yourself that you don’t need these products, and to some extent this is true. However, for today’s topic do not pay to limit yourself to merely a small amount of hobby. I’m talking about video games but particularly pre-ordering them.

The act of pre-ordering is to pay a couple of months beforehand for a product that has yet to be released, which allows you to play on the first day that it releases. Also, marketing people will throw some sort of in-game currency or cosmetics. It’s not that complicated as it’s just like paying for things on amazon for stuff. 

So now with the background information out of the way, let’s get into examples of how this simple system can be used to the detriment of the person pre-ordering. Let’s start with the most recent example from a couple of months back, Battlefield 2042. Millions of people pre-ordered it with the expectation that they would be able to play it on the day of release – November 19, 2021. However, what they got that week was a complete buggy mess that was barely even playable—garnering an overwhelmingly negative review rating on Steam on its first day showing the people’s disapproval of it. Now the people that pre-ordered it for $60(the standard price) felt scammed. Even now as I look at prices online it’s only valued at around $20 after nearly a year of patches. 

After the newly released Cyberpunk: edge runners anime came out,  I was reminded of Cyberpunk 2077  As the setting was the same as the game. With how hyped up the game was before launch you’d think it was the second coming of Christ with the amount of talk about it. Over eight million people per-ordered this game and with 10/10s coming from reviewers and the lead developers saying it was performing better than expected, why wouldn’t they pre-order it? CD-Project Red even had a reputable image considering they had made the Witcher 3 a few years back which is still one of the best open-world RPGs on the market today which I can attest to as I played it a year back. 

I think you know where this is going, the launch was horrendous, and to say people were disappointed would be an understatement. I would go into the details but let’s just leave it at the game was unplayable. Now with these two examples shown I think that it’s ’ not unreasonable to think that what is promised on the day of the pre-order isn’t what people are going to get on the release date. This is not some sort of hit piece but I am merely asking you to practice some patience considering that games that can be bought online aren’t going to run out of copies 

after all.