Not Included: Guarantee Of Actual Limited Availability, Coping Methods For Buyer’s Remorse, A Better Game
A.K.A. EXPLORING YET ANOTHER RUSE COMPANIES USE TO TRICK PEOPLE INTO BUYING THINGS
I’ve always found collector’s editions a little weird. Just the name “collector’s edition” seems odd, like this is something just made to torment OCD collectaholics such as myself. It’s not a “special” edition or even necessarily a “limited” edition, it’s a collector’s edition. You don’t see many collector’s editions for things other than modern video games.
I know there are movies, books and CD’s out there that come in collector’s editions, but they’re usually rereleases of classic or already well liked things. And when they’re not, it’s usually for over marketed crap like Transformers 3. With games it seems like every big budget title gets a collector’s edition at launch these days. And this seems to be a recent trend. Last generation a collector’s edition game was fairly uncommon, and usually only happened after the game was proven to be a success.
Also pre-order bonuses seem to be a bigger trend this generation as well. Last generation the only pre-order bonus I remember was if you pre-ordered The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker, you’d get a second disc with every other Zelda game that ever appeared on a home console (minus the CDi ones which we are never to speak of). Now every game seems to have something you can only get from pre-ordering at GameStop, and if don’t you’ll lose it forever, or something.
So why the sudden upswing in all this collectible and limited time offer crap? Maybe it’s a sign of just how much more popular games have gotten in the last few years. But I’m a bitter old coot, so I think all this collectible super special limited time pre-order only nonsense is just another ploy companies use to prey on their customers’ compulsive tendencies to make more money.
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