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Y4NK33 D00DL3 Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:46am
If a preorder bonus is before it unlocks, do we get it?
If a preorder bonus is before it unlocks, do we get it?
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DdYyLlAaNn Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:57am 
what?
Y4NK33 D00DL3 Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:57am 
helpppp
Y4NK33 D00DL3 Feb 26, 2013 @ 6:57am 
if a preorder bonus is in the range before it is unlocked and i preorder the game, do i get that preorder bonus?
Panic Fire Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:03am 
Originally posted by Y4NK33 D00DL3:
if a preorder bonus is in the range before it is unlocked and i preorder the game, do i get that preorder bonus?

If you preorder anytime before the game comes out you get all of the preorder bonuses.
Y4NK33 D00DL3 Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:04am 
thanks
-> VERY SERIOUS INDIVIDUAL <- Feb 26, 2013 @ 7:04am 
I assume you're asking if you still get the preorder bonus if it is already unlocked before you preorder it.

The answer is yes.
Ark of Truth Feb 26, 2013 @ 8:01am 
Originally posted by PanicFire:
Originally posted by Y4NK33 D00DL3:
if a preorder bonus is in the range before it is unlocked and i preorder the game, do i get that preorder bonus?

If you preorder anytime before the game comes out you get all of the preorder bonuses.

Considering all the bonus were unlocked before you even posed you will get all the bonus. You should be able to pre-order it right up to the last hour if not few minutes before it's release.

If the game was released but only rewards 1-2 were unlocked by the time it was then no one would end up getting reward 3.
Torasan Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:41am 
TotalBiscuit on Pre-Orders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y
Chris The Imp Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:42am 
Originally posted by Torasan:
TotalBiscuit on Pre-Orders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y
Shoooo troll
Panic Fire Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:46am 
Originally posted by Torasan:
TotalBiscuit on Pre-Orders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y

Lets review the preorder for tomb raider then

1. 10% off
2. reviews are already out
3. free game (still decent)
4. free day 1 dlc (saves more money if you do the dlc jive)
5. free day 1 multiplayer map dlc (again not great but meh)
6. preload for launch day

I fail to see how preordering is a bad thing right now.
Philshabear Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:20am 
i omly pre order games that i know are gonna be good
Chris The Imp Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:36am 
I only preorder when I have money... no no I don't preorder when I don't have money and since I always have money I preorder? PREORDER MAN... AWAY!!! :: flys off to save a kitten in a tree ::
Gegwedar Swiftfoot Feb 26, 2013 @ 5:09pm 
where do I get my unique game code for scavenger hunt? I pre purchased the game a while ago.
Crystal Mystical Feb 26, 2013 @ 10:55pm 
Originally posted by Torasan:
TotalBiscuit on Pre-Orders http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Uj4XIT1Y


Using TotalBiscuit to back up an argument is like trying to subpena God as your murder defense. No offense, but the guy is a complete troll that should not be taken seriously.
Citizen Badger Feb 27, 2013 @ 7:11am 
Originally posted by PanicFire:
Lets review the preorder for tomb raider then

1. 10% off
2. reviews are already out
3. free game (still decent)
4. free day 1 dlc (saves more money if you do the dlc jive)
5. free day 1 multiplayer map dlc (again not great but meh)
6. preload for launch day

I fail to see how preordering is a bad thing right now.

Let's critically analyze your review of the pre-order for Tomb Raider, then:

1) Amounts to, essentially, $6.00* saved on the Survival Edition. Less on the Standard Edition. Up until just the past few days, the reviews had not been out. Which means that the bulk of the pre-orders were entirely sight unseen. Sure, there was footage from the devs. That is marketing though, that is designed to cast the game in the best possible light. It in no way, and this is true of any dev, should be taken as representative of your experience with the game. They are trying to sell their product. You can't fault them for this. You also shouldn't readily accept everything at face value either. $6.00 savings to risk $50.00 on a potentially terrible game. That's not a lot of incentive. But, there are more rewards, let's move on!

*Or whatever it happens to be in your regional equivalent.

2) As above, very recent change and has not been the case for the bulk of the life span of this pre-order. Also, this is not a part of the pre-order. This is an effictive information tool to use in deciding to pre-order. Depending on review embargoes, not always available and deliberately so.

3) Lara Croft: Guardians of Light - A game released in 2010, which has been so heavily discounted on just about every Steam sale in recent memory that you could have bought it at almost any point in recent times for less than the cost of a sandwich. Yet, you don't own it. Be honest with yourself: you never wanted this game. Sure, it's "free," and free is good. But it isn't really free. The catch again is you need to put down a large amount of money on a game not yet released to get it. That's not so free. Instead of buying the game conventionally, you're buying it with the risk associated with buying an unfinished product.

4) Day One DLC: Why is it DLC? So they can have something to entice you to pre-order with. This is something that could and should be in the game baseline. Why is it not? So they can give you the feeling you've gotten something "extra" for pre-purchasing. If pre-order bonuses did not exist, this would just be "content" not "day one DLC." Further, look at all the different pre-order rewards. Game Stop, Best Buy, Amazon, and Wal-Mart. Each with their own pre-order rewards. If you want a "complete" version of the game you would have to buy four copies from different distributors to receive content which is only not in the game for everyone as a justification of pre-ordering. Sure, it's all pretty well optional and cosmetic. But if you didn't care, if you didn't want it, it wouldn't work as a pre-order bonus in the first place. It wouldn't be the incentive it clearly is.

5) DLC Map "Pack"* - From every review so far, the multiplayer is by some good measure the worst part of this game. From what I've been reading on numerous sources you could describle it as superfluous at best, bad at worst. That's neither a ringing endorsement of the game mode - it is Tomb Raider really, I'm hardly surprised tacked-on seeming multiplayer isn't a hit - nor a real strength behind this reward. A reward, which again, has no reason not to be in the base game except as a justification to sell pre-orders.

*I make use of quotation marks here because pack is typically a plural descriptor, and one map is clearly singular. However, that is an entire other discussion.


6) Pre-load the game - This is nice, don't get me wrong. But the last game I bought on Steam was installed and good to go inside 30 minutes. A $50.00 gamble for a bit of time convenience on install, that seems a little wonky on risk vs. reward to me. If the game is bad, are you really going to care how fast it installs? Not likely. Yes, this game is going to take a deal more than 30 minutes, but it's not an unbearable download at the rumoured 10gigs. My time is valuable. But my money is surely also valuable. In the time it takes to download most Steam games, I can easily find something to do. Oft times play other games on my Steam account, or run to the store so I don't have to interrupt a play session - with my newly downloaded game - later on. Bandwidth caps, which I deal with my own self, could be an arguement here. However the pre-load window is so small that the availability of pre-load and the release of the game will almost certainly fall within the same billing cycle so won't make any difference if you begin loading the game early or not, you won't be spreading the load over multiple cycles to avoid capping out.

Now, with 4 & 5 I'm pretty condemning of pre-purchase DLC rewards. Or at least seem to be. But I feel it can be done fairly. Day One DLC is a shady place. Is it stuff that would not have existed otherwise (cosmetic stuff that kept the art team busy while the game was getting shook down that had no chance of getting into the gold version?) or things that were legitimately stripped from the game to sell you separately or entice you to pre-purchase. It's not always clear what you're looking at. You can still do pre-order DLC "right." Look at Borderlands 2. Pre-purchase the game, receive Mechromancer. This is something that retails at $9.99 (as a single reward comparison is a higher value than the single reward of 10% off the top you get on TR). This is also something that was not finished before the game, and had no way of being. It was giving you the first piece of legitimate DLC "free." Just so long as you took a risk on the pre-purchase.


Really, that's what the whole issue with pre-purchases comes down to: weak to moderate returns for the consumer, significant benefit to the publisher. Not even the dev, no, the publisher. It sets up a chance for abuse. Not every pre-order is bad. But most aren't that great.

It really seems many people I see who are anti-anti-pre-purchase, like Chris the Imp, are just reactionaries who feel like being cautioned against pre-purchases is infringing on their freedom to be irrational idiots. That's not to say the other side isn't a little extremist either. While no one pre-purchasing would actually be "safest" and "better" for all, the reality is that people are going to do it. Just do it smartly.

Full Disclaimer: I have pre-purchased Tomb Raider. I did so after reading numerous reviews from trusted sources who's opinions I know enough to 'calibrate' to my own taste. But I still understand that I am taking a risk with my money, that for everything else may end up being a game that I just don't gel with. I know I'm taking this risk, and I know exactly what I'm getting from it, which honestly isn't that much. But just enough.
This game looks great. Fantastic, even. I would be genuinely surprised it it turned out anything but amazing. It still could though, until the game is released and in our hands the potential always exists.

Last edited by Citizen Badger; Feb 27, 2013 @ 7:26am
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