I despair! I am not a fan of the UK retailer GAME, the games are over-priced and the staff are next to useless, however it is often the only option I have in the high street now.
A few months back I pre-ordered Halo4. I don't often pre-order games, in fact this year I have only pre-ordered Mass Effect 3 and Borderlands 2. Halo 4 will be the last pre-order I make this year.
Any hoo, against my better judgement I pre-ordered at GAME rather than one of the numerous and more reliable online retailers that I use, because GAME has better pre-order bonuses than anywhere else. Pre-orders are farcical in GAME IMO, there is often two ways you can do it, 1: register your name down for a standard copy and you will get a text on the day of release saying the game is available for pick-up and will be held for 48 hours or 2: You can place a £5 deposit for a limited edition version if that particular game has it and get the same text, but secure in the knowledge that you will get your hands on the special edition with all the goodies if you are that way inclined. (Personally, those packs generally have no interest for me).
Way back when I chose the first pre-order option for Halo 4 they were trying to get me to go for the £5 deposit option despite them, at the time, not knowing what the limited edition version contained or how much it would cost. Seriously? Who in their right mind would place a deposit down for something that they have no idea what it is, or how much it will end up costing them? If anyone does this... then you are an idiot.
I have been looking for the past few days for my pre-order slip so that I can redeem my order in the next few days when the game is released. I have been unable to find it. I went in to the store today to find out if I had definitely pre-ordered and I hadn't just passed out at some point and dreamt it. It seems I have pre-ordered, but in the interim between me doing that and now, it seems that GAME has now added a 3rd edition option to Halo4. The "specialisation edition" - the edition I thought I had pre-ordered a few months back!! The staff STILL do not know how much the specialisation edition will cost, or what is contained in it, but wanted me to put a deposit down any way. I enjoy Halo, but I am not insane.
I am not sure what the point of this blog is really, but I am feeling a little anxious about my pre-order. I made it with the understanding of a certain thing and now it seems that has changed. The lack of knowledge of the staff is infuriating because now I am not sure exactly what I have pre-ordered, and I strongly suspect it isn't what I thought. Still, I suppose at least I didn't put any money down for it and I am free to go elsewhere if it isn't what I thought.
What do you guys think? Do you make pre-orders? Do you pay deposits (although me potentially calling you an idiot may put you off answering that truthfully ) Also, what do you think of pre-order bonuses? I find them infuriating! The idea in principle is a good one, but I end up poring over different sites trying to understand what they all are and whether they are worth having or not (more often than not they aren't).