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Do You Preorder?

Posted by Stropp on April 5, 2013

The last game I preordered was Age of Conan. At least that’s the last game I remember preordering.

I haven’t done so since, not because of any issues with preordering games, or the games themselves but simply because I haven’t felt the need to do so. Although I have felt a tinge of jealousy from time to time with players getting into the head start periods just before a game officially opens to the masses. Especially when I read blog posts from other bloggers who are all having a fine old time.

I guess the other factor holding me back from the preorder purchase is the old adage never play on launch (or patch) day. That was strongly reinforced with the recent Simcity debacle, but has been a part of playing MMORPGs since the early days. That initial influx of tens of thousands of players hitting the servers for the first time really tests how well a developer has put together their code. While recent years that has got better, memories remain of disastrous launches that finally settled down after some weeks or months.

At one time I figured that since MMO development was a really new field, that developers would eventually develop the tools and knowledge to ensure smooth launches, and for the most part I think they have, even if one of those tools is putting players in massive queues. But game software network development on large scales is still somewhat inexact, and the bigger companies capable of developing and marketing AAA games appear to want the best of both worlds: low initial spending on server hardware, but still grabbing as many players as they can as early as they can.

It all boils down to the fact that you can’t be guaranteed a bug-free gaming session, or even getting past the queue, on launch day.

How about you, do you preorder, or do you prefer to wait?

Bioware You Vex Me

Posted by Stropp on December 7, 2011

Bioware why do you taunt me so?

Having participated in the SWTOR weekend tests, I do think that I would love to play this game, at least running one of classes through the story to the end. But I cannot. Australia is not in the list of launch territories. I even checked with my local EB Games the other day, and they don’t have a date at all for the Star Wars The Old Republic release in Oz.

So it is looking like post February for an Aussie release.

So it is quite vexxing to receive an email from Bioware saying that if I can preorder I can get into the early access. They even provide a preorder link. Of course if I do try to preorder, EA Origin will stop me.

Sigh.

 

Fallen Earth Is Steamed

Posted by Stropp on September 19, 2009

Fallen Earth LLC has just announced that Fallen Earth is now available for preorder on Steam.

Here’s the press release thingy. Fallen Earth on Steam.

If you pre-order through Steam you’ll get a special t-shirt which adds some bonuses to your harvesting skills, as well as giving a bonus to the social skill. That will help with getting some discounts by NPC merchants.

If you want this bonus, or any of the others for that matter, you’d better hurry. The game officially releases in just 2 days and a half days and the preorder is then gone.

For a list of all the ways to buy and preorder Fallen Earth and all the bonuses you can get, see here:  Buy Fallen Earth.

BTW, just for disclosure, none of these links are of the affiliate kind if you’re wondering.

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