It’s hard to resist pre-ordering a game when you have been waiting excitedly for its release, but there are a few reasons why you should contain your excitement and hold off on spending your money.


Fallout 4 Logo

The trailer for “Fallout 4” didn’t reveal many video game specifics, causing wary in some customers. (

1. Lack of information

When you pre-order a game, you are putting money towards something that has yet to be released to the public. Because of this, you don’t always know much about the game you are purchasing in advance. By pre-ordering a game you know little about, you have to rely on your trust in the company that the game is everything you hope it will be.


Bethesda recently announced that their game, “Fallout 4” will be coming to stores at an undisclosed time, yet the option to pre-order is already available. A trailer for the game accompanied the announcement, but little gameplay was shown. Fans of the series that pre-order “Fallout 4″ will be putting their faith in Bethesda to keep the quality of the “Fallout” name intact, without any evidence that they will.


Screen shot of game where the character details were corrupted.

Glitches and bugs in character design are among the many potential problems games may have when released prior to announced. (

2. Compromises game quality

Game developers are able to make millions of dollars off of games that are riddled with problems because of pre-order sales. When “Assassins Creed: Unity” was announced, many were excited for the series’ latest installment and pre-ordered the game. When the game was finally released, many found glitches and bugs that created a heap of issues.


Characters in the game were missing faces, crowds of people appeared out of nowhere, and glitched characters were floating awkwardly. Because of pre-orders, the developers made money off of this glitched game before the public had a chance to see its flaws. Pre-ordering a game prior to the announcement of its release date yields a huge risk.


3. It’s unnecessary

There was a time when it was common for physical copies of newly released games to sell out in stores, making pre-ordering a necessary practice. Today, physical copies of games are bought far less often with the easy access to digital game downloads. In 2014, DFC Intelligence provided a market research report that showed 92 percent of PC game sales around the world were purchased digitally. The infinite copies of digital downloads have made pre-ordering games far less useful than it once was.


It’s tempting to purchase an unreleased game when you have been waiting years for it to come out, but before you do, make sure you understand that the game you get early may not actually be worth the bargain.


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