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Borderlands Ballot: Is This What Pre-Orders Are Coming To?

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Do you like Borderlands? I do. I usually don’t post angry rant style articles but I am pretty annoyed at this situation. I am not sure why this bugs me so much, maybe it’s because I spent most of 2014 pre-ordering games that didn’t work at launch. Maybe it’s because I spent most of today downloading an 18gb update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection which still doesn’t work. I don’t know why, but I am pissed off.

Let me back up a bit and explain what’s happened.

The other day while doing my normal browsing of the internets, I came across Borderlands: The Handsome Collection. I was stoked, albeit a little skeptical after the aforementioned Halo situation, among others. But nevertheless I was excited. I was late to the Borderlands party, never really played the first one and only recently got into Borderlands 2 and The Pre-Sequel. I am also enjoying Tales From The Borderlands a fair bit (technically not a Borderlands game but still). Putting my worries about whether or not the game will work at launch aside, I am annoyed about an email I got from EB Games today regarding pre-orders for The Handsome Collection.

My phone only displays a snippet of an email when I get the notification and yesterday morning I was giddy and intrigued when I saw “Join the Borderlands…” and “You’ve been selected for…” thinking it would be some sort of promotional thing, like a beta maybe. Unfortunately when I opened the email it revealed that I had been selected for a chance to pre-order a copy of the Claptrap In A Box Edition which features an RC Claptrap. What the hell.


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A chance to pre-order? Are you kidding me EB? I thought the whole point of limited/special editions was first come first serve? Who does this benefit? The people that can afford to drop $500 on a limited edition game will more than likely be staking out the site, just waiting for it to go up. I feel like they are doing this just so they can register/secure interest before ordering the whole lot. Even that doesn’t make sense though.

I had at least three double takes before realizing that I was, in fact not reading it wrong. So basically if I want the game I have to put down $50 and then they’ll let me know if I owe them another $50, or $450? It’s so stupid. Just let the people who want to pre-order it do so. When it runs out it runs out. I almost missed out on the Limited Edition Majora’s Mask New 3DS XL, had I been 15 minutes later I wouldn’t have gotten one. Would I have been upset? Yes, but I don’t think a raffle would have made me any happier, I just would have felt like I was taking someone’s console who probably was up at 6am waiting for it to appear on the site.

I have missed out on countless limited editions in the past. The Link Between Worlds 3DS XL, the 25th Anniversary 3DS, the Pikachu 3DS XL, Titanfall with the statue, Destiny with the Dinklebot and the ultra cool Halo 4 Xbox slim. Not once did I sit back after missing out and go “damn, I wish this was a raffle instead, that way I’d still have a chance. I usually sit back and go “damn, I should have gotten up earlier than 2pm and actually made an effort. But oh well, whoever beat me to it deserves it!” which is a much more likely response isn’t it? Maybe I’m weird.

In any case I have decided not to pre-order the game at all. I don’t want to be pre-ordering Halo 6 and have a limited edition be available but only if you enter a draw on the off chance you may win. Limited edition games, like movies and a number of other things are all about how much you love them. It’s the dedication of lining up in the cold to go to a midnight launch, it’s the saving up for weeks to pay for the version that comes with the statue and it’s the carefully planning your day around going online to pre-order that make it special. It’s a rewarding feeling and it’s something I love about gaming. I think it should be first come first serve and that’s it.

Do you think I’m crazy? Is this how you want to see more games being released in the future? Or do you agree with me? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @pikalew

– L

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