So I ended up ordering MK for Vita on the Best Buy site because if you pre-order in full with them you get $5 off and I know that I want to get the game day 1. I usually never pay in full when I pre-order unless I get something out of it or I want to get it out of the way so I can properly organize my finances for the upcoming months.
@zyn: Well yes online the term is usually pre-purchase since you are essentially giving the site permission to charge you for the product once it ships but when you pre-order from like a Gamestop and give them $60 it's still called a pre-order on the receipt, at least where I live.
I use to, but one time my pre order reservation got mixed up, & game stop said they had no record of the transaction. It took me over a month to clear it up, but I got my money back. Since then, I only put down $20, because if it happens again, I'll just eat the $20 instead off putting up with the same runaround.
I prepurchase stuff on steam all the time. If it's a console game I'll pre-order off amazon, but you don't get charged until release, people that go to games stores amuse me, how quaint. Clearly i'm not the only one as GAME is basically dead over here, good riddance.
I pre-order all the time - I don't know about America but here in the UK they only take the money out of the account on the day they dispatch it - they don't even take deposits. So technically I don't actually transfer money until at earliest 3 days before release day.
I have only ever paid in full when doing a preorder. I also generally only preorder a game a week before it is released. Sometimes you get fucked over though, like when the US dollar took a shit and exchange rates changed the price I paid early was higher than the release day price.
I never pre-order my games, I tend to be a very patient person when it comes to getting them. :D
The one and only game I ever pre-ordered was Homeworld 2.
..... And it turned out to be a major letdown. This may explain why that was the first and last time I ever pre-ordered a game. :P
I do it on Steam if I have the money now and I know I'm going to want the game so I can start pre-loading ASAP, but it's been a while since there was a brand new game I couldn't wait to get. I don't buy console games new any more because it's too much of a hassle driving into the city to pick them up and not worth the extra price in gas to go out of my way to pick them up. Ordering them online is pointless since they don't show up until a good week or so past the release date. If I have to wait that long I will just wait for it to go on sale for $20-$30. Plus, I can't remember the last time I was really excited for a console only game that I was willing to buy it at full price.
Living in the far flung future of 2-3 years ago with Steam and Digital Distribution has spoiled me.
I don't preorder games in any way. I have low faith in humanity. I'd rather wait and let some other people play it first and then decide if it is worth full price a week later. Maybe I'll miss out on some stupid weapon or something, but so far I haven't felt like I missed out on a huge deal.