We need more collector's edition games, not tin boxes

As I was browsing Gamestop today, I noticed a ton of 'Collector's Edition' Xbox 360 games on their used shelf, which of course at Gamestop are all priced the same as the normal edition games, a good thing I suppose. My problem was that, there were loads of them; in some cases more than the standard edition of the game. What's going on here? I thought Collector's Editions were for... well you know... collectors or at least people who love the game they are purchasing. All the CE games I saw on the shelves had a tin box, a bonus DVD with some crap on it, and at the very most they were supposed to come with a figure.  (Gamestop didn't have the figures believe it or not).

How many of you buy CEs and never watch the extra disc?
Case Study: Devil May Cry 4. Snazzy tin case? Check. Bonus DVD? Check. Art book? Maybe check depending on your region. Anything unique? Nothing at all! Everything in here was factory pressed, you don't get anything to differentiate you from the masses and in 6 months you'll find this up there on the Gamestop used shelves for $10, the same price that DMC4 regular edition will be. Why? Because there's nothing special about it. If they ever run out of stock of these, they can just print some more up. A collector's edition game should be just that, something for collectors; something special; something very unique. It shouldn't be something with just as big a print run as the standard
Useless "collectible" content.
game where the developer is just trying to milk another $10-20 out of the average idiot who thinks the bonus content is worth that much. Call that crap "Bonus Edition" or "Extended Edition" and for god's sake dont' call something "Limited Edition" if it has a print run of 50,000!

So you're probably wondering what my ideas are for a true collector's edition game? I could say have the development staff sign each copy by hand and walk a way, but that's far too easy, and signed games aren't anything special. How about this, include an art book drawn by hand by the artists themselves. Include an alpha or beta build of the game on a separate disc. Include an actual animation cel or concept sketch that wasn't used in the game. Have an artist hand draw the box art. Include a CD of music and sound FX that didn't make it into the game, and make each disc unique so that the owner will be the only person who has those tracks. Print up 30 copies, charge $450 each for them. This is the crap that would make a game 'Collector's Edition.' Would it make you any money? Nothing compared to what you would get with a simple "making-of" DVD and a fancy box for $10 above MSRP, but if you're going to call a game Collector's Edition and it's just a worthless overpriced copy of the same game, rename it to something more suiting like "Dumbass Edition."
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Posted by DefaultGen

As I was browsing Gamestop today, I noticed a ton of 'Collector's Edition' Xbox 360 games on their used shelf, which of course at Gamestop are all priced the same as the normal edition games, a good thing I suppose. My problem was that, there were loads of them; in some cases more than the standard edition of the game. What's going on here? I thought Collector's Editions were for... well you know... collectors or at least people who love the game they are purchasing. All the CE games I saw on the shelves had a tin box, a bonus DVD with some crap on it, and at the very most they were supposed to come with a figure.  (Gamestop didn't have the figures believe it or not).

How many of you buy CEs and never watch the extra disc?
Case Study: Devil May Cry 4. Snazzy tin case? Check. Bonus DVD? Check. Art book? Maybe check depending on your region. Anything unique? Nothing at all! Everything in here was factory pressed, you don't get anything to differentiate you from the masses and in 6 months you'll find this up there on the Gamestop used shelves for $10, the same price that DMC4 regular edition will be. Why? Because there's nothing special about it. If they ever run out of stock of these, they can just print some more up. A collector's edition game should be just that, something for collectors; something special; something very unique. It shouldn't be something with just as big a print run as the standard
Useless "collectible" content.
game where the developer is just trying to milk another $10-20 out of the average idiot who thinks the bonus content is worth that much. Call that crap "Bonus Edition" or "Extended Edition" and for god's sake dont' call something "Limited Edition" if it has a print run of 50,000!

So you're probably wondering what my ideas are for a true collector's edition game? I could say have the development staff sign each copy by hand and walk a way, but that's far too easy, and signed games aren't anything special. How about this, include an art book drawn by hand by the artists themselves. Include an alpha or beta build of the game on a separate disc. Include an actual animation cel or concept sketch that wasn't used in the game. Have an artist hand draw the box art. Include a CD of music and sound FX that didn't make it into the game, and make each disc unique so that the owner will be the only person who has those tracks. Print up 30 copies, charge $450 each for them. This is the crap that would make a game 'Collector's Edition.' Would it make you any money? Nothing compared to what you would get with a simple "making-of" DVD and a fancy box for $10 above MSRP, but if you're going to call a game Collector's Edition and it's just a worthless overpriced copy of the same game, rename it to something more suiting like "Dumbass Edition."
Posted by Bucketdeth

I agree with you 100%, almost all the collector's editions I see arn`t worth anything, and even though I`m not a big collector, I would like to see some real collector'd edition games.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

None of that will ever happen. People are in it for the money most of the time, not pleasing the fans. Besides, I'm happy with my art books and figurines.

Posted by psmgamer

I rarely purchase collector's edition games mostly because most are not worth paying $10-$20 more than the regular edition.

Posted by zitosilva

I do agree that most collector's edition right now are pure crap, but I don't agree on putting unique things like art books and soundtracks JUST for the people that bought the SE. We could want to buy those separately if it's interesting enough. Things like a special packaging (like Master Chief's helmet) or figurines are good enough.
Having said that I have to add that I've never bought a collector's edtion, and I'll probably never will.

Posted by ParanoidFreak

Collector's Editions are pointless, but they will continue to sell them as long as there is easy money to be made.

Posted by RHCPfan24

The last collector's edition I got that I felt wasn't overpriced and had enough content was the BioShock CE. The extra disc and soundtrack were cool, but the miniature Big Daddy figurine was what made it awesome. And it was only $10 more.

Posted by Optiow

I agree.
There is nothing diffrent about the collectors edition games than they look more important.

Posted by starfox444

Check out DJ Max games collectors editions, they know the way!

heres a list of the special edition of DJ Max Black Square with me adding some explanations

The DJ Max Portable Black Square Limited Edition Pack (Quattr4) contains:

DJ Max Portable Black Square game.
DJ Max Portable Black Square Original Soundtrack (4 Disc)
ILLUSION DJ Max Metro Project Visualisation Book -Art Book
BS24 Portable Speakers- not super duper high quality
BS Edition Bandana
Special Gift from SON OF SUN ("Lucky" Board pot) - it grows into a lucky 4 leaf clover
2009 PENTAVISION New Year's Card
Platinum Crew DJ Max Technika Membership card-  lets you get special DLC
NB Rangers 3D paper figurine

And that is for a rythm game for the psp. I would get the price for you guys to see but its sold out :(

http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-bj-77-1-49-en-15-DJ+Max+Black+Square-70-36dp.html

it has piccies if you want to see.

Posted by Kazona

I definitely agree with you that the majority of Collector's Editions are utter garbage. In fact I only have two of them, and one of them I only got because it was discounted. The other one was Fallout 3, which wasn't really a CE, but a pre-order that gave me a cool figurine.

But going as far as saying that every CE should be unique and good enough to warrant charging $450? I think that's taking the whole thing too far. It should have more than just a making of dvd or a generic artbook, but you simply can't demand that the publisher or developer takes time out of their already tight schedules to put together 30 unique Collector's or Limited Editions. Besides, I think having a mere 30 is really too few and such a high price point will alienate too many people from buying it. What do I think is a good Collector's Edition? Well something like the Halo 3 one was pretty sweet (the one with the helmet .

Posted by psmgamer

$450 seems a bit high for a Collector's Edition and making them unique just defeats the purchase. I get what your saying to get more bang for your buck but with what CE come with now like an artbook, soundtrack, t-shirt, making of DVD, figurine, or poster should really depend on the person if you consider it worth your extra $10 or more. I got a free poster and soundtrack for Fallout 3  but those were preorder bonuses so you can't call that a CE really. The only CE that I have is Resistance Fall of Man 2 mostly because I liked the first the game and didn't like the artwork cover on the regular edition plus for the making of blu-ray, artbook, and the chimeria figurine. I have the speical edition of GTA4 only beause I got it at a discounted price at Target for $44 instead of paying $80 something. What would I consider a good Collector's Edition? Depends something like a throwback level or ability to play the previous games from the series like throw them on a disc.