By DefaultGen 11 Comments
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).
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."