Game Not Included (The Jimquisition)

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Let’s talk about collector’s editions, specifically the ones that aren’t really collector’s editions.

You shouldn’t be able to call a box of garbage an “edition” of anything, but welcome to the game industry, where Bethesda, EA, and Microsoft have been doing just that.

Ugicywapih
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Ugicywapih
I’ve watched this vid late, so the comment will probably pass unnoticed, but here’s a thought: Sunken cost fallacy. The explanation for a dizzying array of special editions provided with today’s AAA titles is usually a deliberate attempt at confusion, in belief that that will somehow provide additional immediate profit, somehow, but ultimately I imagine most folks willing to drop well over a hundred bucks for cheap memorabilia are at the very least willing to do a little research into the subject matter, if it’s convoluted enough that they can’t make sense of it at a glance. That being said,… Read more »
Jezzy
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Jezzy

Jim’s apparently channeling the avaricious Agent Orange from DC Comics at the end there. Your collection of merchandise wouldn’t happen to include an orange lantern, would it?

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio
The only value I have ever seen in Collectors Editions is when they include a hard copy of the game map. This used to be standard practice for games with massive land mass but once games manufacturers realized they could package some crappy cardboard art books, a cheap plastic statue or toy and some random bits of toss they could make a lot more money off that map. I would be happy to purchase and edition with an included map that doesn’t include the rest of the garbage even at a ridiculous markup like $10 because I don’t have the… Read more »
Kirk Hammer
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Kirk Hammer
I see the appeal of getting this kind of stuff *after* a game comes out and you know you want more of it, versus putting down $100+ before the game comes out. Like I played and really enjoyed Far Cry 3, and I wanted a specific thing from the collector’s edition so I ended up buying a copy of the collector’s edition minus the game for £10 off eBay, but if you’d told me to buy that stuff beforehand, well, why would I want something to commemorate a game I hated? I really think there’s a good potential market for… Read more »
Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I’ve bought 3 CEs in my entire life.
Morrowind – little pewter statue of an Ordinator
Oblivion – a Septim coin
Warhammer Online – a hardcover comic book, art book, and a tabletop miniature that was ruined in transit.

Benj
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Benj

I am completely the opposite of the target audience for this stuff.

I have read the ASOIAF series maybe 10 times (and watched GOT through several times with different people). My Harry Potter books are so well read that they’re falling apart and I marathon the extended editions of Lord of the Rings with a group of Uni friends a couple of times a year.

But I have absolutely ZERO merchandise for ANY of these series. Not a mug, not a bookmark, not even a pair of novelty socks!

TheDovah
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TheDovah
So, the entire point of the collector’s edition is no longer about getting a game and a lot of stuff with it but instead, the crap only? Just why? When did the idea of buying a game regardless of edition become obselete? Oh. Oh, it’s because publishers are becoming utter greedy [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]. I mean, if it is no longer safe to assume that a bloody steelbook case contains, well, the game, then that is a waste of cheap metal. Even some “Soundtracks” are half arsed. Usually a pitiful selection and that’s it. If there is a case, naturally, one… Read more »
Greene Scott
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Greene Scott

Didn’t know this was a thing, stopped buying collector’s edition years back, yikes.

Benj
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Benj

Have you been brave enough to ask any of these big muscular wrestling dudes out for a date yet?

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

There are also the deluxe editions which contain significant extra content that is only available to a specific edition such as the deluxe edition of Before the Storm that locked the bonus episode behind an extra paywall. A bonus edition which had nothing else going for it was purely an excuse to milk extra money out of fan’s of the original.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
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I’m starting to get the impression that Jim has way more toys than the children in his home. And all I have to say to that is; double the fuck down, dude! Kids never appreciate these things properly anyway! Hell…take their toys for yourself too! Teach them the evils of capitalism the hard way 😉

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

From a sheer “I have only so much money” stance: I have to want the game enough to justify the tat. If the game isn’t included, I can’t justify the tat.

It really is as simple as that, Games Industry.

Anton
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Anton
As terrible of a value proposition as these tend to be, I honestly don’t see the issue. Unlike the scummy practices with lootboxes and season passes, CEs can be passed over without impacting the base game experience. If anything, the obviously bad deal that these things present is a good thing, because it makes the decision to not buy them quick and easy. That being said, part of me does wish these things were better made and really enhanced the purchase of a new game. Maybe some kind of actually premium item, shipped with the GOTY edition of a game… Read more »
AnotherSheepGamer
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AnotherSheepGamer

But Collector’s Editions allow us to get unique and special items that the rest of gamers will never get the joy of owning. Even if you get the stuff from Ebay or secondhand, the joy and wonder experienced from properly supporting developers provides a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Sounds to me that you’re jealous that you don’t have cool things, like a Halo 3 Master Chief helmet that you can’t wear, or a Dark Souls 2 statue (Both of which I own). Try not being a penny pincher and instead try to support your favorite games.