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Can Gamers Actually Give Up Pre-Ordering?

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Can gamers give up pre-ordering or have publishers won

We’ve all heard the rallying cry to give up pre-ordering games, but will gamers ever start voting with their wallets?

After the failed launches of Batman: Arkham Knight, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Diablo III, and many other games the battle against pre-ordering has been growing strong. Outlets like Kotaku and GameFront wrote up searing articles about why we should give up on pre-ordering games altogether. Echoing gamers belief that it encourages developers to ship a broken game because they already have your money.

That isn’t the only reason that gamers have it out for pre-orders, they also say the system encourages developers to lockout content that should have come on the disc. A recent example being the Harley Quinn story missions for Batman: Arkham Knight that gamers could only get by pre-ordering. Deals like that gamers say are making games shorter and more expensive at the same time. South Park summed up gamers argument against the system best:

So obviously pre-ordering games is bad and gamers are constantly claiming that they will “vote with their wallets” and not put money down on a game. Yet year after pre-orders still plague the industry with millions of players putting down money early for upcoming games. They can’t seem to give up all of the exclusive items and deals that publishers put on the table.

What hope does the industry have of breaking a bad habit like pre-ordering when gamers keep encouraging it? The sad thing is we may never know because those exclusive pre-order deals are more tempting than the far-off goal of fixing the industry.

Just like most other people are here, Ryan is very passionate about gaming and technology. When he's not writing about video games, you'll likely find him talking about the latest gadgets.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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