You think comic books are cool, but a statue from a videogame and watching the office are embarrassing...
I don't know dude
I just don't get 'em.
Bioshock Infinite has two versions:
Premium Edition ($79.99) comes with the game, a comic book (kinda cool if it has additional story I guess), DLC (pass), lithograph (pass), and a keychain (pass).
The Ultimate Edition is $149.99 and includes a Songbird statue. Seriously? I don't know what's more embarrassing, buying a video game statue a la Dwight Schrute's crystal wizard, or admitting that I watched the entire series of The Office?
That's a lot of money for tchotchkes.
I don't care how people spend their money, I've spent money on pretty stupid things from time to time, but what could game makers do to make these collector's editions more...worthwhile?
You think comic books are cool, but a statue from a videogame and watching the office are embarrassing...
I don't know dude
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It's never "worth it". It's just there to lure impulse buyers into making rash decisions that they will later regret.
And none of those things is more embarrassing than admitting I bought the Digital Deluxe edition of Sim City...
The only time i buy a special edition is usually when its something small, and comes with the OST/few others for ~$10 more.
$150 special editions are retarded
Only collector's edition of a game I have bought so far was for Infamous 2. There was a price error and it was the same price as the regular edition when it first came out. Otherwise I couldn't care less about buying them.
Only thing that makes a collectors edition worthwhile is an art book. The statues and all that crap usually just gather dust on the shelf anyway, but I'm a fan of video game art so I don't mind taking those down to look at every now and then.
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Depends on the CE and what you get. I usually liked the art books and the soundtracks with the Blizzard CEs.
So is that a no on Half life 3 collector's edition with inflatable Alyx?
Sounds like you have insecurity issues with your nerdness. There's nothing embarrassing about buying video game shit or watching the office.
Collector's Editions are awesome. This is the next one I'm picking up: http://www.gamestop.com/ps3/games/ta...edition/109114
I use alot of the ce items at my office.
They look nice.
Does it matter what anyone other than the owner of my company thinks? Nope.
Just because you are insecure doesn't mean there is something wrong with the product.
I will flay the skin from your flesh and the flesh from your bones and scrape your bones dry. And still you will not have suffered enough
i bought collector's edition once.
i regretted it forever.
I think the only collector's editions I ever bought are Starcraft 2 and HotS, simply because of how much time I spend playing those games. Witcher and Witcher 2 normal editions had more stuff included than most collector's I think, so I don't know if it counts. Bioshock Infinite digital preorder on GMG had Xcom, Bioshock 1 and Civ5/Specops/something included for 45 USD, so if there's anything to take away from this story it's that console gamers are getting ripped off.
Lol, I've hit a nerve. Being self-aware is entirely different than being insecure, in fact, quite the opposite seeing as I called myself out.
I don't give a shit what people want to spend their money on but $70 for a Songbird statue seems excessive to me. I think if developers are going to keep making CE's, they ought to be held to a higher standard considering what they are charging.
I think you're just disconnected from how much this type of thing actually costs. $70 is not that bad for how big that statue was and the quality level of it. I personally didn't get it since I had other shit to buy, but I definitely considered it.
I get the collector's edition of stuff because stupid people will pay big money for some stuff.
Example. Last year, some jack ass at a Gamestop here that has this stupid ass anime hair and talks 100mph a second.. dude's a real asshole and looks like a fag.
Anyway, I digress... He was talking about how he collects figurines and toys that come with games and there were some he didn't have. One of which was the Big Daddy when Bioshock was released. I happened to have one... so I told him I have one just sitting in my closet at home and he offered me $400 for it. So, I bought my game, ran home, went back and sure enough he handed me $400 for that stupid thing. Ever since then, I collect the collectors edition and sell them to people that have more money than sense.
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Others mentioned it also, but artbooks are what does it for me. Im such a whore for good artbooks that they are a pre-requisite for me deciding to spend the extra cash on a Collectors Edition. Include a good one and Ill throw down money on day 1 of pre-orders for it. Cosmetic stuff in game is nice but usually not enough to justify the extra cost. NIS is the worst offender by far, those guys know exactly how to milk that extra cash from me with their Collector's/Limited Edition stuff.
It's almost apples and oranges to compare the two, but if the statues/figures that come packed in with the Super Ultra Mega Deluxe editions or whatever are of good quality, they are more than worth the extra cash if you're into that sorta thing. Ive been collecting anime pvc figures for a while and price wise, the CE statues are pretty affordable by comparison.
Collector's editions are just the corporate machine preying on their consumers. They are the head-on-collision of a number of things:
- Expendable income
- Abundant (possibly unrealistic) enthusiasm and expectations for the product, where you actually convince yourself that the actual experience itself is heightened if you partake in all the ancillary bullshit
- Lack of social development, or being a hoarder/collector, where you just simply have to have everything in relation to a product you like
I guess you have to account for the wildcard of being an investor. They pick and choose certain products with the plan for resale, but most of these would be investors usually fall into a category above, but then have buyer's remorse.
Only CE ive gotten was the Arkham City with batman statue. Was totally worth it to me.
I really like the various statues that seem so common in CE's nowadays. I think it would be awesome to have a shelf/room in my house with them all on display.
That is, if I actually had any. I'm too poor to buy CE's. But hey, if you've got money to burn, why not?
Oh right, I bought ni no kuni wizard edition because it was a legitimately nice ass CE.
The book itself was worth it, and the soundtrack
I wouldnt buy xillia, as i think statues are retarded though haha
I've only bought Blizzard CEs. Normally I ignore them as they flat out aren't worth it. I love art books though so...
Last CE I bought was Baldur's Gate II. I don't get the appeal for them either, unless they're the same price and the CE stuff is considered a pre-order bonus (i.e. Dark Souls). Digital CE's are particularly hilarious and/or pathetic.
Digital CEs are the stupidest thing since the advent of paid DLC.
The only one I waffled on (and then ended up not getting) was the Skyrim CE. Later on I saw the Alduin statue one of my friends had and there was a very "god dammit" moment. I collect comic books, video gaming figurines but I drew that line at an Alduin statue. Yea, I don't get me either.
Considering how many versions of the Normandy I am sitting on, Alduin would have been a fine addition.
Edit: Wanted to say the BF sits on statues and other perks from games that he's never played. He scored some MGS headphones (Which is one of my favorite series) and the bioshock statue from the original CE and hasn't played either game. I'm slowly working on a work to incorporate them into my collection. What a dick.
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Biggest regret in buying a CE: Final Fantasy 14
Biggest regret in not buying a CE: Fallout 3
I buy CEs for game franchises I really enjoy and want to support more so they'll keep making them. Anything extra they include is just a perk really. But yea, I wouldn't pay $140 for one, that's kind of extreme. Nor would I display any video game statuettes around my house, that shit is just tacky.
I like posters and art books, so if the CE includes those, I'll probably end up buying it; otherwise, I have no desire to collect statues, soundtracks which I can pull from game files easily enough or find online, or any of the other nonsense that gets packaged with some CEs.
I buy Limited Editions sometimes because they're basically the main game plus soundtrack and include the future DLCs for free.
Only Collector's Editions I've really gotten in the past were World of Warcraft ones with the art book, except for a couple other console games. The Alan Wake CE was pretty cool (the case looks like a novel), and I got it for pretty cheap.
The only CE I've gotten of the few that I regret was Dead Space 2. They offered a replica Plasma Cutter and it was just a tiny die-cast piece of shit plastic toy. A 99 cent Matchbox car knock-off from a 7-Eleven is better quality.
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I buy the CE's for games that I enjoy that have both a statue/figurine or the like and at least one other item that I enjoy from CE's. The other items I like and will go for include all future dlc(specifically when its a game that will have a bunch from a company where I know the dlc is worth it), a zone or map only included with the CE or other exclusives that I will use(example Dark Messiah of Might and Magic you got 4 unique weapons in game from the CE, Neverwinter Nights 2 came with unique feat), real world items I will use(example Pool of Radiance Ruins of Myth Drannor came with a tabletop version, D&D dice with bag, F.E.A.R. came with a Dark Horse comic and Machinima movies), artbooks, signed and limited edition prints, lithographs, art or anything that is a limited run.
My game room has a 2 computers each with 3 monitors set up. I have a really nice gaming laptop, Ps3, Xbox 360, Wiiu, 2 huge 3-D televisions(including the so so awesome Panasonic TC-P55-VT50 all with touch screen remotes, several arcade games including a pc arcade cabinet with a huge catalog of arcade games and all old consoles and games on it, 4 pinball tables, ping pong table, poker table, pool table, bowling arcade game and air hockey. The reason I say all this is because this is where I put all my CE stuff. I put the statues on light pads or shelves if I like them enough. I put the art in cases on the wall if I like it enough. I put everything out in the game room that has to do with games basically. The last thing anyone cares about when they go in that room is how much of a nerd I am because I have video game paraphernalia everywhere in a room dedicated to fun gaming. They already realized how much of a dork/nerd/geek whatever you want to call it I am when they saw the room.
I don't see the issue with putting things out in your house/apartment if you like them. Gaming is one of my major hobbies and passions. I am going to represent that somehow in my house.
The one and only collectors edition I ever bought was Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and I couldn't even tell you why I did it. Possibly for the lightsaber keychain but who knows.
The only CEs I get are MMOs, because they generally come with ingame shit that I find useful(bigger bags, early mounts, xp boosts or whatever the fuck). If I can though I'll just grab a digital so I don't get a big box with statues and shit. I don't think I've ever bought a CE for anything else.
My point wasn't claiming anything besides why decorating the room with statues and other stuff from the CE. I will post some pictures at some point if you like I just wasn't trying to show off or anything. I was trying to prove a point.
What I want to know is where do you put all those nicknacks you get from the CE's? After several hundred special figurines/thingamajigs your place must be full of this crap.
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I bought the Legendary version of Halo Reach when it came out. Had some really great and well made stuff with it. The statue was really detailed and the journal of Dr.Halsey was also a great find in it. It actually is written and designed like an actual journal. Pretty sure there was an artbook and soundtrack as well.
I buy CE of the games I like the most because I like supporting the companies I know are good, and getting a few extras here and there. I almost always tend to buy CE's editions of every Blizzard game.
Maybe I'm not against CE's per se, but rather that I'm against tacky shit. I got a bobble head at a ballpark and it went right in the trash. I just couldn't bring myself to put it out.
There was a dude that posted on reddit showing off his living room (wish I still had the picture) and it was the gaudiest shit I had ever seen. Huge Master Chief statue in his living room.
I used to put posters from Spencer's on my wall when I was 14, but the shit is just tacky I guess. I want developers to do more than rely on overpriced tacky tchotchkes to drive revenue.
Nah man.. That is what people with taste think. We should really spawn a "Battle Station" thread and show how people set up their shit haha. Lifesized figured and gaming posters are tacky as hell
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