What I want to see in a special edition
Ok, with the Night-Vision goggle set for Modern Warfare, we've officially gotten into crazy territory here (anyone else feel weird typing goggles. I feel I should be typing Google). Special Collector's Editions are becoming the norm, and what was once a fairly uncommon sight is now almost mandatory for every AAA release. Even new IPs and franchises are getting them, but why?Well, all these special pre-order trinkets are there to make you more likely to spend your money on a game, pure and simple. A publisher knows that goodies entice people to buy games and if a significant number of games are pre-ordered, that alone can green-light a sequel. If you're sitting on the fence, unable to decide whether or not to purchase a new title, then giving you some extra crap may just change your mind. And I'm not going to lie, it's worked on me. Some extra goodies have helped tip me into getting some games, but it's also solidified my resolve in getting some new titles. But I don't think I've ever really been 100% happy with a special edition, because there's always been something that wasn't quite right or delivered on my own (probably bloated) expectations. So what would I like to see in a really good special edition?
I know this might sound silly, but if you put something into the collector's edition that I can find a practical use for in my day to day life, I'd be very happy. I use the duffel bag that came with GTA IV to carry my gym clothes; I actuallly use my Fallout 3 lunchbox to carry my sandwiches to work. Things like these can be given day to day uses and that makes them enticing to me. Now I'm sure some of you will be using the night-vision goggles when you get them, and that's cool. I can't really see myself using them in any kind of legal way, so maybe it's best not to be in the way of temptation. So how about something like a USB memory stick (like Forza 3
), flashlight (yeah, tell me they won't do this with Alan Wake) or even just something simple like a nice pen. Just something you can use would be great, instead of another statuette, but I'm probably only saying that because my cat knocked over my big daddy figurine and broke it's leg!!
So, Special Limited Edition Collectors' Editions then? Waste of money? Potential Squandered? A Must-have? What do you guys think?