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A lot of people say they have soured on pre-orders and early access, but clearly a lot of people still pay up before knowing what they are getting. Under what circumstances will you pre-order or pay for early access?
I think most 'average' gamers do not really care if something is labelled early access.
I want to encourage companies to make games I like, not to make unimplemented sets of proposed features that I like. As such, I try to wait until the game is far enough along that I want to play it as it is before paying for it. That commonly means some months after launch.
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Personally the only modern MMORPG trend that annoys me is the idea that MMOs need to be designed in a way to attract people who don't actually like MMOs. Which to me makes about as much sense as someone trying to figure out a way to get vegetarians to eat at their steakhouse.- FARGIN_WAR
I wouldn't quite say "never". I'd be fine with paying for a game that stable, polished, and fun, but nominally in early access because the developers have unusual ideas of what should count as the official launch day.
I'll pre-order if it's from a series I like. I'd pre-order the next Splinter Cell, Division 2, and Wildlands as I have enjoyed what they've done so far. Everything else is wait and see or try out a free beta or free weekend.
Frequently. I have my own set of criteria that are independent of the masses or critics. But I enjoy supporting creative artists in all types of endeavors, and I pre-order projects across a range of genres, not simply in video games. Books, board games, tabletop games (the Expanse Kickstarter blew my mind; TAKE MY MONEY!), MMORPGs, scrollers, adventure games (playing Hero-U presently, from the folks who made the Quest for Glory games back in the day). I love supporting artists, and I enjoy watching projects unfold, as well as being able to be hands-on during development. Have I been let down a few times? Yep. So what. I've had some shitty hamburgers at some shitty restaurants in my life, but that doesn't stop me from loving hamburgers and eating them a few times per year and trying new ones at new places.
If I had a video snippet of Micheal Caine saying "Never", I would link it here.
Under what circumstances will you pre-order or pay for early access?
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