If it's crap ... We'll tell you
When I woke up this morning and fired up the old newsfeeds, the last thing I expected was that within five minutes I would loathe all of mankind. First the good news:
Yes, that's Tim Drake as a playable character for the challenge rooms in Arkham City. Then I read the fine print from the folks at Best Buy:
So now I'm afraid that human civilization will need to be destroyed. Yes, hold your loved ones close and pray to whatever diety suits you, because it is now my duty to usher in a thousand years of darkness and pain.
But let's talk for a second about pre-order bonuses before I unleash Armageddon. Here we are in the far flung year of 2011. I'm still pissed that cars don't fly and I don't have a lightsaber, but that's a whole other rant. Here we are in an age of technological wonder where beautiful, sophisticated content can instantly be delivered to our screens 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we are expected not only to leave the house, drive to the store, and buy the game, oh no! We are expected to put money down beforehand and then go BACK to pick the game up when it comes in! What other industry does this? Movies don't offer you 10 minutes of additional footage if you buy the new Harry Potter movie six months before it comes out! Brick and mortar stores love to whine and complain about how Steam and digital distribution is killing their business, well I've got news for you folks: this isn't the way to win back the hearts and minds of gamers.
I honestly don't think I'd be this upset if this was just a Best-Buy exclusive. I would go pay an extra $10 from my normal Gamefly purchase to get me some Tim Drake action. Wait a minute, that didn't come out right. But seriously, the mere concept of pre-ordering something has always been totally and completely ridiculous to me. This is a store, right? You guys do sell games, don't you? But maybe I'm overreacting. What do you guys think? I've been anti pre-order for so long now, that merely typing the words makes me feel dirty. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got unleash the Apocalypse. How? Well... let's just say there's a reason I don't shave very often.
Here's a new Terraria Trailer that may save humanity.