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Thursday, June 15, 2006

[Unnamed Konami Title] - Preoder Today!

According to 1UP, you can pre-order your very own copy of the Final Fantasy VII Remake for the PS3, which according to them is to be released in the month of December. Just another strike against the idea of pre-ordering your games, whether it be online or in stores.

The idea of the FF7 remake has been circulating since the PS3 tech demo showing the game's opening sequence at E3 last year. Currently, according to Square Enix, the Final Fantasy VII remake is not going to happen. But that won't stop stores from letting you pre-order the game.

Companies that sell video games will do anything to make a sale, even if that means allowing pre-orders for games with little or no knowledge about them available to the public. Case in point, in late February, I went to a local Blockbuster, only to see that you could pre-order the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, which at that time had like 10 screenshots online and no release date. But you could have it when it comes out, whenever that was. It's almost like preordering Duke Nukem Forever in 1997 before they announced a release date. Plus, because there was no news about Twilight Princess, there would be no guarantee that you would like the gameplay is, let alone like the game.

I understand that preordering games in order to make sure you get your game is not a bad idea (I've done it a few times), but I think that stores should only allow preordering about a month or so in advance, or at least when there is a definite release date. That way, you know when the game is coming out, you know what the game is about, and you will get it the day it comes out. But businesses are all about money, and they will do anything in their power to get your money, even if it means allowing you to pre-order almost a year in advance on a game that may or may not even exist.

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