Why I’m Not Preordering Physical Copies of Video Games Anymore

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Before you read any further, I want to stress that this post is going to be about issues which are ultimately first world problems to the nth degree. I really don’t like writing about this kind of stuff, especially since I’m no longer an idiot teenager who doesn’t know how the world works, but I’m so frustrated that writing is probably the best way of coping right now. Plus, this can serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be considering doing the same thing as me. Needless to say, if you don’t want to hear about someone complaining about poor financial decisions, FOMO, and first world problems, then you’ll probably want to read something else.

As you can probably guess from the title, I’ve had some problems recently with game purchases involving physical copies. But it’s more a combination of different issues that made me realize that I could have made this all so much easier for myself. I haven’t been ranting or raving on social media because the situation could be much worse, but it’s not great.

If you’ve been reading the blog or follow me on social media, then you know that I’m a huge fan of Final Fantasy. Yesterday was a huge day for the franchise in that after 10 long years of development, Final Fantasy XV is finally out for everyone to enjoy. Everyone except me that is. Back in March, I pre-ordered my copy of Final Fantasy XV, in the form of the very expensive Ultimate Collector’s Edition (UCE). I actually wrote about my decision at the time, and to me, I thought it was justified. I still do, after all, I’ve been looking forward to this for 10 years, and I have income now to make purchases like this.

Fast-forward to November, a week before the game’s release, and I get a notice that it’s been shipped. I pay no mind to it as I get updated from time to time on its progress. That is until I get one last update on 27th, two days before I should get it. I should point out that I live in Canada and the UCE was only available on Square Enix’s US site. So it’s finally in the country at this point, it’s entered “further processing” according to the update, and I should get a delivery notice about it in the next two days. But I don’t get anything, and yesterday while everyone is talking about how much they’re enjoying the game, I’ve got nothing. I did a little digging after feeling a little worried about my parcel’s status, and it turns out that “further processing” is a blanket term used for being stuck in customs that can take anywhere from a day to weeks to complete. Well, that sucks.

Now, the fact that they can’t give me a hard date alone is agony. If they had told me “It will take a month,” at least I’d have some certainty, and I wouldn’t feel so torn about wanting to shell out for a digital copy now to tide me over until all the collector’s edition stuff arrive. Instead, I’m stuck in this cruel waiting game as every other FF fan like me is playing. Perhaps the FOMO is the worst part of this, but that’s an entirely separate issue. I know I’m coming across as selfish and spoiled, but I’m as mad at myself as I am at Canada Post.

Another reason for the anger and worry is something that happened to me earlier this year. Back in June, I backed a Kickstarter campaign for a new board game. I’ve backed several other campaigns before and never run into any issues with getting my backer rewards. This time however, when they attempted to send me my rewards, DHL messed up both my address and the return address to the point where they destroyed my parcel because they couldn’t deliver properly. I seem to have some back luck with ordering stuff from the United States this year.

So what’s the takeaway from this? Well, there are a bunch of things I suppose. Don’t buy the super expensive collector’s edition? Depends on the game I’d say, and if I could have ordered this from not Square Enix’s site I totally would have. Don’t order from Square Enix directly? Yeah, probably won’t be doing that again anytime soon. Don’t preorder games? I leave that for gamers to decide on their own, I for one am ok with preordering games from franchises you love. Don’t buy physical games if you’re eager to play on day one? Probably will keep that in mind in the future.

I’m not saying that I regret getting the UCE, I don’t regret that decision. What I’m saying is that this is the last time I self-sabotage myself from playing a game that I’m desperate to get my hands on. I’m happy to support a game which has taken a decade to develop by going all out, but I’m also going to be glad to buy games from now on without having to wait for a disc to arrive. From time to time I’ve purchased games digitally, but starting today, I’m doing that for every game I purchase.  But for now, I’m just going to try and be patient. After all, as we’ve been saying for the past two months, it’s already been ten years.

Unless of course, they destroy my package again. Hoping my luck isn’t that bad.


2 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Preordering Physical Copies of Video Games Anymore

  1. Yeah dude, customs blows. I hope your packages soon. I’ve got The Last Guardian pre-ordered with guaranteed delivery on launch, but I’ve also been burned before to know something could go wrong >_>

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