The Importance Of Collector's Editions?
It's a question that's going to become more and more relevant as publishers continue to make Collector's Editions available for most every big game release: how important are those special Collector's/Limited/Special Edition sets to you?
Well, let's ask Infinity Ward's director of communications, Robert Bowling. According to Hexus.gaming, Bowling says that although the Collector's Editions are just "pissing contests," they're still essential for the hardcore gamer. So essential, in fact, that he actually goes out and buys any Collector's set he can find...for research purposes, supposedly. See, he wasn't too enamored with what his own team put into the Collector's Edition of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but as they're currently working on the sixth installment in the long-running series, Bowling wants to make the CE better this time around. It used to be that a behind-the-scenes DVD was plenty good enough, but nowadays, gamers expect more for their extra $10 or $20. Or, in the case of certain nutty Collector's sets, an extra $60 (remember the Halo 3 special edition with the Spartan helmet?). But we're getting into a bit of a gray area, here.
How much are even the hardcore gamers willing to pay for all that extra stuff? $60 is a reasonable price for a game these days (more than reasonable, if you examine the industry's history), but will they pay $70 and $80 for some extra goodies? Bowling believes they will, especially if it's a favorite game of theirs. So how's about you? What does it take for you to buy a Collector's Edition?
10/2/2008 Ben Dutka