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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

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www
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:08:00 AM
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Sometimes it takes the CE/SE longer to get than the normal,eg.GtaIV's original was readily available at launch whiles some retailers didn't readily have the SE,n gamers need to play the game as fast as possible so i always pass on the SE/CE.

BTW this years COD WAW doesn't look too good,it look like the same'ol COD3, am downloadin bioshock demo on ps3 now,if am impressed i'ma get dat instead

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caliblue15
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:10:51 AM
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Only if its an amazing set, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the game. (that is like 2 total games ever.)

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Vivi_Gamer
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:16:16 AM
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I spent 80 pounds on the UK Special Edition of Metal Gear Solid 4, It came with a Blu-ray Documentary which was rubbish, The soundtrack & a toy........ Never shall i pay so much again!

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Alienange
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 7:05:59 PM

80 pounds!!?? Wow ... that IS a rip. I feel your pain and I agree all the way.

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LegioN
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:18:17 AM
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SE's aren't a buy for me, but i'd say it's important to have them. I'm just wondering how much profit they get out of them :S

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Akuma07
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:31:45 AM
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wat the hell???

theres a bioshock demo on the psn?

which region?

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www
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:33:42 AM

UK ma boy,it should inevitably be on the US too

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:47:19 AM
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It really depends on the game, it's a pretty rare occasion that I or anyone I know buys the collectors edition. Well MGS4 was an exception.

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pavlovic
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:51:13 AM
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Except for MGS4 not SE/CE/LE for me. I don't see the point of spending an extra 10 - 20 to get a "Making of..." video that is probable that I'm not gonna see...

Regular editions for me

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BeezleDrop
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 11:53:49 AM
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Far Cry 2 and the new POP have free limited edition upgrades which is a pretty nice deal. You don't have to pay extra for content you would normally get for tossing an extra 20 over the counter. I just want to play the game!

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Zaben
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 3:15:31 PM

After taking a quick look through Gamestop, it seems that the collectors edition of the new POP is $60 but the standard edition is just $50. I'm not sure which one I should get :/.

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Zaben
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 3:47:35 PM

Sorry that is the PC version that's $50. I tried to delete the post but that didn't work. The edit button went away too so... >_>

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Tim Speed24
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 12:37:16 PM
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The Game stores don't give you extra money for trading in a Collectors Edition, so not worth the money if you ask me.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 12:53:43 PM
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I never get em, the documentaries are shovelware, the interviews are an exercise in futility, I'm an adult who doesn't need toys, and I've got plenty of T-shirts. If there's extra content that is worthwhile I can always get in on later DLC.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 1:12:34 PM
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All depends on the game for me. Usually I don't buy the console special editions since I haven't really found any that is worth the purchase. As far as PC games go, that's a different story. A lot of the big releases for the PC have had some good special editions. I recently picked up the Spore collectors edition and just about any special edition that Blizzard puts out is worth it. They load those boxes up!! Guess it's just a personal choice for everybody in the end. Though the extra goodies are nice.

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coolistic
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 1:29:12 PM
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Games cost 72 dollars here where I am:(

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Bardock617
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 1:30:55 PM
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it depends what game and what im getting. if im getting a cool box and a DVD, no. but if its like the R2 CE then oh yeah.

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snglbck26
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 1:45:49 PM
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For me spending $60 on a game is enough. I'm not interested in toys or posters for an additional sum. As it is you can pay extra for DLC(unless you're talking Burnout) so it can add up very quickly.

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tlpn99
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 2:05:26 PM
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I have never paid anymore than the usual £39.99 for a game. Who cares if you get a toy or an art book or a bag or even the Master Chiefs helmet ? It is bad enough paying the hefty price for a game. The only things I have bought are stuff like Game of The Year edition for Oblivion as it had the other 3 expansion packs on it and even then it was in the platinum range for £20.

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LightShow
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 3:21:56 PM
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If the game is the next installment of a favorite franchise, an extra $10-20 isn't that big a difference to me.

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Daedusian
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 3:43:40 PM
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It's gotta be a game/series that I've been playing for years, which is why I bought the GTA4 SE package. Sometimes for completely new games I will buy the SE package, but that's only if the game is totally new and innovative and excites me, kinda like LBP for example. Otherwise I never do.

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Advent Child
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 5:08:34 PM
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Haha extra content. I wont buy it for a making of thing, or an artbook, but I will if it comes with a chimera figure like in resistance 2, or the extra guns in battlefield, or the soundtrack in MGS4, or that cool gambling chip that came with rainbow six vegas 2, I buy most special editions. But some arent worth it, can anyone say gears of war special edition?

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bamf
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 6:25:24 PM
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I like to buy collectors editions, it beats collecting stamps. I remember seeing ICO on ebay wen it was rare going for big prices, till they decided to re-release it again in a normal dvd case. The special edition is still rare, I have it and its in top condition. Rare games can go for quite a bit of money, so how rare will the special editions be say like in 50 years time? Could thdey be auctioned off in a special game catagory auction?

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Jed
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 6:54:38 PM
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It always depends on the game, but I kinda like getting the little extras and collectables. But some are just dumb to me, like the brothers in arms CE that just came out. I got the Halo 3 LE when they dropped the price to $70, And I wil get the R2 CE for sure. But I would not pay another $60 for something like the Gears 2 thing on amazon.

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Alienange
Thursday, October 02, 2008 @ 7:04:31 PM
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No CE/SE for me. No one's going to be buying ICO in 50 years from now... gosh ... I'll be dead.

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Gabriel013
Friday, October 03, 2008 @ 1:20:29 AM
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I think they are a con. They should just have the content on a single release rather than trying to squeeze extra money from gamers.

I think the same about movie releases too.

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