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I just dont preorder games at all. There are a few exceptions, I am still thinking about preordering GTA V simply so that it will be shipped to me as soon as its out so I dont have to worry about getting the money together and budgeted on the launch date, but thats the only reason I want to preorder it. And to be honest, Grand Theft Auto Games are the only games I trust enough in to pay for before they are out anyways, because as of this writing, I have never been let down by the series.
More on point though, I think Aliens is a better example of not preordering because they basicly made a horrible game, marketed something that was not the actual game, stuck people with it and then laughed all the way to the bank. Yes Error 37 was a bad thing, yes Sim City had an even worse launch and even more controversy, but Aliens was just a downright horrible lie of a game.