I will never pre-order any game, ever. The exception was The Witcher 2 and Skyrim. Why, because I?ve been a gamer for almost 30 years, and I?ve been there and done that. As an adult with a career and a life your free time becomes very valuable, as does your money. I only play what I consider to be great games. Gone are the days of demo?s; and reading and watching reviews, and watching game play videos only goes so far. I?ll admit I download 20-30 games a year that I am really excited to play, and only end up installing about half that amount because I?ve gained new information that makes even installing the game a waste of my time. Out of those 10-15 I actually install, 70-80%% of them I only play for 30 minutes to 3 hours before I delete. For those I want to play for more than that brief trial period I?ll buy. Guess what, I only end up playing about 2-5 games a year.
Right now I am following over 50 games on Gamespot that will be released in the next two years. Out of those, 25 will be worth downloading. A dozen will be worth installing, and at most 5 will be worth playing. I would never buy a vehicle I haven?t test drove, and I would never buy a game I haven?t demoed. I won?t waste my money on bad to good games, and I also won?t waste my time on them. But when I do find a great game worth my free time, I am more than happy to pay for it. Since my free time is just as valuable as my money.