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The notion of pre ordering a game in 2015 is a contentious one. Almost every gaming publication in the world, aside from the likes of IGN and Gamespot, actively advocate on a regular basis for the boycotting of pre orders. We've seen what its done to Video Games over the years and naturally a lot of people are furious about how certain companies abuse the idea. Exclusive content, extra characters, new areas, skins, weapons, even easy fatalities for Mortal Kombat X! It's getting ridiculous and we've yet to hear how Metal Gear Solid 5 will take part.

My first interaction with the idea of pre ordering a game came with the Grand Theft Auto franchise and actually the Gears of War franchise too. It was the nerdiest thing you could imagine - cuing up in the middle of the night to pick up a copy of a game. But it was the only way that we could guarantee access to one of the year's biggest titles. Now of course, not finding a game on its release date is an extreme rarity. So is there anywhere we can draw the line?

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid 5 - Is Making a Pre Order for Kojima's Phantom Pain a Bad Idea?

Metal Gear Solid was the first "adult" game I'd ever interacted with. All I can recall engaging with prior to this incredible experience was Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Rayman, Kingdom Hearts and some terrible Disney games. I came to Metal Gear a bit late on the Playstation, but even if you played this masterpiece for the first time today - it would still amaze.

Since then I've followed the Metal Gear franchise like a hawk. Hideo Kojima is one of the few auteurs the industry has ever seen and I sincerely hope that the Konami scandal doesn't affect his ability to continue working in the medium. We know that Metal Gear Solid 5 will be his final Metal Gear game. Konami intends to continue the series without his presence - but we don't really care about that.

Metal Gear Solid 5
Metal Gear Solid 5
As far as how I create games, I'm just reflecting what I feel, the things I have in my mind. I put those out there. Some of the things that I'm going through, the things that surround me, might be reflected there. But for me, it's a natural process. I just reflect what I feel into the game. - Hideo Kojima

We're wondering whether the extreme situations at Konami will feed into Kojima's Phantom Pain on release date. We'll have to wait and see. But after following this man for so long, I feel obliged to purchase Metal Gear Solid 5. Kojima has instilled such a tremendous sense of worth and artistic fervour into the gaming industry - I'll follow him wherever he may go. Therefore, it was difficult not to purchase the Collector's Edition of Phantom Pain - thus breaking the pre order code.

Metal Gear Solid 5 Collector's Edition
Metal Gear Solid 5 Collector's Edition

Metal Gear Solid 5 - the Phantom Pain Collector's Edition

I think in everyone's mind, there is a pre order exception. It sucks. Fallout 4 is probably the most popular one at the moment - did you see the Pip Boy Edition?! Publishers have abused the system into forcing fans of games to purchase the game prior to hearing whether it has any substantial worth. We've been tricked in the past and they'll continue to abuse the system in the future. But I suppose I had to support Hideo Kojima's final venture into the Metal Gear franchise with a Collector's Edition that commemorates the occasion.

What are your thoughts on pre ordering games? Do you believe there are exceptions to the rule? Or should we all simply boycott the idea, even for games like [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985)? Let us know what you think of Metal Gear, pre orders and more in the comments below! Metal Gear Solid 5: the Phantom Pain gets its release date on September 1st for the XBOX One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4 and PC.


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