The Daily Grind: Are MMO collector’s editions worth it?

    
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I fel for it.

The allure of the collector’s edition has always been a strange one. I remember when it started, of course, when you could get the occasional little gewgaw for pre-ordering a title (I have a cloth map for Final Fantasy VIII that I later defaced due to not liking the game, for example). But then it got a bit out of control with some things, like the collector’s edition for Star Wars: The Old Republic that I couldn’t afford at the time and literally will never be able to get the stuff from. (The fact that I no longer play is, in this case, not the point.)

Usually I wind up with the collector’s edition of Final Fantasy XIV expansions simply because I have every single CE and it’s a collection thing, but I acknowledge at this point that I am paying for tradition rather than for the worth of what is contained therein. And when so many “collector’s editions” now contain nothing physical, it’s easy to feel like you’re just throwing more money at pets and mounts you might not want. So are MMO collector’s editions worth it? Or do you think they’re an outdated relic not worth the money?

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Leontes
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Leontes

Personally, no – but then again, I do not deem myself a collector. I guess “collector editions” are named that for a reason. Ask a collector, whether his or her valued possessions are “worth it”…

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Loyheta

I do if it has things like art books, maps, mousepads, etc. I didn’t buy the bfa CE because it lacked the art book. Replaced with a dumb token.

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Doctor Sweers

I have purchased two in my time as an MMO gamer. SWG and FFXIV (version 1). The FFXIV collector’s edition I probably could have been just fine without. The SWG collectors edition, however, was worth it. I still have it in a box somewhere in the house. :)

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Castagere Shaikura

I only bought one in my life. That was Star Trek Online. What a disappointment that turned out to be.

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Peregrine Falcon

What’s wrong? You didn’t like it when Atari put the Deluxe Edition on sale 30 days after the game launched and then had the devs do an interview where they laughed at their customers who were complaining about it?

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Cosmic Cleric

Atari put the Deluxe Edition on sale 30 days after the game launched and then had the devs do an interview where they laughed at their customers who were complaining about it?

Stories like this makes me wish that fellow gamers would have long memories, to judge where their monies go to what companies.

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oldandgrumpy

A lot of them have gone to digital only and those I have little interest in at all. I like physical things like my Skyrim dragon.

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Not really a valid question, to be honest. The question is “are collector’s editions worth it to me” when looking at a purchase. Value and worth are entirely subjective… and it’s going to depend on what each of us value.

I buy every single one of the Physical World of Warcraft CEs. In part for the goodies, I love a good pet and/or mount… but also for the exclusive art books. I’ve got every one of them dating back to Vanilla, and they’re a fascinating look at what shaped the game and world.

But if you don’t value those things, or the in-game items, no, there aren’t going to have value.

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Cosmic Cleric

The very first collectors edition, if the game becomes successful, yes, if you like mic-dropping on who has the coolest in-game item (if you are into bragging, that is).

Personally I don’t, but I like having my Mini-Diablo pet out when playing a priest, Panda Cub when playing a Pandaren, and Mini-Zergling when playing an Affliction Lock. Enjoy the symmetry of those scenarios, mini pet to class/race. Also like how some recognize it as an achievement of sorts, for having been in the game for so long (for good, or bad).

As a quick aside, it’s very funny, when I zone into a dungeon with the mini pet out, how quickly everybody else will all of a sudden pull out their best/rare mini pet too, after having zoned in w/o a mini pet. It’s fun to watch that human condition of competition.

So, to answer the question, its worth it, if it helps increase your enjoyment of the game, in some way.

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Daniel Miller

Only way I think so is if it has music track. Even today as mmos come and go or still going, Many would love to listen to the music.

Clasic example: GTAV now that they lost russian song, they lost a part of of the game. If they had collector cd then fine. Ashrens call, Vanguard, and so on.

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thalendor

Personally, no. But to each their own.

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cambruin

The Collector’s Editions would be if the MMO was as well. As anything released lately is mediocre at best, I’d have to say no.

Also depends a bit on the additional content. I love ESO, but I hate the cosmetics they add to it. They are absolutely dreadful if immersion is what you seek and as the CE offers additional cosmetics only, I have to admit that in ESO, for me they’re not.