QOTW: What was the first game you remember pre-ordering?

Every week the hosts of TalkRadar present and answer a new "Question of the Week" - a personal inquiry which unearths some of our deepest, and sometimes most sinister, gaming memories. Everyone is encouraged to answer each week's question, so go ahead, tell us your most glorious, nostalgic, or shameful story!

This week's question:

What was the first game you
remember pre-ordering?

What made the game so special? Did they have it on release day? Were you horribly disappointed or crazy happy with your purchase?

Answer this week's question in the comments!

The best posts this week will be read on next week's podcast, and appear in the next edition of this article. Listen tomorrow for our answers!

Below are our favorite answers from last week's question...

Last week's question:

What is a plainly obvious puzzle/gameplay element you didn't get?

Jordo141 wrote...
“I picked up PES 5 on the PS2 and played it religiously for months upon months as it really got me interested in football (read: soccer) again. I then decided to try out it's competitor Fifa, which I believe was Fifa 07 at the time. I found it pretty fun except for my strikers being completely useless, which caused many fit's of rage.

It took me about a week to realise that whereas the square button in PES was to shoot; it was circle to shoot in Fifa. I had been trying to pass the whole time.

This is how I felt..."

Above: This is the scene where Wesley did anything

JhonMutrix wrote...
"One of the puzzles in the Genesis Beavis & Butthead game involved taking a bar of soap from a bathroom. The soap was white. The bathroom was white. I spent something like six hours trying to figure out what the hell I was supposed to do, and when a friend told me the solution the following day I almost became gay for him.

I never watched Beavis & Butthead again.”

SSJ4Raditz wrote...
“Most recently, in Killzone 2, where you encounter the area (think it's a door) that is covered in electricity. For the life of me, I could not figure out what to do to get past that. I spent almost an hour backtracking and other things until my friend walks up , points to a glowing box and says, "what if you shoot that?" I did, it works, and I feel like an idiot.”

DeathbyGamer wrote...
“It was back when I first played through MGS1. I was a decent ways through, when it came to this part where the Colonel kept telling me,"Get the code off the back of the cd case!" to get through a door. I must have tried everything, short of punting my system through the window. I stopped playing the game for months. Eventually it came up in a conversation, and someone told me I had to look on the back of the actual case the game came in.”

Above: Damn you Konami, you and your lack of respect for the fourth wall 

Ravenbom wrote...
“The worst by far is StarTropics where you actually had to get the letter that came with the game wet in order to get the number 747. If you didn't actually dip that physical letter in water like the game told you to in order to get that number, you couldn't finish the game.”

Aeshir wrote...
“I rented The Orange Box almost exactly a year ago, and in Half-Life 2, I got stuck in the part in Route Kanal (the first real level, after you get your HEV suit) where you're in a kind of sewer area, and there's a puzzle where you have to change the water level to get past. Thing is, I turned the valve to lower it, but I couldn't figure out where to go after that. This was a while ago, so I don't know if I used a walkthrough after a good hour of screwing around in that room, trying to figure it out. But when I got the game for my Birthday in February, I got stuck on the same part, and spent ANOTHER HOUR ON THE SAME PUZZLE. The solution to it was to go to the previous room, 15 feet back, and yes, "walk left," into the other tunnel.”

Jamminontha1n2 wrote...
“My story needs to be prefaced by the fact that I had not played any of the shining force games until I had bought the latest sega collection for 360 (a must buy if you have never played these games before). So while playing the game one of my characters would naturally get killed. Now i am more used to playing the fire emblem series where if a character dies and you pass the mission that character stays dead. So, a character would die during a mission and i would naturally restart the mission because i am not the kind of person to leave a soldier on the battlefield. So fast forward two hours later and i am still stuck on the second mission. i say to myself **** it i don't care about that damn paladin anymore i'll prolly get five more by the end of the game. I complete the mission the mission and started the next mission and saw the guy was still alive. After that i had to turn off the 360 and just walk away.”

AntistaHungry4Love wrote...
“Mortal Kombat had a ******* BLOCK BUTTON!



Above: Asshole

Apr 30, 2009


  • TheMonarch - May 7, 2009 3:50 a.m.

    The only times I've pre-ordered for games was for the giveways. One of the first ones for me was Gears of War 2 for the free tank they were giving away. I was going to get it on launch anyway, why not get a free tank? Like you guys were saying on the podcast, I live in a sizeable suburb of Chicago and I can find games on launch day.
  • prothean3 - May 6, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    The first and only game I pre-orderd was GTA: San Andreas. I got it because my friend, who was an aspiring gangster at the time couldn't afford it. He would consistantly miss class, avoid his girlfriend, and began drinking Old English 40 oz.'s. I started regreting the purchase when he started calling me at 2 a.m. to ask how to get through certain missions or the cheat codes.
  • RawRockKills777 - May 6, 2009 12:56 p.m.

    The first and only game I pre-ordered was Call of Duty: World at War. Gamestop had a bonus where you get the M1 Carbine right away and a code to download the multiplayer beta. This ended up being the most retarded thing I have ever done. My code for the M1 did not work, and while the code for the beta DID work, they eventually made it a free download for everyone. Although in the few weeks before they did, Gamestop sent me about 5 more beta codes by mistake. So I gave them to friends. :P
  • yoreAtowel - May 4, 2009 7:41 a.m.

    first game i pre-ordered was halo3, i do not know why. I do actually b/c it was the first time i had enough money to pre-order a game. usually iwould scrimp and save till i had enough, by then it would be used and half-off. But i remember vividly i had enough to preorder and pick up. I will never forget that moment. :)
  • phoenix_wings - May 4, 2009 6:22 a.m.

    "It's the only game I can remember pre ordering for myself, my sad, sad, father-uncle-step-daddy tried to lull me into his den with Halo 2, but it was for naught. My dear carpet munching mother was the one to fuel my desire to fit into my new urban 'hood, I being the only ivory child in a concrete jungle of tar people." Seriously...? Tar people? WTF! I also have to note that I pre-order all the games I really want now. SH: Homecoming, RE:5...that's about it really.
  • vagandle - May 4, 2009 5:50 a.m.

    First game i preordered was probably star fox 64 after receiving one of those Nintendo commercial VHS tapes in the mail. Actually having my first job at this point, I went preorder crazy for N64 games after waiting months before getting a copy of Super Mario 64.
  • Ant23 - May 3, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    danm i dont even remeber but it was probaly gta san andreas
  • TrIp13G - May 3, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    Mine might've been a Tony Hawk game, though I don't recall which one.
  • Reaver1892 - May 3, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    my first game that i can think of is Halo 3 but i used to preorder to get the special stuff so maybe pokemon emerald i remember i got Pokemon rby the day b4 it came out cuz i asked when it came out and they got their shipment that day so they let me buy it iwas fliped cuz i was like 7
  • JizzyB - May 3, 2009 9:19 p.m.

    The first game I remember preordering is one that I actually don't remember preordering. When Final Fantasy 8 was released I received a call from Software Etc telling me that my copy of the game had arrived and that I had $5 towards it already. Honest-Tom that I am, I told the clerk that I don't remember preordering it. She didn't seem to care and said it was waiting there for me. So I went and bought it. Like many people, I couldn't get into FF8. I was expecting it to be like FF7. I played about 1/3 of the way through and gave up disappointed. A couple of months later, after my expectations were gone, I came back to it and played all the way through. I've since played the game two more times and now see it as one of the true gems of videogame history.
  • jakeroks - May 3, 2009 6:30 p.m.

    I pre-ordered Loz Twilight Princess for gamecubeand thought it would come out in like a week but it was delayed about three times so it could be released with the wii
  • crossed23 - May 3, 2009 6:27 p.m.

    I think it was Kingdom Hearts 2 or Socom 2. Cant remember.
  • CandiedJester - May 3, 2009 5:17 p.m.

    I've only pre-ordered two games so far. The first was mercenaries 2. Not because I HAD to have it or was super excited, but just because I kinda wanted it and I happened to be at gamestop like one day before it came out, so I pre-ordered it and had them ship it to me. The second was Fallout 3. That one was special. It was MY game. It was everything I could ever ask for..and more. I spent at least 8 months becoming more and more and more excited, obsessing, spending my web page design class basing all my projects on it, doodling BoS symbols in my notebooks, seeing two-headed cows in every pasture we passed in the car.. I had to have it. I pre-ordered it, special edition of course, a few months ahead. It came out on a tuesday, I think, and we had to drive an hour to go get it from the gamestop I ordered it from. I about exploded. Then I skipped school the next day so I could play it. (with my mothers approval. It was that important.) Go ahead. Call me crazy. I don't mind. Anyway, it didn't disappoint. Its still my favorite game of all time, if you can even call it a game. To me, it is much much more than just a game. I cannot express how much love I have for the world of Fallout. Two more days until Broken Steel! Woo!
  • beitad - May 3, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    Two words: Starcraft Ghost
  • Teh_Ty - May 3, 2009 2:57 p.m.

    The first game I remeber pre-ordering was[I think] Halo 3. I was probably the only person that wasn't saying "OMG I pre-ordered halo three!!!''. I wasn't exited at all because I was one of the few people who only played halo 1 and 2 very little, and just saw as halo three as something to occupy my time until Super Smash Bros came out. Now I love Halo 3. Brawl is still a tad better.
  • Gahmah - May 3, 2009 2:06 p.m.

    Well, after receiving my loyalties for inspiring the Jerry Springer show, I heard about a game in which I could express my youthful grievances, Grand theft auto side story 2, San Andreas. It's the only game I can remember pre ordering for myself, my sad, sad, father-uncle-step-daddy tried to lull me into his den with Halo 2, but it was for naught. My dear carpet munching mother was the one to fuel my desire to fit into my new urban 'hood, I being the only ivory child in a concrete jungle of tar people. On the day of interception with EB games at the local mall to receive my gift, only to be held behind a live of angry people waiting for their copies. The Electronic Boutique, or Empty Building, had not yet received its shipment, dooming it. I went to the second floor of the mall where a gamespot had strangely overstocked itself with San Andreas copies, and able to accept everyone who claimed they preordered with EB, and their own customers.... clearly they had ordered too much to early and were simply ready to help those who would be flabbergasted and swindled.
  • Ensoul - May 3, 2009 1:43 p.m.

    Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) Never really had the opportunity to pre-order anything before thanks to living in a very small town in the woods and a lack of funds. There was a Microplay that opened up in "the city"; a small operation that had a Mom & Pop type feel. I got to know the owners/workers and had actually payed for Zelda in full before it was ever released. Stupid I know, but I did not want to miss that game and I had to have the Gold Cartridge; having missed out on the hype for the original during the NES days. Fast forward to the release date and 2 trips to the store the same day (apparently deliveries are not made first thing in the morning) and I was looking at the shiny cart. I remember being for more excited then a 19 year old should be.
  • CarbonFire - May 3, 2009 1:24 p.m.

    thats until they make a decent teen gay emo porno lol
  • CarbonFire - May 3, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    the first game i preordered was oblivion an that was the opposite of a disappointment next game was fallout then fable was a bit disappoited with fable tho i liked the old control system in fable 1 at least for the magic elements of it btw if a rpg is ever released by bethedsa its worth buying even morrowind made in something like 2002 is better than most games today
  • skyline19 - May 3, 2009 12:02 p.m.

    My first pre-order is a disgrace, it was WWE RAW 2 on the original xbox, and it sucked crap. I remember lying to myself trying to convince myself it was amazing, I would rather eat my own defecation than play that game again. Actually it might of been the first one WWF RAW...doesn't change anything though because yet again my own defecation looked more interesting.

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