You know the feeling: You read an article on your favourite gaming blog and realize that the game you've been hotly anticipating finally has a release date. You want -- no, NEED -- to have this game in your hands as soon as humanly possible. You have no choice -- you must pre-order this game.
So how does the whole pre-order process work, you may be wondering? Read on, eager gamer, and we'll do our best to answer your questions.
What platforms can I pre-order games for?
Pretty much all of them! You can pre-order Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, PC, Nintendo 3DS, and PlayStation Vita games.
What are the benefits of pre-ordering video games?
Pre-ordered games are shipped directly to your door so you don't have to visit a store only to discover it's sold out or wait in a line overnight. Pre-ordering also ensures you get the game as close to (but not before) the release date as possible so you can start playing right away.
How do I pre-order a game?
It's pretty easy. Add the game to your shopping cart, place the order, and check out. You'll get a confirmation email that contains a reference number, and when the game comes out it'll be shipped to you. Your credit card will only be charged when the game ships.
When will I receive my pre-ordered games?
Once the game is made available, you'll receive an email telling you the game has been shipped. It should arrive at your door on or around the release date.