I know you preordered Skyrim, Kitsune, but I really don't mean any personal offense to you by saying that preordering is one of the worst things a consumer can do. You can't even have a hope of influencing a market when you buy their product sight-unseen. The market then becomes a hype machine, with whichever game company that can whip up the biggest frenzy becoming the winner. I wonder how many of the vastly disappointed gamers actually *returned* their copies and got refunds? Even then, the money has been on the company's books for an entire quarter or more before the returns are figured back in.
There are stages of sales that might hurt a game developer's feelings, like if a game sucks so bad nobody buys the expansions or re-releases, but really, that is just gravy. The content is already developed it just has to be polished and packaged, so no real revenue is lost there.
However, I really must warn folks in the PC gaming community about complaining too loudly. As previously pointed out, companies like Bethesda and Bioware are not made or broken by us. A lot of them could stop marketing PC games altogether and hardly notice a drop in revenue. They're already kind of doing us a favor by even porting their console games and making modding kits to begin with, but since big companies aren't known for doing unprofitable favors, maybe there is some benefit to doing it, but if PC gamers become too big of an annoyance, the benefit might someday be outweighed . . . then all we would have left is Indie and retro games.
I'm not saying people shouldn't bitch, but preordering (or not returning) a product and then bitching about it is as useless as bitching about politicians and not bothering to vote.
The four golden rules of mods/gaming/life:
1) You want it, you make it.
2) You don't like it, don't play it.
3) If you make it and you like it, don't listen to anyone else.
4) If you ask for criticism, expect to get it.Can't follow the rules?Complaints Department