As a gamer I like nothing more than having to buy a game several times over from several different retailers in order to access all of the available content.
Wait no, that’s as a masochist not as a gamer, though the difference between the two does get more and more blurred as these ridiculous retail practices continue. Bethesda Softworks, as revealed on their very own blog, have taken the title of their upcoming (rather Bioshock-esq) game Dishonored all the way to the pre-order content which, as we have unfortunately come to expect, is spread around various retailers in order to try and make (Steam)punks of us all.
Some of these pre-order items actually sound rather appealing, with a “Whale Oil USB Lamp” that comes with the Best Buy deal being the sort of unique, themed item that adequately rewards those willing to lay down money on expectation alone. In stark contrast to this, those shopping at Target can receive the somewhat less desirable “smart phone decal”, which whilst suitably outdated does not quite harken back to the Victorian era or make up for the fact that this one is the only one devoid of a ‘Downloadable Upgrade Pack’.
If you’re interested in what you can get where then the details are below, but I for one will not be joining Jack in ripping up the wallets of those wishing to inhabit Victorian London.