Tech: "Collector's Editions"
Nowadays, big-time game releases, both on the PC and on the consoles, invariably get "collector's editions." For an extra ten or twenty bucks, you get some added material in addition to the game - a T-shirt, a soundtrack CD, a book, etc. A more recent trend has been to include in-game additions, such as bonus maps or missions, in these editions.
That's all well and good.
I find it a bit more suprising, though, that now expansion packs are coming in collector's editions. Is anyone else miffed by this? Already expansion packs (especially for MMORPGs) are most commonly seen as a way to wring some extra cash out of a game before having to design an entirely new software product (ironically, I have found Blizzard's expansion packs to be fairly worthwhile in terms of new content). I mean, people already pay $15 a month to play WoW, and they're probably going to pay the $39,99 for the expansion pack, too...getting even more out of your erstwhile fans just seems, well, wrong.