If the name wasn't indication enough, collector's editions are aimed at those with money to burn. It's not enough to buy a game itself--no, no. You need the soundtrack, an art book, a hand-molded figurine, a behind-the-scenes DVD, and a to-scale map of the in-game terrain that you'll never use as a reference. The quality of video game collector's editions does vary, but nine times out of ten, you're paying a premium for paraphernalia that you will promptly forget about two months later.
But hey--publishers keep making them, and we keep buying them. And if you thought a collector's edition was hard to find on launch day, just wait till you try starting your search years after the fact. After seeing how much the rarest current-gen games and limited edition consoles go for, it doesn't shock us to see collector's editions garner well over $100. Still, no matter how much you love the following games, paying the kind of prices they currently demand is nothing short of uneconomical insanity.