Get paid to pre-order your games from Target

Art books and key chains are nice and all, but Target knows the best pre-order bonus in these troubled economic times is cold, hard cash. Well, cold, hard gift cards anyway.

Target’s recently revamped program for pre-ordering videogames not only allows you to reserve a copy of the game, but also pays you for the pleasure of your business in the form of free gift cards. Stores are now offering these $1 “Reservation Cards” for popular titles, which include EA Sports Active, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings, Punch-Out!! and UFC 2009 Undisputed. When you return with the card to pick up the game, as long as it’s within seven days of its release, you’ll also get a free $5 Target gift card.

So, is this enough of a bribe to part you from your precious gaming dollars?