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Among the most anticipated titles for the PC in 2010, only four offered a PC demo: Civ V, Mafia II, Just Cause 2 and Mass Effect 2. Over the last 10 years, there has been a drastic decline in the availability of PC demos. So why have PC gaming companies stopped creating demos? Who is to blame? Developers who cannot release a demo for time or financial reasons? Publishers who are able to call the shots and simply no longer see the PC as a viable platform? Perhaps it falls to the PC gamers themselves who shout to the heavens online about how much this company or that company screws over PC gamers and ends up buying the game anyway.
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PC games want better games then those available for consoles. Knowing that if they release demos they will some more people then they will gain.
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I think its partially to do with the fact that if they release a demo, people wont buy the game as they'll realise its terrible and not worth the money.

Other thing is I don't think dev's can be bothered, they can just advertise and hype it up instead and get a load of money that way.
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Probably because they are thinking "Why bother making a demo when everyone will just pirate the full version."
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pc games want better games then those available for consoles. Knowing that if they release demos they will some more people then they will gain.
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I think its partially to do with the fact that if they release a demo, people wont buy the game as they'll realise its terrible and not worth the money.

Other thing is I don't think dev's can be bothered, they can just advertise and hype it up instead and get a load of money that way.
An excellent example of this would be GoW2 on the 360.

If I had known it would be that bad I wouldn't have spent my money on it.

Cliffy B's response for no demo was "It would make the game less enjoyable since you've already played some of it." Or something along those lines.
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Probably because they are thinking "Why bother making a demo when everyone will just pirate the full version."
Maybe they should think this instead: "If we make the demo, people who enjoy it will buy the full thing"
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Maybe they should think this instead: "If we make the demo, people who enjoy it will buy the full thing"
And that's what they should be doing but, because PC gaming is in the situation it is in with all the pirating company's are abandoning ship and even though consoles are not much better off there is more money to be made.
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I think its partially to do with the fact that if they release a demo, people wont buy the game as they'll realise its terrible and not worth the money.
This view is a bit harsh, but I think essentially true. There are several benefits to not making a demo:

1) Can spend more time and effort on the full game itself.
2) Can spend more money on the full game itself.
3) Pretty much eliminates the possibility that the average joe will try it and decide it's not worth it, in which case they get nothing. (Slightly more tech-savvy people will of course pirate it, in which case they still get nothing.)
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