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Has anyone even read the article?
I did and liked it. First thought was "I gotta mail this to Cevat Yerli".
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Game reviews are similar to game demos.

If X sites says the game is average or sucks, people won't buy it.
If X forum says it sucks people won't buy it.

Devs have a lot working against them so they should focus on making a great game. Instead of trying to make the experience unknown to the user and expect them to pay $60 for it, devs need to get their message across by releasing demos. Mutliplayer demos are a good way to involve the community without revealing the singleplayer part of the game, we now see many devs taking that approach, i.e. Crysis 2, MoH, Halo etc.
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I read the article. My personal opinion on the matter is to never play demos because I have this philosophy that things should be done right the first time, or at least close to 100%
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Good article. Couldn't add anything to it...

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Has anyone even read the article?
I did : D Cookie?
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Probably because they are thinking "Why bother making a demo when everyone will just pirate the full version."
i would only pirate a game just to see what it's all about, get a sense of the story and the gameplay...maybe, idk like a DEMO? if more games had demos i think there'd be less piracy. devs need to realize that 1 illegal download =/= 1 lost sale
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I'm poor and i've yet to pirate a game... but software on the other hand...
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i would only pirate a game just to see what it's all about, get a sense of the story and the gameplay...maybe, idk like a DEMO? if more games had demos i think there'd be less piracy. devs need to realize that 1 illegal download =/= 1 lost sale
1 illegal dl =/= 1 bought game as well.

if it's a brand new game that's never been released before then release a demo for the simple fact of letting people get a feel for the button layout and possible feel of the game's pace. if the game is a sequel or more then there's no need for a demo. a demo tells you absolutely nothing about the final product.

if you game on a pc for the best graphics possible then why do you want a disk or download with unpolished console graphics on it?

only thing i ever want to hear from the dev team is "100% complete".
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The article was pretty focussed on people simply trying the game. I personally think demos are a good thing. Especially so if you don't know how well it will run on your rig (if it runs badly after you bought it, well you are done for). The article did not bring that point up. I have bought many games (especially fairly unknown games) due to playing their demos.
 
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Personally I wouldn't have bought Civilization V without playing the demo. That got me hooked. Now Steam says I have more than 100 hours logged.

The Mafia II demo I think was great as well, although I wouldn't have gotten it either way. $50 for a single player game with pretty much no replay value just seems like too much in my opinion. So I played that on a friends' steam account.
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Probably because they are thinking "Why bother making a demo when everyone will just pirate the full version."
This. Trololol.
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