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post #21 of 62
Most Demo's seem to use the worst possible part of the game as well, or have stupid time limits.

The accepted standard for game demo's should be the entire first level, ala crysis.
post #22 of 62
I remember buying demos in the mid 90s (it was before I had an internet connection, or at least before they stopped charging by the hour). They were a fifth of the price of the full game and had about that amount of content, which was usually enough for me to get bored and decide I didn't really want the whole game.

However, several demos did lead me to buying games, and in the late 90s to early 2000s, I never bought a game without playing the demo first.

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Originally Posted by AdmiralThrawn View Post
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.)
Demos are almost always a subset of the full game, they take next to nothing in resources.

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Has anyone even read the article?
I did.
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Has anyone even read the article?
I have, but I'll bet that no publisher will. Seems they want to give pirates any possible justification they can, so that they can just give up on the PC due to piracy and make console games.
    
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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.
This is 1 of two reasons.

Reason 2 would be the demo executable is usually easier to crack than the full retail one so a crack is normally ready for full retail leak.
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When people try the demos and realize how broken many of current PC games are at launch they will just wait to purchase the game until it is patched so that it works. Not to mention it will probably be half price.

I will never pay $50 for a piece of crap beta again. Don't tell me most games at release are stable. Most are IMO in beta stages. Game developers should be ashamed, but alas the pussification of America has allowed this junk to continue. Now you just hear about games having an all time high pirating level. Well, the game developers should take a f*&^$kin' hint and produce working, worthwhile games.
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Pirating is good for the soul
Only way they'll reduce pirating is by making games $1 a pop.
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Probably because they are thinking "Why bother making a demo when everyone will just pirate the full version."
This.
 
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post #28 of 62
The HL2 demo was pretty convincing. Except the technical problems.
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post #29 of 62
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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.
This pretty much
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Anyone remember the original Starcraft demo? Good times.
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