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All the demo's went to the torrent trackers. They happen to be full game demo's but they sure let you try ANY game you want before you buy it.
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All the demo's went to the torrent trackers. They happen to be full game demo's but they sure let you try ANY game you want before you buy it.
I hate to say it, but that's really the only way I'll buy a PC game anymore unless I get a really good deal for it.

If I feel the game is worth the money, I'll buy it after playing the downloaded copy. This is something that game demos used to prevent (at least for me) and with the lack of demos for newer games pirating will only become more common.
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no more pc demos is part of the reason people pirate, that way they can try before they buy! and then they already have it so why bother buying it? my logic is irrefutable! LAWLZ NEED MOAR DEHMOEZ
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The original Half Life demo was a sequence created just for the demo, an wasn't in the full game.
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THE BOTTOM LINE
All PC gamers want is to be able to try the game before they buy. PC gaming companies are making it extremely difficult to justify spending 50 or more non-refundable dollars on a product that may be good, and may run on their systems. The devs get paid regardless. The publishers get paid regardless. The customer... well...who cares about them.
I was pretty much going to post this before I read the article.

Look at it this way, if you buy a console game and you don't like it. You are entitled to a refund. They can release a demo because buying the game doesn't guarantee a sale. This way, a demo can only increase sales rather than decrease them.

With the PC, if you buy it, you can't take it back, thus the companies keep your money. Why release a demo to put people off, when you can mislead them and keep their money regardless of their opinion? If PC games were refundable, you would see an increase in demo's.
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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.
Big issue with that argument though is that most games seem to get cracked really quick regardless.

I think the best demo I ever played was the FEAR demo. They made a new level out a load of different parts of the main game, made it really exciting and full of action and a decent length. Bought the game not long after playing it.

The new trend with a lot of companies seems to be doing a 'beta' which is usually just an extended demo, but if you call it a beta everyone expects it to be pretty bad compared to the final game. Best example would be BC2.

I understand that some games cant really have demos, mainly because it wouldn't actually show the player what the game was like. If there had been a demo of the original STALKER then I'm pretty sure it would have put a lot of people off - slow and confusing would be their impressions I'm pretty sure. What I hope companies do is that they make a demo when its appropriate rather than just ignoring it.
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In the current marketplace, PC gamers have to gamble their money every time a game is bought. If it does not work, you are pretty much out of luck
Ha Ha! Not in the UK! Sales of Goods Act ftw!

EDIT:

I feel the article missed some points, but was good regardless in pointing out how publishers and developers are leaving us out for no good reason. Piracy is not a good enough reason, or any kind of reasons. No demo means that game is going to be pirated MORE.
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theyve gone the way of "renting PC games"
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post
All the demo's went to the torrent trackers. They happen to be full game demo's but they sure let you try ANY game you want before you buy it.
u must not know what a demo is. and why the hell would u torrent a demo anyway? thats just stupidity, and when you torrent, thats not trying, its stealing. get a dictionary
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I remember the old days when I subscribed to PC magazines and got a dvd full of demos each month... hold me occupied for a while
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