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Game demos halve sales, new data suggests

CVG: "Publishers and developers are discovering that game demos on consoles can have a negative effect on game sales, according to newly released data."

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shivvy241630d ago

Not true , I was introduced to new franchises like infamous, killzone, heavy rain etc thanks to demos !

Aceman181630d ago

No demo = no buy unless said game is from an established franchise

ABizzel11630d ago

Agreed, I'm not going to waste my money on a bad game. A demo is a try before you buy, and if you game sucks then you shouldn't have made it in the first place.

Demos have saved many people from buying garbage.

RGDubz1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

If your game sucks.. Duh, is this not common sense?

Great game = great demo = more sales

I'd suggest not making crap games in the first place & if you do then don't put out a demo if you still want to get sales on your crappy game..

MestreRothN4G1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

Both your point and the well known by Bethesda Softworks, specially, are valid. The info shown on the article is another hint towards the conclusion:

Marketing >>>>>>> Quality.

PS: The data, though, is too generic. It would be better if he made a metacritic by users and critics comparison crossed with the info he gathered. The way it is done, games with a #%!&&* trailer and demo are there with top notch stuff, like Amalur or Fifa, for instance.

thehitman1630d ago (Edited 1630d ago )

I have to disagree GoW3 demo I thought sucked but the real game was mildly better. I think demos SOMETIMES can represent the final product. If your pushing a game that has a small marketing budget and hardly anybody knows about demos maybe the way to go, if not then they are useless.

BattleReach1630d ago

Alian Colonial Marines demo.

tigertron1630d ago

Demos help me make decisions. If I like the demo, I'll buy the game, if not then I won't.

rezzah1630d ago

Videos that show what the game is capable of (not its cutscenes) is likely to be the safer way. But it has to satisfy the feeling as if one was playing a demo, or something close to it.

steve30x1630d ago

I much prefer play a demo of a game than watch a video of the game. Watching a Video doesnt help me feel how a game feels when playing it.

rezzah1630d ago

Yea, that's why I added that last part "or something close to it".

Personally if the video shows detailed gameplay I will know if I will enjoy the game or not.

The only time I want to play demos is when the demos are games I know I will buy.

Still, for those who wish to avoid less sales, videos are the way to go.

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