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No demo? No thanks

By now consumers have lived in a generation where digital downloads is what has been growing the media over the last couple of years. We are beyond the years where demos are a special sneak peek or only a select few are able to receive them through magazine subscriptions etc. Demos today have been made downloadable through marketplaces like PSN, Xbox Live and PC to deliver the experience on a mass level. It's also no surprise that this is a huge way to market a game and expand sales upon consumer's that are either on the fence of a purchase or weren't in the market for one in the first place.

"These can help, however all of these outcomes can have a negative spin and show more faults then not in this scenario. So while some developers and publishers see demos as beneficial, others don't seem to go in the same direction. Some reading this article might be scratching their heads at why developers wouldn't, but there are a few reasons why:"

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Godmars2902525d ago

But 10 minutes on FUEL turned me off the game.

If that was the actual game, then the devs should be ashamed of themselves. If not, they should have had better sense than putting that thing out.

xino2524d ago

No demo no thanks!???

So, if there's no demo for Halo 3 and Code of Duty 4 (which there isn't)
You wouldn't buy it right?

Another gamer who loses out.

Just rent the game!

mastiffchild2524d ago

Come on! Those are well known games well into their franchises who need no introduction. New IPs have struggled on the Wii that, imo, would have done way better with a demo but Wii and Ninty just don't seem to get the needs of third parties on their console.

That said a bad demo can put you off a great game(hello Sega and VC demo!) or fool you into thinking a games OK(hello Sega, again, and the misleading Sonic Unleashed demo which made it all seem like it would be gloriopus leggy, leggy sonic stuff with no bloody Werehogs!)but overall I'd like the chance to see what the games run like and play like.

OhReginald2524d ago

there has been so many games that never released a demo and still ridiculously sold so many copies. Games like gears of war, gears of war 2, halo 3, call of duty 4, GTAIV, and fallout 3.