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Submitted by ObnoxiousGamer 1258d ago | news

Are Exclusive Beta's & Demo's The Way Of The Future?(ObnoxiousGamer)

Although exclusive game beta’s and demo’s are nothing new to gaming, having been previous included on discs for magazines such as GamePro and EGM, having games with exclusive beta windows requiring purchasing a game or gaining access to a code is a slightly newer feature. The ability for publishers to include a demo in their game can be a major boost to a newer IP. But will this be how all beta’s will be done? (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Crackdown, Gears of War 3, Halo 3, PS3, Xbox 360)

goodfellajay  +   1258d ago
can i post this on y site
mygd  +   1258d ago
It certainly is a good business model... don't know if it's good for us though.
GodofwarGoty  +   1258d ago
i wouldnt be surprised if it happened
Baka-akaB  +   1258d ago
All i know is i dont buy any fps without a demo . There are genres i dont feel a dire need for it (rpgs , fighting games) ... but each fps release on every platform get so much unwarranted hype , and each gets released so broken and in need of early patching , that a demo is in order to check its worth .
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SKUD  +   1258d ago
You can throw away the beta. I'll always look for the demo.
Fallouts  +   1258d ago
betas is ok. demos, no...

but it really wouldnt matter to those that have both or all 3 consoles
Dlacy13g  +   1258d ago
True "betas" rarely exist anymore. More often companies are putting out very polished demo's of basically finished product and calling it a Beta to entice the consumer to something special. They may use that time for a little net code debug, etc....but telling me you are giving me a beta in the same month the game is shipping is pretty much a lie. There is nothing "BETA" about that game anymore (looks squarely at Socom 4).
AstroZombie1  +   1258d ago
That's what you think. ;)
Dlacy13g  +   1258d ago
@AstroZombie1... umm...you tell me, Socom 4 public beta kicked off this week..the game is supposed to hit retail shelves on 4/19... So how many days lead time do you think they need for manufacturing, shipping and distribution. Let me help you out...they would need atleast 10 days if not more depending on how big a printing run they are doing. So... you are trying to tell me that the roughly 5 days of beta time is going to make any significant change to the retail gold version?
AstroZombie1  +   1258d ago
I meant about true betas not existing.
Dlacy13g  +   1258d ago
lol...got it. agreed...and have a bubble. :)
JohnnyHalo  +   1258d ago
Just glad I have a 360. Micro is always looking out for xbl members, unlike the PSN. Before anyone disagree's with this above statement just remember the facts:

When was the last time sony even spent a dime on timed-exclusives?, Timed-DLC?, Timed-demos?, Timed-betas?
Funny because although it IS true XBL users get all these things I can still recall fanboys saying:
"Buhhh buhhh buhh, it's all about the games"
-Yeah, which we get more of.
Sony's just an arrogant corporation who is after every penny you have. Removing Features and never updating PSN avatars or features. I guess you get what you pay for, huh.
AstroZombie1  +   1258d ago
Wow that is actually the biggest pile of shit I have read on here in the 3 years of being a member.
Dlacy13g  +   1258d ago
@JohnnyHalo... What? What does that even have to do with anything discussed here?

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