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Why game demos are important

Developer should always be releasing demos of their upcoming titles.

They give gamers a taste of their video game and show the world that they are confident in what they've created.

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TheSleepyGamer1587d ago

I generally agree that demos are a good thing. It gives a glimpse at what the games are like and whether someone will enjoy them.

They can also be a bit of a double edged sword. Some games, especially RPG's just don't usually work as a demo. Other times when bad demo choices are made, i.e. putting the demo at the start of a game where there is hardly anything of interest can really hurt a games sales. There are also some game demos that show just about the only good part of a game, similar to that of film trailers.

Demos are important, sure. I'd just suggest that people look at more than just a demo before buying a game.

ABizzel11587d ago

Demos are great for consumers, but a double edged sword for developers.

A demo can confirm a purchase for gamers if it's good, but it can also lose one if it's bad or turn a game into a rental again not what the developer wants.

A demo can also be too long specially multiplayer and after playing it to death there's no real need to purchase the full game (example; "Gotham City Imposters" for me).

So I'm all for demos as a consumer, but developers better make sure they have a good game and a good demo or it can hurt.

TheSleepyGamer1587d ago

You missed the point of what I was saying completely. A bad demo of a good game hurts good developers. A 'good' demo of a bad game makes people waste money that would be of better use with a game that actually deserves it.

The loss of good developers through no sales results in the consumers getting lower quality content. So yeah, not just a double edged sword for developers.

xhedleyx1587d ago

I had that fatigue with Halo 3. I remember playing the multiplayer demo to death.

When the game finally came out, I wasn't as excited for it as I would have been if I didn't play the demo.

pangitkqb1587d ago

Demos help ensure i spend my money wisely. Money times over I have skipped an anticipated game because the demo revealed major quality issues. Conversely, I've bought games I was barely aware of because the demo proved thrm to be totally awesome.

ironfist921587d ago

Demos should be conmpulsory for all games. im annoyed when games dont have them, because im cautious as to whether I should spend my money on them in fear of being dissapointed.

kevnb1587d ago

demos dont work well for the games I play. They are fine for games without much depth, but for games with depth they end up misrepresenting the game.

tarbis1587d ago

Yes, indeed. Demos and beta tests are important. Players can give feedbacks to developers on what to improve as well suggest ideas that might interest them.
I always download and try demos of new and upcoming games that I'm unfamiliar of, particularly western games.

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