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Whatever happened to demos of games?
Dhalphirdon't you open that trapdooryou're a fool if you dareRegistered Userregular
This is something I just thought of reading the thread about the dude wanting to buy Torchlight.
Torchlight is a game that has a demo. off the top of my head, the only other games I can think of, of recent times, that have had a demo have been Jedi Academy, Jedi Outcast, and...I think thas all I can think of.
is it just me, or are game developers just moving away wholesale from the idea of game demos.
I seem to remember when I was a younger gamer, everything had a demo, and they were usually *substantial* demos. The Deus Ex demo, everyone remember that? that was a seriously chunky bit of playtime.
Reviews are nice for games, but I find that nothing really sells a game to me like the opportunity to try the demo and see if it clicks with me. The way I see it, the best way, bar none, to decide on buying a game, is to be able to play it before buying it, and while the option is there to borrow from friends, thats not always possible if your real life friends are not all gamers (Like, no doubt, many of us here).
personally, I really liked the way every game used to have a demo that was released a couple months before the game itself, and I'm not entirely sure when the turning point was.