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Call of Duty Demo Open Letter

Though we don't really offer much in the way of downloads here, Blue's News is supporting the sentiments in the following open letter, which demonstrates to Activision (and hopefully the rest of the industry) what the undersigned sites feel are the general sentiments of the community about the downsides of exclusive demo releases. As a result, these sites will not be carrying the Call of Duty demo, even after its FilePlanet exclusivity (story) is over. Update: To be clear, this does not mean we will not carry news of when the demo is released, exclusive or not. Here's the letter:

After discussions with Activision, the following websites will not be carrying the Call of Duty playable demo, even after its exclusivity is over. This is due to Activision's decision to not accede to the reasonable request of making the demo freely available to all game enthusiasts at the same time.

3D Downloads
3D Gamers
Blue's News
EdgeFiles (
Gamer's Hell
Tiscali Games

The above-listed websites hope to show Activision that the enthusiast industry is strongly opposed to the idea of exclusive demo releases.

Feedback from our users shows that gamers hate to be forced through a single point of congestion if they want a demo right away. While these websites are actually competitors, this competition provides the freedom of choice that enthusiasts want by offering the widest possible distribution of any demo (a sample intended to interest as many gamers as possible in the full product, after all) rather than the most restricted one.

Therefore, something this disrespectful of the industry as a whole has inspired all of these websites to stand together in this open letter.

Deals like this hurt the industry much more than they could possibly enhance a single relationship, and we ask for your support in sending out this message.

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197. Re: Call of Duty Demo Aug 28, 2003, 21:24 Enahs
You seem to be under the impression that gaming companies owe you something other than

Even though you are not talking to me, and I am not even in this conversation.

Game companies do owe ME something.

ID Software owes me a dirt bike!

Valve owes me 1,000 acres of land, somewhere out deep in some mountains somewhere(but that can still get broadband!)

Why do they owe me this? Well, in both cases, it is a very long story, filled with inside information. And to tell the story, I would have to brake too many NDA's, and then get sued. But in all honesty they do. *cough*

I request, that everybody being upset about this, to PLEAES
e-mail ID, specifically Johny, Valve, specifically Gabe , about what they owe me. I went to GREAT lengths to do them personal favors, and they are shafting me.

Mr.Carmack is this fair? To shaft me, my simple dirt bike, when you have a rocket ship to the moon!  I really like this joke, I think it is the best one of the whole stupid post, some of you old timers will get it.| Do you really want to be one of the pioneering leaders in the Aero Space industry, but shaft some poor college student, to make you dreams come true? Is this the kind of example you want to set for the space fairing companies for the future?

Gabe...Gabe...remember when I use to call you Gaby?
Gaby! What happened to you man! We were like two pea's in a bowl of soup, but you got greedy with HL2, and forgot all about me. All those things I did for you (that I can not mention, the whole NDA's thing). man, I got to admit, I am ashamed to of known you Gaby

Please help me, My fellow gamers, Get what is OWED to me.

P.S. This is funny, so laugh already damn it

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