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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
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:
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.
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
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||Re: Exclusive Demos
||Sep 2, 2003, 17:27
|I refuse to pay for a subscription service to download game demoa maybe cause I got used to downloading them for free, with the idea that if i like the demo I will go buy the game. I will not whine about the fact about the money etc... to me its really not about the money, its hard to put my finger on it, but I guess it always gets me upset when I see middle men tring to come in and make a buck on things.
These game sites like fileplanet used to be free to get users and thier name out and about, most there software used to be free also, I used gamespy back when it was a much smaller simple peice of software someone wrote to help people out.
Now they are more a bussiness that is about making money, there is nothing wrong with making money, we all want to make money. But something still stinks here, in the same way that the Record lables use arts to make money almost.
These guys make deals with companies alike Activision, probally something like this, I will advertise your games write good reveiws really get the kids to like the game you make, since it a pretty good game anyway but kids think we know what it is we are talking about, big falshy sites and all that. and you give us exclusive rights to release your demos before others can get it. Ok thats all fine, and all in all I cant blame fileplanet, they suck but whatever I dont have to pay thats the way it works, fine!
But I do blame Activision, a company that i have paid tons of money to for a long time supporting their games and all that, they dont really owe me anything cause most the games were great, Quake etc... but they are pretty much forcing my hand here, they are saying if you want this demo (that we know you are dieing to get hold of) at the same time as Joe Dumass down the road you need to buy a fileplanet membership. I am sure people with a fileplanet membership dont have a probalem witht hat, but I do, their are tons of us out here that just want to download a demo of a game that we know we will probally love, maybe give them feedback on it and probally buy any sequal also. why should I have to give money to stupid ass fileplanet for anything? just for a download that many other game sites would be happy to let me get from thier servers.
Shit with the game industry becoming a billions of billions dollar market you would think these guys would launch their own download servers and offer the demos to as many kids as will come get it. not make people pay a membership to 3rd parties for letting them download it, thats crazy.
Plus I really feel for game sites that dont get the option to let their users download games that they might want to offer and other sites can offer it cause of thier deal, its bad news, no need at all for this. If you pay for fileplanet them fine you use them and get your fast downloads etc... but still let the rest of us just got get it from somewhere elase and not have to jump on IRC and beg others for it :/