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39. Re: No Bulletstorm PC Demo Jan 15, 2011, 07:22 StingingVelvet
 
entr0py wrote on Jan 15, 2011, 04:26:
On a platform where hardware incompatibilities and unfixed crashes are common, and refunds are increasingly hard to get; yes, lacking a demo is a serious problem.

I've had about two games in the last 5 years have a crashing problem and both of them were fixed with a patch or tweak, so I don't know about this "crashes are common" thing. Same with the hardware incompatabilies, for new games that has happened to me... never? Yeah, never.

Maybe you just keep a sloppy PC. That's not an insult, the vast majority of people do.

I don't really think it justifies piracy, but there are those who have been burned by nonrefundable games often enough to use piracy as a trial. At lease console players can be assured the game will play.

People like Jerykk are going to download this game on a torrent either way anyway. The people who believe in "try before you buy" do that for every game, demo or no. Jerykk will tell you some grand pro-consumer story about how demos are not truly indicative of the whole game and might not adequately showcase all the flaws and so on.

People who pirate games because they are ignorant of the ramifications and selfish, who never pay for anything, are not going to be persuaded to change their ways by a demo of anything.

So no, I don't really get your point. If a lack of demo harms any group it is the people who refuse to have anything to do with downloading games they haven't bought, and those people will not turn to piracy, soo... no harm no foul, really. It's still stupid not to release a demo, but only because demos increase sales for good games. I bet EA thinks most PC gamers have a console as well and can play the demo there though.
 
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