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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
AusGamers
Blue's News
EdgeFiles (Callofduty.org)
FileFront
FileShack
GameGossip
Gamer's Hell
Loadedinc
Tiscali Games
WorthPlaying

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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371. No subject Aug 29, 2003, 08:24 wolfbane
 
Amazing that some ppl are willing to pay for the chance to be the first to download stuff that could be just a piece of crap..

"Oh well.. this super über exclusive demo sucked but atleast i was the first to get it.. and the dl speed was really fast too.."

 
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370. WQQT WQQT Aug 29, 2003, 08:11 Jay K.
 
BLUE!!

YOU DA MAN!!


WQQT WQQT and a BIG THANK YOU for driving a Spike into the heart of exclusivity of FileCrap. I buy tons of games that all have the big three's engines from Activision, Sierra and Atari. To nip this in the bud before it gets wings is a GREAT THING!

TO all involved,

THANK YOU

Jay K.


 
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369. The developers/publishers should host Aug 29, 2003, 07:26  cliffski 
 
I dont see why actviision cant host a free demo themselves. Its insane. If they want me to buy the game. I want to see what I'm getting. I sure won't pay for the priveledge of finding out that a game sucks.
Shareware authors HAVE to give away free demos to all who want them, and they host the files themselves. If the sales to tryout rate for COD doesnt justify the bandwidth costs of the game then maybe, just maybe the games not good enough OR the demo filesize is too big.
Either way, making the demo exclusive is dumb. I wont get hold of it, and by the time I can, other more interesting demos will be out.

 
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368. good ... Aug 29, 2003, 05:13 Chris
 
for you. I've been reading blue's for many years - just thought i'd join the forum just to say well done.

chris, scotland

 
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367. bad f*ckin *ss Aug 29, 2003, 04:29 veovis
 
i've been reading blue's for half a decade now, and i just finally created a forum account just to say haleF*CKINluiah. keep fighting evil blue you're my hero.

 
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366. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 03:14 MindTrigger
 
Funny, I am submerged in the same BS you are, yet it doesn't blindly influence me because I am intellgent enough to think things through.

I believe we are going down, and down hard. Ancient Roman Empire, anyone?

 
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365. No subject Aug 29, 2003, 03:07 D4rkKnight
 
The RIGHT NOW attitude is a part of our culture. We see it advertised on TV every day.

When you watch Commercials on TV, they dont say save up your money and buy their product later, they say buy now now now, theres no better time then now, no credit? You can still buy it! Bad credit? No Problem!! Bankrupt?! We'll still let you buy it!! But only if you act now, this once in a lifetime deal wont last forever!

Come on, this stuff is all around us in our society today, OF COURSE WE END UP LIKE IT!!

 
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364. No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:54 Rictor
 
No, I don't derive my philosophy from a movie. The movie does a good job of expressing some of my beliefs. I thought of the philosophy first, then stated the movie as a good example of the philosophy. So, instead of typing up 10 pages, I simply tell you to watch the movie, which will have the same effect, and possibly communicate my ideas better than I could.

 
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363. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:50 MindTrigger
 
I would also like to add, that this is a PERFECT example of why the United States is in the financial shithouse. People are so worried about what they can get RIGHT NOW-TODAY, that they don't bother to think of the long term impact of their actions.

You can apply this to nearly all things American... including the way we treat our environment.

Don't get me wrong, I love my country, but that doesn't solve our issues obviously.

 
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362. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:46 MindTrigger
 
What's going to be REALLY funny is watching you whiners force the file distributing companies like FilePlanet out of business by taking away the few ways they have to get and keep customers. You fools will be paying MORE MONEY AT THE CASH REGISTER when this happens, because no one will want to absorb the cost of distributing demos.

Enjoy your short-sighted victory while you can.

 
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361. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:45 Meezy
 
Have you seen Fight Club?

Wow, I was actually reading your posts with interest until this comment. You actually derive your philosophy from movies? Those are propaganda AT LEAST as much as any W speech. Respect for Rictor just hit an all time low.

 
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360. Re: POO ASS COMMENT Aug 29, 2003, 02:36 MindTrigger
 
I'm with you Hellbinder, I think this whole issue is a freakin joke.

 
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359. POO ASS COMMENT Aug 29, 2003, 02:26 POO ASS
 
WHAT Up GUys this si POO ASS again wiht mor coments.

THE MONEY WE would spen on FILEPALNET MEBMERSHIP we should DONATE TO BLUE TO HELP HIM OUT AND HLPE OUT TEH SITE WE LOVE

taht is a good use of the money and not for filePalnet!

POO ASS OUT

 
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358. Way to go! Aug 29, 2003, 02:23 Maestro
 
Wow, people standing together on something they care about, Way to go Blue!

 
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357. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:17 Gunz
 
Just what we needed

I think I speak for quite a few folks when I say, "Yes. Just what we needed." <--- I'll add a period, for fun.

I *might* download the demo now... if it's convenient for me -- the guy who pays the bills around my house. The guy who's money they want to attract with a *demonstration* of what I'll get for my hard-earned money.

And if I like the demo I'll buy the game. Simple as that.

 
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356. No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:17 Rictor
 
Oh yeah, communism. Have you really been so brainwashed, so as to believe than anything free is the work of subversive Russian communists? Do you download music? Is that communism?

I don't want to see big corporations (not saying Gamespy is one, just in general) getting richer and richer from my inconvenince. Have you seen Fight Club?

 
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355. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:16 ZigZang
 
This is just great.. I suppose we can expect this same Bull**** now every time Fileplanet tries to do something special for their Subscribers.

Pathetic..


Natter, natter, natter . . . . . and you PAY to download this shit?? Sucka!
 
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354. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:14 Hellbinder
 
Perhaps you dont understand what Communism is?

This is just great.. I suppose we can expect this same Bull**** now every time Fileplanet tries to do something special for their Subscribers.

Pathetic..


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353. Re: No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:12 Psycho Suicider
 
Those sites aren't communist.

Activision made a good decision.

 
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352. No subject Aug 29, 2003, 02:07 Hellbinder
 
Just wonderful...

The Whinny Cry baby Communist sites win...

Just what we needed

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