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Left 4 Dead Demo Early Access

GameStop is offering early access to the Left 4 Dead demo for those who preorder Valve's upcoming multiplayer zombie shooter (thanks Mike Martinez and Gamers Platform). The Xbox 360 and PC listings both carry the same offer:

Reserve Left for Dead and receive early access to the demo. The early access will start on 11/6/08 and will end on 11/11/08. Offer valid only while supplies last.

In-Store and Online Customers: Codes and instructions will be emailed beginning 9/5/08. You must provide a valid e-mail address at time of online order or in-store reservation in order to receive an early access code.

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30. Re: Left 4 Dead Demo Early Access Oct 27, 2008, 15:09 Ecthelion
 
This game has DRM through Steam even if purchased at retail so why do you care anyways?
And where did you get that idea from?
I think he's arguing that the Steam platform is a form of DRM, so you should be categorically opposed to using it. Of course, most reasonable gamers don't consider Steam DRM, or at least not on the same level as activation limit DRM or DRM that installs unwanted software. Technically I suppose it qualifies as DRM, but I think most people realize that's not the kind of DRM to which your sig is referring.

I think this is a strategy to get more people to pre-order the game. Not to reward people who have already ordered it or cancel orders. Have you noticed that almost every game lately has pre-order boxes on the shelf in retail stores and pre-orders in general are pushed as if they were real sales?

Pre-orders are an easy way to maximize profit on release day, instead of buying 50 copies for every store, you order 5 copies, and the pre-order copies and you minimize overstocking the game. That way if a game is a huge success or an epic failure they only have 5 copies left after selling the ones they pre-ordered.

These numbers are used to determine how many copies they will buy. It's that simple. Has nothing to do with showing the quality of the game to gamers. It's about sales. And selling a game has nothing to do with showing it to gamers. They want your cash money, and if you say you'll give it to them for a copy of this game, they will make every attempt to get your money.
Good point. I have definitely noticed the ubiquitous presence of preorder boxes, and I've also noticed that multiplatform releases (unless they are AAA titles) tend to ignore the PC version. I went to several stores on the day LEGO Batman came out, and not one of them had the PC version in stock. Of course, the console versions were everywhere, but there wasn't even one copy of the PC version. I decided never to buy a game at retail again (hopefully I'll stick to that) and ordered it on Amazon.

This comment was edited on Oct 27, 2008, 15:14.
 
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