I don't much even look for demos anymore.
a) Many many games nowadays don't have demos
b) Many many demos are copy protected with weird crap that I don't want infesting my system. I understand why they do it, because otherwise the demo exe is sometimes used to bypass copy protection on the release, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.
c) Many demos are horrible representations of the real game. Either they totally suck compared to the real game, in which case I'd be missing out on a good game (for instance the L4D2 demo totally sucked, and almost turned me off from the game, it included only a single game mode on only a couple levels out of a single campaign, and the best move in the game "scavenge" wasn't included, and neither was any mode where you controlled special infected. It bored me so much I only played the demo levels once or maybe twice through), or else they show the best 2 levels in the game and give a false impression that the rest of the game is that good, when really it was only those 2 levels that got all the polish, and the rest they just crapped out without polishing. In fact game devs have a vested interest in putting the best foot forward if the game isn't that great, or perhaps not even doing a demo at all.
d) Its not worth my time to see if any of those apply to a specific game/demo, and especially point c) is very subjective anyway.
A) your point is worthless and has nothing to do with Torchlight
B) Absolute complete bullshit excuse. I have NEVER had my PC infected with "weird" crap in my 15 years of PC gaming by a demo.
C) If a demo sucks, then you don't like the game, aren't going to buy it, and therefore should not play it.
C-2) Not all demos are either totally sucky or falsely represent the game.
D) It would almost always take less time to read reviews, look at chat threads, and watch gameplay videos to get an impression of a game
than to download an illegal copy of it. If it's not worth your time to put forth effort, then it should not be worth your time to play in the first place.
When you go out to eat, do you use the same thought process? Do you eat the food without ordering it, and if you like it, decide to purchase it if (and only if) it's marked down because of happy hour?This comment was edited on Dec 19, 2009, 18:04.