"nothing of the sort"?! LOL! Do you even think about the bullshit you spew before you post it? Of course it is something of the sort. You had to fully pay for the game upfront in order to play the pre-release demo/beta just as I wrote.
So BMW has a new model out, you head down the garage and they won't let you test drive... still, you know you want it so you preorder it and they let you drive it early. That according to you would be paying £35,000, or whatever the value, to test-drive the car? BULLSHIT. What that would be is the LACK of a test-drive and the ability to preorder / use the product.
I am rightfully criticising Valve for not offering a free demo or beta of the game
Well that's a different point - a valid one as well. However, you have to hide it amongst your regular bullshit, slander and lies.
LOL! XBOX Live IS an online distribution system. The problem from Valve's perspective is simply that XBOX Live is not Valve's online distribution system and MIcrosoft would get a cut of any sales.
No, the problem is that it's a console and not everyone has the hard-drive for it... the system also isn't designed for downloading entire multi-gig games as the console just doesn't have the disc space for that. Also, it's not the primary system for distribution, unlike Steam. Basically it's a different platform and they have to work to constraints / precedents before them.
NEway, keep jumping up and down whilst casing hexes on Valve employees... you won't convince anyone here that you're reasonable. Isn't it funny how no-one ever supports your points and yet there are plenty of people reinforcing mine?
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