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Charging? For a demo??

We all know that times are tough when it comes to money these days. But charging for a video game demo? Are things really that bad?

Electronic Arts is getting ready to start charging for what they call “premium” demo versions that could go for $10-$15. These demos would contain around 3-4 hours of the full version of the game.

I can say with confidence that I would never shell out any dollar amount for a fraction of a video game. And I know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

The whole point of a game demo is to play a little bit of the game before you decide to shell out the cash for the full version. Paying for a demo defeats the actual purpose of a demo!

Charging for a demo, regardless of the amount of content it holds, is taking advantage of the gaming community. Say a game like MW2 had a premium demo. Gamers everywhere would not hesitate laying down the cash to play before the release. Or it could go the other way. A terrible game has a premium demo. A handful of players would buy it and regret spending even a penny on it.

Find another way to make money EA. I’m sure there are better ways.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2010 in ps3, Xbox

 

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Splinter Cell Conviction

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction demo arrives today on Xbox Live. Whether you’re an avid fan of the series or just love stealth action games, I recommend giving it a try.

Now I’m not a huge fan of stealth, I prefer a good face to face run and gun game but I gave this demo a shot. The first thing I learned was to not ignore the fact that this is a STEALTH game and should be played as such. If you can’t keep your gun quiet than stick to MW2 and BFBC2.

Anyway here are the basic facts about the upcoming game…

This is the fifth installment in the Splinter Cell series and is due to release on April 13th in North America. One of the new game features in this sequel is “mark and execute”. It takes playing 5 seconds into this game demo to learn that this feature will defiantly  be very helpful. Target one or multiple targets/objects and take them out in one swift motion.

There is also the new ability to interrogate other characters. You can use your environment to assist you in “persuading”  your enemy to talk. Sometimes a good face to the urinal can really loosen the jaw. Literally.

Not sure if it’s your kind of game? Check out the demo before shelling out your cash in April.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2010 in Xbox

 

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