Would you support a $5 demo deal?!

#1 Edited by biggest_loser (24030 posts) -

There was a rumour on another board about EA charging $5 for a demo.

Most people have written this off as pure greed but lets look at another angle.

Games are expensive and over-priced but wouldn't it be better to pay $5 for a demo rather than paying $80 or $90 (au) and be disappointed?

Demos used to be more prominent but today games are more expensive to make than ever before and piracy is bigger too.

Companies are reluctant to release demos because they fear that people won't pay for the full game.

Does anyone else think that a paid demo could be a good balance between giving players a chance to try the game and giving something back to the company?

#2 Edited by Shadowchronicle (25977 posts) -

I did have a lot to say until you said something about giving back to the company. XD I think people would just rent games if demos started costing money. Also if you guys are curious about what EA did here's some images:

http://static1.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/687/6870722/2586099-screenshot_14.png

http://static2.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/687/6870722/2586100-screenshot_15.png

It is a good way to give back money to the company, although I don't like the fact that EA is the one that decides to do this even if it was on accident. EA starting a trend in marketing games is bad news to me imo.

#3 Posted by wis3boi (31122 posts) -

not a snowball's chance in hell. And that EA $5 demo was a glitch in their system, not greed. Gamers are too quick to put on that tin foil hat

#4 Edited by biggest_loser (24030 posts) -

@wis3boi said:

not a snowball's chance in hell. And that EA $5 demo was a glitch in their system, not greed. Gamers are too quick to put on that tin foil hat

So what don't you like about the idea?? What puts you off the most?!

#5 Posted by silversix_ (14085 posts) -

Only if they're the ones giving me $5 for playing their crappy demo.

#6 Posted by MuD3 (1218 posts) -
#7 Edited by R4gn4r0k (16300 posts) -

There used to be loads of demo's on PC. Now there are next to none.

I have no way to back this up, but this has lead to a serious increase in piracy. As people want to try out the game and how well it runs on their system, before buying. If there is no demo, people will seek other ways...

If you're gonna make people pay for demo's (which consoles are already doing, as you need Xbox Live to get demo's early) you'll only cause more piracy.

#8 Edited by airshocker (29051 posts) -

The last I heard this was all a mistake with the marketplace system. EA isn't charging any money for demos.

#9 Posted by PredatorRules (7466 posts) -

There was a rumour on another board about EA charging $5 for a demo.

Most people have written this off as pure greed but lets look at another angle.

Games are expensive and over-priced but wouldn't it be better to pay $5 for a demo rather than paying $80 or $90 (au) and be disappointed?

Demos used to be more prominent but today games are more expensive to make than ever before and piracy is bigger too.

Companies are reluctant to release demos because they fear that people won't pay for the full game.

Does anyone else think that a paid demo could be a good balance between giving players a chance to try the game and giving something back to the company?

Well, EA has gone low down to such level that they've charged you actual money for Dead Space 3 cheats. so... I guess why not?

#10 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16135 posts) -

I wouldn't mind paying for a demo if I got a discount off the final product.

#11 Edited by AutoPilotOn (8220 posts) -

No way demos should be free. Hell back in the day it was called shareware and they gave you 1/4 the entire game as a "demo" for free

#12 Edited by skipper847 (3169 posts) -

Not bought a computer mag for years but do they still do demos on there. They used to be about 15 with some apps and other stuff as well. This was about £5 I think with the mag it self. I use to buy PC Zone or Gamer every month.

#13 Posted by kraken2109 (13007 posts) -

I thought it was a mistake by EA because they were still free on other platforms?

Either way, It's terrible and should never happen.

#14 Posted by faizanhd (189 posts) -

I would rather take a free demo. Which is how things are SUPPOSED to be.

You played demos to know if you wanted a game.

Not the garbage Trailer and Lets Play generation we have created.

#15 Posted by harry_james_pot (10601 posts) -

No way. It's a ridiculous idea.

#16 Posted by pyro1245 (574 posts) -

Irrelevant. There's only one game I want from EA in the foreseeable future.

#17 Edited by ShepardCommandr (2429 posts) -

Of course not.

I can buy a whole with that on the steam sales.

#18 Posted by glez13 (8679 posts) -

It wasn't a rumor they were actually charging for at least two demo's but they took it down and clarified that it was an error. It's ridiculous to charge for a demo, it defeats the purpose of a demo.

#19 Edited by Grey_Eyed_Elf (3697 posts) -

People need to... Seriously need to stop hoping on the propaganda being thrown around.

Developers make superb money and the companies earn millions for their games. If the game fails it fails there's no one to blame. Piracy and game costs are irrelevant... If your game is good enough it will sell millions and you will make profit. I mean for the love of god some of games like GTA5 made a $1 billion dollars.

Developers are using piracy as a form of propaganda to get game prices up.

"Rising costs"... "piracy"... You people are gullible as f***. These developers make one game and buy a house with their wages. Cliff Blazinski f***ing retired at the age of 38 in a mansion and with enough money to start his own studio. Day Z made Dean Hall $5.7 million.

Would I support a $5 demo?... Are you f***ing crazy?

#20 Posted by skipper847 (3169 posts) -
#21 Edited by JigglyWiggly_ (23469 posts) -
#22 Posted by General_X (9028 posts) -

I might consider it ONLY if I could get that $5 taken off the retail price of the game if I went on to buy it. But even under that condition that's a LONG stretch.

#23 Posted by RossRichard (2339 posts) -

No, I'm more likely to wait for a good Steam sale where I can pick up the whole game for $5.

#24 Posted by lawlessx (46566 posts) -