In the last couple months it seems like there has been a healthy increase in the number of demos available for games on PC. This is good news but also bad news in a way. The majority of those demos have been for indie games that cost less than $20. Going back to December there have been only 3 demos released on Steam for games that cost more than $20. Of those three demos only one was from a major publisher (Activision) whie the other two were from SCS Software and Kalypso software.
The problem I have with this is I believe we should be getting more demos for games that are asking $50-60 of our hard earned money instead of demos for games that are less than $20 which we are probably more likely to take a chance on anyway. What does it say when a company who is asking for less than $20 of our money is willing to let us play their game before handing over the cash and other publishers are asking for up to three times the money without as much as offering us a thirty minute trial to put us at ease.
I think I can answer my own question: people see a game from a well known publisher and are far more likely to hand over $60 and ask no questions. Most of these gamers probably don't follow a lot of gaming news and probably don't try a lot of games from lesser known publishers and developers. I know I am far less likely to buy a game from EA, Activision, Ubisoft, or Take Two because I have been burned by them for a lot of money for a lot of games that turned out to not be worth $60 but I am the minority.
Out of the last eight games that have been from big studios and have retailed for $50-60 at launch that I have played I would say four of them were worth that price. That is pretty sad. Luckily where I work I get a decent amount of games for free. Out of those eight big name games I only had to pay for four of them.
Sadly I don't see this issue changing any time soon. Oh well, I have found a ton of great indie games lately that are cheap and gave me a demo.