Should demos make a comeback? 4 replies

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#1 1 year ago

There's been the odd demo recently like the Resi 2 oneshot and the Forza Horizon 4 demo.

But they're nowhere near as prolific as they used to be.

Do you miss demos? Would they tempt you into buying a game more if it had a demo?

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#2 1 year ago

Yes. They should. Leap-of-faith purchasing shouldn't be a thing. Having demos means you have the balls to show bits of your game off for free, meaning you're quite confident it's good. "Hi, we made this game, here's basically how it looks like, we're sure you'll love it, give us $60 if when you want more."

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#3 1 year ago

Demos were how you know if you like a game or not. If you like the game, you buy the full game.

If you don't like the game, you don't waste the hundreds of moneys on pre-ordering the game on multiple platforms, then buying the Season Pass box of mystery.

As simple of a concept as a demo was, it was very effective. I absolutely say they need to return.



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#4 1 month ago

Yeah I think it should. Demos gave us a chance not only see what a game had to offer and whether or not we enjoyed it, but also allowed us to continually tweak the settings and try different graphics options to see how our PCs handled it.

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#5 1 month ago

I think the free week-end events on platforms like Steam serve the same thing nowadays. Also, even without free temp access, the internet makes it pretty easy to learn a lot about a game these days prior to spending money on it. 

So I don't really miss demos, even though I really liked the concept back in the day.