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# 1 z Revis @ 04/29/10 06:06 PM
Yes. I go off demo's and reviews to judge whether I want to buy a game or not.
 
# 2 SinisterAlex @ 04/29/10 06:10 PM
It's both for review reasons and appetite reasons for me. But I voted for the appetite one.
 
# 3 BlackJack_Williams @ 04/29/10 06:15 PM
For unknown games, I use them to gauge whether I'll get it or not.
For anticipated games, I use it to fill the void of waiting for the game. (i.e. Battlefrield)

Demos are definitely important to this guy
 
# 4 CYAU357 @ 04/29/10 06:22 PM
i think demos are important because it helps me make the decision to get a game if i dont know much about it. but if its a game that i have been anticipatingthen it justs wets my whistle a little till the game comes out.
 
# 5 Reaman @ 04/29/10 06:26 PM
Yes, but only to wet my appetite for the retail release.
 
# 6 toine2983 @ 04/29/10 06:29 PM
Yes, but only to wet my appetite for the retail release. I don't think any demo I've played has changed my purchasing decision one way or the other.
 
# 7 Jimbo68 @ 04/29/10 06:34 PM
Nope, not for me. Simply because I follow the games I'm interested in prior to either the demo or the full game release. I watch interviews, read previews, etc.. Then I wait a couple of days or weeks after a game's full release and see what both the professional and consumer reviews say about the game. Then I make a decision to purchase or to pass. We all know that the majority of demos are pretty generic, i.e., like no commentary in sports games and so on.
 
# 8 TreyIM2 @ 04/29/10 06:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackJack_Williams
For unknown games, I use them to gauge whether I'll get it or not.
For anticipated games, I use it to fill the void of waiting for the game. (i.e. Battlefrield)

Demos are definitely important to this guy
What he said...
 
# 9 sniperhare @ 04/29/10 07:19 PM
They're very important for new games. EA sold me on Skate with it's demo, but a demo for Madden doesn't do anything. They can't release demos of offseason in franchise modes, which is the biggest problem of Madden outside of the poor game engine.

I've rented the last couple of Splinter Cell games but the demo of it sold me on that game as well.
 
# 10 Gotmadskillzson @ 04/29/10 07:30 PM
Demos are important for me to determine which game I should buy 1st or whether I should just wait for that game to drop in price.
 
# 11 mestevo @ 04/29/10 07:39 PM
It really depends.

As it relates to the Football games, the Madden demo scratches an itch while waiting for the release that will be a must buy anyways.

For Backbreaker, the demo will determine if I ever buy the game, bargain bin or otherwise.
 
# 12 Lava @ 04/29/10 07:41 PM
Yes, sometimes they can make or break a purchase for me.
 
# 13 stlstudios189 @ 04/29/10 07:48 PM
I have never downloaded a single demo
 
# 14 prowler @ 04/29/10 07:59 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackJack_Williams
For unknown games, I use them to gauge whether I'll get it or not.
For anticipated games, I use it to fill the void of waiting for the game. (i.e. Battlefrield)

Demos are definitely important to this guy
What this guy said.
 
# 15 DLaren @ 04/29/10 08:02 PM
I view game-demos as an opporunity for a developer to win my gaming-dollar.

I am not an open-minded gamer, so I am incredibly particular when it comes to choosing a game to invest my money & time into. Therefore, I tend to only show interest in games from series/developers/publishers that have earned my trust over the years.

A good demo can introduce me to a game that I would have never considered otherwise.

I knew I was buying FIFA WorldCup long before I played the demo. Now that the demo is out, it's just pacifying me until I buy the full game sometime next month. Then there's a game like BackBreaker, a game that looks subpar at face-value, but if the demo introduces me to a side of Backbreaker that I never knew existed, I may fall in love with it and never play another football game for the rest of this generation.

...Or I could hate it and delete the game from my harddrive in mere minutes. Both extremes are possible, but without a demo, a game that I do not trust will never even get the opportunity to win my gaming-dollar.
 
# 16 Jukeman @ 04/29/10 08:16 PM
No, I demo games thru gamefly...

If its a keeper, I'll buy it at gamestop or something..

If not...

Well......

On To The Next One!
 
# 17 Draxion @ 04/29/10 08:44 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlackJack_Williams
For unknown games, I use them to gauge whether I'll get it or not.
For anticipated games, I use it to fill the void of waiting for the game. (i.e. Battlefrield)

Demos are definitely important to this guy

What he said.
 
# 18 andytop75 @ 04/29/10 08:58 PM
Not so much when it comes to sports games...........but other games it can make a major difference. The Dark Void demo killed any interest I had in playing that game.
 
# 19 kmart2180 @ 04/29/10 09:35 PM
Most demo's like Madden's are just a tease to hold me over until release. But some are just for a oppertunity to play a game I have 0 interest in ever buying (Backbreaker/Mlb2k/skate ect..)
 
# 20 03MstGT290 @ 04/29/10 10:19 PM
I voted appetite.

Demos are not FINISHED PRODUCTS.

That's two big words.

People who make their decisions based off the demos are missing out BIG TIME. Demos offer limited features and such and such.

.02

 

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