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Author Topic: New Generation Game Demos  (Read 1575 times)

RedPillow

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New Generation Game Demos
« on: March 08, 2010, 01:07:22 AM »
I just heard, that something like "New Generation Game Demos" are coming - first to Playstation 3, then to Xbox and then to PC.

These new game demos are quite easily explained:

The "Demo" would actually be pretty much full-game BUT - the longer / further the player plays it, the more gameplay and stuff the player will miss.
For example Final Fantasy demo would work as the full game and it would be full game but your weapons would get weaker the further you play it.
Another example would be GTA, the longer you play it - the crappier the cars would get.

This new demo-system is in development because the companies want to give players the power to choose what they want to test in the game, before it comes nearly unplayable.

Now, I don`t know how this would take effect against pirates - will they just crack the demo, or actually buy the game after the exclusive demo?

Either way, I think this is a creat idea!

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Re: New Generation Game Demos
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 01:49:28 AM »
Sounds pretty lame to me - it will severely distort the gameplay, you won't get a proper feeling for how it really works. And the method would only work for relatively open-ended games, not for linear progression. And why have people download a full game (some are up to 16 gigabytes now!) if you can get away with a couple gigabytes of demo? (yeah, OK, grabbing the full thing means "unlocking" will be faster, but meh).

Isn't going to mean much for pirates, the already release retail game versions before it hit the stores.
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Re: New Generation Game Demos
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 02:19:45 AM »
The thing, which Im wondering is:

If the demo is already nearly full version, then the fullversion will be released next day or something?

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Re: New Generation Game Demos
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2010, 02:47:58 AM »
If the demo is already nearly full version, then the fullversion will be released next day or something?
There's a lot of ways to go about this. If the game isn't entirely done, then "all the available content" could be preloaded, requiring perhaps just a few hundred megabytes being downloaded once the game is entirely done.

Or it could be that the demo is released at the same time as the full retail, just as a way to evaluate whether you want to play the game.
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