I just paid for a demo…and you know what, I didn’t mind it one bit. Blue Toad Murders recently went down in price and is being sold in a bundle with all six episodes for £17.99. But cleverly they have an offer to buy Episode one for 99p and if you like it, you can get the rest of it then for £16.99 (A saving of 1p!). I bought it, tried it out and while I’m not totally certain I like Blue Toad Murders, I did realise I quite willingly paid for a demo. And you know what? I’d do it again.
If Final Fantasy Versus XIII, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow or Vanquish offered me a 99p demo that they would not put out any other way, I would totally go for it. It’s not too different from when I used to pay for magazines like Amstrad Action and Amiga Format to get the latest demos. Though to be fair, I probably spend a lot more readily than most game players. There’s not as many like me that spend money to get their virtual Home persona a nice set of steel wings or a sofa in the shape of a LocoRoco. People tend to forget a lot of the costs that go into making a demo – it’s not a case of simply cutting off areas of a game. Demos have to be carefully constructed and are then put through the same rigorous QA process that full games are subject to. This means time, money and resources and for most companies, not only it is unnecessary, but it can become costly. A small token price tag attached to them, would encourage more developers and publishers to release demos and give us a better idea of where to spend our money.
So what do you guys think? Would you pay for 99p demos of blockbuster titles and even more obscure ones? It’s apparently vital that we get your thoughts!