Originally Posted by Jarman
I know it's not really their job to do this, but if companies like steam offered more free weekends on games (especially newer titles) then people could try before they buy without pirating. Or if every steam user could try one game a month for a day, something along those lines.
I bought cod black ops off steam without trying it first, and i feel robbed for doing so. I would definitely consider trying a game by whatever means necessary before buying it in the future.
I'm not saying this would solve piracy, but it would be a step in the right direction.
Exactly, bring back the demo! Companies used to do this routinely, but after that BS statement a while back about them stopping this due to "costs", we don't get them any more. Of course, we know the real reason is so that people such as yourself take a gamble on it and if you don't like it, you're stuck with it and the publisher has pocketed your money for something you don't want. What a nice little racket.
I would go one further than your suggestion and say that Steam should impose terms on all games publishers that every
game is allowed to be played for free for a limited time, say three days, after which you have to pay to continue playing. Now, that
would be fair. It would also sort out the crap from the quality, which is as it should be.