To download or not to download..
I used to buy my games based on reviews in magazines, previous experience with the manufacturer and just plain old cool looking art/screens. I bought a lot of junk.
Now, if there isn't a trial available for download, I dl the game and try it out. If I do like the game enough to load it up more than once, I go out and buy it; If I don't like the game within the first boot, I clear it out and mark it as junk. So far, I've purchased a lot less games than I would have if I didn't have the 'trial', but I saved a lot of money.
If the game developers want my money, they better make a game that isn't buggy, has some depth and offer me a trial version so I can see what it's all about. With the inability to return open packages to the store, I think this is something that should be expected by game developers. Far too often the game hits the shelves and is a buggy, useless mess.
Best games I bought after dl'ing a 'trial';
Neverwinter Nights, Morrowind, Black & White, The Sims, Simcity 4, Madden.
(After that first Madden, I just go out and buy the new version. EA has earned my loyalty)
The list of games I never bought (but would have if I didn't have the 'trial') would be far longer than the list above.
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