drpain wrote: I'm very guilty of "renting" games that suck I used to do it all the time when I was going to school and living in Michigan and didn't have much money to spend.
With the invention of "free weekends" on steam where they can allow you to download and play a game for a limited amount of time, why not allow us to rent a game for a week for $5, if we like it, they give us the $5 back towards the full retail purchase of the game, if we don't wanna buy it, they keep the $5 and disable it from our steam account? It would allow the people who wanna try a game to do it without being forced into piracy!?!?!?!?
99% of games on Steam sell for $5 during the sales anyway. The only ones that don't are the big multiplayer titles. Any other game you could just play through once for $5 and be done with under your system, none of them would ever sell at full price while new. This would be horrible, not only as a business decision for Steam but also for the developers as well. I mean, unless you want them all to go bankrupt. Let them keep making the money off their shiny new games and sell them later for cheap, no need to change anything.
Twodavez wrote: Well obviously it's a a good idea to let people play for a few days or i even like the idea of hours better. If a game can be beat completely in 2 hours, it should only be worth $5 anyway.
You say it's obvious, but I fail to see how. Two hours isn't a reasonable amount of time to beat most games, but you could probably play through most in a day or two. Again, read my previous post. This would absolutely murder sales of new games. See ya, indie devs.
Twodavez wrote: Not all games get to the sale
I would disagree. Virtually all Steam games go on sale, even if it takes a while.
Twodavez wrote: and if you miss it, it makes for lots of SAD Pandas.
This is Steam's problem how? They put the sale out there and you weren't paying attention. Sorry about your luck. This is why I keep Steam sale notifications enabled, they're extremely good for, you know, notifying you of sales.
Twodavez wrote: How many people bought Killing floor after the free weekend that happened to fall on a LAN OC event? It was only a $20 game if i remember correctly. I know i bought a game due to the LAN free weekend.
Right, it went on sale in conjunction with the free weekend. Not sure what you're after here.
Twodavez wrote: I'd be more apt to "rent" COD or BF3 for $5 for a weekend to play at a LAN, instead of having to dish out the $60 it costs new...
They're just too popular and this is never going to happen. Sorry. Why would they rent it to you for $5 when they know you'll buy it for $60? Even if not, no skin off their noses. They can't hear you over all the money they're making.
Twodavez wrote: And for games that are made for multiplayer, the demo isn't going to cut it. Let me see the whole game for a few hours or a day for cheap. Then when it goes on steam sale, i'd be more apt to buy it, or just get it for free at that time since i've paid my dues towards the game...
Again, these games are so massively popular that they can sell them for $60 new and keep that price point for a while. They don't have to provide demos, everyone has played these types of games and the gameplay just doesn't change that much between titles.