Would you pay for demos? 
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Alessandro Barbosa
July 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

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EA is known for doing some pretty despicable things over the years. Season Passes, shoe-horned micro-transactions,  Origin and more – like trying to market Dungeon Keeper as a “free to play” game. There’s a reason (vocal idiots, mostly) that they were voted worst company in America for two years in a row, and now they’ve just made themselves strong contenders once again. On the good authority of Geoff, I took a look at the demos of FIFA 14 and EA Sports UFC on my Xbox One and come across something quite interesting. Usually when you’re browsing for a demo you don’t expect to be hit with a pay wall, but EA clearly loves taking stupidity to new heights. If you want a taste of either of the two EA demos available on Xbox LIVE, you’re expected to fork out no less than $4.99.

That’s right, you have to pay for a demo now. Should we start a slow clap? I took a few snapchats photos so that the internet could archive this insanity forever.

Before you get your pitchforks out, do realise that this was likely a mere pricing error, still take a look:

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Even Messi is looking confused. More than he is in that really terrible Lays advert.

Thankfully, this isn’t an early taste of EA’s future. It seems to be a simple pricing is an error on their side, and the problem should be fixed within the next few minutes. Although if there ever was a company that would try and pull something like this off, I would put my money on EA.

Then again, I guess Hideo Kojima already claimed that honour with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes. Of course, those armed with tinfoil hats would say that this could be a test-run, with EA trying to see just how willing people are to pay for demos. We really, really don’t think this is the case, but you never really know, do you?

I am a little snowflake, and you can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

  • Ottokie

    That is just stupid…

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I’ve never been so happy not to be buying EA games.

      • Sith JJ

        Amen to that

      • Brenz

        Small sacrifice for the greater good.

    • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

      That is one long dick

      • Ottokie

        DRM and DLC

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        That is one long Peter*. fixed.

    • Rince&pop

      WIN!

    • HvR – Still dislikes Random.or

      New slogon:
      EA is Love, EA is Life

    • Kensei Seraph
      • Ottokie

        Hehehe my bad :P

        Would love to go watch some anime thx to that GIF, instead of working!

  • Admiral Chief Fairburne

    All aboard to nopeville on the nopenoway-train

  • Admiral Chief Fairburne

    Will they give you discount if you buy the full version then?

    • Ottokie

      That would be the correct way to go, but then you will feel kind of obligated to buy the game.

    • HvR – Still dislikes Random.or

      ROFL!!!!

    • Sith JJ

      We’re talking about EA here.
      They’ll charge you for being loyal if they can.

    • Weanerdog

      Buy the demo and you get to unlock the following if you buy the game at full price. Free Horse armour, exclusive shitty ported map from last years edition of the franchise, exclusive hermaphrodite skins and a virtual tub of lube.

      Hope that I am not giving EA any ideas

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    We should start calling him NeoGeoff.

  • Rince&pop

    Where would I take a loo to though?!

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      The no.2 line to Poop Town?

      • Rince&pop

        Pooop Poooop!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Well I have learnt something from this article. I did not know that it was Messi in the Lays advert. I thought it was just some random clueless model.

    • Rince&pop

      I think it still is?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        No. It’s not random.

        • Rince&pop

          At least you are still using ‘it’s’ ;)

    • Sith JJ

      I’d believe you either way.

      The only thing in the world cup that I can identify without fail every time is the ball.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I can’t even do that. I saw a bit the other day & wondered how a second ball had ended up on the pitch while they’re still playing… then they zoomed in & it turned out to be a couple of balloons.

      • Weanerdog

        I can pick out Hulk in the Brazilian team, he is the big guy.

  • Rince&pop

    You’ve got to be kidding? Pay for a demo? Back in the day I’d buy a magazine and it would come with free DEMOS, plural. Man I do miss those days.

  • Sith JJ

    No.
    It’s a damn DEMO. Demonstration of what you can expect. It’s supposed to be a selling point or a form of marketing. I’m not going to pay for a sample of eyeliner just so I can see if I want to possibly buy it. :)

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      You brought that up far too easily. It makes me suspicious.

    • Rince&pop

      Nice boy ;) Only men can take the piss out of themselves, I mean for wearing eye liner 0-O

  • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

    Thank You Metal Gear fanboys…sheesh

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Talking to yourself? ;P

      • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

        HAHAHAHA I loved that demo to death!

    • Rince&pop

      lulz

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I don’t even play free demos…

    • Admiral Chief Fairburne

      I haven’t played a demo in about 15 years

      • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

        I played the Stasis one from the SA developer… It taught me that demos are crap. Apparently I needed to learn that again.

  • Grant [_G_] Hancock

    Back in my day we didn’t BUY demos ! … we bought a copy of NAG and got a CD full of Demos for free !

    • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

      And Cheatbook Database updates!!

      • Ottokie

        Wow that takes me down nostalgia lane.

        • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

          Yup, man used to love that. Cheats for games on all systems

          • Labey-Kun

            Lol ah Cheat Database man I used to wait every month for a new update and drivers, I those demos haha I wen’t crazy if it wasn’t a indie demo, and the Game Trailers I always Fancied those :D

      • Spaffy

        Used to get my ATI drivers off those cds

        • https://twitter.com/SaveTheQueenIX Liquid Kaz (Umar)

          Dude! Got all my updates from there as well, NVidia though…Oh snap….I see we’re rivals. We got beef now son!

          • Spaffy

            Yea? My ATI card will still beat your Nvidia crap lol

          • Kensei Seraph

            Please, not in front of the peasants.

    • Rince&pop

      The feels!

      • Grant [_G_] Hancock

        Think I got demo to Descent in one of those magazines ! Hexen too !

    • geelslang

      Not really, you bought NAG for the demos and got a magazine as bonus.

      • ToshZA

        This is more accurate, yeah.

  • oVg… what castle?

    The question should be. “ARE YOU DUMB ENOUGH TO SPEND $40 FOR A 10 MINUTE DEMO?”
    That is why Im boycotting Metal Gear forever. That shit was inexcusable.
    Otherwise I am but a drop in the Ocean considering they sold 1million copies of that SHIT.

    • Rince&pop

      What you said.

      • oVg… what castle?

        Game Producers are DRUG DEALERS and gamers are skinny little addicts that would give blow jobs if it meant they could get a different colour gun for $5.
        Whores.

        That is why EA are doing this. They know their market.

  • Sith JJ

    E….A…..Sports
    It’s in the charges.

    Or is that?

    E….A….Games….
    Charge everything…

    • oVg… what castle?

      EA. Electronic Access. Its in the swipe.

  • Kensei Seraph

    The pricing error is that the demos are supposed to be $9,99.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    A point no one has touched on… how did both these demos end up with 4 stars?

    • Admiral Chief Fairburne

      BOTS

      • HvR – Still dislikes Random.or

        Mr Moore

        • Brady miaau

          Roger or Michael?

      • Norm

        Aliens

    • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

      You have a good point.

    • Brady miaau

      Easy. Games get rated 5 stars before they have been released, by people that could not possibly have played them, on plenty of websites.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Lol… I wouldn’t pay for a Demo. But if I HAD to, I’d want every DLC for that game for free.

  • konfab aka derp

    $5 ?

    I paid much, much more than that for GT5 prologue.
    Then again GT5 prologue was much more than a demo…

  • Pieter Smal

    Despicable. Shame on them!

  • CypherGate

    Simple answer…. no

  • Sageville

    Fuck that shit!

  • Matthew Holliday

    I can wait for the release date.

    I dont want demos spoiling my game experience.

  • Labey-Kun

    It’s EA what do you expect, they luv their monies.

  • Brenz

    I really do think they did it on purpose to test the waters and see the reaction, they obviously had a shit tidal wave come their way, so their back up plan was “pricing mistake, we would never do that.”
    If any company would be stupid enough to try this, it would be EA.

    Buy magazine, receive disk with loads of demos, thats how it was in the past.

    With regards to the question at hand, not a fuck twiddle apple pie will I ever pay for a demo.

  • Greylingad

    Hmmm….as much as this seems like a minor error, the 5 dollar price is actually quite arbitrary, for a full game you’d pay 60 dollars, this now makes me wonder if it really is an error… Why list it as 5 dollars? Are we sure that they’re not working hand in hand with Mr. kojima?

  • DrKiller

    I don’t even think I’m willing to pay $5 for the full version of Fifa

    • Greylingad

      I’m not willing to pay anything for an EA game anymore, to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever play another EA title for that matter…

      • oVg… what castle?

        But… think of the starving people in the Bioware Basement :(

        • Greylingad

          I do think of them, that’s what makes me so upset… If only they were under a different publisher…

      • DrKiller

        lol I won’t be that harsh… I’ll try out a game and buy it if I’m happy with it… That being said, I think BF2142 was the last one… But Fifa is just a waste of time, its exactly the same as Fifa 2000 ;-)

      • Johan du Preez

        +1 Their games are mediocre anyway, when last did they release anything worth playing ?

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    So this is EA’s version of the new golden age of gaming?

    I reckon they wanted to charge and are only saying that it was an error because of the backlash they got.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    seriously though… @disqus_DoEH3TsffU:disqus has a very good point. Were there really over 2000 people in each case who voted the demos good? Were there actually people who paid for this?

    I highly doubt it. I just don’t see that happening. I think the rating system is faked. There’s no way over 2000 people would pay $5 for a demo.

    So even if the pricing is an error there’s still something not right there

    • Brady miaau

      I have long thought the Xbox live rating system simply does not work. Games that are slated on many sites by bother users and critics score 4. The rest score 4.5 or 5. What is up with that?

      A game with a 3 on Xbox rating must be truly shoddy. note I do not play or spend much time looking at Arcade titles, so they may be different

  • http://www.craiglotter.co.za/ Craig Lotter

    What are you talking about, that Lays advert is pure fun.

  • Norm

    Paying of demos like that latest Metal Gear Solid?
    Nope.

  • Ryanza

    I don’t buy EA games anymore. I’ve not been buying EA games for a long time now. So I’m not EA’s target market anymore. So if EA’s new target market is so great, why are they selling demos for money.
    or am I missing something here. Are these EA games so good that even a demo of the game is worth money.
    Is EA’s new target market retarded people. But that’s not fair to retarded people because not even retarded people won’t buy into this shit. But this says a lot about EA’s “new generation” of gamers they marketing to. The ones born into this always on internet generation.

    Why do I feel like EA is looking between my couch for change. Why do I feel that EA is holding their customers by the ankles and shaking the money out of their pockets.

    Don’t support EA.
    Don’t support DRM.

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Don’t we already? Titanfall 1 is essentially a lame demo for a potential Titanfall 2. If you really think about it what else ships with limited or removed features? Yes a DEMO! They didn’t even bother to throw in a single-player mode because… IT’s A DEMO!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Peter Moore’s secret plan to destroy gaming!

  • mrhertz

    EA – promoting pirates for free.