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Wednesday, October 25, 2000
MacDemos Launch
2:33 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

A new site dedicated to demo versions of Mac games and software has recently been launched. MacDemos.com takes the interesting tack of offering petitions for gamers to sign in order to demand that a demo be released for current and future titles. Here are more details, from the press release:

MacDemos.com is officially opening the doors today. MacDemos is a Macintosh
user's demo paradise. MacDemos offers demo updates, news, petitions,
reviews, and more!

MacDemos is already brimming with features. The continual addition of demos
to the library allows for fresh daily news, new demo reviews, and great
reader interaction (registration and personal demo reviews/additions).
MacDemos also offers a light-hearted atmosphere and a simple interface.

Our goal is stated in four points:

* Demo Release - Timely news of new and recently updated software demos.
Commercial software and shareware releases are often available as demos.

* Demo Quality - To promote better demo quality by reviewing (and letting
users review) demos publicly. A good demo leaves you certain about a
purchase (to buy or not to buy).

* Demo Quantity - Many software publishers never release demos. We hope to
change this through petitions and requests.

* Demo Surprises - Commercial software is constantly released and updated...
Many of these updates and files act as unadvertised demos! MacDemos works to
find unknown and unadvertised demos in new software (either online or on
magazine CD-ROMs).

The first demo petition is already underway. MacDemos is calling all Mac
gamers to band together and request a demo of MacSoft's 'Driver' title. A
petition is posted at MacDemos.com and users are encouraged to sign on.

The decision as to whether there will be a demo for a particular game is almost always the domain of the title's publisher, not the development team. Creating a demo with a realistic download size and purposely limited gameplay often takes many hours of extra development, which may explain why demos are so infrequent (and why Mac demos of many games simply never appear, even though a demo was released for the PC version.) Be sure and check out MacDemos.com, as they have an amazing amount of content for a just-launched site.


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