Just a guess…but does it have to do with the fact they have to wait in line to download it from Fileplanet as well as jump through a hoop or two to “authorize” it and they get it immediately on the PC Gamer disc with no hassle and quick installation right from the CD?
Last I checked, the PC Gamer CD’s weren’t free. You actually have to buy the magazine to get it. I don’t think it’s fair to compare that to a free download.
So … I can understand someone having a philosophical opposition to exclusive demos, regardless of where it appears. What I don’t get is why is seems some people will get completely bent out of shape over an exclusive on Fileplanet, and yet become understanding and nice when the exclusive is for PC Gamer or someone else.
I get the impression PCG exclusives are just as resented as FilePlanet’s. The second Call of Duty was a PCG exclusive, and while the web sites respected that, it wasn’t hard to find it elsewhere.
The resentment may also be because FilePlanet is seen as raising its nose at other game download sites, in part because of its enforcement of exclusives.
Third, there’s that whole “pay to get access to a free demo” thing.
Finally, it may also relate to quantity. FilePlanet has had a number of exclusives for some time now, whereas the print mags have had a
lot less. Or at least, that’s my impression.
And oh, you know Sluggo, everyone hates GameSpy. Because it’s cool to hate GameSpy, the man, and so on.
Edit: for clarification, I myself dislike FilePlanet’s exclusives because I would have to pony up for yet another subscription in addition to my GameSpot, PCG, CG, and CGW subscriptions.
I don’t know how big a player I was, but yeah, I’ve played a lot of Tribes 2. I even threw together a few guides for it and organized some semi-private server games. I still can’t use the chaingun because of my keyboard layout. Try pressing three mouse buttons at once. It ain’t easy. :)
Heh, cool. I recognized your nick from my days at the official Tribes 2 forums. Funny, I ran into Samuel K during the There beta awhile ago. Dunno why I keep remembering you guys.