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31 May 2007
The catch with "free" GameTap
Now I understand how the free ad-based version of GameTap will make money -- other than from showing adverts, of course. I got it when I read this comment over at NeoGAF:
Unfortunately, it looks like the games are only free til Jun 4th, at which point I guess they'll rotate more in. Maybe I can beat TR: Legends by then.
Ah-ha. Yes, I'm a bit slow, but I get there eventually.

As I understand it (and the GameTap people who lurk here can set me straight): The free, ad-driven service doesn't give access to all the big-name games, but it does have a rotating selection of the big-name games. So currently you can play (e.g.) Tomb Raider: Legend by just signing up for the ad-driven free service. But if you aren't finished by 4 June 2007, then you'll have to find another way to play. The option they'd want you to choose, of course, is a paid membership with their service. Sneaky.

Yes, the first hit is truly free (having to watch advertisements notwithstanding). But you better smoke it all before it goes back behind the non-free wall. After that, you pay, just like everyone else.

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--Matt Matthews at 16:27
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Comments on this post:

In what universe could you expect to get all the big name games for free forever?

And this limited time thing - is it any different from downloading a demo? Except that at GameTap you can get the whole thing? And play it as much as you want for as long as it's free? And these aren't flash ripoffs either, they're the real deal.

Hell, if you think 10 bucks a month is too much to pay for even 20 games you really wanna play, why would you ever think of paying that for 900?

GameTap's opened its doors. Why is that a bad thing?

You curmudgeon, you. :)

And yeah, you could say I'm biased. I work for GameTap, and I'm really excited about what's happening with it.

By Anonymous dinah, at 31 May, 2007 20:00  

And this limited time thing - is it any different from downloading a demo? Except that at GameTap you can get the whole thing? And play it as much as you want for as long as it's free? And these aren't flash ripoffs either, they're the real deal.

Are you serious? A demo is a piece of a game that has a fixed ending and beginning that can be played to completion at any time. A rented piece of software is just that -- something that works now and won't work later. They are not in any way the same thing, nor do I consider them comparable.

By Blogger jvm, at 31 May, 2007 20:55  

What I meant was that both are free ways to try a game before you buy it. Some might prefer a limited time deal where others might prefer a limited game. Myself, I'd prefer unlimited everything, but for some reason the publishers don't seem to see it the same way. /shrug

By Anonymous dinah, at 31 May, 2007 21:39  

Wonder if the save games are portable from free hit to COTS (off the shelf, disc-in-hand) versions? Kinda reminds me of my WoW lament -- the fruits of all my virtual labor belong to Blizzard, and they'll rip it all down whenever they want. I'm happy to have my character stored, but my Armory entry and forum comments are *poof* gone when I sign off, iirc.

By Blogger rufbo, at 05 June, 2007 14:46  

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