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GameSpot to host OnLive game demos

Agreement will see playable games alongside website content

GameSpot has signed a deal with OnLive to host streamed demos of games on its website, featuring the almost instant feature on game pages alongside review and other media content.

To mirror that side of the deal, OnLive's platform will feature GameSpot content such as reviews and interviews to aid customers in buying choices.

"For as long as video games have existed, consumers have sought out information that helps them make smart purchases and get the most out of their gaming experience," said Simon Whitcombe, of GamesSpot's parent company CBS Interactive.

"Now, the next big innovation is here: merging the editorial with the experiential. By making demos available from our game pages, GameSpot is now the ultimate one-stop destination for gamers to read reviews, news, watch videos, and actually try out the latest games."

Over 100 game demos will be available via the service, which has not yet been given an official launch date. OnLive launches in the UK on September 22, at the Eurogamer Expo at Earls Court.

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Latest comments (13)

Smart move from OnLive and GS !
Now what I would like to know is: Are the demos designed by the developpers or is it the OnLive service that will cut a part of the game and let you play it ?
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James Prendergast Research Chemist 5 years ago
Very clever! I guess that this is the sort of innovation that is always talked about but not often realised. Imagine being able to go and read a review and then see almost immediately whether the review reflected the game.

Though, knowing how most demos go, this could be a double-edged sword for game companies.... Unless it's just a timed play of the actual game rather than an actual demo like we're used to.
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João Namorado Project Manager, Portugal Telecom5 years ago
I'd assume it will be a timed play of the complete game, which Onlive already does.
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Anders Alcen5 years ago
I hope the demos are a part of the real game. Specially made demos are usually lacking features from the real game, which can make the player feel that the game is not good, which lead them to not buying the full game. A trial version/demo where you can play for example 20-30 minutes of the real game would be preferable.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Anders Alcen on 31st August 2011 12:15pm

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Kyle Gaywood Studying Computer Games Design, University of Huddersfield5 years ago
Last week they took onlive codes for deus ex and tossed them because they were advertising a competitor and now they're working WITH onlive? This seems stupid to me.
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Kyle Gaywood Studying Computer Games Design, University of Huddersfield5 years ago
Oh and by the way it's a timed plus through
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Sven Person5 years ago
@ Kyle Gaywood : GameSTop is the game dealer. GameSPot is a website. this are 2 different companies.

i really like the idea of being able to play demos directly on the website. i only hope that it is not limited to special areas because we here in germany can not use onlive since a few month because of our ip adresses have been blocked.
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Kyle Gaywood Studying Computer Games Design, University of Huddersfield5 years ago
Oh... My bad. Sorry. But if it was gamestop I would be annoyed
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John Hanrahan CEO and Co-Founder, Epicenter Gameplex5 years ago
If you demo a game on the Onlive service it's the real game and they give you exactly 30 minutes. After 30 minutes you are prompted that your trial time has expired and given the option to purchase the game rather it be a pass to play the game for a few days for just a few dollars or a pass for the complete game. Anyone can go sign up with Onlive for free and try out games on their service without paying a single penny but I believe it's the US only right now offering the service. Onlive is actually an awesome service and I encourage anyone that has the capabilities to take the time out and visit Onlive for yourself :)
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Chris Thornett Editor at Future Publishing 5 years ago
US only until 22nd September, John. They have a UK launch coming.
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Anders Alcen5 years ago
Coming to UK soon?! That sounds great! I would love to try the full game before actually buying it and 30 minutes is usually all it takes (at least for me) to decide if a game is good or not.
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Rick Cody PBnGames-Board Member 5 years ago
The idea is genius but I've read recent reviews on Gamespot and they're very immature... I hope OnLive keeps the Metacritic score up there too. OnLive needs to be very smart with how they implement Gamespot into their service.
As for Gamespot, I hope they hire less opinionated writers. With Gamespot I'm specifically I'm referring to reviews of Madden 12. But the bias shows up in a number of places.
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Rick Cody PBnGames-Board Member 5 years ago
The idea is genius but I've read recent reviews on Gamespot and they're very immature... I hope OnLive keeps the Metacritic score up there too. OnLive needs to be very smart with how they implement Gamespot into their service.
As for Gamespot, I hope they hire less opinionated writers. With Gamespot I'm specifically I'm referring to reviews of Madden 12. But the bias shows up in a number of places.
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