Originally Posted by Daekwan
Its not about being nice, its about getting paid for the quality of youre work. Would you pay your mechanic if he did an unsatisifactory job? What about your dentist? your lawyer? Anybody who provides a service.
You may not choose to think that way because disc that contains the game is a physical product that you can buy off a store shelf, but a developer is in many ways providing a service because his product is pure software. And yes, I have found that software to be unsastisfactory.
As I stated before COD4 was given only one map pack in over 2 years of availability. MW2 has been ridden with glitches and cheats that took forever to get right. And I still feel like there are obvious tweaks that should be made to the game. (ie.. you should not be able to win an OBJ based gametypes on kills alone). Lastly there was no beta/demo for MW2, so I like many others, I was unable to sample the game before buying it. It was blind purchase that was un-returnable.
I (speaking as the consumer) do still retain the ultimate ability to vote upon the quality of their work with my wallet. And personally, I will not be buying their products blindly in the future (as I did with MW2).
Unfortunatly, your idea doesn't work here. This isn't a personal service, it's a group service if you want to think of it that way.
On a personal level, you did receive a working product. You put the game in, it works in its entirety. It does not crash, break, or lack functionality. The glitching and everything else has been done by 3rd party outsiders, who maliciously attempt to alter the way things are. Consider these people vandals in the case of a car situation. Would you go back at BMW if someone else cut your brake lines? No.
MW2 is not a broken product either. While you may be dissatisfied with your experience, as a group and as a whole, MW2 is still the most played game on Xbox Live. It has not failed to deliver on any promise, and there has been no breach of "contract" in any way shape or form. Just because I thought that "Operation Flashpoint" was a crappy game does not mean that it failed to deliver on the promises set forth by the release. Same thing with a car - it still does it's job of getting you to point A to B, but just because you don't enjoy the speaker system doesn't mean its a broken product.
If you are concenred with purchasing a product sight unseen, then you should consider renting before you buy. It's like a test drive for games.
As far as I know of, there is no other product in the world that you can "sample" other than video game demos. I may just be having a mental block, but I don't know of anything else that you can just sample (outside of 30 day trial periods on some types of products) for a period of time. If you don't like what your broker did with your money, you can't just have him give you back what you gave him to start.