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Why no skate demo?

Waiting for a demo on the PlayStation Store is like waiting for a bus. You know it's bound to come, but only vaguely know what time it should probably get there. The demo for skate seemed to hit a few more red lights than other demos -- a demo has been available on a certain other system for a week and we expected a demo for the PS3 this week. No dice! So, what gives? Patrick Seybold explains: "contrary to popular reports, I believe that the Skate demo was just officially submitted to us for test last week. Its obvious that many of you want it, and we'll do our best to get it up there as soon as we can. Hold tight."

We know it takes a little while to make sure a demo is solid enough to slap up on the PS Store, so holding tight is really our only option. It's kind of funny, though. EA claimed to have sent this demo several weeks ago for approval, but Sony says they only got it last week. EA has done very little to merit our trust, but why would they give one platform a demo faster than another? Conspiracy theorists, assemble! The rest of us, wait until this Thursday and we'll probably have the skate demo at last.

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1. sometimes I feel sorry for PS3 owners.

Posted at 3:07PM on Sep 17th 2007 by dishwaher

2. It IS damn conspiracy, just cuz MS can feed their dogs with money instead of food. It seems like EA forgot who made them what they are today, the old days when they were just Electronic Arts.

Posted at 3:09PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Ruben

3. on thursday, no one is going to care about some demo because it's TGS time :)

Posted at 3:23PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Paul

4. Im tired of EA there just BLAH, I hope people catch on and stop buying there games

Posted at 3:27PM on Sep 17th 2007 by NastyN8

5. So either EA lied or Sony lied about just getting the demo. I have no belief that either company would tell me the truth. And before someone starts a bunch of crap, I don't trust Microsoft to tell me the truth either.

Posted at 3:28PM on Sep 17th 2007 by DSR7997

6. WEll look whos the pres now, Peter moore, the guy who ruind dreamcast lol, he has this grudge and hate against Sony but its all good SOny will over come soon enough

Posted at 3:29PM on Sep 17th 2007 by NastyN8

7. Because EA only gave the testers 360 versions of the game for the first 4 months out of 6. Only in the last to months of testing were there a ps3 build and it still was hardly ever focused on.

Posted at 3:30PM on Sep 17th 2007 by boots555

8. EA CAN GO F*** THEMSELVES... Moore is the biggest dildo out of all of them.

Posted at 3:36PM on Sep 17th 2007 by never$$hort

9. i really want this demo..tony hawk..meh..what a letdown..hideous graphics..altough what im really waiting for is a new ssx for the ps3...that would soooo rock..

Posted at 3:38PM on Sep 17th 2007 by punkrockiprimate

10. I do feel bad for PS3 owners (myself included).

On xbox live, the demo's just come. You dont have to wait or inquire or wonder or anything. You get like a weeks notice sometimes but apart from that...they just arrive. And more than one day a week as well.

Seriously. If i could pay to make PSN better, i would.

Disclaimer to the ever growing kingdom of idiot fanboys: I've owned all consoles since i was born. literally. This includes a PS3 and a 360. I love them both equally, and they both have their foibles.

Posted at 3:41PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Sam

11. Microsoft must still be paying Peter Moore a salary.

Posted at 3:43PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Peter

12. i still don't get why ppl get worked up about DEMO's... woohoo limited gameplay!

Posted at 3:50PM on Sep 17th 2007 by rawd

13. i think that ea sent it to sony but then during the proces of sending and getting it, it was lost

damn you mail people!!!

Posted at 3:55PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Johnny

14. @13: We want demos because we don't want to buy games that suck. I'm starting to feel like if the game has no PSN demo, it must be bad, otherwise why hide it? Not only that but it's in the best interests of game companies to release demos to generate interest and gauge response.

I'd like to see hard numbers on PSN demo downloads sometime, I bet it'd be interesting.

Posted at 4:02PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Popfrogs

15. No, it's because it takes a lot of manpower to make a demo while trying to ship an game. Be happy your getting skate at all fools. If more then 10 people owned a PS3 then maybe you would see more demos. Clearly EA is NOT the only one ignoring Sony right now. DROP THE PRICE!

Posted at 4:08PM on Sep 17th 2007 by x silence x

16. EA sucks this generation so far, at least things that they create in-house. They just won't code properly on the PS3. AAA titles like Lair and HS prove that the PS3 has power, can antialias, etc. but EA's developers can't get it right.

The latest Tony Hawk demo proved this, and FIFA08 as well. Both look bad and suffer framerate issues. It's like they don't know what the word antialiasing means. When I first fired up the FIFA demo and the intro before the game had the names chuugggggginnnng, I couldn't believe my eyes.

EA is for 360 exclusively now. It's almost like it hurts them to code anything for the PS3 and they grudgingly do it.

Posted at 4:22PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Popfrogs

17. Why does this site even post these things about delayed demos? They are demos! And it is Skate no less, it would be more appropriate if it was a demo for Haze, Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted, or some better franchise game not being milked by EA.

If they delay a PSN or PS3 game, then we can have an article about it. Every time one of these article comes out, we get distracted from more important news. I'd rather we have an article keeping track of when games and demos hit, instead of single post for every annoucement.

Posted at 4:52PM on Sep 17th 2007 by ruibing

18. people want demos because it means you can sample a game B4 it comes out, but at this rate i dont see that happening with skate

Posted at 4:54PM on Sep 17th 2007 by mark

19. all the sony techs have probably been playing the demo 24/7 and forgot to upload it

Posted at 4:57PM on Sep 17th 2007 by mark

20. I think it's obvious why (currently), PS3 is missing some demos.

Studios are still in the catch-up phase, where 360 releases are ready before the PS3 versions, why waste valuable resources creating a demo, when those resources could be used to keep the PS3 release more timely.

This is WHY, you tend to see PS3 demos, AFTER the code has gone gold, as then resources are freed up to tweak the code into demo form. It's the same reason why 360 tends to get demos before release, as the 360 devs are sat on their arses whilst the PS3 code is finalised.

This won't be the case forever, but will be the trend for the next few months for sure.

Posted at 5:13PM on Sep 17th 2007 by Mak

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