It is interesting that they will not let people play the demo before the game is for sale...
... I get that some people need a reason, *any* reason, to cast doubt and FUD on Civ5. Don't let me get in the way of your irrational need to fear and doubt Civ5.
I do not appreciate your characterization of me as fearful and irrational. I don't understand your evident emotional involvement in this issue, but please keep your assumptions about me or my motives to yourself.
ON TOPIC: I have no reason whatsoever to "cast doubt" on Civilization V. In fact I have been looking forward to the game's release for some time. Given the timing of the demo release along with the fact that the game has been in a playable (reviewable?) state for some time now however I now have substantial reason to wait and to encourage others to wait to make a purchase until we can be sure we are getting a product that we will be happy with. Prudence is never irrational. I will wait and suggest that others do the same to avoid a hype-induced decision that we might later regret.
My "emotional" involvement is simple. Every thread has some kind of petty little snipe in it. This goes way beyond prudence. I never said everyone has to go out and pre-order the game immediately, as that would hardly be right for everyone. By all means, do not preorder it until you try it. That's sage advice, even if I have decided to take the pre-purchase leap of faith.
What I don't understand is the attempt to drum up negative buzz. Why is there such intense suspicion and negativity around every tidbit of information. I apologize for my shot from the hip, but you have to admit there is a distinct group of forum users working overtime to create a negative buzz around the title.
I don't think they're trying to "create negative buzz." Everyone on this site wants to see Civilization V be the best game in the series, otherwise they wouldn't be here. It's not that they want it to fail but rather that they're afraid of the unknown. They're afraid that they won't be able to enjoy their favorite game anymore because of a poor decision of some kind. They are also afraid that if they make a purchase before playing the demo they may be disappointed. The decision to release the demo on the same day the game releases contributes to these fears.
Everyone here wants more Civ players in the community, not fewer. Everyone wants to see the developer recieve proper payment for their artistry and hard work. Everyone has the highest hopes for Civ V. I, for one, hope that any fears about the game are unfounded and that when I eventually do play the demo, even if that is on or after release, that it dazzles me. When that happens I'll gladly purchase the product with sincere thanks.
It's not that they want it to fail but rather that they're afraid of the unknown.
Not really. Cracking is often related to Demo exes from what I understand.
Personally, I'd advocate taking the risk and releasing the demo early, but then I've never considered piracy to be a serious problem(for a good game, anyhow.) That said, I can understand companies being sheepish about the demo.
Honestly, 99% of games don't have demos at all. The ones that do usually don't have demos until at least six months after release. That's okay though, I get that some people need a reason, *any* reason, to cast doubt and FUD on Civ5. Don't let me get in the way of your irrational need to fear and doubt Civ5.