Hey there, so I was just cruising Blue's News and see a headline about a engine test for Natural Selection 2. And I'm thinking to myself, whoa, I loved the original NS and played it obsessively back in the day, and was waiting for NS:Source since the day HL2 came out. But after a few years, you know, you lose hope and resign yourself to the fact that this is probably going to the same place in heaven Duke Nukem Forever and all those other HL mods are...so imagine my surprise to see an actual engine test! So I jump on the torrent without a moment's hesitation (obviously I hadn't read beyond the headline) and, damned if I don't have it on my desktop in ten minutes flat. So I install it, turn it on and...to my great disappointment, learn that you need to have pre-ordered the thing.
Well I really feel like the NS developers are missing a golden opportunity to promote their game here by locking the public out of the engine test. Doesn't it make sense that people might pre-order the game after getting their interest stoked by an engine demo, rather than the other way around? I mean, when you're talking about pre-ordering, most people like to know it's a sure thing, and NS isn't exactly Call of Duty 7 here, it's more like, as I mentioned, near-vaporware. So any chance of giving a bunch of potential customers a good reason to shell out their $ and letting us see what's inside? :)