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NERDIST: PLAY – From Old School Demos to the DESTINY Beta

Imagine going to Sam’s Club on a Sunday afternoon and trying a sample of a seemingly tasty chicken finger, only to take a bite and find out that it’s undercooked and thus mildly repulsive. Surely, your first impression of said chicken finger’s brand would be less than stellar, which would gravely affect your decision to purchase . This is just a small taste of what game developers and publishers go through when they indulge in the realm of public betas– the new age of video game demos.

On this week’s PLAY, I delve into why beta trials are necessary and why the Destiny beta has been one of the most fulfilling beta trials to date. And, just like last time, we’ll take a gander at some of the gaming craziness from around the web, with Frozen‘s Anna and Elsa at the helm of this this week’s insanity.

I asked folks what their favorite demo/beta trial experience was (excluding Destiny). Here were some of my favorite answers that didn’t make it into today’s episode.

Want to have your voice heard on the next episode of PLAY? Be sure join the conversation with yours truly over on twitter.


  1. Ebefren says:

    I really hope this game comes even on PC.

    • Malik Forté says:

      I think it will eventually, it only makes sense. The scrolling cursor seems fit for a PC UI

  2. KKilz says:

    Here’s some Destiny PS4 codes if you haven’t been able to try it out yet.


    Please post as you use them, so everyone knows.

  3. kerrell says:

    Great job Malik, lookin forward to more nerdist play. Don’t worry bro everyone’s been there. I’ll admit I took a couple of those playstation demo discs back in the day. One of them had a demo for soul reaver and Tony hawks pro skater so that was a double score for me.
    My fave demo experience has to be God of war 3 it was so jaw dropping because of it’s sheer epicness.

    • Malik Forté says:

      Haha, those demo disc were so cool though, and really influenced my game buying decisions. 

      • kerrell says:

        I agree those demo disc were very cool and definitely influenced my game buying as well. Like soul reaver, bought the game after I played the demo and got hooked. Ended up sticking with the legacy of kain series till the very end.
        Lok:Defiance was fun, really enjoyed playing as raziel and kain.