Thomas Was Alone Developer Criticizes GAME’s PS VR Demo Charges

Okay, this thing is a bit out of control now. GAME, the UK retailer, has run into some hot waters over its policy of charging for PS VR demo that people get to try out at its stores.

As revealed yesterday, the amounts are not necessarily big, but it’s the principle, the ethic that has drawn the ire and anger of gamers and people involved with the industry.

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Not the one to mince words, Thomas Was Alone developer Mike Bithell has criticized this initiative. In a series of tweets, the British designer and game developer said sarcastically that the one thing VR needs right now is another paywall.

He followed it up by calling this decision profoundly stupid, and then quipped a joke about how much would the retailer charge for an Oculus session.

For their part, GAME continues to explain that the payment allows the retailer to ensure that a dedicated staff is available to aid gamers that want to give PS VR a go.

In a statement to the BBC, the company said:

“The payment allows us to ensure that we have dedicated staff manning the PlayStation VR pods who have been fully trained to adhere to best practice demo guidelines. The demos are intended to give our customers access to one of the most exciting new gaming technologies in 2016 and provide them with the opportunity to get a feel for VR before they commit to buy.”

This is not going to simmer down any time soon, surely.

Where do you stand on this? Do you think that it is okay for Sony to allow retailers to charge to demo their products? Does GAME actually have a point here? Leave a comment below.

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