As I’m sure anyone who has ever played Pop Cap Games’ Insaneaquarium knows, they’ve been working on a downloadable Deluxe version for some time now. They promised all sorts of nifty graphics, new tanks, and a neat “virtual fish tank” to tend and make into screensavers. Yesterday I got the long-awated email pronouncing its completion and readiness for play. With baited breath I downloaded the file (it was quite large taking well over a minute on my cable modem)(had I mentioned I got the cable modem and my new, very-fast, and highly awesome computer in a large part just to be able to play Insaneaquarium without all the fish jerking around the screen during their feeding frenzies?) and installed the game. And there was a reason it was so big, it was loaded with cool new stuff! I couldn’t wait to play it, get fully addicted, and shell out the $19.95 to buy. Except, there was one huge problem. Let my letter to tech support explain:
So you see my dilemma. There is no way I’m paying them money for this if all they give is one measly hour of play time. How do I know if the other tanks are any good? How do I know if the virtual tank is gonna be fun if it takes a week for the fish to grow, as stated in the help? Please Insaneaquarium-loving dopers, unite with me. My email alone will be ignored, but many together may convince these people to give us a longer demo time! I would even be happy with a $5 trial month, especially if the $5 was taken off the price of the game once purchased. You must all download this game and then write firm emails to Pop Cap Games telling them just how wrong they are and how many more people will buy this game with a longer trial period. Or, you can just write the firm email. Or you can ignore me and go have an actual life.
But I’d rather you do the email thing.