Laura (website - order page), another example of best practices.
Game free to download, awesome nice price package (25 Euro + shipping), 4 days shipping (Europe).
I have I think all the free versions of all of these games in the thread, and I totally agree about best practices, as aside from a couple of them that I don't care for, and never play the free versions either, as long as any of these are still available to order, I intend to do so eventually, or maybe as many as I can all at once next tax return season. Original commercial or homebrew, if I like the program I full intend and try to eventually purchase the originals and professionally produced box sets like these too.
And even some of the publishers that shall remain un-named by me who seem paranoid and don't release free versions, I also buy the ones I like too. Though I was forced to buy them first, to do reviews for Excel magazine, and others I could review for free and buy the ones I like later. But I had no qualms about just buying the games I needed for the reviews, since they were games that interested me anyway, so I would have purchased them eventually. There are releases by the same people that don't interest me, and unless I can borrow them from someone, I won't be reviewing myself, maybe another reviewer for Excel can. But, thanks to the actual publisher, I was given a very generous discount on the purchase of the games since I was purchasing them for a magazine review. Nice guy there!
And of course one of these releases I tried to purchase, but they never actually responded to my actual attempt to purchase as instructed through PM, until they posted in public forum accusing me of attempting to get something for free and then finally reveal that we supposedly had a flame war years ago that I have no memory of or the person, and that was actually the true reason they would not sell to me. Oh well. I am a supporter of all developers, even that guy, and would buy from him even still, if he would sell to me. I'd even do an honest review in Excel still! Becuase I've no clue what they are on about and I don't hold grudges any, proven by the fact I don't remember anything, if it actually occurred. I only doubt because they say it occurred through PM's and I know I'd never waste my time having an argument through PM's and only long ago in another forum in a public thread have I ever had flame wars...and I remember EXACTLY who I had them with, as I can view them all on my blocked list! That's the only way I even remember most of them. Personally, I think it's all a case of mistaken identity with someone who had a similar handle to mine...
Edited by Gunstar, Wed Oct 3, 2018 12:23 PM.