No witty title?
Not quite correct - the 8 minutes is the current length of time trials ('demos') last as set by Microsoft for the Xbox Live Community Games Channel (Xbox Live Arcade is still reserved for proffessional outfits). Still, if there's a post deserving of 5 stars ... :)
It was an interesting read. The X first minutes is a rule that is still not followed or understood by a lot of adventure game makers out there. The importance of hooking the player as quickly as possible to the story, visual, characters and/or gameplay and to not flood the player under lengthy dialogue heavy introduction couldn't be better demonstrated.
Please keep comments clean: foul language means your comment will not get published. Sorry for the captcha, was getting to much spam.