So a friend of mine just did a video about a playstation demo disc and it got me thinking about how amazing they are.
Its like you can get a taste of lots of games really easily in a time when you didn't have the internet or money to buy games.
They are not really a thing anymore, do people even make demos?
so what demo discs do you remember having?
heres his vid
I remember having one from (I think) burger king or maybe it was pizza hut. didn't burger king used to put CD's in kids meals? music etc
I had probably a half dozen demo discs from "Playstation Jampacked." I think they came with a gaming magazine, maybe the playstation magazine.
They were phenomenal. One of them had the first level of Parappa the Rapper in its entirety. Another had Metal Gear Solid playable until you get to the DARPA chief. Spyro, Crash Team Racing. Ape Escape. Kagero: Deception II (great game). Lots of good games that I played quite a bit were from demo discs.
Demo one with the excellent Tyrannosaurus tech demo.
I loved the Colin Mcrae Rally and TOCA Touring Car series demos for the various games. Made me buy each game cause of how good they were.
I think I still have the demo disk with Urban Chaos on it, that was one of those demos that gave you a mission/level remix that wasn't in the full game at all.
Check out this cool Xbox 360 demo disk I have for da PSX.
check out the sony msx
its the first computer / digital device ever built by sony
and its a microsoft product
back in the 80's america used to have japan do all their slave manufacturing for tech, before china was capable of doing so
I remember I had (still have) one of the Jampacks that had a japanese demo of Tail Concerto, that was great. I still have most of my old demo discs, played them tons in the day. It was kind of cool to have a cheap way to entertain yourself, even if you couldn't play the full game.
Demo discs have gems in them, like the TR3 pizza hut demo with a slightly different area 51 map, or the FF8 demo where the story's slightly different for the Dollet invasion while some random goon instead fo Quistis takes out the robo-spider
The earliest demo disc Ican remember is the one that came with the console that had Raystorm and Armored Core on it, and I think I still have it somewhere
The earliest magazine demo I remember is the one that had MediEvil and led you get as far as you can under a certain time limit
And I rememer the discs were ALWAYS being stolen from the magazines in the store.
I have some in a CD box somewhere in my basement. I remember one CD really well because it had Metal Gear Solid demo, Spyro, Medievil, and this really cool trailer of Parasite Eve. The song from the trailer still gets stuck in my head sometimes.
Console demo discs were NOTHING compared to PC demo disks. Every game on PC had a demo.
I used to buy that magazine special issue that would come every 3 months. Each issue had 3 CDs, first cd was between 70-100 demos each time. 2nd disc was TONS of sharewares, from random programs, games, etc but also maps and stuffs for games, which is nice for people who didn't have an internet connection. 3rd disc was 3 older but full game.
I have discovered between 500-700 games thanks to this stuff, it was AMAZING. Eventually we stopped buying it because we couldn't keep up with the specs requirements.
BTW demos are still a thing but only on PC and even then it's very rare.
Does anyone know which demo disc for ps1 had Threads of Fate on it? I'd really like a rom of that demo disc, but I can't find it.
Relevant to the thread: I have a PS Underground demo disc that has footage of E3 2001 on it. Frankie Munez is running around the convention floor showing off all the cool games that will be coming out on playstations new system, the PS2.
Part of why demos died out is because pirating got easier. Half the reason to download a PC demo in the day was to see if your computer could handle it. Now I can just pirate the full game to see if I can do that.
Found this at a local thrift store just yesterday for $1, it's missing the demo disc 2 (which had a demo for Brave Fencer Musashi, I would love to play that again) but disc 1 is there and it has some fun videos about the making of the Spyro commercials and tips and tricks for Tomb Raider. Now I want to collect all the ones from PSU, looks like 4 volumes with 4 "issues" each. Shouldn't be too hard.