When I watched the latest video of The Gist where Jess McDonell was talking about one of her favourite demos when she was really young, than talking about how games have recently been feeling broken, rushed increasingly raising their prices on games. That I can fully agree on after watching the video on GameSpot it is true that quite a lot of games that have been released over years have started to go downhill on various franchises, 2014 showed an example on how games have felt that have been just rushed not carefully looked and getting them released before the holiday sales.
We know demos are good example on what the game itself will look like before it's released, most demos are released on places like the Nintendo eShop, Steam, Xbox Live and PlayStation Network taking some space. Beta invites are another good example on how good the game itself might be even if its 3-6 months before release either sent out to a few lucky people online or paid a bit of money on pre-ordering the game before its release checking to see if there are any bugs or glitches or even see how well the online multiplayer is when it comes to internet connection speed and how quick the sever is. Not only that gaming expos or conventions play an important role where people like yourself would line up just to play this certain game before its released and maybe some free goodies after visiting their booth stuff like this happens at places like E3, MCM Expo, Play Expo and GamesCom.
This was before consoles like the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii were released demos were in fact on a disc which can hold at least a good 5-10 demos per disc but this came with a magazine which was our only way to finding out on what games were going to be released with the next few months or within the year. I did enjoy reading the previews and reviews on what games were going to be out during that time and this was before I had access to the internet in my own home or at school or even paying on GameSpot for news. But one of the most memorable magazines I remember at a young age after receiving my PlayStation during one Christmas, Official UK PlayStation magazine pretty much had everything on previews, reviews, cheats and of course what was on each demo which had demos for upcoming games being released 1-2 months before release and trailers making you hyped about the game and what to expect.
Most demos only had at least 1 or 2 levels in each game giving you choice which level you want to play first, they may contained spoilers if that level was happened to be in fact part of the game itself but it was a hard level to complete in the demo it gave you an idea where you needed to go or where you were heading; Metal Gear Solid demo was one of the good examples when it came to knowing where you needed to be next. Another feature that was included with the demo's was Net Yaroze which was a development kit for the PlayStation and a promotion kit to computer programming hobbyists from 1997 who want to make their own games; back than this felt like felt this was the only way to play indie games on demo discs from the Official UK PlayStation magazines but these were only arcade title games but they were fun and got you coming back to playing them again and again. Most of these homebrew games were pretty impressive there were games like Total Soccer Yaroze, Haunted Maze, Psychon, Rock N Gems and Super Bub they kept me coming back to the demos for more. If you were want to try and get your hands on a Sony Net Yaroze console are hard to find to come by at a very good price if you are willing to pay at a good price on ebay.
I do miss buying the old magazines I used to buy including the ones with the demo with them because when developers released their demos on discs it gives people like you building up hype on looking forward to a certain game within a few months or later in the year.
Do you think demo discs should make a comeback or do you have a favourite demo when you were young?
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