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Old 11-02-2018, 08:13 AM   #1
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PC GAMER Demo Discs - PC gaming in the 90s

These demo discs were more than just a compilation of game demos, but they were an actual experience!


PC Gamer magazine really took the time to make each one special and an experience. Plus...Coconut Monkey!!
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Old 11-02-2018, 10:44 AM   #2
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HaHa! I wonder how many of these I still have lying around. I know I had that Duke one, the Daggerfall one and the Star Wars one at one point, I doubt I have them any more.
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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According to the YouTube comments, I guess the Half-Life 1 demo is very different than the retail release... Gonna have to check that one out!
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Old 11-02-2018, 11:38 AM   #4
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I have a ton of Official Xbox Magazine disks, from #23 to #131, lol. Used to look forward to them, but honestly I love digital distribution now and can't stand the clutter of this kind of stuff.
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:22 PM   #5
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this post is beautiful. Loved getting the psx demos in the psn magazine back in the day. PC Gamer was how I transitioned into PC gaming in the 90's thanks to my Dad. Good stuff
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:05 PM   #6
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I recall one Gaming mag accidentally including a virus on their cover disk. Fun times.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:15 PM   #7
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I love digital distribution now and can't stand the clutter of this kind of stuff.
.... really?! ** leans in batting eyelashes **
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Old 11-02-2018, 02:55 PM   #8
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I have a ton of Official Xbox Magazine disks, from #23 to #131, lol. Used to look forward to them, but honestly I love digital distribution now and can't stand the clutter of this kind of stuff.
That's funny. I have EVERY SINGLE OXM DISC EVER MADE. I am interested in parting with my collection if anyone is interested.

I have to dig them out though since I recently moved to the other side of the water from Seattle.
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Good times. I had most, if not, all of these discs at one time. I even remember when the game demos came on floppy disks. It was where I first found Blackthorne and played that endlessly. It was also a great way to distribute the shareware versions of new releases.

And, oh, the painful days of dialup. It took me 3 hours to download the shareware version of Doom the day it came out.From 2 computers. Long story. Long night.
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Good times. I had most, if not, all of these discs at one time. I even remember when the game demos came on floppy disks. It was where I first found Blackthorne and played that endlessly. It was also a great way to distribute the shareware versions of new releases.

And, oh, the painful days of dialup. It took me 3 hours to download the shareware version of Doom the day it came out.From 2 computers. Long story. Long night.
Yeah well, I remember the days when the only way I could get Amiga shareware was to order it on floppy disk BY MAIL, from a CATALOG. It's how I got Megaball.
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The good old days of re-purposing AOL floppies to make boot discs and buying a magazine to get a critical patch for one of your games.
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My fondest memory of a demo disk was the Commander Keen 1 Marooned on Mars shareware I must have ordered through a magazine.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:20 AM   #13
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Did someone say Coconut monkey?
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Old 11-03-2018, 02:30 PM   #14
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I remember getting a Playstation demo disc and it had a Spyro the Dragon demo on it. I played that demo for hours; it was huge. I was shocked that we got more than a few minutes of game time.

Great video. Thanks.
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Old 11-03-2018, 02:55 PM   #15
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I remember getting a 1x CD ROM back in... 93? And one of the things I looked forward to each few months was called IE Interactive which was heads and shoulders above mere paper PC gaming mags.

They had demos and stuff too but they also had videos! And funny reviewers (or at least it seemed like it at the time). At a time when it seemed like Myst and 7th Guest were the only reason to have a CD drive this was a pretty cool and usually didn't cost too much more than the typical gaming mags of the day.
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Yeah well, I remember the days when the only way I could get Amiga shareware was to order it on floppy disk BY MAIL, from a CATALOG. It's how I got Megaball.
Remember getting the dealio so you could make the notch on the other side of the 5 1/4 floppy and double the storage size? Ohhhh yeah...
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Yeah well, I remember the days when the only way I could get Amiga shareware was to order it on floppy disk BY MAIL, from a CATALOG. It's how I got Megaball.
Yeah, Megaball! I replayed a bunch of my old Amiga PD games on the Vita recently. "Megaball AGA" works surprisingly well with the touchscreen (not quite as good as with a mouse, though), and "Deluxe Galaga" is just as fantastic as it ever was! Shame I don't have the time to get good at these games again, so it's just going to be short bursts here and there. Hm. I should try "Bratwurst" on the PS TV. That was an amazing multiplayer game back then...

Uuuh, PC demo discs? Yeah, I remember those. I was a writer back in 1997 when full games on cover discs became a selling point for magazines. It was a great step for consumers, but the first of many towards the downfall of print media - at least in our business.
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I remember the magazine "Next Generation". It was a sad day when I received notice they were no longer publishing.
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