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  • lewis-barclay - May 5, 2014 8:26 p.m.

    Demo disks introduced me to tomba, jersey devil and a few other games that were complete gems.
  • Draaz - May 5, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    This is for the author of the article you forgot one other super cheap way of getting a hint without having to pay. Just go to your local blockbuster or game store and look up the part you were stuck in the strategy guide read it put it back on the shelf bam no fees
  • slaggz - April 29, 2014 9:52 p.m.

    I miss the pre-internet days, when gamer mags reigned supreme. I remember receiving Dragon Warrior for free with paid subscription to Nintendo Power.
  • rxb - April 27, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    I miss the reliability of cartridge consoles, PS1 demo discs and extra controllers not costing £50 -60. Playing online FPSs is great but I do miss the times when local MP was king.
  • alllifeinfate - April 25, 2014 7:54 a.m.

    It's all a part of the yesteryear's gaming industry, and they should be regarded as the stepping stones of the generation of gaming right now. :)
  • dcbernman - April 24, 2014 7:49 p.m.

    I miss playing all these amazing games, or watching other people play them, for the first time. I didn't play Ocarina of Time until I was 17, but watching people play it when I was 7 or 8... blew my freaking MIND. And you just can't relive that sorta thing. Wouldn't be a treasure if you could : )
  • KatakuraKojuuro - April 24, 2014 5:05 p.m.

    The good ol' times with demo discs :D
  • GoldenEagle1476 - April 24, 2014 3:02 p.m.

    I used to subscribe to OXM and good lord did I love the demo discs. I understand of course why they stopped, but I was so sad when they finally did.
  • Pruman - April 24, 2014 8:02 a.m.

    Heh, the local video store (and Blockbuster, occasionally) was my Mecca during the 16-bit era. Fondest memory? When Chrono Trigger came out, it only got one copy, and it was perpetually rented for at least a month and a half. It made it that much sweeter when I finally got my hands on it. I could only make it to the beginning of Zeal in a weekend, but I did eventually finish it much later.
  • daniel-scott - April 23, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    CHEAT CODES! I miss my big head mode, or trippy colors. Even level selects and unlimited ammo. i dont like having to grind for money on my 3rd time beating a game. Codes extended the life of a game as well, after a legit play-through you can dick around.
  • Outofmanyone - April 23, 2014 3:05 p.m.

    I miss demo discs, I wouldn't have found out about FFVII at the time were it not for a demo disc(I remember liking it because it reminded me of Mario RPG). We gamers like to reminisce a lot don't we?.. Heh, I completely forgot about Chex Quest, I played the heck out of that game and I actually still have the Capt'n Crunch game in my desk drawer here. Never played the Cocoa Puffs game though.. but now I have to find it!
  • ultimatepunchrod - April 23, 2014 9:32 a.m.

    I definitely miss the demo disc. I played so many great PS1 demos back then.
  • Rhymenocerous - April 23, 2014 8:05 a.m.

    MGS1 Demo disc with OPM... I genuinely believe that had a long-term impact on the direction my life took. Absolutely unforgettable. These days you just download stuff, and everything feels sort of instant and disposable. Anyone remember the ultra-weird PS1 demo menu screen with an egg being fertilised by sperm with X, Circle Triangle & Square shape buttons on them? ....................Maybe I dreamt it.
  • sinkheadhxc - April 23, 2014 5:42 a.m.

    they need to bring back corny commercials. i'd pirate less games.
  • SnakeinmyBoot - April 22, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    Exclusive content is dead? Strange, I still see advertisements for Gamestop exclusive multiplayer crap. the old rental exclusive stuff is probably just a little more interesting since it could be used to lure in people that already owned the game. I never used a hotline. I always borrowed a friends magazine/guide or got my own. Now those mags with John Romero's wry wit are a dying breed, and I get to fight auto-playing video ads instead. I miss demo discs. Hell, I miss demo with a decent representation of the games in general. Many of today's games don't have any way to demo them since devs fear their game will be seen as crap unless they spend a quarter of the dev cycle working on a demo and don't bother putting the effort in at all. They one's they mailed non-nonchalantly were a great idea to get people to try out the system it was for. I got one of the original PS Underground Back in 97 or 98 and played Crash 2, Jet Moto and Tomb Raider at a friends house and thought "screw what Nintendo and Sega are doing, I want this PlayStation thingy. Now, with downloadable demos, they won't even try sending a disc that screams at you "find a box this works in. You know you want to try me." I never got why they did that slip thing. They games still had security strips inside the case glued on with dark matter, and I remember seeing the cashier have to pop another plastic security case off the stock one anyway. Oh I miss Chex Quest!(Well not really. You can get it and the sequels at a fan site endorsed by the creators.) I could play Doom without my mom screaming I was looking at teh Sai-ten. I loved the live action Ratchet and Clank commercials, particularly the one with the guy being shot with a morph-o-ray, sparks and smoke covering him, and a chicken appearing where he stood. Ads in general just got annoying or boring over the years, game ones were no exception.
  • JAZ9030 - April 22, 2014 6:55 p.m.

    Maybe it was just because I was a little kid, but that captain crunch game that came in the cereal box was one of the best games I ever played. Also I remember those ps1 demo disks that came with pizza hut pizza. I use to play the ape escape demo for hours and I never got tired of it.
  • DoctorGordonFreeman - April 24, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    YES!!! That Crunchling game was pure gold. I found a free online download of it a few years ago and played again for the sheer pleasure of it. Ahh...I still remember the ol' captain's pedo-voice.
  • codystovall - April 22, 2014 6:35 p.m.

    Im glad they got rid of the slips, ever since I heard brett elstons story of having found fecal material in one.
  • AngelsandDemons1 - April 22, 2014 6:26 p.m.

    Another fad: waiting to see how bad an arcade port looked on consoles i.e. NES DOuble Dragon....hoever, SF2 on the SNES changed that in many ways....
  • AngelsandDemons1 - April 22, 2014 6:23 p.m.

    Strangely enough, one thing that has never changed is Gamestop people trying to get me to pre-order BS and offer me Shite premiums like they know more about games than I do...as if they have the best deals compared to Best Buy, Target, and Amazon....LOL...

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