Back then: Getting the latest issue of Official PlayStation Magazine was such a treat. Oh sure, the articles, reviews, and columns were great--but the icing on the proverbial cake was the CD-ROM in the back of the plastic-wrap packaging. Pop this sucker into your PlayStation, and you'd have instant access a suite of seven or eight game demos, plus extras. These demos usually spanned a range of genres, with a headliner, big-name game bolstered by lesser-known releases--and while they all varied in length, you were all but guaranteed to get hours of free entertainment. After you had repeatedly played through all the demos, you could even find trailers (this was pre-YouTube, mind you) or tricked-out save files you could copy straight to your Memory Card. Incredible.
Nowadays:Production costs and the waning of print media have sadly made demo discs impractical. In their place, console demos can be downloaded day-and-date from PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and Nintendo eShop. Convenient? Yes. Exciting? No--and lengthy download times or install sizes usually deter people from giving unfamiliar demos a try. Oftentimes, in the olden days, those weird, obscure game demos ended up being some of the best ones.