Memorable gaming moments: #2 PlayStation Demo One
Jan19

Memorable gaming moments: #2 PlayStation Demo One

During my earlier gaming years there were a number of occasions that have seen me rushing to a local video games store on a particular console’s launch day, my impressionable younger self guilty of succumbing to months of advertising and associated hype. On one such occasion back in 1995, Sony and its first foray into mainstream gaming – the PlayStation, entered the market. After reading at least a years worth of gaming magazine hype, I knew I had to own one and set out early on launch day to take my place in the enevitable queue at the now non-existent (at least in the UK) Electronics Boutique (remember them?) at my local shopping centre. I remember there being quite long queue but nothing too scary and the wait wasn’t too bad. I soon emerged clutching my latest purchase complete with its bundled demo disc. I didn’t have enough money for another game so this would have to do for now. This wasn’t any old demo disc though, at least not for me. This one was more of a gaming epiphany as I will enlarge upon in a moment. Simply entitled Demo 1, the black compact disc in its minimalist card packaging was about to blow this particular gamer’s mind. So, fully laden with backpack on my back, I sped home as fast as my Vespa would take me (lucky the PlayStation is quite small eh?) and commandeered the living room TV for a session on my new technological marvel. A few minutes later and I’m ready to pop Demo 1 in the PlayStation. Game on. What’s on this disc then? I understand that there were 5 or more versions of the Demo 1 disc released between 1995 and 1997, all with games and demos contemporary with each date of release. My disc came with the release day PlayStation –  therefore the first ever version. As such, this disc mainly contains release title demos and games close to release. Shiny Demo 1 in its card sleeve The disc that confirmed to me that I’d made the right decision Video starts… …and tells of previously unknown technical marvels A big flashing start button just begging to be pressed Games to salivate over. I now knew I had made a good decision buying my PlayStation After booting my shiny… erm no, matt new console and watching the amazing PlayStation intro sequence for the first time (amazing enough in itself!), I insert Demo 1. A short but exciting video ensues with games, tech specs and top games publishers flashing up on screen in time to a techno soundtrack, whetting our appetites for all...

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Has online gaming changed on the PlayStation from PS2-PS4?
Dec23

Has online gaming changed on the PlayStation from PS2-PS4?

Hi fellow Retro Heads. Firstly, an apology – I’m not sure I can classify this post as ‘strictly retro’ as I’m going to be mentioning current gen consoles as well (only back two generations I promise). There is something about online gaming that takes me back and I have the same nostalgic feeling that I have for my Master System. As someone who in recent years has ritually purchased every release CoD have thrust upon me and put more hours than I care to remember into games like Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3,  I now find myself just putting them on having a couple of rounds and switching off my system whether I’m playing well or not. It appears the draw to me putting hours in has gone. I had thought that maybe it is I’m now the wrong side of 30 and I just don’t get the time, maybe it’s because my mates and I no longer have same systems… but even back when we all had PS3s everyone seemed to put in more hours and enjoy the games more than I did. So what had changed for me? Well to answer that question I need to take you back to where my online gaming started. Unlike many I’d never had experience of online gaming till the PS2 and a game called SOCOM: NAVY SEALS. Many of you reading this probably had years more experience of online gaming via PC;  I was lucky if I could buy a PC that ran the latest football manager not that I was poor, although I’m still not a millionaire, the price of a good gaming PC Vs a PS2 and my Friday Night drinking fund was only going to produce one winner; and it wasn’t Bill Gates. So what was it about online PS2 gaming that drew me in? SOCOM: NAVY SEALS. At the time I still lived at my parent’s house (so did my much older brother, which is even more sad). We both owned a PS2, because anyone with a sibling knows that sharing is just a myth invented by hippies and people without children, and our own copy of said game. It was no brainer that when we got back from a night at the pub drunken online gaming while eating a kebab from the local late night ecoli dealer was on the cards. It brought good banter to the house and plenty of arguments that we both laugh about now… Sometimes. But it wasn’t just me and my brother who seemed to play together; We joined a clan known then as the [S-A] which stood for...

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