The Modern Phenomenon of Free Gaming, from Demo Discs to Industry Titan

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Even though the increasingly popular pastime historically stuck to the standard pricing model for its latest and greatest creations, gaming has always had some form of free way to play.

The classic method, which both helped to grow the industry and keep players coming back for more, was demo discs. It used to be that you could grab a Sega, Dreamcast, or PlayStation demo disc from monthly gaming magazines, included in other game cases, or as promotions from irrelevant third-parties, including Pizza Hut.These weren’t just to get some eyes on the creations of new studios, either, with everything from Crash Bandicoot to Tony Hawk games featuring on demo discs.

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