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Demo Derby

Demo Derby: PlayStation Jampack - Summer of 1999

Ben, Jeff, and Brad find out just how much fun can be packed into one disk.

The past and the present collide as Giant Bomb digs into the dark world of old demo discs.

Mar. 16 2019

Cast: Jeff, Brad, Ben

Posted by: Jason

82 Comments

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PLAY.

STATION.

FORMAT.

DISC.

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The MediEvil section on this video has actually sold me on the Remake more than anything else lol.

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how DARE they not know the wonder that is medievil?!?!?! cant wait for the remake hope its good!

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Tail Concerto has a rad sequel for the DS called Solatorobo.

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Blasto is such a bad game.

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MediEvil dropped a new trailer pretty recently so it looks to be coming along

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nuoh my god I forgot about this feature

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Ooh, I have this one.

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Tomba did not have analog support. It wasn't broken, you just had to turn off the analog button. Mystery solved!

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Demo Derby was the tipping point that made me go premium.

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I played a whole lot of Test Drive 5.

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|___________| about this much fun.

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The preview thumbnail is extremely powerful

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Let's party like it's... demo time

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Install those damn games and delete the bubbles!

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I miss Dan in these.

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i miss the xmb :(

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Ahh Gran Turismo 2 is excellent. Definitely playable without a wheel. Still fun to this day.

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I had this demo disc, and holy shit I need to go and play Tail Concerto. Regardless if it's good or not, I played that demo dozens of times and loved it as a kid. I forgot this existed.

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Talk shit about GT1/2 and get hit

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I've never been a huge racing games fan, but man GT1 at the time was freakin beautiful! Of course Jeff has to take the oppurtunity to shit on that but whatever I still have awesome memories of that game to this day, not in the least the music.

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This is the song during the Test Drive 5 segment. Fear Factory - Genetic Blueprint.

To this day one of fave remixes of metal songs. The remix was done by Junkie XL.

ok, so the video is not showing up so here is the link to the song on Youtube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vv7ddPkybuM

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Jeez Ben. Stop screaming like that! Blew out my headphone son UPF that time with Gex and now just blew out my PC speakers. Really annoying. Next time I am sending a bill.

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Phil Hartman didn't "pass away." I know you're using a euphemism, but something really bothers me about framing it this way.

I guess a dumb nit pick. Fun video.

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"Conspiracy by big calendar" got a genuine laugh out loud from me.

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Oh man, Monster Rancher! Hear me out- what if the crew were to play some Monster Rancher (I think 2 is best but probably due to personal bias/nostalgia) and only use demo disc for monster generation? What a weird series that can't really keep its core gimmick, the GBA one was a solid try but just not the same.

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Breaking Brad: Gran Turismo Sport

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thank you so much for the lomax codes

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Ooh, Jampack! A demo of a demo disc!

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The Tomba games are some of my absolute favorites on the PS1, I think I only found about them because of some demo disc with Tomba 2 on it.

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Man how come the best game on that Demo did not work. Damn unlucky disk

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Can you guys put a huge limiter/pad on Ben or something? He clearly isn't going to stop screaming at the top of his lungs and it would be cool if I could listen to a video at a normal level without my ears getting blown out.

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The best boot up screen!

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love the ninty shout out

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only an hour? not that much is packed on there i guess!!!!!!!!

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I have many fond memories of playing Gran Turismo when I was 9-10 and the process of learning to get good at the game, overcoming the license test challenges etc. Though, it ruined racing games for me because when I finally understood how the cars handled and how to drive them well enough to win everything without just crashing on every turn, it was an incredibly rewarding and fun experience.

So going back to more arcadey racing games after that they all just felt empty and unsatisfying and bland really. I wanted the thrill of the challenge, I wanted to work my way up gaining more and more money, buying and winning incredibly special and rare cares, it was fantastic.

It blew my mind as a child, it felt like a hundred hour RPG for cars (It wasn't really, but that's how I interpreted it)

So when I see people being like "I cant deal with those GT games" I'm like "But a kid can learn to play these games, it has a ton of depth and best of all it rewards you for accomplishments!" (GT1 also had a pretty good soundtrack)

I do not understand it, I guess it's kind of the same mentality as people who couldn't deal with Souls games, some people don't like the experience of being rewarded for working through something and doing well.

I can understand having different tastes and all, but I just don't understand this negativity people sometimes have towards games with a learning curve.

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Seeing that Duke Nukem game reminded me of all the time I spent playing Duke Nukem: Zero Hour on the N64 back in the day. I'll be honest, I had a lot of fun with that game, although I'm not so sure it would be fun to go back to now.

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Vulcan Raven is in the tank in that fight in MGS.

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@ryudo said:

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Jeez Ben. Stop screaming like that! Blew out my headphone son UPF that time with Gex and now just blew out my PC speakers. Really annoying. Next time I am sending a bill.

fallopiantubes

Can you guys put a huge limiter/pad on Ben or something? He clearly isn't going to stop screaming at the top of his lungs and it would be cool if I could listen to a video at a normal level without my ears getting blown out.

FWIW, they already use pretty heavy compression and limiting, and Ben's scream isn't really any louder than the peaks in his normal voice. I usually hate screaming youtubers and things, but this doesn't bother me personally. The signal isn't anywhere near high enough to damage a speaker unless you're over-amping it, the reason it seems louder is because it's consistent.

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I have many fond memories of playing Gran Turismo when I was 9-10 and the process of learning to get good at the game, overcoming the license test challenges etc. Though, it ruined racing games for me because when I finally understood how the cars handled and how to drive them well enough to win everything without just crashing on every turn, it was an incredibly rewarding and fun experience.

So going back to more arcadey racing games after that they all just felt empty and unsatisfying and bland really. I wanted the thrill of the challenge, I wanted to work my way up gaining more and more money, buying and winning incredibly special and rare cares, it was fantastic.

It blew my mind as a child, it felt like a hundred hour RPG for cars (It wasn't really, but that's how I interpreted it)

So when I see people being like "I cant deal with those GT games" I'm like "But a kid can learn to play these games, it has a ton of depth and best of all it rewards you for accomplishments!" (GT1 also had a pretty good soundtrack)

I do not understand it, I guess it's kind of the same mentality as people who couldn't deal with Souls games, some people don't like the experience of being rewarded for working through something and doing well.

I can understand having different tastes and all, but I just don't understand this negativity people sometimes have towards games with a learning curve.

I definitely feel ya! I probably put over 200 hours in on Gran Turismo 2. That game had so many cars and figuring out what races to grind to get the most credits to buy and upgrade the cars was so damn addictive.

I actually remember one morning I played for 6 hours to build up cash and my brother came through the room and unplugged the power on the console before I made a save. Pretty sure I broke a controller that day.

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didn't really enjoy this one, there just seemed to be a sneery attitude running through all of it

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I also drive a car to work every day, and it’s nothing like “driving” a car in the Forza Horizon games.

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Goukiband

didn't really enjoy this one, there just seemed to be a sneery attitude running through all of it

Yeah, I feel the same way. Seemed like they were all in a bad mood or something.

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Jersey Devil formed a really foundational lesson for me as a very young gamer. I found myself at a game store choosing between Jersey Devil - a game I had seen many TV commercials for and thought looked rad - and Klonoa - a game that I had rented and played through the first couple of levels of and loved. I went with the game that had 3d graphics and an attitude, and I paid dearly for my hubris.

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Demo Derby was the tipping point that made me go premium.

dd and game tapes are the only things keeping me premium.

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@zefpunk: Yeah, I always figured that Medieval was pretty well known. Maybe it wasn't as popular Stateside as it was in the UK?

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The only Gran Turismo games I played were 1 and 2, so its weird to hear Jeff say they weren't good. Not disputing that because I was like 9-10 when I played them and haven't gone back since, but they seemed great at the time.