Reply 40 of 48, by MrFlibble
soggi wrote on 2021-11-17, 02:17:MrFlibble wrote on 2021-11-16, 18:11:
I'm not sure what "demand" might mean in this case, as the term describes an aspect of market balance while demos are usually free.
Oops, sorry...it was getting late. Replaced it with "want/need", while I'm not completely satisfied with these words. Hopefully it's understandable now.
Never mind! I did not want to be critical of your words per se, but sometimes I myself am not sure about the entire picture when it comes to the preservation of demo content. In fact, I cannot tell what scale the general interest in demos could actually be. It seems to me that there are much larger initiatives aimed at preserving full versions (even if illegal) compared to demos, making the latter increasingly rare in some cases, even though originally they were easier to obtain, at least in theory.
I know several people who are or have been interested in demos and shareware, for variety of reasons, including pure historical interest (sometimes limited to several particular games) and the desire for a legal alternative to "abandonware". Here's a small list of related websites:
Classic PC Games - demo/shareware collection, originally created as the DOS Museum/DEMU.org
Kult Cover Disks - focussed on magazine coverdisks and has a coverdisk catalogue
RGB Classic Games - preservation of anything that is legal to distribute
DOS Games - the focus is on free or shareware stuff
Theodor Lauppert's Game Gallery - documentation of various games, legal downloads; unfortunately, the author passed away
Smush The Cat - shareware/freeware, hasn't been updated in a long time
Additionally, pre-release demo discussions crop up at the Beta Archive forums, but that site does not really differentiate between legal releases and leaks etc.
I also forgot to mention that I posted some Wayback Machine findings here at VOGONS in this thread. So I guess if you find any working demo etc. downloads via the WM, it would not be off-topic to post there as well.
soggi wrote on 2021-11-17, 02:17:
Game demos will be incidental catches while searching for other stuff like game patches, BIOSes, drivers, ... I'll consider to add a sub-page.
Nice thread @dosgames, some links might be also useful for me, thx!
There were also some discussions concerning game patches and utilities at RGB Classic Games forums, but it's pretty quiet there now.
WolverineDK wrote on 2021-11-16, 19:42:
MrFlibble: You are doing an amazing piece of work , I have followed this thread and other threads you have made. And I respect the digital archaeology, you are doing. So much respect from me, sorry if it sounds like an arse-kissing. But I am indeed serious, you are doing an amazing piece of work with it. Thumbs up from me 😀
Thank you for the kind words, WolverineDK!