First post, by gaffa2002
Lately I've been checking some pictures of PC game magazines on the internet (like PC Gamer), and noticed that every CD that came with the magazine (at least the ones I could find) only had shareware or freeware titles included in the disc.
That made me a bit curious, because here in Brazil almost every major PC Magazine released during the late 90s/early 2000s (including PC Gamer itself) offered one or even two full games per issue. Those magazines were insanely popular and there were quite a few publishers competing for agreements to sell the more popular titles.
For a lot of people such as myself, those magazines were the best way to get new PC games as the price was far less than the full boxed ones found in stores, plus they could be easily found for sale in any newsstand. The titles offered were usually a bit older (around one year after the retail release), but it was worth the wait.
Some of the games released this way from the top of my head, usually the magazine came with 2 CDs, one with the game and another with demos/shareware:
-Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure + Test Drive Off Road (this one had two games instead of a game and a demo disc)
-Earthworm Jim Special Edition
-Duke Nukem 3D: Atomic Edition
-Command & Conquer
-Age of Empires Collection (I and II + expansions)
-Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
-Tomb Raider 2
My question is...was this kind of "full game" magazine popular anywhere else?
Some magazines below, to anyone interested (those are not mine, just got the picture from the internet).
Athlon Thunderbird 750mhz
256Mb PC100 RAM
Geforce 4 MX440 64MB AGP
Sound Blaster AWE 64 CT4500 (ISA)