08/10/2017 (Thu) 15:37:23
I used to have about a couple dozen of these discs. They came as supplements of magazine "PC Actual", a Spanish publication about computers in general, not just games. However, often times game-related things (demos mostly) were the main content of the discs.
I can't remember very well but I think I bought it (not necessarily every month) maybe from 2001 to 2004.
Every magazine was upwards of 300 pages (of which maybe the last 80 were nothing but advertisements). I used to read them from front to back. I enjoyed the (small) linux/bsd coverage, the dude covering mac and other apple faggotry was quite amusing. It came with 1 and sometimes 2 CDs; the last couple of issues I bought they were replaced by a DVD. Almost all windos crap except some issues which had linux distros and some compilable source code.
The discs came in their own "jewel case" (is that the name?) plastic boxes. I got rid of them many years ago when I needed the boxes for something else. The magazines might still exist, forgotten in the corner of a dusty attic, at my parent's house.
For a long time after that I unsuccessfully tried to remember the name of one particular game demo I had briefly played back then. I found that someone actually put dumps of some of these discs on the kademlia/ed2k network (aMule), but seemingly not of the one I was looking for. I even searched lists of games produced around those years to no avail. I gave up years ago, it was probably shit anyway. But just in case, this is what little I remember:
I think it was a 3D action/RPG thing (though probably light on RPG), 3rd person view (maybe also 1st person?), set in medieval times, gloomy ambience. I believe the game had 3 playable character or so: a barbarian, a knight, and I can't remember what else. However, the demo would only let you go in game with the barbarian. I can't remember details about the characters, only that the barbarian was mostly dark-yellowish-brown (I mean the palette of colours used to paint the character) and had a very large weapon (maybe a hammer?), and the knight middle-aged, in silver armour, and with one of those roughly triangular shields (the character selection screen, itself a 3D scene, showed him in a mostly-empty but large room, badly lit by candles or torches or a small fire, flagons and other trinkets strewn about, him standing to the side, the shield prominent). I think the demo only offered 1 playable scene (or "map"): parts of a run-down castle, large gray stones, cloudy gray skies. I remember wanting to play with the knight, but like I said, the demo did not allow it. I don't even know if the game was ever released or completed; it's possible that the demo was an in-development teaser. For a time I believed that the game was produced by a Spanish company, but that might be wrong: I went through lists of games produced in Spain and nothing rang a bell. I also used to hold that the name was a single word, stylised in all-caps, maybe an English word, but this also might have been mistaken.