3DO Sampler CD

People don't tend to think much about things like demo discs nowadays beyond the occasional rush of nostalgia, but they do have their place in history. Samplers and the like can be used to recall what people were hyped about at the time or what the console manufacturer thought the defining features and games of a console would be. They were opportunities for gamers to get a taste of what the future had in store for them and a way for them to plan out future purchases in a way that was more hands-on than taking the word of a gaming magazine or a friend. I have to admit that I don't frequently revisit demo discs or samplers, but checking this one out really has me realizing that I've been underestimating them and their potential all this time. There's a lot of neat and curious stuff on this disc!

Austin Powers Pinball

Austin Powers Pinball is an experience that's so minimalist and unremarkable that it almost feels pointless to play. It offers nothing that other pinball games don't and it doesn't make proper use of its license during a time where people were hungriest for it. But beneath it all, it has a degree of value as a fascinating cultural artifact of a time long past and that's pretty groovy in its own way...