Nostalgia is a great form of escapism. And for a lot of PC gamers, particularly older ones, there’s a special joy in going back to an era where your first taste of a new video game was from a demo disc acquired at the local corner shop or newsagent.
Demos went out of vogue for a long time, and physical media is trending that way too. But a lot of those demos are still great to fire up today, and you can get many of them legitimately for free. Getting them working, however, takes a little bit of technical know-how.