One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

What is a demo what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Demo = Demonstration version.

What It Means: A scaled down version of a game, eg the first few levels, offered for free to allow players to try the game out and decide if it’s for them. This term applies primarily to the PC and console markets. Popular in the 90s and 00s, demo versions are not as commonplace as they once were.

Why You Care: Demo versions allow players to get a taste of a game and see whether they enjoy it before committing to a full purchase. For console games, which may RRP at around £40-60, this makes financial sense and can reduce or resolve family tensions over game purchases.

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