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PlayStation Underground Returns as Online Video Series
PlayStation Underground was initially a series of discs on the original PlayStation. Going beyond a mere demo disc, the discs came in fancy gatefold packaging. They had thick paper stock and a worn-down appearance with a UI that was made to resemble a ramshackle bootleg tape. You would get a myriad of demos, including a fairly lengthy one for Final Fantasy VII that sold many on the game.
One of the most unique features of the Underground was the inclusion of Net Yaroze game demos. The Net Yaroze was a prosumer-grade PlayStation development kit that allowed you to create low-level games that had to fit within the internal memory of the system. That might seem like an impossible task, but some fun puzzle games saw a more mainstream release thanks to their inclusion in the demo discs.
A big novelty for the time period was seeing behind the scenes footage of games. While long-form developer interviews are commonplace now, in the late ’90s, you were limited to mainly magazine interviews with occasional website ones being conducted. Underground discs frequently had smaller interviews, but you could still gleam more information from the game thanks to their inclusion – even if it was just a matter of the person’s tone telling you “okay, the game isn’t all THAT great”.
While PlayStation Underground was fairly groundbreaking in its day, it went the way of the dodo during the PS2 era. Now, it’s back as an online show with makeshift interviews amid a miniature Let’s Play. The debut episode focuses on the reboot of Amplitude and allows you to see the most extensive look at the game so far. The original Amplitude was a very pick up and play-friendly rhythm game, and the reboot looks to keep that spirit alive with a lot more depth and more robust visuals.