I never owned a Nintendo 64, and that was totally fine. See, I lived within biking distance of a Blockbuster.
Despite its gradual decline on account of downloadable demos and general console popularity (if you don't have one, one of your friends does), the in-store kiosk is still going strong - walk into any Best Buy or GameStop, and you can play a Wii, a PS3, or even a PSP or a DS. And just like in the '80s and '90s, the kiosk's chances of the coveted trifecta of retail demo gaming (switched on, connected to working controllers, and playing a non-demo version of a game without time limits) hover at around 10 per cent.
Anyway, Kombo's rounded up visual history of some of the most memorable console demo stations, and I defy any of you to make it through without suffering through at least two military grade Circuit City line-battle flashbacks. It's my turn, you turd. [Kombo]