I’m old enough to remember demo discs: CDs or DVDs that came with gaming magazines and which allowed people to try new games or software before the full release.
(I’m actually old enough to remember demo cassettes, but let’s put that to one side as I start my six-month countdown to my forties…)
Demo discs gave fans the chance to try things. Here’s the first thirty minutes of the new game you’re excited for! Here’s something interesting to whet your appetite! Here’s a little something to get you used to this new thing!
Demo discs were useful to set expectations and raise interest. Demo discs are less common now due to digital downloads, but it’s possible to demo or trial all sorts of things in a useful way.
Like the viva!
A mock viva is a demo for the real thing: it can never be the same, it might be time-limited and you might only be able to trial it once, but it will help set your expectations.
A mini-viva is a demo for your viva: it focusses on specific parts of your work, it’s feature-limited as well as time-limited, but it’s also simple to get started. (user-friendly!)
A seminar is a demo for your viva: it’s not the same format, but showcases a lot of the elements that will go into your viva.
Explore your options for rehearsing for your viva. There are lots of demo options available to help you prepare.