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Entries for tag "demoscene", ordered from most recent. Entry count: 23.
I've spent whole day on On/Off Expo that currently takes place in Warsaw. I've met many interesting people there from both gamedev.pl and demoscene. Poeple from demoscene organize a place there with "retro games" where everyone can play some games on old computers like Amiga or Commodore. But the rest of expo is about the newest and most advanced technology available to ordinary customer. You can find lots of hardware there like graphics cards, motherboards, pendrives, speakers, headphones, cellphones, 3D TVs and more. You can play on PC, Xbox 360, some driving and flight simulators, Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Wii, Kinect and even the unreleased Tron Evolution game. Generally there are lots of attractions so if you live in Warsaw, I strongly recommend visiting the expo tomorrow. Here are my photos from this event. One of them:
Last weekend I've been in Poznań on Allegro Party - party for users of Allegro.pl - online auctions website. But we went there with my friends from the demoscene not only because we trade stuff online, but as organizers, as one of the highlights of the event were classic computers like Amiga or Commodore, ready to play good old games. Here are my photos from the event.
NEW: Some more information about this party (in Polish) can be found here:
Now I try to catch up with news on my Twitter and on the blogs I follow. One of these news in GPU Technology Conference by NVIDIA, which took place Sep 20-24, 2010 in San Jose, USA. Much interesting new graphics and HPC-related hardware and software have been shown there. Many coverages can be found over the Internet, like this one. What attracted my attention the most is a plenoptic lens technology presented by Adobe (I recommend the video at the bottom of this page). Their camera is equipped with a matrix of many small lenses, giving kind of a 4D image. It can be then processed to a single photo with software-controlled depth of field. There are also more than a hundred posters presented on the conference, available for download here. Posters is a nice form for presenting research results because it's short and attractive.
Riverwash 2010 - After the Party
Riverwash 2010 is over. I had really great time there. What's best about such party is the opportunity to meet so many interesting people. The most important and awaited part - competitions - was also very nice experience. I especially liked intros and demos. There was only one 4k intro - "Quantum Core" by KK from DMA - but it was so awesome it shouldn't have problems winning even if it would have some competitors. There were 5 newschool demos and mine scored the last place. The one designed for anaglyph 3D glasses was especially impressing - I haven't seen such 3D effect on these simple glasses before.
Here are my photos from the party: Riverwash 2010 by sawickiap @ Picasa
And here is the demo I've submitted for the Newschool Demo Compo:
Riverwash 2010 Starts Today
I was offline in recent days because I've been moving to another flat, but I'm already online now and I slowly catch up on news, like the new Steam Hardware & Software Survey: August 2010. There has been another international demoscene party recently - Evoke 2010 (August 27-29, 2010, Cologne, Germany). I suppose it is worth seeing productions from the competitions.
Today the biggest democene party in Poland starts - Riverwash. It will take place in Warsaw, so I don't have to travel far. That's why I'm going to go there desipte I'm a little sick. I just won't drink so much as I would :) I'm going to submit my production for a compo in Newschool Demo category. I didn't have enough time to polish it and I only hope there won't be any technical problems with GPU compatibility or something. Code and graphics of the demo is made by me and is inspired by psychodelic trance music. Music is made by Count.
Demo for RiverWash 2010
I code a demo for RiverWash 2010 demoscene party. I had a lot of doubt on this, but the more is done, the more I feel convinced I'm going to show it on the party, despite I know it's not of the highest quality, both because no super-advanced technology is involved and because I made all the graphics myself :) It will be my first demo made for such competition. All in all I'm more from Warsztat than demoscene community. Still I like the scenish atmosphere and after each big party, like Assembly or Breakpoint, I download and watch the productions. I've also been at the RiverWash last year and I had a lot of fun there.
I probably shouldn't show my demo before the party, so I'll do something inspired by what my former employers did on the website of their new game development studio - 11 bit studios - I'll show only small parts of some screenshots :)
Assembly 2010 Prods - My Impressions
I've already mentioned that Assembly 2010 demoparty took place recenly. Now let me share with you my impressions about the productions from this party.
Gamedev category, with 19 productions this year, is bigger than demo, intro 4k or intro 64k, which was suprising for me. I've always thought demoscene is about making demos and that they don't like making games so much. But I'm not impressed by these games. Most of them have neither interesting gameplay like indie game developers do nor advanced graphics technology like demosceners put into their demos. Still games from higher places are much better than the other and the game from the first place - Tricky Truck by Archee (which is a driving simulation with physics where you have to park a truck) paid my attention for quite a long time.
About executable music, my favourites are actually the tunes from the bottom of the results - Pure Life 2.0 by Silent (place 7/9) and My Happy Place by Prophecy (place 8/9). But this surely is the matter of taste. I can see that voters prefered more retro-oldschool-style productions.
When it comes to "real wild" category, aggregating demos for exotic platforms, several web-based were presented. My favourite ones are Ballmer Peak by Department of Offense (place 4/7) and Spiral out by evoflash (place 1/7). I didn't know such amazing and even 3D graphics could be done in Flash.
About intros, for the first time I've seen a 4k intro where EXE unpacks itself to a temporary directory as HTML + SWF and then opens the actual Flash demo in the web browser. Atleeti by Archee is definitely a phenomenon. An intro with not good graphics or music, which scored 2nd place probably just because they've appreciate that it's very original piece of technology. Its idea is similar to Darwinism, which scored 1st at Breakpoint 2010. The 4k intro from the 1st place - Neanderstaller by Pittsburgh Stallers - looks great. It's definitely worth watching more than any other.
As for 64k intros, I liked them all. About demos, I recommend watching first 6 places. The demo from 2nd place - Ceasefire (all fall down..) by CNCD vs Fairlight - is the continuation of the famous Agenda Circling Forth (1st place at Breakpoint 2010). For me they are great examples showing that there is not good graphics VERSUS "real" artistic value, but the advanced technology and high computational power may well serve art by making it possible to do something stylish like this, where all the graphics is made of dots (particles). Details of this technology can be found on direct to video blog. The demo that scored 1st place - Happiness is around the bend by ASD - is especially worth seeing. It's long, beautiful, original, well designed - definitely something new or at least something of the highest quality that can be found on the demoscene nowadays.
Another interesting event took is taking place on August 5-8th, 2010. I'm talking about Assembly demoparty in Helsinki, Finland. It's one of the biggest demoscene parties and so we can expect new, highest quality productions to be presented on competitions there, like PC demos, 4k intros and 64k intros.
The list of productions can already be found on Assembly 2010 party page at Pouet.net, where you can download separate files. To download all the content, you can log on to anonymous FTP at ftp.scene.org/pub/parties/2010/assembly10.
After party page on Assembly website is not complete yet, but I'm already downloading the entries. Competition results are here. Watching demoscene production is always very inspiring for me, although I know that making something of such quality requires much higher skill than I have and collaboration of many programmers and artists.
Recent Demoscene Parties
There have been several interesting demoscene parties recently. First one is RiverWash in Warsaw, Poland (I have been there by myself :) Next one is Function in Budapest, Hungary. And finally, today was the end of MAiN in Arles, France. After each party it's nice to download prods from compos (productions from competitions) from Pouet.net website (see prods from this year's RiverWash, Function and Main). Demos and intros are worth watching!
Different topic: the new Nvidia Fermi architecture looks very promising. Just have a look at White Paper PDF and watch Next Generation GPU Fluids on YouTube. This architecture is going to be released soon as GT300 graphics card. Intel Larrabee is no longer a revolutionary idea :)
By the way, the whole GPU Technology Conference (San Jose, USA, Sep 30 - Oct 2) looks like an interesting event. I wonder if there will be any papers available for download...