Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Contemporary Beautiful

Watch these impressive non-c64 demos!

Many of us are old snorty conservative c64-sceners and have a hard time understanding what all the fuss is about concerning these more modern machines called Amiga, Atari ST, PC, Super Nintendo, Dreamcast, PSP and godknowswhat. Home computers such as VIC20, CBM PET, C128, C16, Plus/4 and perhaps ZX Spectrum seems more like it in our book, more so than those odd nonclassical devices anyway. In any case will this chapter ask the common Commodore 64 scener (although "common" obviously is an almost condescending adjective when used on us) to have a generous mind. As votesheets were handed out at the multiplatform event of Datastorm, the author of this chapter thought it be interesting to see what it is all about. Consider it suggestions of what can be interesting to investigate, when time is plenty enough to let Your c64 wait that is. If this chapter offends You to much, just return to the main menu and try and forget all about it. A special edition of this issue of VN, where this chapter has been removed, is available for those who find it necessary.

The Charts for Demos on Other Platforms but the C64:
01. LifeForce / Andromeda Software Development (PC)
02. Masagin (Nvision 08 Invitation) / Farbrausch & Neuro (PC)
03. Linger in Shadows / Plastic (PlayStation 3)
04. FR-41 "debris." / Farbrausch (PC)
05. Rupture / Andromeda Software Development (PC)
06. Wir Sind Einstein / United Force & Digital Dynamite (PC)
07. The Seeker / Still (PC)
08. Ocean Machine / The Black Lotus (Amiga AGA/Atari Falcon)
09. Stargazer / Andromeda & Orb (PC)
10. Media Error / CNCD & Fairlight & Orange (PC)
11. The Evolution of Vision / Andromeda Software Development (PC)
12. FR-043 "rove" / Farbrausch (PC)
13. Aura for Laura / Soopadoopa (PlayStation 2)
14. Agenda Circling Forth / Fairlight & CNCD (PC)
15. We Come In Peace / Elude (Amiga AGA)
16. Wrath / Matt Current (PC)
17. Route 1066 / UKScene Allstars (PC)

When coming from a c64 demoscene perspective and watch demos made on modern machinery one can sometimes feel bewildered and puzzled. However, the utter beauty of some Andromeda Software Development and Farbrausch productions would astonish just about all of us. LifeForce, Debris, Rupture, Masagin and Linger in Shadows are demos that I would, and will, suggest anyone to observe and contemplate. Anything else I would consider a sincere loss for that person. Seriously, those demos are brilliant.

Slightly modified excerpts from the original article I wrote for the disk magazine VN#55, published March 21st 2011.