Posts Tagged ‘demos’
Whattaheck: The HTML5 demoscene11th Jul 20132
Anyone who knows me knows about my love of all things linked to the Atari ST and Amiga demo scenes, going back multiple decades now. The site We Are Back has been actively converting lots of famous demo screens to html5. It’s great to see it has bought about the resurrection of some long since idle demo groups too. So here’s a very quick round-up of some of my favourite recent entries on the site:
D.O.C. Demo by SpeedStar
This is a legendary Amiga classic and very cleanly recreated.
Whattaheck by NewCore
This is one of the earlier Atari ST mega demos created by The Carebears (and friends). As was common with Atari ST demos you used the space bar to move from screen to screen rather than the mouse. On the main menu, as seen in the screen shot above, move to the DEMO NO. section and use the left/right arrows to change the screen and then space to load. There are 13 in total. NewCore has literally converted the entire demo, minus a few scroll texts, very impressive work indeed.
Hemoroids Rebirth by Hemoroids
This is different in that it’s an old Atari ST demo crew coming back from the grave and flexing their muscles with html5 instead. This is a brand new demo, made in a mostly old-skool style, but with new music, graphics and effects. Lovely to watch and even better in full-screen.
A La Melon by SoLo and TDK
Another new creation this time by SoLo and a bouncey chip track by TDK that’s a great tribute to the Amiga group Melon Design.
New demos get uploaded on an extremely regular basis and there is a very active Facebook group around WAB too. So if you have the desire to see some demoscene pixels blasted across your browser then I’d strongly recommend joining in.
Since March 2012 I’ve been a regular contributor to the CreativeJS site. The site aims to showcase stand-out creative uses of web technology as well as offering a growing collection of tutorials. As you may expect I tend to drop mostly gaming and demoscene related articles 🙂 Here’s the list so far:
Get bitten by the Lunch Bug
Visual 6502 and the Microchip Archaeologists
Grand Theft Auto WebGL
Wizard of Wor
Radiotheraphy Demo by Alcatraz and Scoopex
VIP 2 Demo by Popsy Team converted to WebGL
Trigger Rally – online Edition
If you only check one, please check the top article – Lunch Bug, a brief review of the great new game by Lost Decade Games.
Flashtros & C64 SID music from AS3/Alchemy23rd Feb 2009
I came across a great site called Flashtro. It’s a collection of classic demo scene / warez scene intros and cracktros, recreated in Flash. There are 21 different intros on offer ranging from cracktros such as the Mandala Studio crack by Scoopex, to the “beauty” (*cough*) that is the Pang 100% Trainer by PROJ Inc (coder colours FTW!).
New intros seem to be released on a semi-regular basis, so I’ll definitely keep this one in my bookmarks and check it out now and again. Perhaps they may even accept some “guest tro’s” from me? (although I’d rather redo Atari ST demos!) 🙂
Here’s a shot from the Scoopex one:
C64 SID Music from AS3 / Alchemy
On a similar retro scene theme I found a brand new C64 SID Chip player written in AS3 by the always inspirational UnitZeroOne. It’s a port of the Linux TinySID library (which is where Alchemy came in) with a minimal front-end interface to show it off. Flash Player 10 is required. Replay quality is great and it weighs in at around 150KB. Sadly the source is not yet released, the usual “it’s a mess, I only threw it together in a few hours” excuse is given 🙂 but I can appreciate that, although I’d still probably sell my Mother for it.
Now if only I could find the time (and skill) to try and do something similar for an SNDH YM2149 replayer!
MindCandy Volume 2: Amiga Demos3rd Sep 2008
I just had to write something to say that the oh-so-excellent MindCandy Volume 2 DVD has been released! Volume 2 is all about Amiga demos and contains 30 full productions spanning the range of the Amiga scene, from the Red Sector megademo and Enigma, right up to Fat Fits Karma by MadWizards, and Silkcut by The Black Lotus.
All of the demos were captured and rendered using genuine Amiga hardware, and then painstakingly stitched together for the best possible viewing on DVD. There are loads of extras as well, so for just €15 I urge you to consider buying this – I just ordered 3 copies 🙂 (1 for me, 2 to give to friends at the forthcoming TGC Convention)
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