The Demoscene: A cursory introduction
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A quick overview presentation on the demoscene (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene) given to my peers at Delver/SHC Israel.

A quick overview presentation on the demoscene (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demoscene) given to my peers at Delver/SHC Israel.

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The Demoscene: A cursory introduction Presentation Transcript

  • 1. A cursory introduction
    The Demoscene
  • 2. What is a demo?
    Computer-generated real-time multimedia art
    Strictly limited
    Hardware
    Size
    Time
    Competitive in nature (a technical showcase)
    A great way to meet chicks
  • 3. History of demos
    Getting sidetracked: history of warez
    The first demos: cracktros
    Warez scene spins off the demo scene
    Demos on multiple platforms:
    C64
    Atari ST
    Amiga
  • 4. What, then, is the demoscene?
    A decentralized digital subculture
    No formal definition, no ruling body
    Anyone can be a member
    Lurkers
    Contributors
    Organizers
  • 5. … and what are demo parties?
    Conventions which focus on demos:
    Demos shown on the big screen
    Competitions are held
    Optionally, prizes are given
    … or on the associated subculture:
    Retro-computing
    Hardware hacking
    Music
    Underground art
  • 6. Who are the sceners?
    Everyone:
    Hippies
    Professional software developers
    Computer prodigies
    Aspiring musicians and artists
  • 7. Demo showcase
    The Popular Demo by Farbrausch
    “1995” by MFX and Kewlers
    Debris by Farbrausch
    Rupture by Andromeda Software Development