breakpoint2010: we're reaching the peak... and gladly my hands aren't bleeding, yet
Monday, April 5, 2010 12:34:39 PM
Unofficial tracked music
19 entries and none of it was really bad. Among others great tunes were provided by T-101 or AceMan. It's been a good time listening to them all, some I liked more, some less, but it was very nice. I'll surely take some of them with me on my netbook.
EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT
That can't be explained, just watch the breakpoint orga flashmob.
Hmmm.... eating chocolate like there is no tomorrow.
Executable music (oldschool)
We had 16 entries with some awesome stuff. It's always surprising what those old computers are capable of. Nevertheless the SID really rocked them all and so it's no wonder that to me the best tune was "Flamethrower" by Reed.
The shows a selection of 31 photos (and that's clearly NOT everything that got loaded up, as Karoshier had an entry there too, that wasn't shown). Technically most of them were very impressive, so it's clear that the best idea will win this compo... and it will take quite some time to vote for all entries.
Executable 4k graphics
That's a very interesting category, that drastically improved in the last few years. When I saw those on tUM2008, most looked "weird" at best, but now you can see really beautiful stuff. I was so impressed that I even forgot to take pictures of it.
Another time to set back (plug in your ohropacks) and listen to MUSIC. Some was pretty hardcore and you could feel the floor vibrating ( I love the soundsystem!). I guess next time I really need to bring my own ohropacks with me.
Personally I liked "petarda" by Chaser/Elude the most, but I guess it won't win the compo... it's not really scene style.
PC 64k intro
Again some highend stuff. 64k PC intros are usually really impressive and creative, and this times it's no different. Among the 8 entries there were so cool stuff, that you should have at least a look at it... like "imagine" by TGGC.
Nowadays a game usually takes around 2-3GB... a DVD... or even more. But it is possible to create great games in just 96kB (or even less), as this compo shows. Like a real time strategy game ("Rise of the Cubes" by NecroStudios), a four player rallye racing game with split screen ("rubr" by exoticorn/farbrausch) or a cool C64 platformer ("Spike" by Peiselulli/TRSI). You could put like 53.000 games like that on just 1 DVD.
Now the really cool stuff started... the demos. Starting with the C64 with 1 demo that almost made me vomiting, 3 really good ones and 1 to make me searching for my jawbone (which must have fallen on the floor). First good news: Zak MacKracken is coming back on the C64... with completly polished graphics and sound. Can't wait to get my hands on that! And second good news: "Snapshot" by Glance is a must see, with several awesome stuff and first timers... so watch both parts of it:
Snapshot by glance (side A)
Snapshot by glance (side B)
Too much fun to list it all here. Let's just say that we saw real-life performances (tentacles from MMDOTT dancing on the stage), hardware demos (a selfmade led cube rocking), a ZX80 (or was it a ZX81?) showing some eyepopping stuff, a TRSI demo on a VC20... and a real wild C64 demo using the official Commodore memory extension (REU) called "BluREU" by Crest. Watch it and be officially rickrolled...
The demo parts took much longer than expected (and some technical trouble occured too), so the Ultrasound concert started a bit later. Personally I liked it a bit more than the BASS concert... but both had one thing in common: they were loud!
They played great demo music and even invited some sceners to join them (kb even sang the song of my most beloved demo ever "FR-030: Candytron"). We all even sang a goodbye breakpoint song together...
(it's good when many people are singing simultaneously, so nobody will directly listen to your voice. )
What a nice compo... until that I never really understood why those Amiga fans were so fascinated, but here they showed what's inside that machine. Beware PC lovers... this stuff rocks like hell! 11 entries and at least 6-9 of them were really "viewtiful". Still it seems obvious that "We come in peace" by Elude will win the compo... it's just even MORE of all. Can't explain... just watch.
So here is my official shout... AMIIIGAAAAAAAA!!!!
To me, this is the highlight of every demoscene party: the PC demo compo. The breathtaking number of 23 entries were shown, which took several hours. And everytime you thought "it can't get any better" the next demo just showed even more. Even good demos (that would have surely ranked better on other parties) just had to surrender on the brute force of awesomeness. The guys of TRBL, who were sitting just in front of me and had asked me to test their first timer "Meet the Katze" had a good start. I think the three best will be "Partycle" by PandaCube, "Agenda Circling Forth" by CNCD vs Fairlight and "rove" by farbrausch.
This will be a really tough competition... no idea if I could decide on my own. I guess I rank them all three as "RULES!".
'kay... voting time now. Gladly I made some notes while watching the entries and already voted for some compos before the long demo night. I'm tired but gladly not drunk, so it's likely that I'll be up in time for the pricegiving...