I was hacking the VGA registers to optimize my bitblt to the maximum, all in assembler, and I felt I knew pretty well what was going on inside my computer. Then I ran this demo and it did stuff that I knew wasn't possible with my hardware. Quite mind blowing..
In the article, he said that these graphics were generated on special hardware, and that such images would be "impossible" on commodity PCs. Naturally, this chafed several people in the demoscene -- who set out to prove him wrong, in real-time.
we all grow old.
When I was young, it was all about the technology.. then I met beer and girls... now I'm married with kids and it's all about the technology.
See you at Syntax 2010.
It's been great to see the demoscene roar back to life these last few years....some amazing stuff to watch on http://www.demoscene.tv/
Sad, really. Nothing else -- not even the game projects I work on and don't quite finish -- comes real close to the raw visceral fun of programming, the reason why I got so deeply involved with these infernal machines in the first place.
Thanks so much for bringing this to attention! :)
I still get nostalgic when I think about Future Crew's music and demos, too. I believe Skaven of Future Crew put up a big archive of FC music a while ago, though Purple Motion was my favorite FC musician. Second Reality running on a 486 absolutely blew me away -- alpha blending, 3D, realtime mixed music, 60fps.
For the webby crowd: "Masagin" features animated, recursive SVGs with antialiasing and motion blur at high rez and high frame rate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQhgEJuExY&fmt=22
Or, you could download both demos from http://pouet.net/ and run them on your own PC.
For some newer releases
blunderbuss by Fairlight
is very different is style but still very cool and two post about the particle system behind the demo
Elevated by Rgba & TBC
is a great example of what people can do in 4K, and they even have a presentation about the technical details
State of the Art by Spaceballs
is a highpoint of the amiga scene
(edited to add, which I should have clicked on the link to see it had already been embedded)
Loved your demo a week BTW
Take that Adobe!