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demos and demoscene
a very useful page where you can learn more about demos and download them is
is the demoscene only on pc?
no, it's the opposite. the pc demoscene growed from the early 90s on, but on the famous c64 (and later atari, commodore amiga or amstrad cpc464/664) it was starting many years earlier. the origin of demomaking was the cracking scene. after cracking a game or another commercial program (mostly removing the copy protection) the crackers released small programs in which they announced their success. later this changed and the main goal was to show what's possible with a specific computer hardware and/or a limited filesize. in the early years the demoscene set even new standards by using effects that were never seen before or by using new hardware like the gravis ultrasound card which was very popular among sceners for several years. nowadays demos are made mainly on the pc, but amiga and c64 are still alive. some people are also coding demos on gameboy, dreamcast or even for the display of a cell phone. my fascination for demos growed rapidly after watching the demo 'unreal' by the future crew.
this was in 1992 and at this time the future crew was really the best group on the pc. since this time the quality of the demos raised dramatically and nowadays there are very much demo groups all over the world. but also the hardware must be better and better nowadays. a lot of the newer demos will only run on a pentium-III or better in an acceptable speed.
where is the origin of the demoscene?
in the opposite to all other things that have to do with computers, the origin of the demoscene is not in the usa, but in europe. and in europe in the nordic countries like finland or sweden. especially on the pc finnish groups have dominated the scene in the early years, but nowadays there is a big scene in several european countries (of course also in germany) with on demoparties successful groups. the scene in countries outside europe is still mostly quite small and north america still a developing country when it's about demos.
demoparties - big halls full with computerfreaks
the high spot of every demofreak are the demoparties, and nowadays there are many of them. at these gatherings the groups will compete with their newest productions, but always in a friendly atmosphere. the demos will be shown on a big screen and the voting is done by the visitors. the biggest parties and also the parties with the longest tradition are the assembly in finland (since 1992) and
this will be enough for now. if you found my little page interesting, then tell also other demofreaks about it :)