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demo or die! - dvd review
for the best impression you should watch the dvd's on a big widescreen tv, but of course every standard tv set or a computer with dvd drive is also ok. you can play all demos at once or select them from the menu. the subtitles option in the menu is a bit confusing. there are no real subtitles with additional information like on the halcyon dvd. instead you are just turning on or off the basic information like demo name, group and ranking at the beginning and end of every demo. the audio and video quality are just perfect like on the mindcandy dvd - sharp picture with excellent contrast at any time. on a fast enough computer you shouldn't have any problem with playing the dvd's but on some (older or cheap?) dvd players you may encounter problems since they are made with a pretty high bitrate of 8 mbit/s (video). on my old medion player especially 'coma' by cocoon and 'death and taxes' by fairlight are making bigger problems (freezing picture for several seconds). on another player everything was ok.
on volume 2 and 3 of 'demo or die!' you'll find not less than 8 demos from the greek group andromeda software development (asd). volume 3 contains the '... for the masses' series and their assembly 2005 killerdemo 'iconoclast' but here you'll find also some older popular demos like 'legomania' by doomsday, 'i feel like a computer' by melon dezign or my personal favorite 'still sucking nature' by federation against nature. it's always a pleasure to see (and hear) this amazing raytracing demo in it's full beauty :)
maybe a few more demos (especially on volume 3 with only 14 demos) would be nice for the big download, but probably it's not possible with the used bitrate. 'demo or die!' shows also that it's pretty easy nowadays to make such compilations since kkapture is a very useful tool for this purpose.
update: volume 4 is already available!
download: click here (scene.org) and switch to the 'demo or die' directories