Be a fly on the wall while John Lennon gives birth to a song
. [more inside]
As Michael Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape
, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.
These demos represent the final writings and music of Gene Ween, before he departed and the inner FREEMAN emerged. On that note, we have received a two word personal statement from Aaron: "stay tuned." [more inside]
Let's go back to 1982 and let Jim Butterfield
not only tell you about the Commodore 64, but really show you what it's all about
, in a two hour demonstration and training video that takes you from opening the box to coding with the Commodore. (on YouTube, and with a different intro on Archive.org
) [more inside]
Singer/songwriter Vienna Teng has released a demo for The Hymn of Acxiom
, a haunting, vocoded choral composition written from the perspective of a marketing database. [more inside]
Atari VCS Demo 2012 - Liquid Candy by Noice [slyt]
VCS or 2600? Ah, who cares about nomenclature, just enjoy. If anyone knows how the heck this is done on a VCS, please comment.
Ultima Ratio Regum
is a middle-ground between roguelikes, RPGs and strategy games. It has no fantasy elements
and seeks instead to be closer to a realistic history simulator, and a strategy/4x game which just happens to be in ASCII. Combat is rare and deadly – whilst these mechanics are modeled in detail, exploration, trade and diplomacy factors will have just as much effort put into them.
is a hex-based, turn-based scavenging/survival/mystery RPG. Dig through abandoned buildings! Punch a looter to death! Get eaten by a Dogman! Contract cholera! Die of cholera! Flash-based browser game, under active development; the current demo lets you explore the landscape and play with the game's mechanics at length. [more inside]
Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog
. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe
of TV shows, comic books
, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal
). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts
, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog
(1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3
(1994), Sonic & Knuckles
(1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
Music artists have long talked about trying to get into the game
, getting pestered
by those trying to get into the game, and unceremoniously falling out of the game
. Want to get your music heard by the industry? Violator's Chris Lighty has an answer. Pleaselistentomydemo.com
Google Demo Slam
is a knockout competition between 84 different demonstrations of Google Tech. The "Slampionship" is down to the last four
entries, but if you haven't seen them, you can check out all previous demos
. My favourites : Rushmore
and Chubby Bunny
. (previously on metafilter
Since SRI and Xerox invented the GUI and the mouse in the late 1970s, technology has leaped forward, but the way we interact with our computers has stood still. "10/GUI aims to bridge this gap
by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way."
A Mac Classic shows bullies what's for in "3½ inches is enough"
by Unreal Voodoo. This demo (actually written to run on a Mac Classic) was presented at ASSEMBLY
, Finland's largest computer festival. More highlights from
ASSEMBLY are available at GameSetWatch
. The demos are mostly trippy and impressive hand-coded animations as one might expect, but there's also a live action short
featuring a Rube Goldberg machine.
Assistant professor Noah Snavely
at Cornell is into making models. Computer models of real scenes are assembled from photographs, and can then be used to create a better image, a better video
, or a 3D representation of an entire city
. [more inside]
is a 3d/2d puzzle platformer by Alex Austin and Aimee Seaver of Cryptic Sea
(apologies, only a demo & windows only) [more inside]
is a physics-based action game which puts you in the shoes of a giant robot invading Earth. Smash and kick your way forward using the robot's every limb to cause mayhem and clear the road ahead. (Download required, from a sort of funky filehosting site. Probably Windows only, but I'm not sure.) [more inside]
The demo scene is alive
. Showing off just what can be done with your computer with tiny programs
(serious hardware required, video link included). The point of this post? Sumotori Dreams
. A physics based game packed into 96k. It's not the gameplay itself which is so great, it's the stumbling drunk AI characters. Play a round, then sit back and watch them stumble
(youtube). Safe for work, if gales of laughter don't draw suspicion.
One of pop music's trailblazers was tone-deaf.
Even if you've never heard of Joe Meek
), you've probably heard
his 1962 single "Telstar"
many times. This online compilation offers an exciting glimpse into Meek's unconventional
way of composing, as he recorded and rerecorded in an attempt to communicate the music in his mind to musicians. Hear "Telstar"
in various levels
Dynamic 3D with CSS and the DOM
Brothercake describes how to generate 3D mazes using nothing but CSS, the DOM and cunning. If you're not interested in the explanation, jump right to the example
This flash demo
for IKEA's kitchen stuff is kinda fun to play with. Takes a bit of time to load, when it does, click the mouse & hold down on the right or left halves of the photo, it's interesting. Note - the flash stuff contains audio, so careful with speaker volume
is still going strong. It's been awhile since we last discussed
the scene, and it's still cranking out tons of great stuff. The new home of the scene has categories and ratings, which sure beats the old standard
. There's a bit of everything, from legos
, from 256 bytes
to fairly large
, and from Amiga
. All of the videos that require weird or new hardware have videos on the site, so everyone can enjoy the incredible programming, art, and
Shutting Down NYC for one day in protest of the RNC.
A couple of guys from New York propose to protest the Republican National Convention by trying to get every New Yorker to call in sick for one day -- 9/1 -- one day before Bush's acceptance speech.
CNN article link
While I'm doubtful about the chance for success, it's always good to creativity with dissent.
Why show people the graphics and gameplay of your video game, when you can simply beat them into playing it?
, which although they say it's unfinished, seems pretty functional and very cool.
Relive all your favorites from the demoscene.
This project, headed up by nearly all of the team that maintained the old hornet.org demoscene
archive, is committed to bringing those old classic demos ... to a DVD player near you. Now you no longer have to fret because you gave up your Gravis Ultrasound and DOS! Can I get a w00t
from ya? I knew I could.