Finally a eurodemo or 2 that do do something new!
If you are at all interested in the Eurodemos I suggest you check out this DVD. It’s all about the demoscene.
One side is all old skool stuff from the early 90s to about 97, before 3D accelerators. Some of them you probably have to be aware of the limits to computer power, about what else was out there, about the state of video games at the time etc to appreciate what made them interesting at the time. Others are still just well done and interesting today.
The biggest eurodemo event of the year, Assembly, is over, the demos are posted so I checked them out and you know what…..they mostly suck
Many people have complained about this. The problem is it used to be about making the computer do something you didn’t think was possible. Real time bump-mapping, real time meta-balls, real time ray tracing etc, real time water. But now everybody has a descent 3D card and most demos are just random abstract 3D blobs rotating in space. Woo hoo! Like it’s about 3 calls to DirectX to do it. OpenScreen(), LoadModel(), DrawModel().
A few interesting eurodemos back from the software only days (before 3D hardward was wide spread) that have been updated to run on Windows.
Okay, not really. What happened is I recently wanted to play an XM file. If you don’t know what an XM file is it doesn’t matter. It’s an old music format that was popular for geeks before MP3 hit the scene.
Well, the Windows Media Player and Quicktime do not play XM files. You have to have something else. I knew Sonique played XM files from the last time I used it probably over 18 months ago. Sonique’s main purpose is to play MP3 files and it was/is great but ever since Microsoft upgraded the Windows Media Player, in response to Apple’s iTunes, to a descent MP3 player there’s been no real reason to run Sonique anymore.