Among all the computer subcultures that exist, the demoscene subculture is, without a doubt, the one that impresses me
The demoscene is composed by demomakers, a worldwide network of very creative minds involved in the making of (non-commercial) demos, just for fun.
But was is a demo?
A demo is a technical and/or aesthetic achievement made by demomakers - most of the time by groups of demomakers -, to show off their programming, visual and musical skills through an innovative computer program.
There are many demoscene productions: games, graphics, music, … all with an idea of solving a challenge, making a new big technical achievement, innovating, while having a lot fun.
As an example, this is a demo of a low-fidelity modern cinematic on an Amiga 500, a 34 years old computer, called “Eon” by The Black Lotus:
The Amiga 500 was the most popular computer of the Amiga family, composed by a Motorola 68000 CPU (7,09 MHz PAL, or 7,14MHz NTSC), and 512 KBytes of RAM, which is 16384 times less RAM than actual modern computers.
In the 80s, the Amiga offered a beautiful and colorful display, a better sound and a more advanced operating system than
most of its competitors as standard.
The Amiga 500 for the demoscene is not an exception: the demomaking computers family that were commonly used were: the Commodore 64, the Atari ST and, of course, the Amiga family.
Composed generally between 3 and 8 people, demomakers masterize their tools, and have so much creative minds to push the boundaries of programming, graphics, and music composition.
Another demo from The Black Lotus shows, in 2006, a very impressive demo called “Starstruck” running on an (accelerated) Amiga 1200, competing with the best games of the time on recent hardware:
The demoscene contains multiple contests itself. The most known are: