Barbitoric Demo (2002-2003)
InceptionThis demo has been quite hard to make. It was initially planed for the "State of the Art" demo party in december 2002 in Lille, but due to numerous reasons (bad organisation, power cuts, bugs, ...) the version we presented at the SOTA was really bad.
So bad indeed that the demo crashed at the end of the first real effect :(
We still managed to get the firt place since no one else bother to enter the OldSkool demo competition. But well, we had a really bad feeling about that since we had invested a lot of personal time in it, and that it was the biggest oric production so far (just look at the number of names in the credits screen shots !), also we had numerous effects not included in the demo.
Everybody was quite disgusted and we separated for chrismas and new year celebration with that bad feeling in mind...
RebirthCame january. Twilighte and me already had out flight tickets for the Alternative Party 4, in Helsinki, Finland.
After some negociation with one of the party organizers, Setok, we manage to get the authorization to represent the demo if we have at least 50% of new content in it. After some evaluation of the situation we concluded that by changing the music (the SOTA version had the same music than the Assembly 2002 invtro !) and the title screen, adding missing effects (ducks, plasma, metaballs, 3D cube), make some optimizing and debugging, and finally clean up and tune the effects we would easily have more than 50% of new things...
It's now the 9 of january.
I can take my plane for Helsinki with my Pravetz 8D, Microdic, Laptop computer, and the (nearly) final version of the demo. The feeling you had when you know that you will not have to stay alone behind your computer screen to code and debug things on the party place is quite exhilarating. The only remaining problem is to negociate with organizer in order to get them allow the projection of the demo using an emulator since noone so far ever manage to output an oric picture on a video projector.
We finaly manage to get past this problem by showing Setok the demo on the real machine and then on the emulator and get him aggree on the fact there are not that much differences.
Victory!The end of the story is well known:
the demo has been shown among 25 other demos, and we reached the second place behind a VIC 20 demo made by Viznut.
But well, I prefer to be second among 25 than first alone.
Here is a video capture of the demo.
On the right hand side are some pictures that should give you a hint about the party look and feel: On it you will find a lot of finish peoplen old computers, Jeff Minter, and of course a snowy city.