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  PC Demoscene FAQ,  PC Demoscene FAQ,
  
- plain text version (v0.83),+ plain text version (v0.83c),
  
- last update: 2004-06-16+ last update: 2004-06-16 ​(most recent review: 2012-06-26)
  
- ​written by Thomas Gruetzmacher ​(aka Tomaes)+ ​written by Thomas ​"​tomaes" ​Gruetzmacher
    
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  1. Meta Section  1. Meta Section
  
-   ​1.1. ​ What is FAQ anyway?+   ​1.1. ​ What is an FAQ anyway?
    ​1.2. ​ What's the purpose of this FAQ?    ​1.2. ​ What's the purpose of this FAQ?
    ​1.3. ​ Who's the author of this FAQ?    ​1.3. ​ Who's the author of this FAQ?
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 1.6.  What's the version history and status of this FAQ? 1.6.  What's the version history and status of this FAQ?
 +
 + - 2012-06-26 - 0.83c Hey. Some more clean-up work done. Tons of outdated and
 +   dead URLs. :(
 +
 + - 2012-06-18 - 0.83b After years of stagnation, I fixed some typos, deleted
 +   ​404'​ed URLs and changed/​added some minimal things here and there to make
 +   this FAQ look less neglected. I edited out some of the more blatantly out-
 +   dated information,​ but this is not the big - probably much needed - overhaul
 +   just yet. 
  
  - 2004-06-16 - 0.83  - 2004-06-16 - 0.83
    ​Reacting on several important news (werkkzeug release, book projects...),​    ​Reacting on several important news (werkkzeug release, book projects...),​
-   ​I'​ve updated the respective ​faq parts (and some others too...). ​+   ​I'​ve updated the respective ​FAQ parts (and some others too...). ​
  
  - 2004-06-01 - 0.82  - 2004-06-01 - 0.82
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 tightly connected/​synced to the visuals. Modern pc demos run linear from start tightly connected/​synced to the visuals. Modern pc demos run linear from start
 to finish and are non-interactive. There is no whatsoever rule what a to finish and are non-interactive. There is no whatsoever rule what a
-demo must/can show. The creator is free to decide whether he wants to show +demo must/​can ​or should ​show. The creator is free to decide whether he wants to 
-stylish and/or impressive effects, an epic story, funny/​bizarre/​satirical+show stylish and/or impressive effects, an epic story, funny/​bizarre/​satirical
 audiovisual artwork or a distorted mindfuck. ​ audiovisual artwork or a distorted mindfuck. ​
        
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-Exampel ​screenshots of a few demos (ripped from ths (see [7.7.]))+Example ​screenshots of a few demos (ripped from ths (see [7.7.]))
 (from top/left to bottom/​right:​ fr-025, a deepness in the sky, halla, variform): (from top/left to bottom/​right:​ fr-025, a deepness in the sky, halla, variform):
 http://​tomaes.32x.de/​text/​dsfaq_democollage.jpg http://​tomaes.32x.de/​text/​dsfaq_democollage.jpg
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 crackers used pseudonyms instead of their real names. In case you have crackers used pseudonyms instead of their real names. In case you have
 no idea how crack-intros looked like, visit http://​www.flashtro.com for no idea how crack-intros looked like, visit http://​www.flashtro.com for
-some accurate flash remakes of older amiga cracktros.+some accurate flash remakes of older Amiga cracktros.
  
 In the late 1980s the legal part of the cracking and warez scene slowly In the late 1980s the legal part of the cracking and warez scene slowly
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 2.5.  What is a dentro? 2.5.  What is a dentro?
  
-A dentro is a mixture of the characteristics of a '​(DE)mo'​ and an '​i(NTRO)'​.+A dentro is a mixture of the size characteristics of a '​(DE)mo'​ and an '​i(NTRO)'​.
 In other words, a big intro, often 256kb big. Just like intros, usually In other words, a big intro, often 256kb big. Just like intros, usually
 everything is packed in one executable file. Dentros are not very common these everything is packed in one executable file. Dentros are not very common these
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 Demosceners have programmed demos and intros on a large variety of hardware Demosceners have programmed demos and intros on a large variety of hardware
 platforms and operating systems ranging from 8 bit machinery like c64, to game platforms and operating systems ranging from 8 bit machinery like c64, to game
-consoles like gameboy and dreamcast, to the latest ​pentium 4 class pc.+consoles like gameboy and dreamcast, to the latest ​and greatest available  
 +pc hardware.
 Platforms with demoscene activities are/were: Platforms with demoscene activities are/were:
  
- ​- ​arcon archimedes + ​- ​Arcon Archimedes 
- ​- ​amiga (various incl. ocsecsagappc...) + ​- ​Amiga (variousincl. OCSECSAGAPPC...) 
- ​- ​amstrad cpc + ​- ​Amstrad CPC 
- ​- ​atari (various incl. xl/xestfalcon, lynx...) + ​- ​Atari (various incl. XL/XESTFalcon, lynx...) 
- - c64 (and other commodore machines ​incl. c128c16plus 4...) + - c64 and other commodore machines ​(VC20, C128C16Plus 4...) 
- ​- ​dreamcast + ​- ​Dreamcast 
- ​- ​gameboy ​(various incl. gbc, gba+ ​- ​Gameboy ​(variousincl. Game Boy Color and Gameboy Advance
- ​- ​gp32 + ​- ​GP32 
- ​- ​pc (ms-dos/windows/linux/beos...) + ​- ​PC (MS-DOS/Windows/Linux/Beos...) 
- ​- ​playstation ​(1 and 2) + ​- ​Playstation ​(1 and 2) 
- ​- ​macintosh + ​- ​Macintosh 
- ​- ​mega drive (aka genesis+ ​- ​Mega Drive (aka Genesis
- ​- ​nessnes (aka famicon / super famicon) + ​- ​NESSNES (aka Famicon ​Super Famicon)
- - vc20 (aka vic 20) (demos on video: http://​www.gudinna.com/​~zyz/vic20)+
  - zx spectrum (various...)  - zx spectrum (various...)
- ​- ​xbox + ​- ​Xbox 
- - all kinds of mobile devices (cell phones, PDAs, ...)+ - all kinds of mobile devices (phones, PDAs, ...)
  
 ...and a lot more incl. calculators (Texas Instruments models...) and all sorts ...and a lot more incl. calculators (Texas Instruments models...) and all sorts
-of portable systems. Not to mention arcane things like typewriters.+of portable systems. Not to mention arcane things like typewriters ​and 
 +self-build systems.
  
 The activity levels on all those platforms vary a lot. In most cases, the The activity levels on all those platforms vary a lot. In most cases, the
 activity is pretty much proportional to the actual spread of the respective activity is pretty much proportional to the actual spread of the respective
 hardware. The time and area of the original release and the access to hardware. The time and area of the original release and the access to
-development software ​plays a certain role too. So you can imagine that there +development software ​is another important factor. So you can imagine that there 
-is not quite as much '​scene' ​on Msx than on Gameboy.+is not quite as much demoscene activity ​on Msx than on the C64.
  
 There are plenty of emulators for most technically obsolete and/or There are plenty of emulators for most technically obsolete and/or
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 hardware should be prefered. ​ hardware should be prefered. ​
        
-However, most demoscene related releases are pc/windows ​ones, these days.+However, most demoscene related releases are PC/Windows ​ones, these days.
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-2.8.  What is the sense of demos and the motivation for being active in +2.8.  What is the point of demos and the motivation for being active in 
       the demoscene?       the demoscene?
  
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 may enjoy collecting stamps. And some find it interesting to live out their may enjoy collecting stamps. And some find it interesting to live out their
 creative potential: Painting, making music, writing etc. Demosceners blend creative potential: Painting, making music, writing etc. Demosceners blend
-those activities with their interest for & usuage ​of computer technology. ​+those activities with their interest for and usage of computer technology. ​
  
 Secondly, people always like to communicate with like-minded people, who Secondly, people always like to communicate with like-minded people, who
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 Challenge, competition,​ learning. Challenge, competition,​ learning.
        
-In addition, those demos and intros are LOT smaller than a video recording +In addition, those demos and intros are usually ​LOT smaller than a video 
-of the content would be. How about a 64kb intro like fr-08 that runs for about +recording of the content would be. How about a 64kb intro like fr-08 that runs 
-10 minutes? A divx snapshot that could cope with the realtime original ​quality +for about 10 minutes? A divx snapshot that could cope with the realtime original 
-wise would waste more than 100 times the space on your harddisk. Also, you can +quality ​wise would waste more than 100 times the space on your harddisk. Also, 
-include hidden parts, provide additional options or randomize certain ​aspects +you can include hidden parts, provide additional options or randomize certain 
-of the demo, which is not possible with a cast-in-stone video.+aspects ​of the demo, which is not possible with a cast-in-stone video.
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 2.11. Where can I download scene demos in divx/avi format? 2.11. Where can I download scene demos in divx/avi format?
  
-For most pc demos, ​there'​s simply no video recordingHowever, some known +There are scene sites that host video recordings of demos, ​f.e.: 
-takes of pc demos are:+- http://​wurstcaptures.untergrund.net (download only)  
 +- http://​capped.tv (streaming and download) 
 +- http://​demoscene.tv (streaming only)
  
- - raw confessions/​Coccon (requires Gforce 3 to run in realtime) +AlsoYoutube, Vimeo are popular with demosceners too:)
-   (http://cocoon.planet-d.net/​raw/​RawConfessions_Cocoon.avi)+
  
- - relais/​Kolor (requires Gforce 3 to run in realtime, no ati support) +Another opportunity is to purchase the mindcany DVDs (see [7.2.])
-   (can be found on scene.org)+
  
- 
-Another opportunity is to purchase the mindcany DVD (see [7.2.]) 
- 
-Btw, Videos of Amiga demos can be found here: 
- 
- - http://​www.amidemos.org / http://​www.scene.org/​dir.php?​dir=/​mirrors/​amidemos ​       
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  - http://​www.scene.org/​search.php  - http://​www.scene.org/​search.php
- 
- - http://​www.ojuice.org/​search.htm?​t=a 
  
  - http://​www.pouet.net/​prodlist.php (or use the search box on the front page)  - http://​www.pouet.net/​prodlist.php (or use the search box on the front page)
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 You might... You might...
  
- - read the reviews on http://​ths.demoscene.org 
  
  - follow the steady stream of information on http://​www.pouet.net  - follow the steady stream of information on http://​www.pouet.net
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  - visit http://​www.scene.org/​tips.php  - visit http://​www.scene.org/​tips.php
  
- - visit http://​www.monostep.org 
- 
- - visit http://​www.calodox.org/​demoo 
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 or a module in xm/it format (see [5.2.]). If you cannot find it, you can: or a module in xm/it format (see [5.2.]). If you cannot find it, you can:
  
- - go to http:///​demodulate.scene.org,​ a collection of demo soundtracks,​+ - go to http://​demodulate.scene.org,​ a collection of demo soundtracks,​
    ​probably you'll find it there.    ​probably you'll find it there.
    
  - try the archive of nectarine demoscene radio: http://​www.scenemusic.net ​  - try the archive of nectarine demoscene radio: http://​www.scenemusic.net ​
  
- - ask the author of the tune (look into the readme file for mail adresses)+ - ask the author of the tune (look into the readme file for mail addresses)
  
  - use a file ripper to try to find and extract the sound file  ​  - use a file ripper to try to find and extract the sound file  ​
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 2.15. Are there scene demos which I can view online? 2.15. Are there scene demos which I can view online?
  
-You might try some alambikshockwave ​or java demos. Some examples: +You might try some AlambikShockwave ​or Java demos. Some examples:
- +
- - http://​contest.alambik.com (Alambik)+
    
  - http://​medcg.free.fr/​woodsenders (Alambik)  - http://​medcg.free.fr/​woodsenders (Alambik)
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  - http://​www.komplex.org/​java.html (Java)  - http://​www.komplex.org/​java.html (Java)
 +
 +More recently, Javascript and WebGL are becoming more and more popular. ​
 +
 + - http://​pouet.net/​top10.php?​type=prods&​platform=JavaScript&​x=17&​y=5
    
 As for hardware dependent demos, don't forget the video streaming services, As for hardware dependent demos, don't forget the video streaming services,
-such as http://​demoscene.tv or http://ytv.yodel.net +such as http://​demoscene.tv or http://capped.tv (and Youtube, Vimeo etc.)
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 2.16. Where can I find demos that bring my latest hardware to full effect? 2.16. Where can I find demos that bring my latest hardware to full effect?
- 
-Since most demo coders are usually still busy with their education (read: 
-students) they cannot afford the lastet buzz from the hardware market. Since 
-the commercial death of the home computer era, the demoscene has always been 
-a certain bit behind the latest technology; f.e.,the usuage of 3d accelerators 
-became common years after their establishment among gamers. Secondly, it's not 
-easy at all, to try to keep up with the ongoing hardware development. And  
-apparently, it does make more sense to focus on what can be done on 
-"​status quo" equipment. 
  
 In order to really get some eye-candy from your brand-new graphics card, you In order to really get some eye-candy from your brand-new graphics card, you
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 Demos that only rely on software rendering do not make any use of special Demos that only rely on software rendering do not make any use of special
 capabilities of the installed graphics card. Everything shown is computed capabilities of the installed graphics card. Everything shown is computed
-by the cpu in contrast to 3d accelerated demos, where most of the actual +by the CPU in contrast to 3d accelerated demos, where most of the actual 
-computations are done by the graphics card. That's why it (almost) doesn'​t +graphics related ​computations are done by the graphics card's GPU. 
-matter what kind of graphics card is installed when you run software rendered +That's why it (almost) doesn'​t matter what kind of graphics card is 
-demos: It won't run faster after you've installed a newer graphics card. +installed when you run software rendered demos: It won't run faster after 
-As a side effect, the compatibility and driver issues are minor+you've installed a newer graphics card. As a side effect, the compatibility 
 +and driver issues are negligible
  
-To compensate for the high cpu load, software rendering demos usually run in a +To compensate for the high CPU load, software rendering demos usually run in a 
-lower resolution and/​or ​colour ​depth than their 3d graphics hardware+lower resolution and/​or ​color depth than their 3d graphics hardware
 accelerated counterparts. Note that most demos released before the year 2000 accelerated counterparts. Note that most demos released before the year 2000
 are software rendering ones. are software rendering ones.
  
-Raytracing demos or demos that show simple 2d effects don't benefit much from 
-additional graphics hardware power due to their technical nature (pun alert;​)). ​ 
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 Yes, although this really doesn'​t happen very often, from time to time, sceners Yes, although this really doesn'​t happen very often, from time to time, sceners
-make money out of their hobby. Known '​incidents'​ are the Future Crew demo for+make money off their hobby. Known '​incidents'​ are the Future Crew demo for
 Creative Labs (and further works for SSI and The Waite Group Press) and the Creative Labs (and further works for SSI and The Waite Group Press) and the
 Afri Cola Demo by members of Farbrausch. Afri Cola Demo by members of Farbrausch.
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 Generally spoken, demoscene productions are freeware. You can copy and Generally spoken, demoscene productions are freeware. You can copy and
-distribute them, as long as it keeps free of charge ​(and warranty).+distribute them, as long as it'​s ​free of charge.
  
 On the other hand, demoscene productions often contain copyrighted material On the other hand, demoscene productions often contain copyrighted material
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 Please note, that most groups/​individuals have their own tools, exclusively Please note, that most groups/​individuals have their own tools, exclusively
-developed for in-house use. Only a small portion of the tools out there are+developed for "in-house" ​use. Only a small portion of the tools out there are
 actually publicly available. Some demo assembling tools are: actually publicly available. Some demo assembling tools are:
  
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 3.1. Demo xyz won't run, what can I do? 3.1. Demo xyz won't run, what can I do?
  
- ​- ​have a look at the readme/info files(s) that come along with the demo+ ​- ​Have a look at the readme/info files(s) that come along with the demo.
  
- ​- ​does your hard- and software meet the requirements?​+ ​- ​Does your hard- and software meet the requirements?​
  
- ​- ​party versions are usually buggy, see if a fixed/final version has+ ​- ​Party versions are usually buggy, see if a fixed/final version has
    been released already    been released already
 +
 + - Look out for (graphics card) driver issues. Rolling back or forth
 +   to a different version might help.
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-3.2. How can I get old ms-dos demos to run?+3.2. How can I get old MS-DOS demos to run?
  
 Crest wrote an informative article about this issue: Crest wrote an informative article about this issue:
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 - http://​crest.untergrund.net/​config.html. - http://​crest.untergrund.net/​config.html.
  
-In case you have a powerful ​cpu, you can try a MSDOS-Emulator, such as+In case you have a powerful ​CPU, you can try a MS-DOS Emulator, such as
 dosbox: dosbox:
  
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-3.3. Some old ms-dos demos refuse to run, I only get an "run time error 200".+3.3. Some old MS-DOS demos refuse to run, I only get an "run time error 200".
      ​What'​s that?      ​What'​s that?
  
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 In short: Demoscene meetings/​festivals,​ where sceners meet. Usually, there is a In short: Demoscene meetings/​festivals,​ where sceners meet. Usually, there is a
-a big screen, compos you can participate in and lots of weird people from all +a big screen, ​competitions ("compos"​) ​you can participate in and lots of weird 
-over the world you can meet and talk to, exchange ideas and booze with. ;) +people from all over the world you can meet and talk to, exchange ideas 
-Oh, and there'​s a network too (but not for gameing).+and booze with. ;) Oh, and there'​s a network too (but not for gameing).
  
 This pic (which is a section of a panorama picture, taken by chandra/​orange This pic (which is a section of a panorama picture, taken by chandra/​orange
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  - wild demo (see [5.1.])  - wild demo (see [5.1.])
  - graphics (at least seperated compos for rendered and pixeled ones)  - graphics (at least seperated compos for rendered and pixeled ones)
- - music (seperated compos for '​tracked'​ and mp3/ogg music)+ - music (often seperated compos for '​tracked'​ and mp3/ogg music)
  - all kinds of fast/​surprise compos  - all kinds of fast/​surprise compos
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 4.3.  What are the most important demoscene parties? 4.3.  What are the most important demoscene parties?
  
-Currently, the big ones are:+Currently, ​some of the big ones are:
  
- ​- ​Breakpoint, Germany (100% scene, http://breakpoint.untergrund.net)+ ​- ​Revision, Germany (100% scene, http://www.revision-party.net)
  
  - Assembly, Finland (gamers and sceners, http://​assembly.org)  - Assembly, Finland (gamers and sceners, http://​assembly.org)
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 The following site provides all needed info: The following site provides all needed info:
  
- - http://www.ojuice.org/​next/​parties.htm+ - http://www.demoparty.net
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 4.5.  Why is it, that compo results tend to get screwed up? 4.5.  Why is it, that compo results tend to get screwed up?
  
-Often, you might wonder why a certain compo result seems to be fucked ​up. +Often, you might wonder why a certain compo result seems to be messed ​up. 
 Bad stuff ranked high, while a much better production is nowhere near the Bad stuff ranked high, while a much better production is nowhere near the
 place it deserved. This might be due to the following: place it deserved. This might be due to the following:
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    the results of a 200 people party quite a bit.    the results of a 200 people party quite a bit.
  
- - People cheat (exploiting voting systems)+ - People cheat (exploiting voting systems, almost never happens though)
  
  - Never underestimate the fun-factor of a party. Technically and artistically  - Never underestimate the fun-factor of a party. Technically and artistically
-   bad productions might get a lot of votes if they'​re funny or just catch +   bad productions might get a lot of votes if they'​re funny or go well with a 
-   the mood of the audience.+   live audience ​for one reason or another.
  
  - The demo crashed the compo machine and most of the good stuff was  - The demo crashed the compo machine and most of the good stuff was
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  - It's a demo that requires very rare/​strange hardware to run  - It's a demo that requires very rare/​strange hardware to run
-   (c64 with scpu etc.)+   (c64 with SCPUs, for example)
  
- - It's a demo that simply does not fit in any competition (and the + - It's a demo that simply does not fit in any other competition (and the 
-   ​applying rules) of a given demoparty. ​   +   ​applying rules) of a given demoparty.
-   (30mb demo, although 15mb is the limit)+
  
  - Sometimes, live performances count as '​wild'​ demos too. ;)  - Sometimes, live performances count as '​wild'​ demos too. ;)
  
-However, in most cases, it IS a short film+However, in most cases, it IS a short movie (clip), either tradionally filmed 
 +or CG/animated
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-Much more about them here: http://www.united-trackers.org/resources/handbook+Much more about them here: http://www.modplug.com/mods/handbook/​handbook.htm
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 sceners for sceners. They usually contain tutorials, interviews, news and sceners for sceners. They usually contain tutorials, interviews, news and
 party reports. Unlike newsletters,​ or articles on the web, the content party reports. Unlike newsletters,​ or articles on the web, the content
-is integrated in an unique interface with (hopefully pleasing) graphics and +is integrated in unique interface with (hopefully pleasing) graphics and 
-background music. Diskmags ​ are a solid platform for scene related+background music. Diskmags are a solid platform for scene related
 communication and information. ​ communication and information. ​
  
 While diskmags have lost quite a bit of their importance on pc While diskmags have lost quite a bit of their importance on pc
-(information and communication is web-based nowadays), they are still a vital +(information and communication is web-based nowadays), they are still a  
-part of the c64/​amiga/​atari scenes. ​+rather vital part of the c64/​amiga/​atari scenes. ​
  
-related Links: 
-http://​pain.scene.org 
-http://​www.hugi.scene.org 
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 5.4.  What is a 'music disk'? 5.4.  What is a 'music disk'?
  
-It's a collection of songs (ep, album or compilation) that comes with an unique+It's a collection of songs (ep, album or compilation) that comes with unique
 interface/​player. So called 'chip disks' contain chip tunes (see [5.5.]) only. interface/​player. So called 'chip disks' contain chip tunes (see [5.5.]) only.
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 5.5.  What are 'chip tunes'?​ 5.5.  What are 'chip tunes'?​
  
-Tunes of the pre-sample era of electronic music, ​music which sounds are+Tunes of the pre-sample era of electronic music, ​whose sounds are
 generated by computers, respectively their sound chips, or songs that imitate generated by computers, respectively their sound chips, or songs that imitate
 or resemble that characteristic sound. or resemble that characteristic sound.
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  - gfx (graphics...)  - gfx (graphics...)
  
- - msx (music... unless ​they really ​refer to the msx hardware)+ - msx (music... unless ​it'​s ​really ​a reference ​to the MSX hardware)
  
  - zik (muzik.. er, music or musician)  - zik (muzik.. er, music or musician)
- 
- - oj (orange juice, demoscene news website ...see [7.7.]) ​ 
  
  - asm (Assembly... either the demoscene party in finland, or   - asm (Assembly... either the demoscene party in finland, or 
-        the programming ​language)+        the hardware-bound ​programming ​languages)
  
  - xm/​mod/​s3m/​it (common trackers and/or their file formats... see [5.2.])  - xm/​mod/​s3m/​it (common trackers and/or their file formats... see [5.2.])
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 5.7.  What is ASCII/ANSI art?  5.7.  What is ASCII/ANSI art? 
  
-ASCII art is text art, graphics that consist of ASCII characters. Most require +ASCII art is text art, graphics that consist ​exclusively ​of ASCII characters. 
-a non-proportional font (f.e. "​fixedsys"​) for correct viewing. The logo in +Most require a non-proportional font (f.e. "​fixedsys"​) for correct viewing. 
-front of this FAQ is supposed to be ascii art too. :)+The logo in front of this FAQ is supposed to be ascii art too. :)
  
 ANSI includes additional formating/​displaying information,​ the most obvious ANSI includes additional formating/​displaying information,​ the most obvious
-difference is that ansi supports ​colours ​and the possibility to create+difference is that ansi supports ​colors ​and the possibility to create
 animations. animations.
  
 In the days of bulletin board systems (read: pre-internet era), when bandwidth In the days of bulletin board systems (read: pre-internet era), when bandwidth
-and processing power was limited, ​ascii/ansi art was an efficient and easy way +and processing power was limited, ​ASCII/ANSI art was an efficient and easy way 
-to display graphical content. In the late 90s, ASCII art made a comeback as +to display graphical content. In the late 1990s, ASCII art made a comeback as 
-email signature and SMS.+email signature and SMS message gimmick.
  
 ASCII art is often used to enrich info/readme files that come along with ASCII art is often used to enrich info/readme files that come along with
 demoscene productions. demoscene productions.
  
-Further information and examples: 
-- http://​www.ascii-art.de 
-- http://​www.thuglife.org 
-- http://​www.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​ASCII_art 
-- http://​www.outworldarts.com/​ansi.php 
-- http://​www.acid.org 
-- http://​www.ice.org 
-- http://​asciipr0n.com (for adults only ;)) 
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 5.9.  What is a slideshow? ​ 5.9.  What is a slideshow? ​
  
-A slideshow is a graphics collection/​presentation with an unique interface,+A slideshow is a graphics collection/​presentation with unique interface,
 often with background music. It's the graphical counterpart of a music disk often with background music. It's the graphical counterpart of a music disk
 (see [5.4.]). (see [5.4.]).
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 Invtro (or invitro) is the abbreviation of '​ivitation intro'​. The main purpose Invtro (or invitro) is the abbreviation of '​ivitation intro'​. The main purpose
-is to inform sceners about an upcoming demoscene ​party, when and where it will +is to inform sceners about an upcoming demoscene ​event, when and where it will 
-take place, what compos can be expected, entrance ​fee etc. Unlike normal+take place, what compos can be expected, entrance ​fees etc. Unlike normal
 intros (see [2.4.]), an invitation intro is usually not limited to a certain intros (see [2.4.]), an invitation intro is usually not limited to a certain
 filesize. filesize.
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 Just like invtros (see [5.10.]), fast-intros are rarely limited to a certain Just like invtros (see [5.10.]), fast-intros are rarely limited to a certain
-filesize, "​fast-demo"​ would be probably a more appropriate term. :)+file size, "​fast-demo"​ would be probably a more appropriate term. :)
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 5.12. What is a textmode demo? 5.12. What is a textmode demo?
  
-It's a demo which makes use of the classic ​MSDOS text mode for displaying its +It's a demo that makes use of the classic ​MS-DOS command line mode for 
-content. So, instead of pixels, you see ASCII characters on a 80x25 or 80x50 +displaying its content. So, instead of pixels, you see ASCII characters 
-screen. There'​s a online competition exclusively dedicated to this kind of +on a 80x25 or 80x50 screen. There'​s a online competition exclusively dedicated 
-demos: http://taat.fi/​tmdc/ ​+to this kind of demos: http://tmdc.scene.org ​
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 You'll need at least some solid knowledge of one programming language and a You'll need at least some solid knowledge of one programming language and a
 compiler/​IDE (see [6.7.]). Plus, a lot of motivation. Imagination will help compiler/​IDE (see [6.7.]). Plus, a lot of motivation. Imagination will help
-too. Note that In most cases, there are several ​persons ​working on a demo: At +too. Note that In most cases, there are several ​people ​working on a demo: At 
-least one coder (programmer),​ taking care of all technical aspects, a graphic+least one coder (programmer),​ taking care of the technical aspects, a graphics
 artist or designer and a musician composing the soundtrack. So, you might need artist or designer and a musician composing the soundtrack. So, you might need
-someone to help you with one part or an other.+someone to help you with one part or another.
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  - http://​www.oldskool.org/​demos/​explained  - http://​www.oldskool.org/​demos/​explained
    and http://​www.oldskool.org/​demos/​pc/​pcdemos.faq.shtml (last update: 1998!)    and http://​www.oldskool.org/​demos/​pc/​pcdemos.faq.shtml (last update: 1998!)
-    +  ​
- - http://​www.ojuice.net/​faq.htm+
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-7.2.  What scene CD-ROMs/​DVDs do exist?+7.2.  What scene CD-ROMs/​DVDs/​Blue-Rays ​do exist?
  
-Check this site: http://​www.fusecon.com/​products/​scenecds. Concerning DVDs, +Check this site: http://​www.fusecon.com/​products/​scenecds. Concerning ​new DVDs 
-check out mind candy: http://​www.mindcandydvd.com.+and Blue-Rays ​check out the mind candy series: http://​www.mindcandydvd.com.
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 7.3. Any books about the demoscene? 7.3. Any books about the demoscene?
  
-Although ​there are books that were written by demosceners ('pc underground'​ +Yes, indeed, ​there are a few books. ​For example:
-springs to mind) or books that slightly touch that topic, but there is no book +
-ABOUT the demoscene.+
  
-This might be due to the fact, that the demoscene, in contrast to the '​hacker'​ +- "​Demoscene: ​the art of real-time"​ 
-and warez scene is unknown to a wider public audience and totally legal (and +- "​Freax"​
-hence not '​thrilling'​ enough), decreasing a publishers'​ intrest to 'close to +
-zero'​. ​+
  
-However, there are at least two book projects:+(Both available on Amazon)
  
-- "​Demoscene:​ the art of real-time"​ +A decent overview ​of related academic papers: 
-http://www.evenlakestudios.com/books/+ 
 +http://www.kameli.net/demoresearch2/?page_id=4
  
-- "​Freax" ​ 
-http://​www.freax.hu. 
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 7.4. Any newsletters I can subscribe to? 7.4. Any newsletters I can subscribe to?
  
-You can subscribe to Static line, which is a more or less regulary published +As of 2012, they'​re all gone as far as I can tell.
-newsletter/​text magazine: http://​staticline.scenespot.org+
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 Web:  Web: 
- 
- - http://​www.scene.org/​forums 
-   (note that the provided usenet feed does often not work) 
  
  - http://​www.pouet.net/​bbs.php  - http://​www.pouet.net/​bbs.php
-   (not very scene related ​most of the time)+   (most active public forum. sometimes ​not very scene related ​at all :))
  
- - http://www.scenespot.org/modules/​newbb+ - http://www.scene.org/forums
  
- - http://www.ukscene.org/​modules.php?​name=Forums+ - http://www.bitfellas.org
  
 Usenet newsgroup: ​ Usenet newsgroup: ​
  
- - comp.sys.ibm.pc.demos  + - comp.sys.ibm.pc.demos 
- +   (not much activity anymore)
-Many more at:+
  
- - http://​www.ojuice.org/​forums/​links.htm 
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 7.7.  What are the most important pc demoscene websites/​portals?​ 7.7.  What are the most important pc demoscene websites/​portals?​
  
-Here's a short list of the (imho) most important international ones: +Here's a short list of the more important international ​PC related ​ones:
- +
- - http://​www.ojuice.org +
-   ​(news,​ party list, scener database...)+
  
  - http://​www.pouet.net  - http://​www.pouet.net
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    ​(demoscene radio...)    ​(demoscene radio...)
        
- - http://www.lmp.d2g.com + - http://scenesat.com 
-   (UK based demoscene radio)  ​+   ​(demoscene ​music radio, live broadcasts from scene events)  ​
  
- - http://www.scenespot.org + - http://www.demoscene.tv 
-   (news and '​static line' (see [7.4.]))+   (demo videos streamed)
  
- - http://www.ukscene.org + - http://capped.tv 
-   (news, tutorials, forum+   (demo videos streamed)
  
- - http://ths.demoscene.org + - http://www.bitfellas.org 
-   (demo reviews...) +   ​(news, ​podcastforums
- +
- - http://​monostep.org +
-   (demo suggestions...) +
- +
- - http://​calodox.org/​demoo +
-   (demo suggestions...) +
- +
- - http://​www.scenet.de +
-   ​(news, ​articleslinks...) +
- +
- - http://​www.scenerep.org +
-   ​(online magazine) +
- +
- - http://​www.demoscene.tv +
-   (demo video streamed)+
  
 ...of course there'​s a LOT more. National scene portals, music sites dedicated ...of course there'​s a LOT more. National scene portals, music sites dedicated
-to mods etc, etc. For more checkhttp://​www.ojuice.org/​www/​centers/​links.htm.+to mods etc, etc. Just google it. :)
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 participated in a demo production? participated in a demo production?
  
-Pouet.net holds no less than 5500 accounts (we can savely assume that at least +Pouet.net holds no less than ~20'​000 ​accounts (we can savely assume that at least 
-~1/5 of them are fake/​one-post-only/​forgot-my-password-dammit ones). The +~1/5 of them are fake/​one-post-only/​forgot-my-password-dammit ones). The old 
-orange juice scener database ​holds more than 10000 accounts. Those dimensions +orange juice scener database ​used to have more than 10'​000 ​accounts. Most sceners 
-seem rather realistic to me. Most sceners are active on pc, followed by +are active on pc, followed by C64 and Amiga Computers. Most sceners are NOT coders, 
-amiga and c64. Most sceners are NOT coders, but hobby music producers and +but hobby music producers and designers or graphic artists.
-designers or graphic artists.+
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 The majority of sceners is 20 or older. The majority of sceners is 20 or older.
  
-A related poll about can be found here:+A related, several years old poll can be found here:
 http://​www.scene.org/​discusspoll.php?​item=53 http://​www.scene.org/​discusspoll.php?​item=53
  
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 2004-06-16, update: Actually, they just released werkkzeug1 to the public, 2004-06-16, update: Actually, they just released werkkzeug1 to the public,
 including the fr-025 data file: http://​www.theprodukkt.com/​ including the fr-025 data file: http://​www.theprodukkt.com/​
 +
 +2012-06-26, update: Many tools are now public and released as open source:
 +https://​github.com/​farbrausch/​fr_public/​
  
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 8.11. What is '​windows 100%'? 8.11. What is '​windows 100%'?
  
-'Windows 100%' ​is a japanese print magazine (imagine a wild mix of '​wired'​ and +Windows 100% is a japanese print magazine (imagine a wild mix of '​wired'​ and 
-'​playboy'​ ;)) that started to feature scene demos several ​years ago. If your+'​playboy'​ ;)) that started to feature scene demos many years ago. If your
 demo is featured in windows 100%, they'​ll send you the respective issue for demo is featured in windows 100%, they'​ll send you the respective issue for
 free. free.
 +
 +(As of 2012, I'm not sure that they still do that.)
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