DEMOS and INTROS FAQ
=> alt.sys.amiga.demos frequently asked questions (FAQ) <=
=> V1.07, March 1996. <=
Written by h0llyw00d/ax!$ (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WWW-section researched by I-GO/TBL (email@example.com)
- What are demos?
- Why are they made?
- Who makes them?
- What are the different kinds of demos?
- What are the different functions of scene guys?
- How can I learn how to do music/gfx/code?
- What software/hardware is used to create demos, and where can I get this software from?
- Where can I get demos from? (including ftp sites)
- What Amiga demo-scene WWW pages are there?
- How can I get started in the scene?
- What are the best demos on the Amiga?
- When did the scene begin?
- Who are the best groups on the scene?
- What kind of questions can I post here?
- Are there any questions should I not post here?
- Where is this FAQ available?
- Who made this FAQ?
1. What are demos?
Demos, (short for 'demonstrations'), are executable programs created (in the
case of this FAQ, on the Commodore Amiga computer), purely for art's sake,
featuring impressive or spectacular audiovisuals. Demos are not actually
functional or interactive, in the main, but then nor are portraits, or CDs.
Perhaps you can think of a demo as a music video on a computer, but with
equal emphasis on the visuals, the music, and the code. It's something to
watch, enjoy, and marvel at the creativity of. Demos can be beautiful. :)
2. Why are they made?
Demos are made because people want to construct something that looks good.
There's no financial reward (except the prize if your demo wins at a demo
party), so the profit motive isn't really an issue. People make demos because
they want to make something that will be spread worldwide, seen by a lot of
people, and appreciated by them for being skilfully designed. Demos are made
for art's sake, and for prestige.
3. Who makes them?
Demos are made by various Amiga users, generally organised into groups. These
groups have names, such as Virtual Dreams, Spaceballs, Complex, etc, and
these groups comprise a number of (more or less) talented members. Please
note that almost all demo-makers credit themselves under a pseudonym, rather
than their real name, e.g. Chaos, Fairfax, Moby...
4. What are the different kinds of demos?
The word 'demo' is the general term for a demonstration. Demos can look very
much like a dance-music-video (Spaceballs "State Of The Art" and "9
Fingers"), very much like a collection of computerised effects sequenced
together (Andromeda "Nexus7"), or very much like nothing on this Earth (Melon
- 'Intros', (short for 'introduction(s)'), are small demos..
- 'Trackmos' are demos which don't use Amiga-DOS to load, and therefore
aren't hard-disc installable (they're trackloading, which is the
derivation of this word.)
- 'Dentros' are half-way between demos and intros. :)
- 'Music-discs' are selectable collections of tunes by musicians.
- 'Slideshows' are collections of pictures by graphics artists.
- 'Discmags' are electronic disc magazines.
- 'Charts' are disc-based charts programs, which use voting sheets to poll
the scene on which demos/coders/musicians/etc. they think are the best.
5. What are the different functions of scene guys?
Generally made up of the following:
(Design is also important in demos. It's often handled by the graphics artist
- Coders - program the effects in the demos.
- Graphics artists - Draws the pictures/logos/fonts, or whatever is needed.
- Musicians - produces the soundtracks.
(With the advent of the Internet and FTP sites, the three previous functions
may be getting less important, but it's important to note that the Internet
is still significantly slower at getting new demos than many BBSes.)
- Mail-Trader - Swaps with other demo-fans and members of other groups, in
order to get new demos and spread his own group's.
- Modem-Trader - Trades demos on bulletin boards, functions much as
- Sysop - 'System Operator' of bulletin board (BBS) where new demos can be
Thus groups not only have the creative members, but means to spread their
6. How can I learn how to do music/gfx/code?
Practise a lot. :) For musicians and graphics artists, there really aren't
that many ways to 'learn`, except to keep trying, look at other people's work
for inspiration, and to learn your trade slowly and carefully. For coders,
the "HowToCode" tutorial series, available at the Papa ftp site, directory
/pub/useful/howtocode7.lha could be useful. Also articles in disc magazines
and so forth, may help aspiring Dr.Skulls. :)
7. What software/hardware is used to create demos, and where can I get it from?
Coders use assemblers such as ASM-One, or Devpac, both commercial
packages. (go to your local computer store and ask!)
Graphics artists use commercial paint programs, often Deluxe Paint, but
also Brilliance. (ditto!)
Musicians use a `tracker` program, almost always Protracker (a PD
program, see the alt.binaries.sounds.mods
FAQ for more information... one of the best trackers for the Amiga is
available at Aminet and all its mirrors in mus/edit/pt23a.lha...)
8. Where can I get demos from? (including ftp sites)
(Demos are available from PD (public domain) companies, and their adverts are
displayed prominently in all Amiga papermagazines. You will be paying more
for someone to copy demos for you, though, so, as you seem to have access to
the Internet, why not use it to get demos?)
[CD-ROMs are becoming increasingly good value if you want to pick up large
amounts of demos (although the quality will be variable, obviously..)
The Aminet CDs are especially well-known, and now number 1-9, with Aminet 6
being specifically targeted towards demos.
However, probably the best demo-scene orientated CD series is the "Euroscene"
series by Almathera. Volume 1 contains about 540meg of demos, mods, graphics
and the like.. music modules and graphics are listed by authors, too.
"Euroscene2", released very recently, is even better, containing a whole CD
worth of well-ordered mods, graphics and demos..
(please note, if you see the CDs "Demo1" and "Demo2" for sale, they are much
older versions of Almathera compilations, and anything decent from them is
allegedly on "Euroscene".)
There's also a CD coming out real soon now called "Scene Storm", which I
believe has a lot of recent demo stuff on it, and is compiled from the files
on the DCS bulletin board in the UK, Digital Candy. It _should_ be very good,
so watch out for it.. they seem to be linking it to Spaceballs, although I'm
not sure why.
In addition, there are the CDs compiled by LSD, called "Compendium Deluxe"
volumes one and two. Very much demo-based, and with stuff unavailable
Finally, there are sometimes official CDs containing all the releases from
parties: for example, the one from Assembly 94. This kind of thing is very
useful if you want to check out _all_ the pictures from a certain party. Can
anyone else give me any info on other CDs available?]
Using ftp sites is the most sensible way to get Amiga demos through the
Internet. The following are the best (only?) Amiga demo sites:
(log on as 'anonymous', give your email address as your password!)
Papa - i41s20.ira.uka.de
(in pub/ : was the ftp mirror of the IRC `bot` Papa, now Papa isn't on IRC
anymore, is simply a ftp site. And easily the best demo ftp site, too,
although access can sometime be slow from some areas of the globe. It has a
very good selection of demos, and is generally the first to get new demos. It
got almost all of the Party 5 demos when Aminet had none of them. Thanks to
Milano for this invaluable resource!)
Aminet - src.doc.ic.ac.uk, ftp.luth.se, ftp.wustl.edu, ftp.netnet.net,
ftp.uni-paderborn.de, and many more.. see the readme file in the root aminet
(in the pub/aminet/demo/ directory, also check pub/aminet generally for
related files such as modules, graphics, utilities..)
This is the massive, infamous resource, which doesn't actually get that many
new demos nowadays (Papa gets a lot more), but is at least universally
accessable and fast.
You can also ftp by email through Aminet.. check it out by sending a message
with HELP in the body to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or others..
Always use your local Aminet site, to save time!
Funet - ftp.funet.fi
(in the pub/amiga/demos/ directory, demos arranged according to group names.
Not the newest stuff, but useful, tho a lot of it is mirrored on Aminet
(pub/amiga/demo/ :has a good selection from some big, older demoparties
(mainly contained elsewhere, tho.))
(Also houses a very good Amiga graphics archive, with a lot of excellent
pictures, logos, etc. from various demos and competitions, in pub/amiga/gfx.
An under-rated resource, but getting out of date nowadays. a lot of classic
older stuff, though.)
Some major demo-parties have claimed or are claiming to feature ftp sites
with new demos available `live` from the party, as they're released. Watch
out for information about this on the newsgroup. The Gathering 95 ftp site
was hijacked by hackers, though, so the organisers obviously have to be
[If you also have a PC, then try grabbing some of the increasingly good PC
demos at ftp.cdrom.com, or another decent archive at ftp.arosnet.se]
If you're on IRC, try joining channel #amigascne, which is the channel with
all the demo-freaks on it, and join us for a chat about the demo scene and
various other suspect subjects. Sadly, Papa is no longer available to dcc
demos from. :(
But, Aminet is accessible on IRC through Mama. (/dcc chat Mama, etc..)
(http://www.ludd.luth.se/~pjotr/mama.cgi is Mama's homepage!)
9. What Amiga demo-scene WWW pages are there?
An html version of this FAQ, with direct links to all these listed WWW pages,
is available at:
http://www.dur.ac.uk/~d3fbcw/FAQ.html (Hollywood's homepage!)
http://www.xs4all.nl/~blahh/RAW/Various/FAQ.html (R.A.W. ON-LINE.)
[Please note, I (Hollywood) have attempted to rate the homepages, so people
don't have to spend ages wading through all the boring ones to get to the
cool ones.These ratings are as fair as possible, and based on the design,
information, and pure entertainment value of the pages. (*) means it's pretty
bad, (*****) means you need to look at it 24 hours a day for the next 100
years. Anything (***) or more is definitely worth checking out for people
interested in the scene. complaints about ratings should be addressed to
email@example.com. :) ]
= GROUPS =
= SCENE-PEOPLE =
- Accession (**+ - nice logo 'n some crackintros.)
- Axis [Planet Axis!](**** - nice graphics+releases, amiga demos FAQ, links)
- Balance(**+ - some good info, but outdated, some bad URLs)
- BlackOut(*+ - logo+memberlist only.)
- Complex(***+ - gorgeous art, lacking content.)
- Crusaders(***, Gathering info, nice setup!)
- Darkness(*+ - memberlist and links only.)
- CNCD(**** - c00l! : CNCD CD info+samples+gfx, Dean gallery, photos..)
- Dual Crew & Shining(** - nice backgrounds n GFX, memberlist, not much else!)
- Embassy(*** - neat content, good info.)
- The Epsilon coder page(*** - some interesting demo-related text-files, quirky but neat.)
- Extend (**+ - mainly C64, info, memberlist, links!) (*NEW*!)
- Finesse(*** - nice design, handy info on PC+Amiga group,) (*NEW*!)
- Honey(*+ - one release available, logo..)
- Japotek (**+ - links, info, some tunes+files) (*NEW*!)
- Jewels(*** - decent info)
- Lemon.(***+ - wonderful gfx, content coming?)
- Limited Edition(*** - good info, LED demos online.)
- Magic Design(*** - some demos and some great painted artwork.)
- Matrix(*+ - memberlist, not much else.)
- Mirage(*** - nice design, Chit-Chat info..)
- Myth(*+ - not bad, but 8 months out-of-date, including RAW-mirror!)
- Nerve Axis (**+ - basic info, cool memberlist pics!) (*NEW*!)
- Noice(**+ - nicely designed, reasonable info.)
- Nova(** - some nice thumb-nails, memberlist, etc.)
- Parallax(*** - nice design, useful member+prod lists!)(*NEW!*)
- Phantasm(*+ - some demos online, not much else.)
- Pure Metal Coders (PMC)(***+ - great retro fun, all old PMC demos available!)
- Purple Turtle(**+ - memberlist, some prods available.)
- Puzzle(***+? - great gfx so far, Netscape2.0+ only.)
- Rage(**** - well-designed, comprehensive, cool.)
- Rebels(*+ - logo+memberlist, one page!)
- Sahara Surfers(***+ - nice page, brilliant TP5 report+photos.)
- Scoopex(**** - great, well-designed, well-updated site.)
- Spaceballs(***+ - nice GFX, history, guestbook!)
- Spooky Fellows(***+ - cool site from ex-Ram-Jammers.) (*NEW*!)
- Steps of Change(*** - nice new English group, TP5 pics n stuff) (*NEW*!)
- Talent(***+ - excellent, prods+music available, guestbook.)
- The Black Lotus(**** - well-designed, informative, cool.)
- The Jormas(**** - all-round excellent page.)
- Three Little Elks(*** - nice, good)
- Triumph(not too scene-orientated, but nice progs to download.)
- Virtual Dreams(****+ - wicked! Netcape 2.0+ only)
[It's difficult to know what to include, since there's a lot of people who
are in the scene but don't have much relevant scene-stuff on their pages.
Here's a selection of the very best personal pages, and the ones which have
resources unavailable elsewhere.]
= ZINES =
- Artifex / Complex(****, wicked GFX!)
- Diesel8 / Razor 1911(***+ - under construction, but COOL!)
- Dr.Awesome(**** - amazing musician!)
- Hollywood/Axis(***+ - pretty cool, but then I'm biased!)
- Iso/Axis(**+ - Iso's MODs online.)
- JMagic(**** - wicked page by honorary #amigascne d00d, pc really!)
- Jugi / Complex(****+ - near Jugi-Perfect!)
- Lizardking modules(***+ - excellent resource!)
- Otis / Dream4(***+ - professional, cool, Perseus+Dream4 areas.)
- Pot-Noodle / Anthrox(***+ - cool design, Ami-X stuff..)
- Raato / dA JoRMaS(***++ - The Jormas - a cult!)
- Rawstyle / Lego (*** - release list, downloadable demos!)
- Silk(** - old Digital Symposium releases+info.)
- Strobo / Stellar(****+ - absolutely astounding, not entirely demo-orientated, tho.)
- Soul / Movement(**+ - some nice tunes!)
- U4ia(***+ - smart page, plenty of nice MODs!)
- Vesuri / The Jormas(***+ - pretty nice, some goodies.)
- Zaltor / NGC(***+ - brilliant graphics, great homepage.)
= PARTY INFORMATION =
- The Jungle(* - nothing there yet!)
- Oepir Risti (*+ - latest issue available as Amiga archive.) (*NEW*!)
- R.A.W. (***** - the best demo-site on the Internet!)
= MISCELLANEOUS =
- Abduction '96
- Assembly '95 homepage
- BBx Symposium party
- CompuSphere 5
- The Gathering 96
- The Party 5
- SIH95 party-info
Ken-stories - Remember them ? From the OLD Eurocharts'n'Crusaders demos ???
The Amiga WEB directory - Very big Amiga WWW-index, the Amiga Net index!.
10. How can I get started in the scene?
Just find some like-minded friends and start making demos. There's no limit
to who can make demos and who can't. Contact some scene-groups through the
addresses you see on demos. Turn up to demo-parties. Start trading demos by
mail/modem. Post to this newsgroup. Tune in, turn on, get wired. :)
11. What are the best demos on the Amiga?
The controversy begins here, since there's always argument about this kind of
subject, especially as the two main charts programs, "The Charts" and the
"Eurocharts" seem to be dead, but here we go..
OCS denotes the original chip-set Amigas (A500/1000/1500)
ECS means the demo will run on the A500+/A600/A3000. (+some new 2000s)
AGA means the demo will only run on the A1200/4000. (+CD32?!)
Please help me with compatibility questions by telling me which machines
certain demos will/won't run on! The `meg` figure is the minimum number of
megabytes required to run the demo, and is pretty inaccurate right now.
If you find a certain demo won't run straight away, especially on high-end
machines, a sensible thing to do is to run some kind of degrader: an
excellent allround one is located at Aminet,pub/aminet/util/misc/TUDE.lha
It's also a good idea to try some of the options in the bootselector you get
when you push both mouse buttons down after resetting on ECS/AGA machines.
Putting original chipset on or turning off CPU cache can work well.
Also listed is the place on the Internet this demo can be found, with
Am = Aminet (pub/aminet/demo/ directory already presumed!)
Fu = Funet, (pub/amiga/demos/ directory!)
Pa = Papa. (pub/ directory!)
Since Aminet is the biggest demo archive, with the most mirrors, I've
selected the Aminet source for the demo, where possible, but many demos are
probably available elsewhere.
I've been unable to locate some demos on the Net. Could someone post them up,
if they still have a copy, and inform me?
Also T for trackloading, and H for hard disc installable (for all you hard
Finally, if there's a message in square brackets regarding a file, eg if it's
listed as ThePrey1[+2].lha, that means there are two files there,
ThePrey1.lha, and ThePrey2.lha. :)
The very best demos:
- Anarchy "3D Demo 2" (OCS, 1meg) - (Am) (T) (fix?) (Fu) Anarchy/Anarchy.3D_DemoII.dms
- Andromeda "Nexus7" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) tp94/nexus7.lha (T)
- CNCD - "Closer" - (AGA,4meg+,HD,030 preferable) - (Pa) TheParty95/closer1[+3].lha (H)
- Complex - "Origin" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) Party93/Complex.Origin-1[+2].dms (T) (not A4000..)
- Juliet+Case - "C42" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) demo/ta95/C42fixed.lha (H)
- Kefrens-"Desert Dream"(OCS/ECS/AGA,1meg)-(Fu) Kefrens/DesertDreams-1[+2].dms
- Melon Dezign -"Planet M" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Pa) - SiH95/mln-pm.dms (T)
- Polka Brothers "The Prey"(AGA, 2meg)-(Am) tp94/ThePrey1[+2].lha (H)
- Pygmy Projects "Extension" (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) (Fu) misc/PygmyProjects.Extension.dms(T)
- Rebels - "Switchback" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) aga/dd-rbs1.dms,dd-rbs2.dms (T)
- Sanity "Arte" (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) demo/mega/Sanity.Arte-a[+b].dms, (T)
- Silents + Crionics "Hardwired" (OCS, 0.5meg) - (Fu) Silents/Silents+Crion.Hardwired-1[+2].dms (T)
- Spaceballs "9 Fingers" (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg)-(Fu) Party93/Spaceballs.9Fingers-1[+2].dms (T)
- Spaceballs "State Of The Art" (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg)* (Am) mega/sr_sball.dms (T)
- Virtual Dreams-"242"(OCS/ECS/AGA, 0.5meg)-(Fu) Fairlight/Fairlight.242.dms(T)
- Virtual Dreams - "Full Moon" (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) aga/vdreams_fullmoon.lha (H)
There are 2 versions. The original release worked the A500 with 1megRAM _only_. The Skid Row fix works on the
majority of machines. The version listed here is the Skid Row fix.
Other all-time greats:
If you've missed any of these demos, I grieve for you. :)
- Andromeda - "Mind Riot" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) euro/MindRiot.lha (H)
- Axis - "Big Time Sensuality"-(AGA, 2meg)-(Am) mega/BIGTIME1[+2].dms(T) (not A4000!)
- Bomb - "Motion" (AGA, 2meg)-(Am)tp94/MotionDisk1[+2].dms(T)(not A4000. fix?)
- Complex - "Real" - (AGA, 2meg) (Am) aga/clx-real.dms (H)
- Lemon. - "Announce" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) mega/lem-ann.dms (H)
- Lemon. - "Groovy" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) mega/Lemon.Groovy (T)
- LSD -"Jesus On E's"-(OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) mega/lsd_joe1fixed.dms, lsd_joe2.dms (T)
- Mad Elks - "Technological Death"-(OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg)-(Am) mega/t-death.dms (T)
- Melon Dezign - "Baygon" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Pa) - SiH95/mln-bayg.dms (T)
- Melon Dezign-"Booo"+"Booo2"-(OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) -(Pa) demos/mln-boo2.lha -(H) -(Am) euro/booo.lzh -(H)
- Melon Dezign-"How To Skin A Cat"-(OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg)-(Am) mega/htsac_md.dms(T)
- Movement - "Mina Omistan"-(AGA, 2meg)-(Am) aga/minomis1[+2].dms(T)(not A4000)
- Oxygene - "Control"-(AGA, 2meg)- (Pa) - GASP95/control1[+2].dms (T)
- Oxygene - "Vision" -(AGA, 6meg)-(Am) tp95/oxygen1[+2].dms (H)
- Parallax/CNCD - "Deep" (AGA, 4meg) - (Am) tg95/Deep.lha (H)
- Parallax - "Drool This" - (AGA, 6meg, HD!) - (Am) euro/drool_this.lha
- Polka Brothers - "Friday At Eight" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) aga/friday.lha (H)
- Sanity "Interference" (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Am) mega/sanity.dms (H)
- Sanity "Roots 2" (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) aga/Roots_Final.dms (T)
- Sanity - "World Of Commodore" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 1meg) - (Fu) Sanity/Sanity.WorldOfCommodore.dms (T)
- Silents - "Fruitkitchen" - (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) ta95/a95-tsl.lha (H)
- Silents - "Soulkitchen" - (AGA, 2meg) - (can't find it, oops.)
- Stellar - "Mindflow" (AGA, 4meg) - (Am) aga/mindflow.lha (H)
- Virtual Dreams - "Faktory" (AGA, 4meg)-(Pa) TheParty95/faktory1[+2].dms (H)
- Virtual Dreams - "Love" (AGA, 2meg) - (Am) aga/vd_love.lha (T)
- Virtual Dreams - "Psychedelic", (AGA, 2meg, HD only!) -(Am) tp94/Psychedelic1[+2+3].lha(H)
The very best 40k-intros (all HD-installable, obviously!):
The very best musicdiscs:
- Lego - "The Real 40k" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 0.5meg), (Fu) Party93/intros/Lego.TheReal40k.lha
- Melon - "Tetris Intro" - (OCS/ECS/AGA, 0.5meg), (Fu) MelonDezign/MelonDezign.Tetris.lha
- Pygmy Projects - "G-Force", (OCS/ECS/AGA, 6meg!),(Am)intro/Gforce-final.lha, gforce-ocsfix.lha
- Stellar - "Darkroom" - (AGA, 2meg), (Am) intro/intr1.lha OR intr2.lha :)
- Virtual Dreams - "Chaosland", (OCS, 1meg, mainly works ECS/AGA), (Fu)
(all OCS/ECS/AGA, and trackloading, unless specifically mentioned)
The very best slideshows:
- Alcatraz - "Memorial Songs 1+2" - (Am) sound/Memorial1[+2].dms, msongs2.lha
- Anarchy -"Legalise It 1+2"(OCS only)-(Am) sound/li21[+22,a+b].dms
- Andromeda - "Mirror" - (Fu) Andromeda/Andromeda.MirrorMusic-1[+2,a+b].dms
- Complex - "Book Of Songs" - (Fu) Complex/Complex.BookofSongs1[+2,a+b].dms
- Complex - "Seduction" - (can't find it online!)
- DCS - "Chromagic" - (can't find it!)
- Digital - "Extemporized" - (Fu) Digital/Digital.Extemporized.dms
- Grooving Brothers - "Surfing on a Jazz Wave"- (Am) sound/Surfing1[+2].dms
- Noiseless+TSL - "Dizzy Tunes 1+2" - (can't find them!)
- Phenomena-"Crystal Symphonies 1+2"-(Fu) Phenomena/PhenomenaCrystalSymphI [+II,-a+-b].dms
- Sanity "Jesterday" - (Am) sound/SanityJstrdayA[+B].dms
- TRSI - "Viktoria" - (Pa) demos/trsi-vk1[+2+3].dms
(all OCS/ECS/AGA, and trackloading, unless specifically mentioned)
And finally, leading disc-magazines:
- Abyss - "Pixelstorm" - (Pa) - Assembly95/a95-pixe.lha
- Andromeda - "Seven Seas"-(Am) slide/A0A.SevenSeas1a[+b].dms,AOA.SevenSeas.dms
- Cryptoburners - "Revelations" - (Am) tg93/revelations.dms
- Lego - "Never Liked Uno" - (Am) slide/Lego.NLU.dms
- Melon - "Prism" - (Fu) - MelonDezign/MelonDezign.Prism.dms
- Scoopex - "Artcore" - (Am) -
(the two main charts/news/info productions are Static
Bytes "Eurocharts", and RamJam "The Charts", available
on Papa, dirs diskmags/eurocharts and diskmags/thecharts
respectively. "The Charts" is also available from
RamJam's WWW site. But both are dormant/dead at the moment.)
- "RAW" (independent!) - (Am) demo/mag/RAW9.dms
- "ROM" (Essence) - (Am) - demo/mag/rom5.dms (AGA only) and. :)
- "Grapevine" (LSD) - (Am) mag/LSDGV21A.dms, LSDGV21B.dms
12. When did the scene begin?
The 'scene' began in the mid-1980s on the Amiga, when the computer was first
produced. People moved across from the Commodore 64 scene, and started making
'intros' to fit on the front of discs, and it evolved from there. It would be
unfair not to mention some of the groundbreaking demos which led to the scene
evolving to where it is now. We honour: Wild Copper, Subway, Demons "DOC",
Level42, the Red Sector Megademo, Rebels "Coma", RSI "Cebit '90", Phenomena
"Enigma", the "Trip To Mars" demo, Mahoney and Kaktus music-discs, and many,
many more.. comments?
13. Who are the best groups on the scene?
No doubt there will be controversy about this, also, but, taking all the
names voted for in the recent issue of the major chart magazines, the `best`
Sanity, Virtual Dreams/Fairlight, Complex, Andromeda, Polka Brothers,
Spaceballs, Kefrens, Rebels, Melon Dezign, Movement, Stellar, Essence, Pygmy
Projects, Lego, TRSI, Razor 1911, The Silents, Scoopex, Parallax, CNCD... and
14. What countries have people involved in the scene?
The scene is worldwide, but based in Europe. Scandinavia is one of the
biggest sources of demos, but Germany. France, and Holland also produce a lot
of demos. Eastern Europe (Hungary, and especially Poland) are an increasing
source of demos, and other European countries such as Austria, Switzerland,
England, Italy, Spain, Belgium.. also have a demo-'scene'. Outside Europe,
countries like Australia and Turkey have some kind of scene, and America has
knowledge of the scene, but, tho traditionally the BBS-base of groups, is not
really involved in the scene(there are no major American demo-crews.)
15. What kind of questions can I post here?
Questions regarding the compatibility of demos, the whereabouts of demos (if
you've looked briefly and can't locate them on the Net.) Opinions on demos,
information about forthcoming releases, scene-news, information or queries
regarding parties and conferences.. Generally, all manner of discussion
regarding all aspects of Amiga demos.
16. Are there anything I should not post here?
Any questions covered in the FAQ. Also, binaries should NOT be posted here,
because many people have to grab newsgroups by modem, and binaries would add
megabytes to their download, and megabucks to their phonebill. :) Please note
the existence of other newsgroups, such as alt.sys.amiga.audio or
alt.sys.amiga.games, if your question/comment has a greater relevance to
17. Where is this FAQ available?
- This FAQ is an (almost) monthly posting to the alt.sys.amiga.demos and alt.amiga.demos newsgroup.
- It is also viewable from the WWW at:
- http://www.dur.ac.uk/~d3fbcw/FAQ.html (Hollywood's homepage!)
- http://www.xs4all.nl/~blahh (R.A.W. ON-LINE)
18. Who made this FAQ?
h0llyw00d (Simon Carless, [firstname.lastname@example.org]), made this FAQ, with
invaluable help regarding WWW sites from I-GO/TBL.
Thanks to: Rik, Urban Mueller, Sumaleth, Jack, Intruder, SuperNao, Yolk,
Astro, Mub, Maxime, and everyone on the scene....
$VER: alt.sys.amiga.demos FAQ V1.07 (01.03.96)
Changes V1.02 => V1.03: more WWW pages located..
Changes V1.03 => V1.04: best-demos + WWW pages changed.
Changes V1.04 => V1.05: lots more WWW pages, ftp site+CDinfo changed,
updates to best demos, favoured WWW sites changed.
Changes V1.05 => V1.06: WWW pages changed+rated, lots of small changes!
Changes V1.06 => V1.06: WWW pages updated, changed!
V1.00 released 1st June 1995, V1.04 October 1st 1995,
V1.05 November 10th 1995, V1.06 February 1st 1996, V1.07 March 1st 1996.