Ok, it’s time to get a bit of ‘demoscene’ content in this publication. The focus ought to be on the Atari scene as well. It would be too easy to toss off a review of the great triumphs of the year, such as the epic Suretrip 2 demo, the keenly awaited port of ‘Starstruck’ for the CT60 Falcon, Dead Hackers unexpected and welcome Sommerhack invitro, MJJ Productions spanking the STe with ‘Another Kid Story’, or even Excellence in Art’s welcome return.
There is the little matter of some forthcoming goodies such as the 20th Anniversary STe demo and others, but we seem to have left a few things on the road through 2009. Specifically, I’d like to ask what is happening to two previewed demos which were seen earlier this year but not (as yet) released.
I’m talking about the ‘Hidden Agenda’ demo from the Gathering party in Easter and Dune and Sector One’s Numerica party demo which was first shown in March, shown off again at the Outline party, and not heard from since.
Hidden agenda was the more unfinished preview. It should not have actually been shown in the state it was shown. It had the distinction of requiring a 14MB STe, such a machine could exist, but needed some soldering first! Proteque advised that they had ‘top men’ working on it back in April, although we were warned that it would take some time.
To be fair, I had the good fortune to sit next to Nerve at the recent Alt Party, who was able to update me further. There had been more work done, so what was there now was substantially different from the shown version at The Gathering. There was more to do and he offered to donate the source code if it helped, but as my coding skills add up to something less than zero, it would not have been any use.
Out of this missing pair, the demo from Dune and Sector One appeared to be the most polished and almost ready to go for release. We felt it would only be a matter of weeks before it was out in the wild. It turned up again at Outline in a teasing manner. The last mention of it was relating to a coding weekend with Dune on the 22nd to 23rd August. That date came and went, ominously quietly, and nothing has been heard since.
So, can anyone tell me where these cool demos are? The nice thing about this magazine is the blog format which allows people to post comments after the article, so if anyone feels like sharing any knowledge, feel free!
And before anyone asks in a retaliatory fashion about the extremely delayed issue of Alive Mag, Sorry, ask the missing German person as I’ve no idea what’s happening there..
CiH, October 2009 for Low Res Magazine.
Whilst we are awaiting the final appearance of this issue of Low Res Mag, Chuck of Dune only goes and answers the question about UFO. It seems it will remain ‘missing in action’ for a while yet, but something else is coming up shortly in the meantime.
Chuck / Dune:
We are working on something different now, will be available in the end of this year😉
For the UFO i don’t know exactly when it will be finished sorry because our code time isn’t elastic…
Hopefully our Mic alarms system is working in full mode and He will kick our ass to finish this in the next month … Believe him😉
Thanks for your text😉 it is really a good news for us to see that some of you are looking for our prods😉 But you will be happy in december😉