What is demoscene about, according to you?

category: residue [glöplog]
All in the title. What makes demoscene what demoscene is (it can range from oldskool to newschool / wild / whatever)? I’m just curious to see how people connect and identify to demoscene nowadays.

For instance, “making great stuff” or “making interactive video” doesn’t define demoscene nor a demo – we can find such material all over the Internet.

So, what do you think demoscene is?
added on the 2019-01-19 01:34:37 by phaazon phaazon
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added on the 2019-01-19 02:32:35 by wertstahl wertstahl
there have been mixes and dancetracks put together in the past but none can outrun or equal the powah o' megablast.
added on the 2019-01-19 02:38:34 by marlowe marlowe
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Need I say more?
added on the 2019-01-19 06:50:48 by Adok Adok
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added on the 2019-01-19 08:29:50 by Optimus Optimus
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added on the 2019-01-19 09:45:01 by psenough psenough
added on the 2019-01-19 10:01:02 by r1g8 r1g8
Demoscene != Pouet.net
added on the 2019-01-19 12:14:50 by v3nom v3nom
Demoscene = horrible taste (acquired during 80s/90s) and nostalgia towards the times when computers were getting significantly better every year ;)
added on the 2019-01-19 12:28:56 by tomkh tomkh
Demoscene = simultaneous celebration of computers that stay the same and computers that get significantly better every year. :)
added on the 2019-01-19 12:43:53 by Blueberry Blueberry
I am currently staying with my girlfriend's family. Yesterday my girlfriend's cousin visited us. This cousin (a young lady) is 18 years old. Her boyfriend is a programmer (just like my girlfriend and myself). Imagine what she said! She said that as I am now 35 years old, I am already an "oldie" and if I lose my current job, I won't get a new job any more since my programming knowledge is "outdated" and I lack the programming expertise which the younger ones have.

As I am far younger than most demosceners, does this mean that the demoscene is a bunch of old farts who once were considered great programmers but nowadays would not have any chance at the job market?

I don't think so, but apparently, that's what the younger generation thinks about us!
added on the 2019-01-19 13:58:32 by Adok Adok
awesome shaders!
added on the 2019-01-19 14:01:58 by skarab skarab
nowadays the demoscene its about the people who feel connected to it and each other. sure there are still productions being done but as the initial poster said that could be done in various other contexts as well.
so the demoscene is a bunch of people who feel connected because they like spinning cubes and old floppies.
added on the 2019-01-19 14:40:14 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
demoscene = more content, less filesize
added on the 2019-01-19 15:19:51 by 100bit 100bit
I haven't been part of the demoscene much, but it's always fascinated me... and I feel like what drives me is often adjacent to demoscene goals. For me, it's all about constraints, and how they encourage creativity by means of limiting options. It's about pushing boundaries, and trying to do what seems impossible within the constraints set.

This is obviously true for the historical demoscene, with constraints set by the target hardware/platform, limiting e.g. your compute or graphical capabilities, and with tricks to work around or exceed those limitations. It is also true about intros, where the driving constraint is filesize. I think it also applies to a lot of wild demos, where you accomplish a feat that is technically impressive, and often either seem target an obscure platform (where you might be constrainted by the understanding of the platform, and lack of tooling for it), or otherwise make up its own constraints to adhere to.
added on the 2019-01-19 15:35:14 by FireFly FireFly
Prophet: Trouble is, until the end of the 20s, tech employees are in a phase of life where they are more likely to accept being exploited by employers. Also preferences for routine processes are pretty weak, thus "new" concepts are not being critically analyzed. Furthermore, the older/wiser the employees get, they also have rising expectations of comfort and a "healthy" life/work balance. Employers do not like that. Either you are a fully functioning tool, or they go get a new one. Oh and if you do not have some kind of degree/highest level of education, as soon as you crossed the magic line of 40, you are doomed. Exceptions are possible, but all forementioned should apply to a vast majority of people.
added on the 2019-01-19 16:06:47 by wertstahl wertstahl
computer aided audiovisual art that doesnt fit into any popculture. or maybe everything that bleeps to cool visuals :)
added on the 2019-01-19 18:55:42 by dq dq
The demoscene is also about strong friendship too. I count the vast majority of people within the Atari scene as being friendly to the point of being able to discuss deep life-issues with them and I also extend the same to a growing number of sceners who started on other platforms originally.

As well as getting a natural high when at a demoparty and seeing the compo entries on the big screen - all achieved maybe with the help of a bit of wine rather than beer in my case but there we go :)
added on the 2019-01-19 20:44:21 by Felice Felice
the demoscene is the social movement of people that like and make demos and organize events relating to them.

demos are, like the intros before them, a reflection of humanity and technology in a certain niche of digital art that was born from the cracktros of the pirate scene.
added on the 2019-01-19 22:10:17 by visy visy
demoscene on sitä että on pakko mennä ikkunasta vaikka vieressä on ovi, niinku ninjat.
added on the 2019-01-19 22:11:42 by visy visy
Copperbars, scrollers and campy nicks.
added on the 2019-01-19 22:19:10 by Serpent Serpent
se on se mikä se on
added on the 2019-01-19 22:49:28 by yzi yzi