The Union Demo by The Union
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release date : january 1989
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alltime top: #571
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Hey Charly!
Charly for president!
rulezcdc added on the 2003-11-18 08:37:44 by p01 p01
Can't believe this wasn't already added...
This contains the first fullscreen ever coded on Atari ST. The psuedo-3d scroller by TCB is also quite incredible.
rulez added on the 2003-11-18 13:29:36 by Pete Pete
rulez added on the 2003-11-18 13:31:59 by ricky martin ricky martin
Oh yeah!
rulez added on the 2003-11-18 18:05:42 by crusader crusader
rulez added on the 2003-11-18 22:54:07 by Optimus Optimus
My fav' is "BEAT' DIS" demo !!!
rulez added on the 2003-11-19 10:30:18 by Zorro 2 Zorro 2
hidden screen/secret door: go in front tex logo
rulez added on the 2003-11-30 23:54:57 by Buckethead Buckethead
what posesseed people to do evil like this? just sucks! a mega thumb down for thet!
sucks added on the 2003-12-01 00:10:42 by fishbone fishbone
This is old school, something you can't understand and I don't blame you for that young dude.

(We are not that old btw :-)
hum ! i've been reading some comments from u ( fishbone ) on this site ... it seams that u don't like a lot of things here ... like GBC or logos or atari stuffs etc ...

some people are working hard to do these prods ... if u don't like , just go away ..

so i think u suxxx harder : /

we don't need u on this " ball" ( arf " ball " your english is pathetic too and your logo aswell )

i'll not answer to u .. so no need to let a message here ... lamer
rulez added on the 2003-12-26 14:30:05 by RIP RIP
One of the best atari demo ever!
rulezcdc added on the 2004-01-10 02:58:07 by keops keops
rulez added on the 2004-01-10 03:12:03 by elkmoose elkmoose
absolute classic.
rulez added on the 2004-01-10 04:09:30 by mrpink mrpink
Probably the most underrated Atari ST demo on pouet. How come this demo has so few votes?

Back in 1988 this demo was totally outstanding, one of the greatest technical breakthroughs ever on Atari (along with the Cuddly demos).

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added on the 2004-03-22 09:53:51 by keops keops
This demo is why I'm in the scene today. All the parties I've been to, all the sceners I met, I owe it to this one, the first demo I ever saw :-)
rulezcdc added on the 2004-03-25 21:44:27 by sparcus sparcus
rulez added on the 2004-04-04 11:16:45 by stm stm
StanZ: thanks for hint about hidden part!
rulez added on the 2004-04-17 13:14:57 by calimero calimero
the best!
rulez added on the 2004-08-14 15:19:15 by satari satari
It's old, it's dead ugly, but it's got the best (and first) Charlie ever!
rulez added on the 2004-09-07 05:18:31 by DJ Fistfuck DJ Fistfuck
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added on the 2004-10-19 01:38:56 by keops keops
rulez added on the 2004-10-19 01:43:22 by [ProToS] [ProToS]
boy was this fresh back then..
i could even show this to my amiga friends in 89 :D
added on the 2004-11-25 17:39:27 by madMixx madMixx
That's amusing because a friend of mine who was atarist at that time showed this to me when it was out in early 89 and i remember i considered it as good as (if not better than) the megademos that were made on amiga back then. So just for the memories.
rulezcdc added on the 2004-11-25 18:16:41 by hitchhikr hitchhikr
hehe, indeed amusing. union demo was always a good point against atari bashing at that time. (besides goldrunner st version, haha) that was ofcourse prior to RSI megademo. when that came out i converted to amiga :D
whateva, just forgot the friggin' thumb again.
rulez added on the 2004-11-28 23:59:38 by madMixx madMixx
mad Mixx: indeed Goldrunner kicked ass back in 1987 :)
added on the 2004-11-29 00:05:18 by keops keops
Goldrunner rulez trop :)

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None can outrun or equal the trunk and belly of Charly.

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added on the 2004-11-29 15:08:22 by p01 p01
=D lolÿ
This demo was so impressive when it was released. First main menu i can remember and the third TCB screen i still outstanding! This demo was one of the reasons i started to code 68k assembler on the ST instead of Omicron/GFA basic.
rulezcdc added on the 2005-03-24 18:47:51 by RA RA
This demo showed you what your ST can do and promised more to come (e.g. the tracker).
Was really great at that time and had the cool main menu idea. Sad it does not run on STE, otherwise I could look at it again.

Its part of my personal history.
rulezcdc added on the 2005-03-25 07:05:30 by Zweckform Zweckform

this one got pure atari oldskool style as i see it -- feels a little alien to me as i missed the scene there, but i love it nevertheless!

rulez added on the 2005-05-11 06:17:36 by raver raver
Raver: I guess it must look totally alien to anyone who did not take any interest in the Atari ST demoscene back then :)

This demo is probably the one that had the biggest knock-on effect ever on the Atari ST scene and that initiated a strong trend that lasted for years: megademos with mainmenus that looked like games.

As a result, too many demos tried to look like an improved Union demo afterwards, often to the detriment of new concepts.

On the other hand, that also resulted in very good things technically speaking.
added on the 2005-05-11 12:22:12 by keops keops
Oh, my god. The Union Demo really rulez! This was one of the first demos I ever saw. TCB ruled my world for one or two years. Got damn these guys could hack!
rulez added on the 2005-05-17 09:06:42 by ManJIT ManJIT
TCB needs no customchips!
rulezcdc added on the 2005-07-05 15:36:11 by evil evil
Outstanding classic oldschool demo! It should be in everyone's ST diskbox.
rulez added on the 2005-07-05 15:51:41 by simonsunnyboy simonsunnyboy
Holly cow! It was an outstanding effort!! Probably one of the most professional realtime-graphical applications the ST has ever seen.
A great part of demoscene-history, no shadow of a doubt!
rulez added on the 2005-08-21 01:13:14 by EarlGrey EarlGrey
However there's one thing I never figured out: what's coming out of Charly's nose? Blood? Lava? Paint? ...
added on the 2005-08-21 01:15:36 by EarlGrey EarlGrey
this demo is the best of best i never forguet for me
rulez added on the 2005-09-29 22:10:46 by Boss_ZUUL Boss_ZUUL
Great demo.
rulez added on the 2005-10-03 19:33:03 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
The TCB 3D-scroller is just perfect.
rulez added on the 2005-10-19 00:48:12 by v3ga v3ga
The seminal one. This prod paved the way for further prods on ST and showed how clever programming could do the trick. The union rules, forever.
rulez added on the 2005-12-28 11:13:47 by dooplebanger dooplebanger
omg i never voted for it...
rulezcdc added on the 2006-01-25 05:44:24 by kenet kenet
Milestone from the pioneers of our time.
rulez added on the 2006-01-25 12:29:21 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
Lotek: shame on you for the late vote !
added on the 2006-01-25 13:14:41 by Zweckform Zweckform
Zweck: shame on you for your blabla!
added on the 2006-01-25 14:01:47 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
ooops.. also forgot to vote for this!
rulez added on the 2006-01-25 14:20:17 by toxie toxie
Ahhh, memories!!
rulez added on the 2006-01-25 21:32:16 by CiH CiH
They were young, they were ambitious, they were good...they made the ST scene what it was and still is. Eternel respect.
rulez added on the 2006-02-18 21:49:42 by jazz jazz
fabulous, marvellous, imposing... need to say more? :)
rulez added on the 2006-02-18 23:29:43 by sINk sINk
Wow, totally cool! And that Charly dude just rocks! :D
rulez added on the 2006-03-10 22:05:37 by StingRay StingRay
classic sweety. watched it several times.
rulez added on the 2006-04-12 09:43:05 by seppjo seppjo
Can't understand why I haven't voted for it yet.

Although I saw it very late (about '97 or '98) it's still rockin' :) The TCB 3 screen is just fab!
rulez added on the 2006-04-26 10:18:54 by すすれ すすれ
It's Cute! :)
rulez added on the 2006-07-11 00:45:46 by Aasemoon Aasemoon
where's my thumb!?! =)
rulez added on the 2006-07-11 12:19:03 by earx earx
woot... i never commented this prod ? krass ;)
well cool stuff for this time... music rocks...!

i always liked the the tcb 3 screen... with thundercats music... also level 16 fullscreen was also nice... ok outdated now ;)

ok tnt 3d screen also but a bit slow nowadays... anyway thumbs up for this time... !

goiles demo !
rulezcdc added on the 2006-08-25 23:51:06 by ultra ultra
no no no don't hit me Mr K !! thumb up ;)
rulez added on the 2006-09-10 19:17:39 by HerrV HerrV
This demo is in Atari memories!!! Don't forget it !
rulez added on the 2006-09-17 16:49:58 by ecureuil ecureuil
Awesome!!!!! This was the first megademo I ever saw!!! Was it the first ever made? I saw a few single screen demos by TEX before this... Charly for Prime Minister!
rulez added on the 2006-09-20 13:03:50 by jazzmaverick jazzmaverick
LOL I never saw that it blinks the floppy LED to the music in the POV menu :D

The demo itself is really cool also :)
rulez added on the 2006-09-28 22:32:54 by krs krs
rulez added on the 2006-09-28 22:37:30 by BITS BITS
Synt4x_3rr0r: We call it "DISKDRIVE FLASHLIGHT" :) It was used quite often back in the days.
added on the 2006-09-28 22:49:31 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
ltk_tscc: Ah I see ^^
I just recently bought an STfm so that explains alot xD

What other demos/intros have that feature? :)
added on the 2006-09-29 00:58:42 by krs krs
Synt4x_3rr0r: I think TEX did that in the B.I.G demo or in some other intro/demo, can't remember which one.
As Lotek mentioned it, this LED thing was quite trendy around that time :)
added on the 2006-09-29 01:10:08 by keops keops
Synt4x_3rr0r: hm well as Keops already said it was quite trendy around that time and a lot of demos did use it so I can't do a list of those at all :)
added on the 2006-09-29 10:34:50 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
A milestone in ST demoscene history. Never to be forgotten.
rulez added on the 2006-10-12 19:11:46 by micdune micdune
rulez added on the 2006-11-23 23:08:57 by minz minz
roxx! real ST masterpiece!!
rulez added on the 2007-01-18 22:03:31 by Premium Premium
U N I O N !
rulez added on the 2007-01-25 16:55:14 by cooper cooper
rulez added on the 2007-09-14 15:09:53 by HarryPotter HarryPotter
this was the one of the first demos on atari st i saw, bring back memories! masterpiece
rulez added on the 2007-09-18 21:21:23 by substrate substrate
The first demo i ever saw on the ST and i couldn't believe it.
The colours. The music. The scrolling. The style. A masterpiece.
rulez added on the 2007-10-03 13:39:25 by Paranoid Paranoid
Piece of demo history
rulez added on the 2007-10-07 22:46:46 by Shazz^TRSi^MJJ Shazz^TRSi^MJJ
ZOMFG ... I didn't thumb this ... shame on me ;)
rulez added on the 2007-11-10 08:14:55 by slippy slippy
This is a massive release of course!
I remember seing this at the sync convention before it was released, we were sitting in the same room as TCB. When seeing the zoom-wobbling scroll in the TCB 3 demo that just blew my mind.
rulez added on the 2008-11-08 18:49:41 by HAQ HAQ
My first cdc goes to that amazing demo (the 1st one I saw) which gave me lot of inspiration to do demos myself (well on amiga but a good demo is a good demo whatever the platform). Kuddos to the pioneers !
rulezcdc added on the 2008-12-26 08:55:39 by zoolum zoolum
An my real first comment on pouet goes to This one which make me understand the way to use computers : making demos ... ES was fantastic and a real good guy his gfx are Megablasting ...
added on the 2009-03-05 09:15:02 by chuckdun chuckdun
Arf forget to thumb up sorry ... ;-)
rulez added on the 2009-03-05 09:15:58 by chuckdun chuckdun
rulez added on the 2009-05-15 20:27:24 by Dano Dano
Missing thumb
rulez added on the 2009-05-15 20:45:46 by Serpent Serpent
Too bad some of the groups stopped releasing stuff after this demo. Some more stuff from Level 16 and TNT would have been nice :)
rulezcdc added on the 2009-05-15 22:38:16 by Dbug Dbug
At that time a outstandig demo, and it still is.
Nice multi-protection booter ! :)
rulez added on the 2009-06-13 18:11:04 by lsl lsl
For TNT's 3d mostly.
rulez added on the 2009-10-20 13:08:59 by baah baah
Don't forget : the union rules !
rulez added on the 2009-11-18 18:45:02 by faraday faraday
Hey people, check out this demo, it's one of the few milestones of the Atari ST demo history, it deserves more than a meager 84 commenst and 66 thumbs ups !
added on the 2009-12-13 14:59:39 by Dbug Dbug
what dbug said !
added on the 2009-12-13 15:24:35 by faraday faraday
20 years has passed and it still rocks.
rulez added on the 2009-12-13 15:40:11 by MooZ MooZ
A true classic on ST
rulez added on the 2009-12-13 22:36:04 by samurai samurai
rulez added on the 2010-08-04 15:43:57 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
what dbug said
rulez added on the 2010-09-19 14:55:24 by newdan newdan
rulez added on the 2010-11-14 02:54:20 by wullon wullon
gave me a boost in coding my own stuff back in 90s... :)
rulez added on the 2011-01-01 16:37:19 by Heaven/TQA Heaven/TQA
Classic Atari demo how come i missed this until now :p
rulez added on the 2011-02-09 22:58:57 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
The begginning of all !
rulez added on the 2011-04-28 18:08:34 by Adoru Adoru
rulez added on the 2011-06-07 18:44:47 by gibs gibs
what else...?
rulez added on the 2011-06-07 18:59:32 by Pandafox Pandafox
rulez added on the 2011-09-13 01:49:18 by las las
I'm ashamed not not have thumbed this one before. This demo started everyting.
rulez added on the 2011-12-11 19:35:01 by zerkman zerkman
/|\ Awesome! An Cool did a Falcon Remake of the parallax scroll screen
rulez added on the 2012-05-05 15:49:04 by Nativ Nativ
rulez added on the 2012-05-05 15:52:21 by krusty krusty
Classic of the classics, a milestone in the long history of the demoscene!
rulez added on the 2012-06-18 00:21:20 by rez rez
I think this is the first demo I ever saw. And it was an incredible experience. It's hard to explain how we can feel in front of this.
The Union rules ... forever. :)
rulez added on the 2013-08-21 19:43:34 by DrSKULL DrSKULL
This demo set a whole new standard for demos on the ST. A true classic and milestone! Served as a source of inspiration for many of us.
rulezcdc added on the 2013-11-14 22:44:28 by Daniel Daniel
One of the first demos I ever saw on ST. Left me confused and bemused, and wanted to make demos :)

It does rule.
rulez added on the 2013-11-14 23:05:38 by dml dml
what fishbone say
sucks added on the 2014-04-28 15:58:17 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
yeah.. it's a pity it doesn't reach BITS standards.
now go back to the basement you stupid little lamer.
added on the 2014-04-28 16:09:40 by lsl lsl
Classic <3
rulez added on the 2014-04-28 18:36:06 by mermaid mermaid
rulez added on the 2016-04-24 02:11:41 by Blast! Blast!
A true milestone.
rulez added on the 2016-11-22 20:08:03 by Yoyost Yoyost
Carebears rulez and a great megademo with a musicdisk at the end even more :) (First reference that comes to mind is Megaforce Megademo, maybe others?)

This is probably one of the demos a mate showed me on his ST (after I actually returned my ST to the store to buy an A500). A lot of the ones he ran had this character to walk around to start the parts, I remember and an impressive starfield in one parts (another prod). And we played Super Sprint. Good times.

And obviously Atari realized later that you need custom chips to make a good computer and put some sort of copycat chips in the STE, mwhahahh ;)
rulez added on the 2018-07-05 23:43:03 by Photon Photon
Forgotten thumb! For the state of the art standards from way back!
rulez added on the 2019-10-04 17:03:10 by spkr spkr
The best of its time!
rulez added on the 2020-06-11 12:56:50 by zbeng zbeng
Legendary megademo. Another early example of tracker module inclusion among the usual Mad Max tunes. Annoying loaderscreen sound but this must have been a revelation for the ST freaks at the time.
rulez added on the 2020-06-17 22:23:15 by lennart lennart
Can't believe this demo doesn't have more thumbs! It was absolutely mind blowing when it was released!
added on the 2020-08-06 00:14:39 by Daniel Daniel
Classic, history
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