Butterfly Thoughts by Traction [web]
screenshot added by tomaes on 2005-03-28 10:15:24
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release date : march 2005
release party : Breakpoint 2005
compo : pc demo
ranked : 12th
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popularity : 64%
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alltime top: #2046
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Not fun but good code !
added on the 2005-03-28 10:26:17 by WoDK WoDK
damn :D i <3 this one
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 10:45:12 by uns3en_ uns3en_
nice trip! ;-)
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 11:11:11 by aLpHa oNe aLpHa oNe
A slight disappointment this time around. It's basically an incoherent effects collection with ugly/unfitting textures/2d gfx mixed with unremarkable music.

Oh, well, next one will be ace again, I'm sure. :)
added on the 2005-03-28 11:24:46 by tomaes tomaes
Hey! You want me to have nightmares? This demo is scary. But it rulez definetely.
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 11:33:03 by jimmi jimmi
Nice fractal stuff, maybe not to the same standard as other Traction demos but I still like it, also found the music good too.
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 12:20:03 by Shockwave Shockwave
Enjoyed this little nightmare :)
It has some nice gfx and some cool effects. Some other effects could be much better.
It should have faster movements, imho.
You need to do either more or less drugs... I liked the demo though ;)
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 14:36:05 by hornet hornet
the effect in the screen shot was neat, as was the music. overall though, the majority of effects weren`t very interesting.
added on the 2005-03-28 15:24:15 by darkus darkus
Very dull
sucks added on the 2005-03-28 15:27:15 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
nice fractal effect you got there !
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 19:16:32 by apricot apricot
some very nice effects
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 21:29:35 by denokan denokan
cool...best PC demo of the compo.
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 22:44:17 by peta peta
Really enjoyed this, although it could be better designwise. Music is ok and looks sweet, so thumbs up anyway.
rulez added on the 2005-03-28 22:54:28 by teel teel
I like Traction
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 01:07:09 by zomb zomb
What a great demo !
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 02:17:43 by Buckethead Buckethead
Good to see that there's people liking the demo :)

Thinking about the design now that the whole thing has been released, it definately could've (and should've) been better. We noticed the same issue a bit before Preacher left town for BP. Oh well, must do better next time :)

If you have any comments (good/bad/flames/whatever...) about the textures/2d graphics, you can send them to kofeiini (at) gmail.com. All input is welcome.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 07:46:36 by kofeiini kofeiini
Beautiful demo. Sadly it "drowned" a little among the other releases.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 08:56:38 by Corial Corial
Best Traction production. One of my favoritest in the compo. Sometimes I love simplicity in a nice way, here are presented several nice mathematical effects some of them with smooth lines in the usual Traction styles, some other great ideas and a beautifull Julia. Music, gfx and lyrics are great too!
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 11:02:57 by Optimus Optimus
Its pretty dull and messy put together. But the fractals and some of the effects is awsome. Good job
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 11:08:01 by NoahR NoahR
really likeable, even though very unfinished and partly incoherent.

traction is love.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 11:11:29 by uncle-x uncle-x
Yeah, unfortunately this one didn't really come out the way we wanted it to. Personally I think it's the worst of our demos, but I wanted to have a release for breakpoint because it's... well, breakpoint :)

To cut the long story short, we ran seriously out of time. Instead of a week of finishing it in Germany, I had a day, and with all my school stuff etc..
added on the 2005-03-29 11:13:42 by Preacher Preacher
Awesome Maze Craze
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 11:59:41 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
Awesome Maze Craze Love the musik
added on the 2005-03-29 12:00:29 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
another great bp05 release.. indeed, i think a lot of really great stuff will be drowned this year. But this one gets my thumb of approval with added stiffness:
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 12:26:36 by psonice psonice
cool effect.
added on the 2005-03-29 16:10:49 by got got
good code, but not as 'well-thought' as the other traction prods ( look like a quick best-of mode )
added on the 2005-03-29 17:39:48 by kohai kohai
A bit sillisalaattia but i like it anyway.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 20:59:12 by kurli kurli
the new shit.
rulez added on the 2005-03-29 23:51:55 by Gargaj Gargaj
not as good as traction, but still fucking excellent.
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 00:38:02 by nosfe nosfe
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 00:41:07 by elend elend
some of the 2d seemed abit out of place and preacher still notoriously needs to learn the zen of cool transitions but its still a quite decent demo, with a few couple impressive effects.
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 01:02:51 by psenough psenough
I don't care if it was your very worst effort. It still ranks up there. I liked it alot esp the gfx :)
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 06:49:26 by wham wham
I like demos that look like demos, and demos with lots of cool effects. This was both. There were a few less impressive scenes here and there (like the tunnel), but this still had more nice stuff in it than most of the other entries combined. Keep up the good work.
rulez added on the 2005-03-30 07:22:10 by break break
some nice things ( the fractal maze is one of them ) but some very average fx that make me feel sorry about this prod ( standard tunnel ..come on, that ruled in 1998
added on the 2005-03-30 09:52:42 by nytrik nytrik
finally something special
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 08:58:11 by zeebr zeebr
has some cool things, but it looks unfinished.
added on the 2005-03-31 13:37:00 by quisten quisten
I like other traction demoes better than this. (DeadBluePeople and I am for example).
added on the 2005-03-31 15:05:17 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
preacher! nice fx, incoherent yes, but so were other entries ;P
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 15:07:49 by post malone post malone
nah, sorry. this is boring, incoherent and the style is very unfitting....

sucks added on the 2005-03-31 15:24:31 by prost prost
quite nice show, but unfortunately it lacks some design (like that tunnel :)
added on the 2005-03-31 16:10:45 by shadez shadez
The tunnel was just excellent. Really nice to see people doing demos in this style.
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 18:38:36 by dairos dairos
Okay, needed a rewatch. was nice music, nice fx, nice gfx. it rules :)
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 18:59:01 by quisten quisten
mmm... nice effects
rulez added on the 2005-03-31 19:17:56 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
sadly dissapointing
added on the 2005-04-03 23:15:45 by gloom gloom
Great effects, but design and transitions aren't as stiff as they maybe should've been. Still a fudging great one.
rulez added on the 2005-04-04 02:06:42 by PinZa PinZa
Fear the cubes
rulez added on the 2005-04-05 17:29:31 by T$ T$
I very like all Traction demos. This si so good, but some scenes/parts sometimes do not fit together, and music also is a little dull and repetitive. But still thumb up for long demo with many good single designed scenes. Keep it up, traction boys.
rulez added on the 2005-04-09 13:00:25 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
and this was heavily underrated in the compo...
Amazing algorithms, uninspiring design.
added on the 2005-04-10 22:15:01 by s_tec s_tec
that's ugly
sucks added on the 2005-04-12 11:09:03 by skarab skarab
Great 2D and nice mathematical effects. Yes, it does miss transitions or some sort of common element. Nice to see more drawings in demos.
rulez added on the 2005-04-23 04:20:08 by sea_monkey sea_monkey
really nice, fractals!
What a trip! Visually very nice, music was great and the whole package... I could watch it again and again and again...
rulez added on the 2005-05-29 23:12:05 by kaukojouko kaukojouko
loved the music and maths ! =]
definitely my kind a demo :)
rulez added on the 2005-05-29 23:33:27 by gr gr
i want to be a traction groupie!

oh and ehh omg wtf i didn't thumb this yet?? rular!!!
rulez added on the 2005-06-13 14:44:43 by skrebbel skrebbel
excellent! the music was a refreshing change from the norm with a spooky jazzy feel to it and the effects were nice. Best exploding geometry ever.
rulez added on the 2005-06-25 23:50:12 by legalize legalize
What more could one possibly want? Excellent music, good design, nice effects and the atmosphere is awesome. Absolutely worth watching. Traction <3
really enjoyed it especially the music
rulez added on the 2005-07-10 15:30:22 by trigger trigger
Greate music and nice images! Some visuals fx don't belong in the demo though
rulez added on the 2005-07-12 23:22:18 by Happy-H Happy-H
rulez added on the 2005-07-13 01:40:55 by las las
Nice code, great music!
rulez added on the 2005-08-10 11:25:14 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
great ideas... no good transitions between the parts. but the ideas are great , so two thumbs up! ;-)
rulez added on the 2005-08-11 21:50:16 by titus^rab titus^rab
Happened to watch this first time since Breakpoint and decided to open up my wordly chest (ha). I have somehow very mixed feelings about this demo. On the one hand it has some incredibly good parts - the maze cube has to be mentioned, as well always working mosaic structures and splined lines beauty. Then again lot of the material is recycled from old Traction productions and some parts look just too bad in comparison (like the -97'ish tunnel effects).

The music flows well, the spooky combination of the melody and silent drum'n'bass beats work well together. Then again it's not very memorable.

Still, I'd give a thumb up unless the direction wasn't so tacky. Perhaps you guys run out of time, but the transitions are somehow way off and sometimes I just wonder why something is there on the screen or why the change came in the middle of a musical phrase. Taking a look back to 'I Am', this is clearly a step backwards.

Not bad, but I know you can do better. Well, enough analytics for this Friday night - here's your piggie.
added on the 2005-09-02 19:09:21 by melw melw
As I said somewhere before, instead of a week of working on it I had half a day and had to replace some of the planned parts with things I had tucked away somewhere. The first minute or so is what it should've looked to the end. Also, the sync is not exact because of a (now fixed) bug in the demoengine. So mewlyn, you're completely correct in your assessment: This sucks :)
added on the 2005-09-02 19:19:55 by Preacher Preacher
nice tune and unique mood. maze cube in official artificial brain color (cyan) is cool. also liked the mathematics behind.
rulez added on the 2005-10-27 18:43:47 by anesthetic anesthetic
I loved it...
rulez added on the 2005-12-22 14:24:36 by Axel Axel
same here!
rulez added on the 2005-12-22 15:04:24 by iks iks
burns like hell
rulez added on the 2006-01-04 22:08:37 by mizc mizc
excellent tune, lots of 2d gfx.
Sad that it fell victim to the sparetime-stress.
I gladly would watch it again with aggressive, music
fitting sync...but thumb granted already
rulez added on the 2006-01-24 16:39:17 by d0DgE d0DgE
a bit late, but the soundtrack can be downloaded from http://www.mikseri.net/music/play.php?id=135593&type=dl

for those who are interested ;)
added on the 2006-01-26 22:00:51 by griip griip
Nice fresh stuff :) Good Music, Concept with lines and "puzzle effects" and cubes interesting. God comination of GFX, Effects in general. And the Final Scene with the yellow lines and the Butterfly was beautiful :)
rulez added on the 2006-01-31 15:52:01 by Sapphire Sapphire
griip, respect for the good music :)
added on the 2006-01-31 15:54:28 by Sapphire Sapphire
one of the best demos ive ever seen (incuding toasted/cubic&seen!). simple and powerful. artwork rulez. code and music too. suprising, fresh. YOU'VE MADE FUCKING GOOD DEMO! no matter its 12th. especially enjoyable after intoxication. go that way traction, pleaasee !!!
rulez added on the 2006-02-01 18:16:01 by Fero Fero
rulez added on the 2006-07-02 17:46:49 by wie8 wie8
rulez added on the 2006-09-17 19:48:42 by eye eye
really amazing
rulez added on the 2007-03-15 00:29:44 by sokoban sokoban
Nothing out of the ordinary, and the music annoys me. However, we all know Traction has stepped up since then, but I can only donate 1 schwein for this one.
rulez added on the 2007-09-07 11:27:10 by substrate substrate
What is so amazing about this? It's just lines and glow, same as almost all other Traction demos.

Far too over rated and boring.
sucks added on the 2007-10-04 20:22:03 by $23.99 $23.99
That was nice!
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 22:15:13 by besh besh
for the first minute or so :)
rulez added on the 2008-08-04 15:42:55 by prm prm
Yeah! This is Traction on top, bestest music and I love this demo.
Should have ranked 3rd.
rulez added on the 2011-04-17 23:27:34 by rutra80 rutra80
Music is good, particularly the start. And there should be more mazes in demos :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-15 13:03:12 by johnl johnl
for the first 4 minutes <3
and the for the music particularly!
rulez added on the 2011-07-12 00:19:49 by napsa napsa
Pretty much half of the visuals I really like, the other half I really dislike. Music isn't bad but it's quite stale. Length doesn't play in advance of it either.
added on the 2012-04-17 08:23:17 by noby noby
A couple of really cool scenes, a few bad transitions and excellent music.
rulez added on the 2012-05-27 12:59:36 by lug00ber lug00ber
For some very fresh and original scenes, and for beautiful music.
rulez added on the 2012-05-27 15:45:20 by closed closed
Actually what melw said.

I do, however, like some of the 2D parts - but the billboard scene killed it for me in this one. What I was left with was: hey they're going back too the roots, and hmm didn't know they can do aggressive as well.

For the effort, and for delivering - a weak thumb.
rulez added on the 2013-05-25 16:08:07 by mog mog
I think the first minute or so is pretty awesome even if I say so myself, until the end of the cube scene. The rest is pretty uninspired and I bet the weird graphics could have been used better.

I wasn't going to release this at Breakpoint, but I borrowed the computer from the Conspiracy guys and after working on it a bit and after announcing that I'm just not gonna bother, an almost-sleeping BoyC kicked me from under the table and told me to finish it. So I did.

Butterfly Dreams will be made some day...
added on the 2013-05-25 22:31:02 by Preacher Preacher
rulez added on the 2013-05-26 13:33:58 by p01 p01
There are a lot of scenes and effects but they are pretty unremarkable. That envmapped babyface though, it kicked ass! Kudos for that wonderful custom font.
added on the 2015-11-21 02:01:06 by cce cce

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