Deadbeat BBS by Shadow Productions
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release date : january 1992
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popularity : 46%
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added on the 2007-02-28 03:47:15 by Dark Avenger Dark Avenger

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Another masterpiece by White Shadow of Renaissance, for our trusty old school machines (pre-386), and an invitation to one of the biggest, baddest BBS's, back in the day, in the NJ area.

Some technical info, although I'm only watching it in DosBox at the moment so the colors and effects have all gone bonkers!

First of all the demo is in 320x200 or 240 16color VGA mode, with more than 16 colors on screen. At the top we have a big, fast-moving, slowly-bobbing, 4-bitplane scroller with some awesome fonts (probably of Amiga or Atari origin). This is hardware scrolled. There's also some sort of palette cycling going on, but I can't see it on DosBox. In the middle we have the BBS logo, and on top of it we have 5 bobs spelling out "RULEZ", doing some nice sine/cosine loops. The logo and bobs share bitplanes to get 16colors, and he's restoring the background before moving the bobs.

Finally below all the we have the best part of this "screen hack": another big scroller with some vertical bobbing, and some very cool sine/cosine waves running through it, making it "interlace" at certain intervals, and to top it off, it has raster/copper bars running in the middle of it, a correctly scaled/compressed reflection underneath it, with faded colors, 6 bobs spelling "SHADOW" bouncing on top of the scroller, and a semi-transparent "PRODUCTIONS" logo over the scroller reflection!! Woa! I love it! All this is re-drawn each frame. The scroller and "SHADOW" bobs share the 4 bitplanes, while I have a hunch that the "PRODUCTIONS" logo is on bitplane 3, while the reflection is scaled to 3 bitplanes to save on re-draw. Not 100% sure. I'd have to see it on a real PC, coz the messed up colors throw me off :(

Love this "screen hack", other than the touchy/buffered keyboard code which doesn't let me take screenshots easily :)

R.I.P. Dave!
rulez added on the 2007-02-28 04:04:59 by Dark Avenger Dark Avenger
rulez added on the 2007-03-04 21:19:25 by BITS BITS
rulez added on the 2007-03-05 00:43:55 by T$ T$
rulez added on the 2007-03-05 01:22:01 by Buckethead Buckethead
nice bbs intro :)
rulez added on the 2013-02-04 22:14:56 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
Let's give this one a capture:
from Tseng ET4000. Comparison to CRT output there is still a minor flaw, the jumping 'shadow' chars have also some green/red vertical color shiny gradient on them.
But better than no capture :-).
rulez added on the 2013-10-28 00:52:00 by enigma enigma
Thanx Dark Avenger for this info.

Classic "let's-put-everything-on-the-screen-I-know-how-to-code" stuff!
rulez added on the 2015-08-11 01:22:48 by sim sim
look good!
rulez added on the 2015-12-01 20:06:55 by drzeissler drzeissler
This thing looks amazing on my A2286/8Mhz ET4000 ! Great!
WTF vote down...? this is amazing! remember 286/8/VGA 16colors!!!

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