242 by Fairlight [web] & Virtual Dreams
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release date : june 1993
release party : Assembly 1993
compo : amiga demo
ranked : 2nd
  • 72
  • 16
  • 5
popularity : 70%
  • 0.72
alltime top: #1005
added on the 2001-07-31 11:45:45 by PigPen PigPen

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a video based prod with some effects. disapointing in 1993, advanced design.
a poursuit of a white t-shirt men who go to ... humm i dont want to kill the suspense, see it :)
rulez added on the 2001-10-31 00:39:30 by Zone (leZone) Zone (leZone)
The daddy of 'The control' by Coma. Enjoyed it a lot when it was used as a display in a club I used to frequent. =)
added on the 2001-10-31 00:54:55 by Shifter Shifter
I think this demo's sweet. I really enoyed it when I first saw it, and let's not forget that it's doing a fairly impressive job for trackloading off a floppy. Nice music too.
rulez added on the 2001-11-28 04:36:27 by it290 it290
fantastic demo - great concept - always liked watching this, as every time u see it u notice more weird images flying by (like the rolex watch) heh... r0x!
rulez added on the 2002-01-15 16:51:04 by ne7 ne7
real nice.
rulez added on the 2002-11-29 10:49:06 by lennart lennart
I like it too... quite a lot of video fitting on a floppy... colours are weird sometimes but that fits the rough style :)
rulez added on the 2002-11-29 22:13:54 by exocet exocet
was never too much into this one. its innovative no doubt about that, but the tune and atmosphere just doesnt do it for me.
added on the 2003-01-07 15:14:35 by NoahR NoahR
Not quite so impressive these days, but groundbreaking for its time.
rulez added on the 2003-04-06 00:54:22 by Wade Wade
wheres the download link?
rulez added on the 2003-12-11 23:53:04 by loaderror loaderror
Video demos should've ended here. They didn't, though. Oh well.
rulez added on the 2004-05-31 12:50:01 by break break
first download link dead, emucamp link working, divx link dead.
added on the 2004-07-11 18:16:22 by Pred Pred
i never really liked it. but i was very impressed by it back then
added on the 2004-09-28 10:26:17 by hollowman hollowman
loved this one, plus it had killer music by papa smurf.
rulez added on the 2004-11-22 19:56:45 by darkus darkus
boring as hell
sucks added on the 2004-11-23 00:26:09 by post malone post malone
An ok demo, but I never enjoyed it as much as other people posting here.
0wns. Period.
I was in awe the first time I saw it. Not much effects-wise, but the overall design and atmosphere rocks.
rulez added on the 2005-01-05 01:47:35 by grip grip
yes, grab this prod :)
rulez added on the 2005-01-08 18:44:24 by checkoff checkoff
Enormous classic! I remember seeing this at the Berzan Datasekten shortly after it was released, me and our coder Johannes were amazed at how they had crammed all this video data onto one disk. Wicked production. (And it has a front 242 reference - bonus points awarded for that one. ;])
rulez added on the 2005-03-01 00:50:36 by scanner scanner
wow, this one could easily fit into some MTV 'Party Zone' back then :) Alongside with 9 Fingers ofcourse. a true pioneer!
rulez added on the 2005-04-29 13:53:58 by teo teo
Except the music, this still feels pretty fresh.
rulez added on the 2005-07-06 21:25:19 by dairos dairos
an awesome demo by fairlight, technically really impressive for 1993, a loooong (yes, blocky) video on a single 720k disk !
and the music is one of the best mod ever created, in just 50kb !!!
rulez added on the 2005-08-04 10:48:04 by rez rez
rulez added on the 2005-10-02 22:50:09 by RRR RRR
Never really liked this...
added on the 2005-11-20 18:22:23 by StingRay StingRay
Good 1993s blocky gear. :)
rulez added on the 2005-12-11 20:22:56 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf
rulez added on the 2006-01-31 01:58:47 by parcelshit parcelshit
Thumb up for Front 242!
rulez added on the 2006-01-31 10:00:08 by moondog moondog
2 4 2 !
rulez added on the 2006-02-17 22:43:50 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
I do like it!
rulez added on the 2006-02-23 12:55:33 by ghandy ghandy
relaxing 242 !
rulez added on the 2006-09-02 01:58:22 by gentleman gentleman
This release has been added at: www.modcast.de, the daily Modfile Podcast and Radiostream resource.
rulez added on the 2006-12-07 07:55:19 by lawny^bp lawny^bp
great videostreaming code! once again some amazing ideas on this platform. the music is not at all like 242, though, and quite dull.
rulez added on the 2006-12-07 09:15:18 by earx earx
An amazing classic. I actually remember the 50kb size of the nice music. What can you get for 50kb music wise nowadays ? ;)
rulez added on the 2006-12-07 09:44:19 by oxb oxb
compression 101
rulez added on the 2007-06-10 09:46:42 by Gaia Gaia
not like this one so much, but impressive
@rez: 880 ko single disk (720ko=pc crap)
One effect & a bitchin' soundtrack ... all you need for cool demo ...
rulez added on the 2007-09-21 15:13:43 by Steel Steel
ok only
Classic stuff.
rulez added on the 2007-09-23 18:06:13 by Preacher Preacher
i forgot to thumb this?! classic killer
rulez added on the 2007-09-23 18:12:42 by substrate substrate
Always loved this.
Virtual Dreams rules!
rulez added on the 2008-01-10 19:15:53 by chromag chromag
What they said.
rulez added on the 2008-02-22 18:18:16 by Maissi Maissi
boring, but I would have cheered if had seen this in 1993, I guess.
added on the 2008-04-07 00:05:00 by novel novel
Cool with video on amiga =)
rulez added on the 2008-04-26 17:10:50 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
Great one, i watched it so many times back then!
rulez added on the 2008-06-23 22:15:04 by _10b0 _10b0
ahh yes, really cool
rulez added on the 2008-06-23 22:18:28 by aegis aegis
Fantasticly great stuff with a nice soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2008-07-16 13:03:52 by d3pth d3pth
video replay + overlays
i don't fancy it that much
rulez added on the 2008-07-30 20:58:20 by ham ham
rulez added on the 2008-08-04 14:13:12 by EviL EviL
A positive exception among the awful techno demos of the time.
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 21:52:24 by Marq Marq
Wow. Not exactly something I'd watch often, but mega cool for its time and it has some very nice cyberpunk vibes.
rulez added on the 2008-09-15 22:22:05 by Radiant Radiant
holy christ!! this old thing even runs on 060 out of the box. nice one disk video :)
rulez added on the 2008-09-27 11:08:05 by extralife extralife
Crap. Boring boring boring. Technologically nice for its time but. BORING.


Did I say BORING? :)
sucks added on the 2008-09-29 09:12:03 by leGend leGend
Managed to watch it but never liked it much.
added on the 2008-09-29 09:13:29 by Optimus Optimus
rulez added on the 2008-10-18 22:42:26 by cyberpingui cyberpingui
already a classic.
rulez added on the 2009-03-26 11:29:56 by comankh comankh
rulez added on the 2009-05-21 18:18:32 by Dano Dano
Gets boring after a while but still I loved this back then, awesome soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2009-06-09 23:51:53 by Inorix Inorix
rulez added on the 2009-06-10 00:10:03 by YERZMYEY/H-PRG YERZMYEY/H-PRG
It's a classic! All on one floppy disk..
And the music...rulez!
rulez added on the 2009-09-27 07:26:20 by magic magic
In a world filled with junk, this is pretty damn good. look ma, no beat machine!.

Thanks Mindcandy vol 2
rulez added on the 2009-11-17 01:57:40 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
like it!
rulez added on the 2010-02-16 18:16:02 by kempy kempy
Took me 17 years to get the whole Tetsuo reference thing. Duh.
added on the 2010-02-16 20:22:25 by break break
29Mb of datas crunched to 720Kb is a nice thing, but the whole thing is quite boring...
added on the 2010-03-24 19:33:38 by Hicks Hicks
rulez added on the 2010-03-24 19:38:34 by Defiance Defiance
I don't like it very much, it's boring and some visual effects are ugly. The music and the movie are ok.
added on the 2010-05-22 21:09:58 by Strider Strider
rulez added on the 2010-05-24 05:10:23 by [ProToS] [ProToS]
I know the demo is technically impressive, but it never much excited me. Music rawks tho.
rulez added on the 2010-06-03 00:23:45 by spoonwzd spoonwzd
love it and the track is awesome!
rulez added on the 2010-06-11 01:41:24 by tirox tirox
Back in the days in one disk, rulez.
rulez added on the 2010-08-29 21:41:41 by stefa stefa
Nice and catchy, 17 years later.
rulez added on the 2010-09-02 18:17:28 by Frequent Frequent
rulez added on the 2012-05-04 23:22:39 by sINk sINk
720kb even ;)
added on the 2012-05-04 23:23:28 by sINk sINk
overrated, ugly and boring.
sucks added on the 2012-09-16 23:47:40 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
incredible, stunning, amazing!

nowadays people got used to lots of of movie codecs - it simply became usual. i guess, most people seeing this now for the first time can not understand what it used to be back in the 1990's

besides that, "242" moved away from usual demo style back then, and rather became a new piece of art - and for me it still is.
rulez added on the 2013-03-06 20:37:57 by kwe kwe
I've never been a fan of music video style demos, especially so back then, but it's worth a thumb for the tech.
rulez added on the 2013-05-12 16:36:10 by Paradroid Paradroid
rulez added on the 2013-09-10 09:59:45 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
rulez added on the 2014-01-11 00:55:45 by T$ T$
short, but classic, used to annoy my parents with this atthat time :)
rulez added on the 2014-01-11 01:05:00 by Triace Triace
Great idea !
rulez added on the 2014-04-18 14:02:31 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
Great technical demo with awesome video compression !
rulez added on the 2015-02-22 21:57:22 by Mr. Styckx Mr. Styckx
One of the ugliest amiga demos I know that has this level of recognition. Horrible music too.
sucks added on the 2015-02-22 22:19:16 by noby noby
If there would be an award for "didn't age well" demos, this one would certainly be a hot contender.
added on the 2015-02-23 20:51:25 by tomaes tomaes
rulez added on the 2015-02-23 21:33:09 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
When I saw this for the first time when it was brand new, I thought it was bland and not worth watching again, but in hindsight it was still a DEMO, exploring some new things. Nice production.
rulez added on the 2015-02-23 22:06:33 by yzi yzi
fond memories of this one.
rulez added on the 2015-02-23 22:23:56 by Hyde Hyde
rulez added on the 2015-11-12 09:28:50 by rloaderro rloaderro
heady and catchy piece of intro. the music rocks.
rulez added on the 2016-05-20 01:07:40 by iks iks
In the past I didn't like this so much, nowadays I think it's a cool demo with a nice soundtrack :)
rulez added on the 2018-11-02 21:24:52 by mayday mayday
I appreciate the technical aspect, but it's not my cup of tea. I was never into digitalisations and poor techno ;)
added on the 2019-12-17 23:01:56 by Twardy Twardy
Liked it back in the Times...
rulez added on the 2019-12-18 08:20:57 by baah baah
Not my cup of tea... In every possible aspect...
added on the 2021-09-12 09:38:58 by mailman mailman
Incessant blocky playback with dweeby bleep music. :/
sucks added on the 2022-08-25 00:13:54 by Photon Photon
Certainly very techincally impressive at the time. Impressive "video-playback" for the era, but not that much more, besides perhaps the pop-culture-positioning. It did rule, though.
rulez added on the 2023-07-31 22:55:29 by size size
i mean.. its alright!?
rulez added on the 2023-08-05 05:09:31 by Newtined Newtined

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