Challenger Deep by Traction [web] & Brainstorm [web]
screenshot added by KHRoN on 2008-03-24 16:07:22
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release date : march 2008
release party : Breakpoint 2008
compo : pc demo
ranked : 6th
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popularity : 72%
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alltime top: #654
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The music is a bit too much, but the rest is good.
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 12:43:30 by zefyros zefyros
Boring music, nothing new or groundbreaking at all but it was ok.
added on the 2008-03-24 12:44:28 by Shockwave Shockwave
I liked Traction more when they didn't try to imitate ASD and Kewlers so much. :-P Didn't really fancy the elevator music.
added on the 2008-03-24 12:57:02 by DiamonDie DiamonDie
usual style!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 12:57:15 by substrate substrate
ASDish but even purer :)

can't be more beautiful!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 13:05:55 by Zest Zest
It's not ASDish just because the use the same colors as iconoclast.
Nice garden.
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 13:12:01 by xernobyl xernobyl
charming atmosphere! magic!
added on the 2008-03-24 13:13:47 by sq sq
forgot thumb!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 13:14:25 by sq sq
ASD lookalike. solid stuff
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 13:16:19 by las las
the music should've been something more abstract and outwordly. it really fails to set the mood with it's drumbeats, guitars and predictable chordings. this could've been more than just a demo.
added on the 2008-03-24 13:39:41 by tempest tempest
looks really recycled. lot of scenes was way too long, and a bit empty. Anyway i really like the 'flowers" one.
added on the 2008-03-24 14:08:10 by skarab skarab
lovely !!!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 14:09:40 by EviL EviL
Fairytale #2. I loved the original so no problem at that, but a bit more difference wouldn't have hurt :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 14:20:02 by stijn stijn
Disappointing as a Traction prod IMO :(
added on the 2008-03-24 15:14:13 by nagato^ nagato^
Worked for me. And the RK's soundtrack was very nice! Thumb up.
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 15:23:34 by besh besh
thump for as nice as last year bp demo, but please don't make a third one the same!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 15:33:35 by winden winden
fairytale 2007 SE, only with new soundtrack.

you need to change something i guess. \o/
added on the 2008-03-24 15:41:33 by wie8 wie8
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 15:51:37 by KHRoN KHRoN
This was way boring. Too slow movement and too long scenes. To much linestuff, looks the same.
sucks added on the 2008-03-24 15:58:20 by Zplex Zplex
quite nice. still, the glowing "linestuff" is getting old a bit ;)
added on the 2008-03-24 16:22:09 by gg|rhg gg|rhg
I enjoyed watching this. :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 16:28:49 by can can
Cool mix of Traction and Brainstorm styles!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 16:43:30 by Manwe Manwe
Nice ambience.
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 17:12:34 by Alpha C Alpha C
Beautiful but boring. Still a minor thumb
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 17:35:38 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
This demo took my breath away. Absolutely beautiful. =)
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 18:28:30 by Aasemoon Aasemoon
I get a lockup (illegal program operaton blabal) right after the scene in the screenshot. (XPSP2, 8800 GTS)
added on the 2008-03-24 18:34:05 by Sdw Sdw
Really dig that music!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 19:03:39 by ravity ravity
Where Fairytale ended this demo starts..
Again the style/concept by traction but this time in a underwater world. Nice music also!
Thumb. (Preacher I hope you now start on a new demo, your only demo for 1 year, and release it at bp09 and wins instantly :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 19:18:43 by magic magic
Very cool zik and good traction visuals.
My favourite scene is the one with the rambling orangeblue ribbons.
Romeo knight ftw
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 20:04:09 by bdk bdk
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 20:18:33 by Claw Claw
somehow most of the traction-demos look like some parameter-tuning of a long-existing engine, so no surprises here - except for the rather boring RK music
added on the 2008-03-24 21:01:42 by Ganymed Ganymed
Good idea for the demo even though the gfx could need some improvment. Looked great on bigscreen.
added on the 2008-03-24 21:31:26 by samurai samurai
A little bit too similar to Fairytale imo but still quite enjoyable.
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 21:52:32 by keops keops
stylin nice work!
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 22:14:49 by blackpawn blackpawn
most moody one
rulez added on the 2008-03-24 22:24:17 by seppjo seppjo
Starts nicely but fails to keep up. Still not bad ...
added on the 2008-03-24 23:24:30 by Paranoid Paranoid
why "underwater demo" must always mean "jellyfish demo"?! :(
added on the 2008-03-25 01:29:14 by soolta soolta
The thumb can't go any other way than up but Preacher.. the next time we talk about a demo of yours, make sure that you're confident about it (i.e. have spent a good time coding it and actually loving it.. and I suppose you know why say that eh? =)
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 04:19:57 by aMUSiC aMUSiC
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 04:55:25 by Buckethead Buckethead
Didn't really like how the jellyfish and the fish moved... Still nice effects.
added on the 2008-03-25 04:59:11 by Emod Emod
more of that traction beauty
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 06:12:23 by praetor_alpha praetor_alpha
Lovley mode, and realy nice designed. Music were not my cup of tea though. Still a realy good production.
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 07:36:41 by M:ET M:ET
I'm a bit disappointed. After marvellous "Fairy tale" this tastes like a rechauffé cutlet. It was nice to watch it on bigscreen, but I probably won't play it anymore.
added on the 2008-03-25 08:54:06 by AceMan AceMan
It's not bad but feels just too much the same as last year. Didn't give me any nice feelings I usually get from Traction demos.
added on the 2008-03-25 09:17:14 by dairos dairos
some nice abyss in here. missed some consistency in this.
added on the 2008-03-25 11:43:12 by comankh comankh
some nice scenes but the magical glowing jellyfish shouldnt really appear from thin air... killed the whole digital organic mood for me
added on the 2008-03-25 13:13:30 by psenough psenough
Loved the visuals and the music. Thank you for talking to me, Romeo Knight. I'm not worthy :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 13:34:31 by chromag chromag
Kinda mixed feelings about this, the jellyfish stuff was a bit dull, but overall it was quite nice.
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 13:36:55 by sagacity sagacity
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 13:41:34 by Anat Anat
sucks added on the 2008-03-25 14:57:54 by wie8 wie8
This is beautiful indeed.
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 16:32:32 by Corial Corial
way too slowpaced + reuse of fx
Beautifull and has quite a good flow.
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 18:19:25 by Sanx Sanx
I was too tired to appriciate this at the party but it sure is a good demo
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 18:23:49 by thec thec
"this could've been more than just a demo." but i like it!
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 19:45:18 by uns3en_ uns3en_
Not bad, but lots of reused stuff and not so coherent imo. I was a bit disappointed, because I love "fairytale" so much and expected too much maybe... :/
added on the 2008-03-25 19:47:37 by raer raer
not again please! Fairytale was boring, this is even worse, very disappointing as Traction demo. Sorry
sucks added on the 2008-03-25 21:35:28 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
I like this. Very nice colours and particles plus romeo knight is back.
rulez added on the 2008-03-25 22:59:38 by leGend leGend
Oh my... glowing lines, jellyfish, underwater theme? The skeleton fish looked absolutely bored and so was I...
Don't get me wrong, this is still beautiful stuff and the music was ace but I think it's time for a new direction or a more distinguished style, like in "Fiat Homo".
added on the 2008-03-26 00:56:02 by Stebo Stebo
indeed it is.
added on the 2008-03-26 01:44:12 by Preacher Preacher
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 11:16:40 by gopher gopher
this one looked almost 3D on the big screen. I dig the concept and the execution, there were a couple of parts that had unreal beauty.
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 11:21:07 by Navis Navis
guys, please start learning shots and screen layout. most of the parts would be so much better with interesting shots. turning around an object is not always the best solution. nevertheless soundtrack and basic concept are nice - so: a weak thumb up.
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 13:04:24 by a-move a-move
great, some of my favs at bp
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 13:06:42 by mad mad
Basically what Astronaut said. Serene and beautiful, but slightly boring.
added on the 2008-03-26 13:08:43 by tomaes tomaes
A bit empty and uninspired but some parts look really nice.
rulez added on the 2008-03-26 16:14:53 by parcelshit parcelshit
Not awful, but it looked like a quick rehash of previous Traction demos.
sucks added on the 2008-03-26 16:31:06 by Wade Wade
solid. does not catch me though
added on the 2008-03-26 16:41:38 by Warhead Warhead
not so solid as fairytale but cool
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 07:35:27 by zeebr zeebr
Concept and visual direction in it's always nice quality.

"Because it's not plasmas and twisters it should be something new because you've done stuff like this already!", wait, what? :D
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 10:37:22 by waffle waffle
I liked it on the bigscreen! :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 11:39:45 by StingRay StingRay
beautiful autumn colours in some scenes.
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 13:05:42 by button button
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added on the 2008-03-27 13:12:36 by button button
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 13:43:58 by Pulsar Pulsar
rulez added on the 2008-03-27 16:35:52 by Optimus Optimus
very pretty, you can show traction demos to your girlfreind :)
rulez added on the 2008-03-28 11:54:29 by keito keito
Could have used a little more polish here and there, but overall very well done and I loved how the music went with the demo.
rulez added on the 2008-03-29 00:37:32 by paranoid paranoid
added on the 2008-03-29 03:53:07 by Frozzy Frozzy
I have seen it all before
added on the 2008-03-29 14:02:03 by pohar pohar
yeah average, and a little asd like
added on the 2008-03-29 14:41:14 by Tigrou Tigrou
nice relaxing demo.
rulez added on the 2008-04-01 16:03:56 by v3nom v3nom
Relaxing stuff.
rulez added on the 2008-04-03 12:15:22 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
What stijn said.
rulez added on the 2008-04-03 16:08:09 by wullon wullon
Seems i forgot to thumb up this one
as the text attached says :
" Sometimes, a demo can change the world of those who watch it "

it changed my world for a few minutes :)
rulez added on the 2008-04-04 23:31:10 by _wheely_ _wheely_
Nice demo, especially soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2008-04-08 15:23:41 by Mr.Acryl Mr.Acryl
..I like it, but Fairytale is my fav! Both demos has the same look.. both nice!
rulez added on the 2008-04-08 15:53:23 by doC doC
after rewatching it. what about some random offset in jellyfish movement? would make it a little less static.
added on the 2008-04-10 09:50:06 by seppjo seppjo
There is some random offset, but apparently not random enough :)
added on the 2008-04-10 09:51:20 by Preacher Preacher
sucks added on the 2008-04-12 20:00:47 by #535 #535
rulez added on the 2008-04-25 21:38:02 by iks iks
i thought i already thumbed this :S
rulez added on the 2008-04-25 21:40:03 by bfx bfx
I really like it. The music is charming!
rulez added on the 2008-04-25 22:49:15 by manbearpig manbearpig
rulez added on the 2008-04-25 22:57:50 by lsl lsl
Stunning visuals, but I feel like I've seen it all in Traction demos before. Sorry, Preach.. ;)
Also, the music is very well produced, but sounds too much like someone was trying to copy an ASD soundtrack. Without progressive metal it just doesn't work, I tell you. ;)
Also: Fish shaped like that don't move their tails sideways, but up and down. JSYK. ;)
Romeo Knight kicks ass again with the music. So great ! Atmosphere is magic and colours very beautiful ... Shivers ... A masterpiece !
rulez added on the 2008-05-18 11:38:32 by Hexogen Hexogen
so peaceful.. =)
rulez added on the 2008-06-03 02:52:29 by pera pera
soundtrack here:
added on the 2008-06-09 10:27:31 by prm prm
digital subaqua dreams!
rulez added on the 2008-06-09 15:58:44 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
The visual has some poetry inside...
rulez added on the 2008-06-13 00:30:28 by untel untel
A little bit boring but music is nice
rulez added on the 2008-06-20 13:55:52 by FenolFtalein FenolFtalein
It was a nice effect show, but nothing really inspiring.
added on the 2008-07-15 03:04:56 by s_tec s_tec
Great show, has a dream feel to it - very good balanced colors and a nice soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2008-07-16 04:17:46 by d3pth d3pth
cool... :)
rulez added on the 2008-07-23 20:00:20 by .. ..
woah hey never thumbed this. I still like this "romantic" style. Plus its nice to have a demo to show the family again. Please dont stop making demos like this.
rulez added on the 2008-07-23 21:21:56 by auld auld
Nice sync to these scenes, Fantastique musik.
rulez added on the 2008-07-24 06:52:51 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
it feels like holiday watching this demo!
rulez added on the 2008-07-28 21:56:15 by Cat Cat
long lost thumb! i truely believe that, due to their (his) distinctive minimal trademark style, traction (preacher) has been one of the most inspiring forces in the demoscene over the past few years. and continues to be so. this production is no exception. one shot however got me worried though: what the heck does the swimming fishbone do in there? while one is easily seduced by these beautiful deepsea realms full of microscopic life the swimming fishbone is the unpleasant out-of-place kick in the head ... but other than that: brilliant!
rulez added on the 2008-07-28 22:23:37 by monroe monroe
rulez added on the 2008-09-07 22:21:00 by T$ T$
Damn, I didn't thumb that one, and yet... I just LOVE it.
The mix between music and graphics is really, really inspiring... Thank you guys for crafting such a beauty. I like every bit of it. And it makes my mind rush, you have no idea.
rulez added on the 2008-09-08 18:14:44 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
Romeo Knight !
rulez added on the 2008-10-08 19:18:32 by Moby Moby
Saved by the music. The visuals are sometimes pretty, but overall a bit boring and deja vu...
rulez added on the 2008-11-02 16:06:58 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
What Barrio Jigs said...
rulez added on the 2008-11-02 16:25:51 by Shazz^TRSi^MJJ Shazz^TRSi^MJJ
Me like. :)
rulez added on the 2008-12-02 22:44:36 by arcane arcane
apparently we're eating porridge again...

in the beginning it was boring, at the middle it became worse, at the end of the demo it was fascinating.
added on the 2009-02-04 20:37:23 by decipher decipher
Preacher: it seems you are doing as I said in my comment dated 24-3-2008
(atleast the first part ;-)
Good job!! :-)
added on the 2009-02-28 12:11:41 by magic magic
magic: We'll see.

I watched this again yesterday just before going to sleep. I find it sad how close it is to what I wanted, and yet so infinitely far away. Maybe it would warrant even a re-make some day, with some scenes taken out entirely and others reworked. I still think that the spline/line/glow thing in the end is the finest effect I have ever done.
added on the 2009-02-28 19:58:03 by Preacher Preacher
At times it felt kinda empty and stagnant, but some parts and effects in really liked, good music too.
rulez added on the 2009-06-19 01:49:58 by noby noby
i dont care about the gfx and visuals, but the music by romeo knight is so great!
rulez added on the 2010-01-25 21:02:57 by marsulpi marsulpi
beautiful visuals and outstanding music
rulez added on the 2010-01-25 23:10:57 by SiR SiR
.. !
rulez added on the 2010-02-12 04:14:45 by PENETRATOR PENETRATOR
Deepest beauty
rulez added on the 2010-07-29 11:15:24 by Eldrik Eldrik
Everything is so nice, but... well. Somehow I cannot fully enjoy.
added on the 2010-09-21 00:12:37 by Jakim Jakim
lovely <3
rulez added on the 2010-11-22 14:17:37 by nekomono nekomono
rulez added on the 2010-11-22 15:06:01 by omg omg
This one is beautiful. Only thing I don't really like is the fish. Everything else is awesome, including the music.
rulezcdc added on the 2011-05-14 04:17:20 by phobium phobium
Underrated somewhat. Awesome tune, for sure.
rulez added on the 2011-08-10 07:24:14 by jonnyram jonnyram
rulez added on the 2012-02-26 20:54:23 by Frequent Frequent
I wouldn't have enjoyed this half as much as I did without the music, but the design is still awesome. The camera paths seem very carefully considered. Also, I think the fish skeleton was a good thing.
rulez added on the 2012-03-11 18:12:08 by fizzer fizzer
I often find myself watching this.
Very good.
added on the 2012-06-19 16:52:14 by phobium phobium
beautiful visuals and lovely music!
rulez added on the 2012-07-31 09:13:54 by kimi kardashian kimi kardashian
rulez added on the 2013-08-02 17:16:20 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
Nice and trippy.
rulez added on the 2013-08-03 11:46:32 by TheT(ourist) TheT(ourist)
mad love
rulez added on the 2013-11-26 15:18:08 by NokoNoko NokoNoko
This demo has a perfect ending. The soundtrack and fish models scream for a comparison with ASD so here goes: this one wins in style and music but loses in the scene transitions. Overall, quite enjoyable but a tad too long.

I wish someone, some day will make the perfect jellyfish animation and a demo about it.
rulez added on the 2015-11-19 16:38:55 by cce cce
Hey, we got successful once with this concept (Fairytale) so let's do it again! The music is great (I especially love the acoustic guitar solo in the middle and the shredding through shitloads of effects in the end). This one was a painful to make with lots of arguments etc, but watching it now years later hurts less than it perhaps could.

Out of all the effects I've ever done, the recycled Fairytale line snake is maybe the best single one.
added on the 2015-11-19 16:46:47 by Preacher Preacher
really fresh
rulez added on the 2018-04-18 10:32:25 by nagz nagz
also, broken link for the song :(
added on the 2018-04-18 10:33:11 by nagz nagz
such a calmin, fairy atmosphere... the visuals are outstanding... what a wonderful work of art...
rulez added on the 2021-02-08 15:37:14 by VincentValentine VincentValentine
Never thumbed this?! Music rulez. And the rest too, of course.
rulez added on the 2022-09-08 23:02:30 by gaspode gaspode

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