The Link by alone coder & Shiru & Green Bit Group
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release date : august 2009
release party : Chaos Constructions 2009
compo : zx demo
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added on the 2009-08-29 19:53:29 by diver diver
nice )
rulez added on the 2009-08-29 20:04:09 by n1k-o n1k-o
I'm speechless. Totally awesome!
rulez added on the 2009-08-29 20:04:44 by Vedem Vedem
Music is really buggy in emulator....the rest is okay or 24Mhz...
rulez added on the 2009-08-29 20:10:38 by Exin Exin
Youtube, please
added on the 2009-08-29 20:55:59 by Manwe Manwe
Please note that this demo is not for standart ZX Spectrum. It works on Pentagon 1024SL in Turbo mode (7MHz), uses it's 16col mode for few effects, uses TurboSound FM sound board for music, and uses new Neo General Sound card as accelerator (second Z80 @24MHz).
added on the 2009-08-29 21:03:47 by Shiru Shiru
Shiru yes, we know. I think pouet.net needs a new platform type, something like "ZX Spectrum Enhanced", there is a lot of demos for non standard ZX Spectrum 48/128.
added on the 2009-08-29 22:12:05 by diver diver
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 00:21:17 by breeze breeze
outstanding skillz but weak design
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 02:37:33 by bfx bfx
That tunnel looks so flat!
What bk said.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 03:14:41 by xernobyl xernobyl
Textures! Девушка с веслом!
Greets to Alone Coder
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 04:37:07 by Manwe Manwe
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 07:43:06 by evil evil
ZX is still with us (= спасибо
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 08:54:41 by RRROAR RRROAR
added on the 2009-08-30 08:59:16 by diver diver
oh please make some story demo with this 3d or get in touch with good director designer, otherwise it is too inconsistent. shame to waste such mad coder skillz for such an ugly prod. anyway, thumb up to alco for pushing some modern speccy tech.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 09:24:39 by elfh elfh
I know this hardware can more impressive stuff... so keep trying :) Many cool effects anyhow, I especially liked the scene with the woman stading in front of the mill.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 12:29:52 by visy visy
Dragon attacking spiny spiky thing!
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 12:38:48 by Intrinsic Intrinsic
It was a bit short or I expected more. Some parts do not fit (not that I usually care), e.g. some ugly rotating face. Part on the screenshot nice. Somehow I like parallax scrolling of gfx with woman. The rotating text is also cool.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 12:58:33 by Optimus Optimus
thumb for the spiky dragonball
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 13:02:02 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
I don't know about spectrum capabilities that much but these effects look like on the edge to me. great stuff.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 14:22:12 by Skate Skate
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 14:36:05 by kyv kyv
Incredible code, meh design.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 17:07:34 by shock__ shock__
Hardcore :) At last something that shows extended capabilities of this Spectrum clone.
rulez added on the 2009-08-30 19:53:02 by aki aki
Effects are nice, but kinda ugly. Tentative thumb.
rulez added on the 2009-08-31 14:33:57 by Claw Claw
Sadly I don't have Pentagon SL so I had to watch the prog on emulator.
In the emulated way the music has died in a half of the demo but still the prog rulez as well as the new ZX Spectrum model.
rulez added on the 2009-08-31 20:27:46 by YERZMYEY/H-PRG YERZMYEY/H-PRG
rulez added on the 2009-09-01 00:19:55 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
Open new reality for old speccy!
rulez added on the 2009-09-01 20:53:58 by aGGreSSor aGGreSSor
I don't like the FM drum sounds at all, and I even stopped wondering about the full-screen effects after I read about the use of acceleration. But anyway, thumbs up for supporting such hardware :)
rulez added on the 2009-09-02 10:12:22 by viznut/pwp viznut/pwp
Some notes about the hardware:

The mainboard is plain Pentagon 1024SL 2.x of 2005 that means we still have around 80000 t-states in colour-per-pixel mode and around 100000 t-states in spectrum screen. Some effects (tunnel, rotator and falling screen) are in spectrum screen for this reason.

NeoGS runs Z80 at 24 MHz that gives us around 440000 t-states because of waits of DMA transfer. No FPGA acceleration used.

DMA transfer here means the mainboard reads NeoGS memory instead of ROM. The typical NeoGS-to-screen loop is ld d,(hl):ld e,(hl):push de.

Sorry for boring tech info, enjoy the visuals :)
your spectrum is better then my
rulez added on the 2009-09-04 01:07:42 by Frozzy Frozzy
How did they do the screen with a dragon, there are colours not available on ZX and 1x1 px colours and this is not interlace, something must have been changed in the architecture. In the .ini file of UnrealSpeccy emu I found a colour mixer where for example 47 = 4 + 7 (green + white = light green).
Is this a new machine Pentagon SL or is it only emulated on PC? If so, we can run Z80 at 2GHz, increase resolution to 1280x960, extend ram to 500 GB and we'll have a PC emulator. Is this fair?
rulez added on the 2009-09-06 20:49:15 by Abrimaal Abrimaal
This demo is for the real hardware, and it was shown on the party using the real hardware too. Those 'colors not available' are simply so called 'chunks' (sort of dithering) in 16c mode, where every pixel has own color from standart ZX palette. If you'll look at the picture with zoom, you'll get the idea.
added on the 2009-09-07 00:39:00 by Shiru Shiru
This is not for the machine called Zx Spectrum, not even for the 128, thus it should be in a new platform. Pleople might get tricked into thinking this is a ZX Spectrum demo, and open a bottle of champagne.
added on the 2009-09-07 21:37:05 by Iapetus Iapetus
wood: yeah, and and todays PC isn't called a PC. Today's Amiga isn't called Amiga. Platforms developes, luckily. So think before write.
And after all, if I call you a wagtail it doesn't mean you're not human anymore (or it does?)
Also check out the proper thread in front of pouet.

As for champagne, ZX people opened it many times before, because many 128K demos are simply far better than this one.
added on the 2009-09-09 09:34:32 by johny johny
Yes, now I see there are 15 colours, but defined 1x1 and there's a big difference between the bright 1 and 0 in the Alone's palette. The sound chip is also different. I haven't heard about P1024SL before and I hope it will not share SAM Coupe's fate. If SAM was brought into production in 1986 instead of ZX 128 it would be a serious danger for Atari ST, and in 1990 any of the big labels didn't produce any software, it is only kept alive by enthusiasts (usually great programmers and musicians).
added on the 2009-09-09 21:27:57 by Abrimaal Abrimaal
смотрел на эмуляторе psp, т.к. spec распаковывать из шкафа долго.. Великая вещь! must have!
rulez added on the 2009-09-15 07:33:22 by phm/syndrome(zx) phm/syndrome(zx)
rulez added on the 2010-01-07 09:45:19 by mitchell mitchell
rulez added on the 2010-09-08 23:25:10 by aGGreSSor^tPA aGGreSSor^tPA
Nice stuff
rulez added on the 2011-04-11 08:00:53 by leGend leGend
rulez added on the 2011-07-28 20:55:47 by toxie toxie
The first demo using NGS as a fast CPU and ngs-dma as a fast transfer to host Z80. Thumbup for being the first :)
rulezcdc added on the 2013-05-24 16:47:51 by lvd lvd
motivation finger, you know..
is sources available? for educational purposes..
rulez added on the 2013-05-24 17:03:16 by bulb@ bulb@
Sources are included in the release. In fact, it runs from sources, automatically :)
Version for ATM Turbo 2 added: url
the tunnel was pure eye cancer. also for the most ridicolous dragon ever.
sucks added on the 2015-01-05 19:23:59 by SiR SiR
the tunnel was pure eye climax. also for the most apt dragon ever.
rulez added on the 2015-01-21 21:55:38 by neoman neoman
Does not work on ZX-Spectrum :(
sucks added on the 2016-04-21 04:49:10 by TS-Labs TS-Labs
Nice little ZX Enhanced demo
rulez added on the 2020-09-26 15:02:40 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
I like those textured 3d
rulez added on the 2021-01-29 09:55:51 by Blast! Blast!

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