Sim Life by Contraz [web]
screenshot added by enex on 2011-07-18 10:13:26
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release date : july 2011
release party : Solskogen 2011
compo : combined demo
ranked : 3rd
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popularity : 62%
  • 0.72
alltime top: #2503
added on the 2011-07-18 09:46:50 by enex enex

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I somehow like the "wireframish" looking style - music is nice too.

Made a Highres Youtube Rip for it on my HD channel:
YOUTUBE: Sim Life by Contraz (1080p)
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 10:05:22 by anni anni
quite nice in every regard, i like the ripple distortion effect near the end, and the music was cool :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 10:18:23 by keito keito
Nice music and visuals... but it's basically only one scene?
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 11:13:55 by elend elend
very good visuals
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 11:49:01 by panic panic
nice effect but didnt go anywhere.
added on the 2011-07-18 12:08:31 by psenough psenough
nice rendering, but a bit boring
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 12:24:25 by baah baah
thumb up for the music and the wireframe
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 13:13:05 by rez rez
Yeah, what's there is cool, but maybe it needed a touch more progression. Still enjoyable.
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 13:17:47 by psonice psonice
As far as Tron tributes go, it's quite good. I really liked the music, although I have a feeling if you added white noise instead of this well-composed and melodic tune, everyone would be talking about how artistic, emotional and moving this demo was. <sigh>

Thumb up, mainly for the music and for not getting sucked into the pretentious minimalist trend.
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 13:26:16 by Wade Wade
Starts up, then just closes itself during loading

ati 4850, vista 64bit
added on the 2011-07-18 13:43:43 by noby noby
My personal favorite from the compo.
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 14:09:22 by ferris ferris
great <3
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 14:11:44 by nnorm nnorm
one scene only, but looks great (as pointed out music and visuals are very tron-ish)
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 15:10:36 by toxie toxie
same as noby: win7 64bit, core i5, 4gb, amd hd 6850
added on the 2011-07-18 16:11:52 by v3nom v3nom
I thought this one was the best of the compo. Compared to other prods outside of the compo it's so-so. Pretty colours and water effects, though.
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 16:13:51 by elfan elfan
great sequel :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 16:39:32 by nerve nerve
Same as noby and v3nom.
win7 x64 hd5750 (catalyst 11.6)

When launched from cmd, it says the following:
Code:Message from demosys : Message from resourceloader Error while compiling fragment shader Shader: Boundaries.frag Fragment shader failed to compile with the following errors: ERROR: 0:8: error(#132) Syntax error: 'buffer' parse error ERROR: error(#273) 1 compilation errors. No code generated
added on the 2011-07-18 17:09:03 by chudik chudik
I'll see if I can fix the ATI bug tonight. Thanks chudik for the log! Sorry about that. Thanks a bunch for the youtube video, anni :)
added on the 2011-07-18 17:30:40 by enex enex
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 18:03:02 by leGend leGend
nice polishing
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 20:27:23 by ponce ponce
Looks great and nice tune. One thing i wished for was more "dynamic" sync since the tune was asking for it. There is synch on the effects but it feels a bit static. Could have been a bit wilder or more pronounced.

But nice overall.
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 22:06:00 by z5 z5
Far too short - but for the time it lasts, it is awesome!
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 22:18:28 by Paranoid Paranoid
nice one
rulez added on the 2011-07-18 22:45:51 by nosfe nosfe
Thanks ponce. Stuck at work here still. Should probably have used ATI GPU ShaderAnalyzer to verify shaders on Win/ATI. It works on OSX at least.
added on the 2011-07-18 23:22:27 by enex enex
You're welcome. The patch makes it work with Win7 + ATI HD5400 Catalyst 10.9.
I really like your prod, keep up :)
added on the 2011-07-18 23:25:50 by ponce ponce
very nice style and atmosphere.
the colors remind me a bit of submerged by outracks, but thats not a bad thing!
rulez added on the 2011-07-19 10:37:26 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
I really like the feeling and style of this, but I kept waiting for .. something. Still worth watching, so .. thumbs up.
rulez added on the 2011-07-19 13:41:23 by Tick Tick
ooh, pretty colours!
rulez added on the 2011-07-19 14:31:37 by hornet hornet
added on the 2011-07-19 16:01:27 by a-move a-move
what noby said
Well done, nice and fluid on os x :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-19 18:39:41 by evil evil
bit short but in the dry scene os osx prods is a nice one.
rulez added on the 2011-07-19 20:13:05 by comankh comankh
Nice colours and look! I enjoy the soundtrack.

A bit too hectic movements for my taste. Looks like the objects are in a hurry.
rulez added on the 2011-07-20 02:32:36 by loaderror loaderror
Where is the Linux binary?
added on the 2011-07-21 20:49:53 by Travis Travis
Nice when the two thingys form together and cause the new effect. Looking forward to see the new Contraz prods aswell.
rulez added on the 2011-07-22 14:53:28 by funkdoobiest funkdoobiest
rulez added on the 2011-07-23 10:46:26 by las las
rulez added on the 2011-07-23 16:26:09 by button button
For some odd reason this felt very 1999. Also, I failed finding the Linux binary too :) Soundtrack buys a pig.
added on the 2011-07-23 18:58:57 by dixan dixan
looks and sounds really nice, but doesn't really go anywhere
added on the 2011-07-23 19:06:55 by Alpha C Alpha C
Not bad. I couldn't run it with my ATI Radeon 4870 video card in updated Windows XP Pro. SP3 box as well and don't know how to patch.
added on the 2011-07-23 22:18:53 by AntDude AntDude
Works extremely well on my Mac. I like it. :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-24 00:54:18 by Arkholt Arkholt
calm and nice, here my thumb :)
rulez added on the 2011-07-24 13:43:40 by Sapphire Sapphire
Sad, but nothing special & too monotonic.
Bad, bad, bad.
sucks added on the 2011-07-25 10:35:33 by closed closed
Had to watch the youtube due to ATI problems in the win32 version (I thought Macs come with ATI cards wtf), but like Sim Reich it was nicely balanced. Sure it didn't blow me away but it had a strong look, the music fit the visuals well, and it didn't overstay it's welcome. Good stuff.
rulez added on the 2011-07-25 23:03:36 by Claw Claw
great style
rulez added on the 2011-07-26 09:57:13 by decca decca
quite good
rulez added on the 2011-07-26 19:04:14 by wullon wullon
Beautiful demo. I was instantly drawn into it. Great colors, great scene, fitting music. Very well done! Too bad its only one scene.
rulez added on the 2011-07-27 17:31:37 by CONS CONS
Thanks for all the comments! Expect a slightly better version in a few weeks. Hopefully it will work on ATI this time. The Linux version will be released as well. I just didn't have any more time before the deadline to build one.
added on the 2011-07-28 13:12:14 by Dran Dran
This really lacks attention to details. The direction, camera moves and transitions feel very crude.
added on the 2011-07-29 16:03:49 by Zavie Zavie
rulez added on the 2011-08-01 00:10:06 by T$ T$
Very enjoyable!
rulez added on the 2011-08-01 18:16:38 by Mystra Mystra
Floating, I like it
rulez added on the 2011-08-08 00:33:38 by phobium phobium
Very nice demo, but hey! no Linux binary!
rulez added on the 2011-09-11 11:59:05 by zbyndek zbyndek
I like the style...
rulez added on the 2011-09-18 19:49:19 by moqui moqui
rulez added on the 2011-10-03 16:58:49 by aha aha
a bit short... but nice
rulez added on the 2012-03-31 13:26:38 by Frequent Frequent
i like the scenery, but not the spiky white stuff. The second part is better, but still not much happening.
added on the 2012-03-31 13:37:36 by blala blala
The final version is now available. It's been ready for release for quite some time but for some reason we just couldn't be bothered to release it until now :) Anyway, it doesn't contain much new stuff, just less bugs and less sharp corners. Enjoy!
added on the 2013-03-22 13:38:24 by Dran Dran
Amazing demo, the visuals blow me away. Gorgeous!!

But... I've got a problem (no, not that lol). Basically, the demo loads and runs after unzipping it. But then if I want to run it again I get a Mac pop up telling me it's crashed with a long scrollable screen of a log (want it?)

Of course, just deleting the folder and then unzipping again - so it's a fresh folder - works. But it's just annoying...

Otherwise, I love this demo on my Mac. Thanks :-)
rulez added on the 2014-05-13 12:42:24 by applecrypt applecrypt
really nice.
rulez added on the 2014-07-21 02:15:41 by iks iks
Recorded a YouTube video (from Mac)
OSX port link is dead :(
added on the 2016-03-29 00:24:55 by ponce ponce
Nice and calm music and visuals
rulez added on the 2020-07-08 22:24:55 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna

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