Still Rising by Vanity [web]
screenshot added by Hicks on 2013-03-31 01:26:25
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release date : march 2013
release party : Revision 2013
compo : oldskool demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 72%
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alltime top: #440
added on the 2013-03-31 01:26:25 by Hicks Hicks

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serious cpc demo!!! respect!!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:33:05 by bonefish bonefish
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:34:19 by gaspode gaspode
Lovely demo and lovely vibrant and bold colours! At least the russians won't be able to claim you copied *these* colours from the Spectrum...

So many good parts to this demo, but for me it's the excellent use of CRTC tricks to do something that's uniquely CPC that makes it so special! :)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:35:16 by doz doz
not quite Batman level yet, but very very good otherwise :)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:36:42 by Alpha C Alpha C
Awesome stuff :) Loved the twister thing.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:49:45 by Preacher Preacher
Definitelly not a Batman killer, but solid.
Lot's of good effects, most are line based. I enjoyed the big rotozoomers.

p.s. Font was kinda hard to read in the zoomscroller.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 01:56:11 by Optimus Optimus
this is a motherfucking piece of art.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 03:02:09 by iks iks
Right on!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 03:16:08 by Forcer Forcer
The MUSIC. Best in 8bit demos.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 05:51:21 by diver diver
Yes, not a Batman killer, but very solid demo. Near to the top. Twister part is absolutely fantastic. Loved it via stream. I want to watch and listen it more and more.
added on the 2013-03-31 05:55:04 by diver diver
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 06:07:53 by Buckethead Buckethead
Live video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F7a7EjX0jtA#t=1979s
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 07:33:46 by ded^RMDA ded^RMDA
although it's not a batman killer, i'd say it's way more better than batman in almost every aspect.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 07:46:59 by sq sq
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 07:48:02 by zoolum zoolum
and yeah, what diver said. soundtrack is a 8bit demoscene "bohemian rhapsody" - it changes so unpredictable and organically throughout the entire demo, you just can't have a time to take a breath.
just brilliant.
added on the 2013-03-31 07:51:37 by sq sq
When 8Bit look like 16bit, very nice demo.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 08:08:05 by Internium Internium
sq, maybe, but now i can say it sounds more like a DJ mix of couple different but very cool tracks.
added on the 2013-03-31 08:09:24 by diver diver
Right, the music is brilliant. Graphics and effects are very cool and colorful as well!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 08:47:13 by Manwe Manwe
Sick work ! I discovered it yesterday live just like everybody, incredible hehe. "Excellent effects, choice of color, and lovely aesthetic" my wife said : ) Congrats Hicks and Beb. That was a long work and the soundtrack was actually made a while ago, at the very begining. It would have been different if it was made nowadays I think. Evolution of taste and way to work...
added on the 2013-03-31 08:52:10 by ultrasyd ultrasyd
Beb, nice font at the intro. Is it original one? ;)
added on the 2013-03-31 09:23:55 by diver diver
Instead of falling into a reply to the bashing by Batman Group you could have just done a more original approach to assert your place but at least it made me laugh a few times to see the pointed fingers in effect form :)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 09:48:09 by visy visy
Great stuff
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 09:53:22 by grip grip
I your face, Batman!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 10:38:33 by CONS CONS
Great stuff!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 10:40:17 by Mystra Mystra
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 10:52:04 by sINk sINk
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 10:58:42 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
Vanity keeps pushing the envelope further and further. Well done!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 11:31:09 by RetroVM RetroVM
Sweet CPC demoshock!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 11:34:20 by break break
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 11:47:50 by psenough psenough
Great demo, splendid graphics and music, the effects are classic but impressive;) it's just a little short compared to batman, but I think better shares made​​... Congratulations guys !
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 11:54:59 by Barjack Barjack
Great :)!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 11:55:59 by Octoate Octoate
I'm just watching it in my CPC while commenting here.

And what I see is a lot of super smooth fullscreen effects with awesome gfx and music!

The twisters and the rotozoomers are just fantastic! A great demo, no doubt.

Many thanks to el Pulpo Corrosivo for the CRTC 0 fixes!

I'm not sure if this is a Batman killer. ;)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 12:05:40 by ham ham
Not a batman killer only because of the format (short demo with EVERYTHING in memort, instead of a long trackloader).
However more technically (bigger effect, complex borders, several plans) and artistically (amsdos transition, colors, ...) brillant than BF.

I'm impatient to see the next one

ps: nice note file! and funny texts
rulezcdc added on the 2013-03-31 12:13:03 by krusty krusty
Although overall effect from demo is superb, I liked the music most.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 12:21:04 by Moving along Moving along
oh yeah.
(and yes, awesome soundtrack)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 12:45:05 by wullon wullon
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 13:15:02 by evil evil
Yeay, CPC still kicking some asses.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 13:16:57 by MacDeath MacDeath
Heeey, that's a great show albeit a bit short! Now that Vanity showed what they do in single load, they should consider track loading next time :P
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 13:17:44 by rexbeng/PA rexbeng/PA
A great demo with neat colors and effects, despite the fact that I found it a bit short...
Go on, you Vanity guys - I'm already a fan :)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 13:18:30 by voxy voxy
Great design!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 13:52:08 by Dma-Sc Dma-Sc
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 14:16:11 by ISL ISL
Nice effects!
Sadly a bit too short, but it's okay.

Now Batman should return again ^^
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 14:24:35 by Devilmarkus Devilmarkus
Great demo, guys!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 14:24:39 by Rhino/BG Rhino/BG
Holy shit, I caught this started and I kept wondering "Is it Atari ST? No, it's CPC... Nah, it's Atari ST"... and really thought it wasn't CPC. Great job!!!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 14:26:57 by Akira^G*P Akira^G*P
OMG, they killed Batman!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 14:32:52 by OffseT OffseT
It's simple.

We kill the Batman.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 15:17:24 by Gargaj Gargaj
Big piece of demo with huge effects ! Respect :)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 15:21:09 by ramlaid ramlaid
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 16:42:52 by SiR SiR
Looks great! At first you get the impression of watching an Atari ST demo. It's really cool and polished! Yet, Batman for the world! ;)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 16:49:46 by Sir_Lucas Sir_Lucas
A bunch of damn beautiful coloured FX in there.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 16:52:38 by d0DgE d0DgE
great code and awesome music. also nice to know that erections made it possible.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 16:54:29 by prm prm
Great effect demo, but the zoomscroller part at the beginning was way-way too long.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 16:59:43 by Hoild Hoild
Great prod with nice design, effects, gfx and music.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 17:19:12 by BackSpace BackSpace
Not familiar with the platform, but this looks pretty nifty, booth tech and style-wise.
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 17:37:54 by tomaes tomaes
Great, great demo! Gfx, msx, code, everything is excellent!
(Zoomer fonts are a bit hard to read...)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 18:25:51 by baah baah
I really liked the spinning blocks part. I'd planned something similar for my own demo, but glad I ran out of time to do it because this CPC demo would have showed me up. Great stuff!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 20:09:11 by Paradroid Paradroid
The graphics and effects were top notch, too bad the music cannot keep up.....
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 20:52:47 by Exin Exin
Holy shit!
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 22:05:23 by xeron xeron
The nicest pong I ever seen, welcome in the game scene :-)
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 22:10:46 by Supersly Supersly
Killing Batman?! In no ways.. Technically more brilliant than BF?! Can I borrow your distortion goggles? Batman is 2 years old now, has been done by one guy and has so many more WOW effects.. How could you..? Nice twister effects btw. And trackloading is for pussies?! Well, whatever :D
rulez added on the 2013-03-31 22:17:47 by BSC BSC
Impressive, that's for sure
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 02:19:27 by pigpenpete pigpenpete
Nice demo, not better than batman, but definately worth watching!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 04:16:00 by cryer cryer
Rotator with PONG over it - small message about "this is code - not animation" - and we catch it, even beeing from ZX scene
added on the 2013-04-01 04:44:39 by ded^RMDA ded^RMDA
Splendid style, clever tricks... GREAT!
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 10:54:50 by matahari matahari
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:14:44 by chiourme chiourme
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 11:52:42 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
How the hell a CPC demo can get 2nd place at Revision ? Only 2013 can make it possible :) (lol)
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 13:00:19 by Hexogen Hexogen
what Bugo the Cat said
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 14:09:52 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
Really great production ! I am always surprised that 8bits computers fight agains Atari ST and Amiga ECS in official competitions, computers' power are so different...
rulez added on the 2013-04-01 17:53:47 by tometjerry tometjerry
Thanks to everyone for you great feedback. But I must add some words...

@"that's not a Batman killer demo" people: in what sense are you saying that? Still Rising has: better zoomscroll, better rotozoom, better twister, better plasmas. Each of our effects are better than Batman. Then, you can consider that Batman has a better theme, construction, dynamic, etc. But by claiming that "BF stay the best" you don't speak about all this work and forget the most important thing for me: Still Rising is goes technically further than Batman Forever... and demomaking must be evaluated mostly on the technical side (even if the "show" aspect stay important). Then, it would be fairer to say that "SR is better on this side (technic)" and "BF is better on this side 'show)"...
added on the 2013-04-01 19:39:07 by Hicks Hicks
Doesn't deliver.

It might be better technically, it's still much less impressive, and that stings even more because of the attitude.
added on the 2013-04-01 21:07:12 by Zavie Zavie
WOW!!! That's a real piece of art! Technic, graphics as well as music are at the top!

In the CPC history, each effect here is technically the best (biggest zoomscroll, biggest rotozoom, finest kaleidoscope) or never seen before (lighted rubber bar, effects with 2 grounds, mondrian-plasma-zoom, fullscreen picture mixing perfectly 2 resolutions)... All in 65k!

Batman Forever will perhaps remain the favorite for the sceners who don't know much about the CPC (probably more receptive to the direction side). But Still Rising will for sure grab the first place for the people who know our platform well ;)

Perfect job!
rulezcdc added on the 2013-04-01 21:52:15 by toms toms
Hicks: You are of, course, right about the technical superiority of your effects. No one who knows a bit about the Amstrad's limitations can doubt that you achieved, as a coder, the greatest goal.

BUT... A demo is not just about code. It's about many other things too. Things related with the feeling, the theme, etc.
Your demo rely too much in the "let's kick Batman ass!" theme so you put yourself under the shadow of the bat wings even before the demo start!

Don't get me wrong... all this "trackloaders are for pussies" and "moaning and decrunching" lines are quite fun and cool to read.
Even Batman Group itself did something similar against the demogroup Darkness in their demo Batman Vuelve (when they said "We are the True Dark Side" they are mocking another demogroup).
But, anyway, their demo was far, very far, beyond Darkness' stuff in terms of design... so they prevailed.

If you wanna kill Batman, you must smash Batman in all areas, not just in code.

That said, I must add that, in my opinion, both Still Rising and Batman Forever are masterpieces.
added on the 2013-04-02 00:22:00 by ham ham
@Hicks. Check the compo stream record. There was written: "It's really time to kick Batman Group's ass guys! ... Then Vanity is back and Batman will die!!".

So it's not a surprise when people talking about that demo "Batman killer / Not a Batman killer".
added on the 2013-04-02 07:08:56 by diver diver
Nice demo.

@diver,'war' between batman and still rising it's only coder's joke :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 09:41:27 by snake_revival snake_revival
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 11:51:23 by Eldrik Eldrik
awesome coding.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:14:08 by SSG SSG
from the gfx side the best I know on cpc! Really like the style of the gfx. The code is also nice!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 12:48:43 by mad mad
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 14:13:55 by gopher gopher
A must-see masterpiece of coding!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 15:32:53 by Alcofribas Alcofribas
what the cat said.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 16:34:09 by MuffinHop MuffinHop
Hot twisters and other effects as well, good music.. Only thing i didnt like that much was the scroller font.
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 17:04:48 by Serpent Serpent
The wonk hiphop part made me rather happy, something pretty unexpectable from ultrasyd, in the line of some of goto80's best "fucked up" tracks.
More technical and less design-ish than Batman, but still a masterpiece, and the music by Ultrasyd rulez!

On top of that I really like demoscene-bashing between crew :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 18:17:06 by rez rez
Awesome demo! It didn't live up to its promise as a BF killer, and hopefully so! (because a BF-sized demo with that level of quality would not just kill Batman, but annihilate the entire DC Comics universe :)
rulezcdc added on the 2013-04-02 18:37:00 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 18:42:40 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 19:37:02 by wej wej
good job!
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 20:35:08 by norecess norecess
Ace prod!

I <3 the zoomscroll, rotozoom ( I'm not familiar with the CPC but have no idea how it'd be possible to make such a fast rotozoom on CPC ) and "twisters" but the flow is far behind Batman Forever :\
rulez added on the 2013-04-02 22:07:26 by p01 p01
Excellent! Great gfx!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 07:49:52 by violator violator
nice one, but far away from being a batman killer :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 10:34:42 by teo teo
Awesome perfectness, guys! I love it. This is just the reason why Batman Forever demo has been created. To push people to make cool demos like this! Thanks for this cool production! I love it.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 10:48:43 by aki aki
Good stuff there! Need to see it soon on a real CPC.
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 11:34:56 by Marq Marq
The twister and pictures are great, but somehow felt bit long to get where things was interesting.
added on the 2013-04-03 17:36:30 by F-Cycles F-Cycles
This is not an Amstrad Demo ;-)
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 18:01:06 by DuckOfMOPS DuckOfMOPS
Marq: You should! That youtube capture seems to be made with an emulator and the great music by ultrasyd sounds very weird in some parts compared to how it sounds in the real thing.
added on the 2013-04-03 18:36:38 by ham ham
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 22:21:27 by 71M 71M
Lacking a bit in the design department but still a kickass prod!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 23:27:02 by Rouquemoute Rouquemoute
Cool stuff, i especially love the twister part!
rulez added on the 2013-04-03 23:29:27 by RufUsul RufUsul
Great stuff !
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 10:49:08 by fano fano
this prod: rulez
rulez added on the 2013-04-04 14:10:52 by yzi yzi
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:25:56 by stfsux stfsux
What kaneel said. This suffers from a common problem for a lot of oldskool demos (not to batman tho) in that it's quite boring to look at for the most part. Still, the best bits are really nice, only if it was concised into a tighter packet. The joker pic is also quite ugly imo, mainly 'cause of the palette. Still clearly worth a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2013-04-05 14:48:53 by noby noby
added on the 2013-04-06 23:49:09 by AntDude AntDude
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 15:59:06 by moqui moqui
great stuff. liked the gfx and kaleidoscope the best
rulez added on the 2013-04-07 18:52:46 by v3nom v3nom
Bring on Revision 2014 ! :)
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 00:19:49 by magic magic
rulez added on the 2013-04-08 17:06:15 by Blast! Blast!
Taking us back to school.
rulez added on the 2013-04-10 14:56:29 by LovCAPONE LovCAPONE
rulez added on the 2013-04-11 23:34:59 by gentleman gentleman
ah ouais, là ça torche bien, pas trop fan du son
mais les effets sont cool et fluides et les graphs sont au top (superbes couleurs grâce aux trames dans les especes de rubber bars)
rulez added on the 2013-04-12 21:57:14 by slyder slyder
sorry, I wrote in french...
i said: great demo, not fan of the sound but there's cool and fluid effects and gfx are just superb (i particulary like the dithered colors in the sort of rubber bar)
added on the 2013-04-12 22:07:28 by slyder slyder
If you haven't tried it yet, run the demo with only 64k of RAM. It gives you a special mini-demo separate from the main one.
rulez added on the 2013-04-16 03:09:45 by InvisibleUp InvisibleUp
awesome effects here.
no batman-killer yet tho.
rulez added on the 2013-04-18 18:38:01 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
rulez added on the 2013-04-18 21:14:59 by SandLover SandLover
Positively insane, for a Z80 :D
rulez added on the 2013-04-20 20:05:24 by fra fra
rulez added on the 2013-04-21 15:21:12 by provod provod
indeed no batman-killer, but some cool stuff in there
rulez added on the 2013-04-26 16:12:21 by toxie toxie
How skilled at coding can one be?
rulez added on the 2013-05-17 21:10:21 by HarryPotter HarryPotter
i don't even know if any batman killer or not but just a pure goooooooood event when i was at the party ! you rulez
rulez added on the 2013-06-26 01:06:03 by yogibeer yogibeer
Watched this again after some time. It rulezzzzzzz!!!
added on the 2013-07-27 08:57:45 by aki aki
Asskicking prod, CPC forever!
rulez added on the 2013-09-14 19:19:08 by Strider Strider
Feels a bit meh.
added on the 2013-09-15 03:51:40 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
fpga cpc (c-one) just shon me a nice cracktro, too low requirements ;]
rulez added on the 2013-11-30 02:11:26 by comankh comankh
I enjoyed the ever-changing tune with nice melodies and sick, weird dnb parts. All the rotozoomers were ace, and the twister was really pleasant. Not sure if the plasmas are anything fancy, although they're neat.
rulez added on the 2014-02-16 17:10:09 by neuro_sys neuro_sys
Still Rising's -not for pussies- Making-of, published in the last Hugi (#38), is now online. Check it here!
added on the 2014-08-17 13:50:33 by Hicks Hicks
Great design and very impressive effects (twister and rotozoom!).
rulez added on the 2014-08-17 19:43:31 by exocet exocet
its nice but not a batman killer alright
rulez added on the 2014-09-21 21:06:14 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
added on the 2015-02-16 18:39:16 by Batman/BG Batman/BG
Very nice.
Cool demo
rulez added on the 2015-02-27 22:06:31 by bitl bitl
Quite cool, loved the twister; music gets better during the demo
rulez added on the 2015-02-27 22:33:26 by Triace Triace
Thumb up! brilliant demonstration of skills: fx mixing hw&soft, colors&dithering, AY mastering. As a (demo-)show? arguable.
rulez added on the 2015-03-05 13:07:53 by Overflow Overflow
In overall presentation BF wins, but this is just 65 kb and the effects rock ! Make pussy trackloader next ;)
rulez added on the 2015-11-20 16:21:25 by Hugh Jass Hugh Jass
Very nice piece of code. Not for pussies ;)
rulez added on the 2016-06-16 18:27:17 by roudoudou roudoudou
could have been better with proper transitions
added on the 2016-06-16 19:53:55 by 1in10 1in10
@1in10 wtf
added on the 2016-06-17 14:17:02 by norecess norecess
@Norecess : I also don't understand some votes...

Innovative effects and a lot of "World Record" on CPC are obviously not enough for someone... Next time, we'll work on good transitions :) :) :)
added on the 2016-06-20 11:37:23 by Beb Beb
@Beb Your prod actually aged well and is amazing on all fronts (gfx/code/music). The only big complaint is his length. Overall, it really deserved its great rank here in Pouet and yes, this prod is definitively a forward step in CPC demoscene History!
added on the 2016-06-20 14:38:40 by norecess norecess
forgotten thumb
rulez added on the 2016-07-07 18:03:01 by lvd lvd
This had a lovely feel to it. The presentation was especially fresh!
rulez added on the 2016-08-02 21:30:57 by spkr spkr






sucks added on the 2016-08-11 19:52:28 by Batman/BG Batman/BG
great demo
rulez added on the 2016-11-15 19:03:28 by EviL EviL
Super demo (on youtube),
Can't watch it on my hardware (crtc 0/1) ... sad
rulez added on the 2016-11-24 11:36:25 by p0ke p0ke
Takes a while to get going but when it does it's awesome. The soundtrack is killer.
rulez added on the 2019-01-11 23:13:42 by Claw Claw
Great and big effects, very well polished gfx and the music fits very well... One of the best CPC demos, even 10 years after.
rulez added on the 2023-06-20 14:31:57 by EliotBenediction EliotBenediction
Ooh yeah.
rulez added on the 2024-04-04 06:23:17 by Hwikaa Hwikaa

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