Splash by Introspec
screenshot added by introspec on 2014-03-15 23:56:19
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release date : march 2014
release party : Forever 2014
compo : wild demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 57%
  • 0.71
alltime top: #9648
added on the 2014-03-15 23:56:19 by introspec introspec

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This program was found in a shoebox of ZX Spectrum tapes purchased
at a car boot sale in Windsor. The seller claimed to have found the
box in the loft of his house, left there, amongst other things, by one
of previous owners. In addition to several old games by Artic Computing
and Ultimate, most of the tapes in the box were boring educational
programs published by the Sinclair Research in the early 1980s. However,
one of the tapes attracted my attention. It was a regular Type 1 BASF
cassette, with a word "Splash" handwritten on one side and "do not
distribute / Sinclair Research Ltd" on the other. Neither the date of
the recording, nor the author (authors?) of the program were indicated.
Recorded on the tape was just one short program, enclosed here.

added on the 2014-03-16 00:01:11 by introspec introspec
this is such a beautie! a real piece of history ;p
added on the 2014-03-16 00:05:00 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Damn cool!
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 00:30:58 by dex46... dex46...
So...What is the guy on the adveret doing? "Generating" graphics or spreading lies about "real time generating"? A classic advetisment - full of lies.

Kudos for the effort!
added on the 2014-03-16 01:25:12 by sim sim
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 02:11:18 by psndcj//tbk psndcj//tbk
i don't get - what is the point of demo?
added on the 2014-03-16 03:41:05 by g0blinish g0blinish
Cool story bro! 40 years after marketing bullshit became reality
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 08:25:29 by ded^RMDA ded^RMDA
outstanding concept.
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 08:42:05 by diver diver
Hehe, I found it funny.
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 09:21:47 by TomoAlien TomoAlien
this is history! cool!
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 09:31:06 by neoman neoman
Made wishes come true ;)
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 09:39:41 by Dbug Dbug
To my feel, it was hugely under-estimated at the party JUST because it was in wild, not in 1k. The loading screen is also crap to my taste :) Would like to see it in 1k compo.
Then, I've thought the author carefully coded drawing routines to get that neat pic, but it turned out he just packed the picture and the whole intro reduced down to drawing horizontal border bars with some beeps between -- quite a disappointment for me.

No vote here -- already was one from me at the party :)
added on the 2014-03-16 11:59:39 by lvd lvd
lvd, the intro screen HAD to be crap. This is the whole point.
added on the 2014-03-16 12:13:18 by introspec introspec
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 12:59:33 by SiR SiR
Please explain.
added on the 2014-03-16 13:04:19 by Preacher Preacher
Preacher, an infamous 1982 advert of 48K ZX Spectrum was showing an overscan image of a splash on the orange background. On Spectrum there are no overscan "modes" and there are no brown/orange colours in the palette. Some people still feel cheated.

So, it was nice to discover that the advert could potentially have been made in 1K with one of 128K ZX Spectrum models :)
added on the 2014-03-16 13:12:04 by introspec introspec
Very interesting, thanks for sharing! The advert also shows that the image has been printed out. Is this a feature of the 'intro', or something that can be done at any time anyway?
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 13:20:35 by fizzer fizzer
Damn, I did not even think of it :) Would have been much better concept, compared to an arbitrary beeper tune. Well, maybe next time.
added on the 2014-03-16 13:33:04 by introspec introspec
10 thumbs up! What a beautiful mystification! I am really upset I did not invent anything like that before. A backround story about a shoebox with a mysterious old tape, a unique demo from 1982 found there. Something like the "Blair Witch Project"? It would be nice to make a cool old-style demo, to tell others I found it on old tapes from a guy who called himself Denis/Prisoners and to present it as a great but unfinished sequel to his Digi Synth. What is interesting, there were a couple of old, unreleased commercial games found on old dusty microdrives somewhere in the attic. Or some unused sprites (or even colourful pictures by Mark R. Jones for Total Recall!) at least.
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 13:59:47 by Eye Eye
introspec is just a fricking concept-genius human being.
rulez added on the 2014-03-16 21:38:32 by sq sq
and there are no brown/orange colours in the palette

...What about the brownish monitor-screen? Not color-one but brown?
added on the 2014-03-16 22:09:41 by sim sim
sim, yes, this explanation has been offered by some people :)
added on the 2014-03-16 23:00:34 by introspec introspec
High resolution graphics!
rulez added on the 2014-03-17 09:57:57 by PulkoMandy PulkoMandy
^^. Oh maaaannnn...
added on the 2014-03-17 10:45:37 by sim sim
Very good. Real coders-porn.
Fullscreen multicolour AND BEEPER music! ha.
rulez added on the 2014-03-17 14:55:32 by YERZMYEY/H-PRG YERZMYEY/H-PRG
Nice idea!
rulez added on the 2014-03-17 17:06:27 by nyuk nyuk
Almost perfect mystification. The "scanned paper" lacks raster dots. Besides, very good work - multicolour & beeper. :)
added on the 2014-03-19 06:34:31 by Abrimaal Abrimaal
Okay, now I get it. Multiple thumbs up :)
rulez added on the 2014-03-19 10:04:19 by Preacher Preacher
And now the selling rates are increasing... :)
rulez added on the 2014-07-12 13:52:40 by evills evills

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