pouët.net

fermi paradox by mercury [web]
[nfo]
screenshot added by cupe on 2016-03-27 12:11:09
platform :
type :
release date : march 2016
release party : Revision 2016
compo : pc 64k
ranked : 1st
  • rulez 214
  • is ok 6
  • sucks 1
popularity : 5%
 5%
public choiceBest High-End Demo
  • rulez 0.96
  • cdcs 5
alltime top: #76
added on the 2016-03-27 12:11:09 by cupe cupe

popularity helper

increase the popularity of this prod by spreading this URL:

or via: facebook twitter google+ pinterest tumblr

comments

!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:14:00 by FOSTER FOSTER
Just WOW!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:15:09 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
In space no one can hear you scream!

During the compo it made me remind to Offscreen Colonies somehow :)

What an intro! Never ever stop producing such quality intros!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:15:22 by magic magic
Great moments, not really my thing overall, but I can appreciate some of the small moments in it like the water & flow on the planet surface
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:16:41 by visy visy
Of course space is my favorite theme. And some of the visuals where brutal! Maybe the best water ever. And more and more scenes, it never ended! It's like beyond 2.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:25:38 by Optimus Optimus
MERCURY!!!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:31:09 by gigadet gigadet
Awesome. Why do we even try to demo?
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:36:33 by Jae686 Jae686
Maybe this can win the PC demo compo tonite ;)
added on the 2016-03-27 12:44:59 by magic magic
Massive! Actual effects that even make sense in their contexts! Props to everyone involved.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:45:24 by reptile reptile
Was blown away by this.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:47:51 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Parts of this were great, but other parts had a feeling of being really low resolution. I don't think the whole "things in space" struck me as awesomely as On from last year. It seemed to lack the finishing polish of On or a "whoa moment" from The Timeless with the city scene and the car lights.

I have to thumb it up for the amount of content in it, and also considering that I thumbed up Conspiracy demo where I had similar misgivings so it would otherwise be a bit hypocritical.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:54:53 by Starchaser Starchaser
Ace
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 12:55:09 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
Holy fucking shit...
rulezcdc added on the 2016-03-27 13:05:18 by drift drift
Oh my god, that was beyond massive. Congrats for this awesome masterpiece :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:07:57 by SaphirJD SaphirJD
wow
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:13:14 by seppjo seppjo
Really good! Fantastic and majestic in many places, but also lost a bit of its wonder in others. This is complaining on a very high level, but apart from the slightly cheesy theme, I think direction lacks a bit at times. And while it left me speechless with regards to visual/technical quality, it didn't evoke the same level of emotions in me as Total Control or Conspiracy's intro did.

Still, this is something I will watch again many times and also can show to others. :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:13:18 by Kylearan Kylearan
Fucking.
sick.

You guys finally outdid yourselves in every aspect you've been emphasizing before. This is so completely off the chart next to virtually anything else produced by the scene it's not even funny. Technical merit is one thing and this boasts plenty of those, but there is so much more here that makes this special.

Composition. Editing. Proper montage. The sound design. Composition. Framing. Pace. And once more, composition. There's so much in this that transcends the entire demoscene. I have nothing but utmost respect for the attention put into the pacing and editing. If there's one thing that plagues the scene, it's people's inability take their time to express themselves. Needless rapid cuts and unnatural editing tend to be rampant. It's frankly unfathomable to me how well you managed to blend together such a vast array of editing ideas and do it seamlessly and naturally.

I've previously criticized mercury a lot over their extravagant post-processing and poor color grading. Fermi Paradox really is in a league of its own and on a whole another level of maturity in those regards. Every choice done in the post-processing step supports the intention of the editing. I admire how well you managed to restrict yourselves, in many ways even better than many professionals. Of course overall this looks stunning. I'm yet to watch it realtime or in otherwise high quality, but I saw maybe one scene (early on) that didn't exactly sit right with me color-wise. The rest is gorgeous.

There was some talk on IRC about this intro after the compo. Someone mentioned something along the line "conspiracy had people, mercury had spheres" and another person that "conspiracy had a story", implying Fermi Paradox didn't. I think both remarks I heard echoed from multiple people are disappointingly naive. The approach is very different in both intros, yet surprisingly similar. Both use iconography to support the story and hammer in their intention. Both emphasize pacing and framing over ostentation. There is a story in both of them, albeit different ones. Conspiracy says something about humanity and our feelings over other people. Mercury's is about the simultaneous grandeur and brutality of the nature, and how against all obstacles we yearn to reach toward it. Again, re-watches warranted, but Mercury's resonated more with me on a personal level. It takes a lot more to grasp your emotions with just "spheres".

This is polished beyond anything I would've dared to suspect. Timeless looks amateurish next to this, and I'm not even trying to be hyperbolic. Like I commented on the Conspiracy intro, this feels like a new leaf opening. I hope these intros serve as the catalyst for the scene to start paying more attention to the humane and presentational sides of their productions. The boundary has been pushed, and I hope we all take that into consideration in the future when we push ourselves in demomaking. This is the first Mercury production I really, genuinely, love.

Far and beyond.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:14:18 by noby noby
Also I feel the more people tend to have to say about a production, the better it is, regardless of whether it's positive or negative things they have to say. There's easily a page or two to write about the actual contents of this intro as well. This is significant.
added on the 2016-03-27 13:16:29 by noby noby
Space is just such an emotional topic for me and you perfectly managed to capture this feeling of infinity. I love the cinematic look, the colors are perfect and the editing is also reeeally good. Just an awesome release in every aspect!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:17:08 by Ps0ke Ps0ke
Loved it
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:18:01 by Ramon B5 Ramon B5
clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap-clap.... (802x min)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:22:24 by simppafi simppafi
Fantastic visuals - the simulated camera/lens flaws are really well implemented.
Great art direction, Some of the "shots" are incredibly well put together, my favorite is the one with vertical light beam reflecting in the water - simply beautiful!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:25:07 by Sdw Sdw
Visuals are awesome to the max. I just wished there were a logic story. Where was the »thing« traveling? Into nothing ... like space?!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 13:28:13 by gaspode gaspode
Very atmospheric, and yes it somehow reminded my at Offscreen Colonies too.

I would have liked just a bit more story telling.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:19:48 by JTZ JTZ
Ok guys, you definitely killed J.J.Abrams FX easily.
Polished and beautiful as fuck and - oh - the soundtrack!
64k ist tot, diesmal wirklich :-) At least for anybody else
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:23:13 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
superb!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:32:56 by psenough psenough
64k is the new demo.

I fully agree with noby. Can't sany anything more than what was alrady said. Pure love <3
rulezcdc added on the 2016-03-27 14:39:03 by xTr1m xTr1m
Oh my… I got carried away, thanks for that! <3
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:39:10 by phaazon phaazon
Perfect pacing, massive looks. Sick.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:42:20 by CONS CONS
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:44:28 by HellMood HellMood
boring, 1 or 2 good scenes
I'm torn between pure blank envy and endless joy to see this perfect union of colors, composition and physics.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:50:52 by pixtur pixtur
How do Mercury create such mesmerizing intros? They planet.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 14:58:35 by jco jco
rewatched, liked it more.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:16:02 by kimi kandler kimi kandler
Just uberawesome
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:22:41 by Sir Sir
Massive.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:25:27 by yzi yzi
Best in the competition imho.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:30:05 by oldaccount oldaccount
Yay now we dont have to make Beyond 2 :D
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:37:46 by Gargaj Gargaj
fucking savage
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:40:05 by citrus citrus
You sold me at adding extra craters to the moons.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 15:50:42 by Trilkk Trilkk
Wonderful and atmospheric. Really love the outer space setting which reminds me of Beyond.

Had to make a capture.. ;)
YouTube
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 16:07:29 by anni anni
A 64K monster, so real and beautiful. 64K??
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 16:18:11 by Buckethead Buckethead
Wohaaa!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 16:40:01 by Dascon Dascon
Holy fuckstick, this is awesome.
I'm so in love with those visuals!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 16:56:22 by Puryx Puryx
Awesome. We want more!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 17:02:56 by neoneye neoneye
Exquisitely crafted and dripping with atmosphere. The Carl Sagan "Pale Blue Dot" reference at the end when the Mercury logo reappears made me smile too.

I would love for the final to have a resolution selector, so I can run (and capture) this beauty at 4k.

Congratulations on achieving this cinematic quality, I hope there's more to come!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 17:03:07 by keito keito
good
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 17:11:10 by u2 u2
Two fixes needed, surely fixed in final and maybe non-letterboxed 1080p too? :) If you don't see them just contact me.

You were waiting for something great to happen, super buildup and quality :) so ending seemed abrupt somehow.

But it already has lots of nice details to like, such as the weather spiral belts, and lots and lots of eyecandy scenes with some subtleties. A great 64k! :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 17:15:03 by Photon Photon
One spaceintro to rule them all.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 17:25:11 by Daddy Freddy Daddy Freddy
Spaaaaaaace \o/
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 18:17:34 by BoyC BoyC
This is what i call art.
rulezcdc added on the 2016-03-27 18:19:57 by Zplex Zplex
amazing :O
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 19:44:05 by juice juice
Conspiracy counterweight. For sure one of the best intro this year! Thank you.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 19:49:18 by xeen xeen
This actually had more "magic" moments for me personally than the cns one did, but at the same time it had a lot more moments that broke the illusion for me and took me out of the space (pun intended). Absolutely lovely still though overall; great job boys :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 19:58:28 by ferris ferris
Also the pale blue dot moment as keito reference was brilliant, partially because I had a feeling it was coming when I just saw "empty" space, and also because I'm a sucker for bringing things full circle like you did with the mercury logo :)
added on the 2016-03-27 20:00:34 by ferris ferris
A bit too slow paced for me, but damn nice planescapes!

As for the Fermi paradox, i read that, due to data being compressed, mankind emitted clear signals only for a century or two... So we are almost invisible nowadays? So would be "Aliens"?
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 20:01:49 by baah baah
I really love the pace, atmosphere and cinematography of the first half.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 20:11:01 by wullon wullon
wonderful colors, great and fitting post fx

i really hoped for the scene in the screenshot to have a subtitle called:

"THIS is Mercury station!"

:)
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 21:00:19 by gopher gopher
O_o--b
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 21:11:42 by aha aha
Beautiful!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 21:29:26 by Mystra Mystra
The whole universe in 64K. Great job guys!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 21:46:08 by Cosmocat Cosmocat
As comparing is days theme, CNS setting was of course more original. However, this left me pretty much speechless. Just look at the "asteroid cam" at about 4 mins, whoah, colours, whoah. Fantastic intro.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 21:49:55 by Serpent Serpent
This is absolutely wonderful! I won't deny parts of it felt like "Offscreen Colonies: The Remix", but with a completely different take. Totally next-gen, and together with the CNS intro this year, clearly the year of storytelling and cinematography in intro-making. Bravo!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:01:46 by gloom gloom
Loved the colors, lens flare and bombarded planet effects!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:08:48 by Xetick Xetick
This is flawless. It's the best 64k I've ever seen.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:18:23 by lug00ber lug00ber
Excellent work.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:33:48 by mueslee mueslee
Take me to space.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:37:59 by SnC SnC
Massive planets !
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:38:37 by Cyg_BLaBla Cyg_BLaBla
Nice
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 22:40:43 by BiTL BiTL
I am with Lug00ber: Best 64k ever. I feel extremely privileged to have experienced this live. Thank you and congrats! #1
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 23:00:02 by revival revival
crazy good.. couldn't believe how many times this made me think "whoa..." .. you guys just kept pushing the bar - amazing.
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 23:36:07 by farfar farfar
Visually stunning, artsy and transcedent, but not my cup of tea thi time...I like "Timeless" "Luma" intro way better. Reminds me Beyond intro from CNS years ago...
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 23:38:20 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
Kill the spaceship please. It's cheesy and not making any sense :)

Otherwise awesome as hell! As is Fuck!
rulez added on the 2016-03-27 23:54:27 by maytz maytz
The compo just got better and better. Very nice prod.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 00:14:33 by PotcFdk PotcFdk
Even a SkyHook is featured, overall a nice smooth ambient intro!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 01:11:39 by Hoild Hoild
Brilliant
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 01:38:38 by Nuclear Nuclear
You define beauty.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 02:46:14 by Blueberry Blueberry
Superb!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 02:51:28 by ham ham
This is the way to produce PC demos in 2016! Congratulations.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 02:54:38 by Skate Skate
Beautiful.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 03:19:05 by achifaifa achifaifa
Did you really planet?
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 04:09:55 by Charlie Charlie
pretty pretty pretty
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 04:39:18 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
I will always love space shit. Atmospheric, gorgeous. I liked the spaceship - really anything that gives the sense of immense scale.

The cloud shadows on the planet near the start were damn near perfect. I've been trying to get decent-looking atmospheric scattering going for a while now.

cupe: on a scale of physically correct to massive hack, where does your atmosphere rendering sit?
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 07:11:17 by bloodnok bloodnok
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 07:12:35 by Gʀɪʍʍy Gʀɪʍʍy
superb!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 07:32:09 by sINk sINk
absolutely amazing
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 10:06:37 by halcy halcy
Best 64kb ever.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 10:40:44 by xernobyl xernobyl
Masterful work. Really enjoyed all the small visual details, flawless composition, colours etc. Only the last scene seemed somehow off, or maybe I just didn't get it or something.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 12:37:44 by break break
Very beautiful. Sometimes a bit *too* slow for my taste maybe, still an amazing piece of work.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 12:40:08 by stijn stijn
Super! And those planet surfaces with craters look really stunning!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 12:41:35 by rloaderro rloaderro
Stunning.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 12:44:18 by eladamri eladamri
One more amendment I'd like to add is that I think the soundtrack is spectacular, especially in a cinematic sense. Perfectly complements the drama of the visuals.
added on the 2016-03-28 12:50:59 by noby noby
But, where is everybody ?
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 13:10:22 by Ok3anos Ok3anos
Massive production. For me best 64kb at this time.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 13:36:29 by dakota dakota
i think the correct word is... stellar... huh?!? :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 14:38:48 by yumeji yumeji
Stunning everytime i watch it!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 14:52:04 by DarkTrancer DarkTrancer
awesome
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 14:52:08 by w0lf w0lf
Trippin!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 15:02:18 by dixan dixan
8/10
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 15:16:25 by Lacrimael Lacrimael
shoudn't have won, sorry.
sucks added on the 2016-03-28 16:32:18 by sq sq
the universe, part HG64K
maybe im just too much of a cinematic noob to get it but for me this is the clear winner of this years 64k showdown.
it gives my belly this tingeling feeling of epic and the waterscene is just SO sweet to look at.
also its like the perfect pendant to last years abstract intro, very cool to see you changing approaches while keeping the hg style.
btw. it feels somehow related to the aarhus prod we saw at TRSAC, was that a 'byproduct' of the design process?
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 16:53:32 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
Great!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 17:16:32 by emha76 emha76
Thank you for this fantastic travel and upping the bar.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 18:38:50 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
some parts and shaders were very awesome, some parts were terribly ugly in composition and colors/details which is a bit of a mood killer.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 18:52:32 by XMaali XMaali
Some very neat shots and simulation things in there.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 19:03:30 by msqrt msqrt
It's beyond awesome. Suspended time. I WUV YOU !!!!
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 20:17:30 by alkama alkama
Well-deserved.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 21:11:36 by dex46... dex46...
This is truly beyond awesome!
Not sure if this helps competition or kills it completely.
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 21:56:48 by torn torn
Remind me of the "Beyond" by Conspiracy (presented at the State of the Art 2004 ^^), but in a more "movie quality"
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 22:05:42 by RaHoW RaHoW
My favorite detail is rocket launch trail with its different stages. This minute detail -- subtle, yet impossible to miss -- nicely introduces a level of obsession about physical correctness that carries through the whole show.

I have to admit that it took a while to unfold its full potential in my brain, but after watching it a couple of times it got better and better and better and...

So it looks like I have to read these books on composition and editing after all. And I need implement that Camera-crane Operator.
added on the 2016-03-28 22:12:48 by pixtur pixtur
"Timeless looks amateurish next to this"
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 23:01:03 by Zavie Zavie
Masterclass
rulez added on the 2016-03-28 23:06:40 by Soundy Soundy
Stunning visuals, composition and cinematography. Some of the shots were really cool and mesmerizing. Loved the rocket launch and water scene as well.

The whole change of pace and heavy bass starting at 3:35 seemed a bit out of place/unnecessary to me, would have preferred if it kept the ambient vibe going in the first half.

Still, one of the best 64k's I've seen to date.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 00:40:18 by sohx1 sohx1
massive!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 02:42:05 by svo svo
Best planet demo so far lol :P
rulezcdc added on the 2016-03-29 02:42:31 by Danguafer Danguafer
Yeboo.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 09:21:11 by Marq Marq
good production, but not the holy grail for me.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 09:58:43 by spike spike
urs: OK, you win, the rings are transparent, I guess.. Still looks weirdish.. Still want the moon crater generator screensaver..
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 10:21:00 by leijaa leijaa
Kubrick would be proud.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 12:03:59 by Mixeri Mixeri
Yeah. That's pretty damn great.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 13:36:05 by chock chock
Not quite my cup of tea in regards to pacing, but that's just personal taste. It's still absolutely beautiful, and a deserved winner.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 14:02:29 by knoeki 🍼 knoeki 🍼
Lovely!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 14:10:18 by size size
Nice Mercury Intro but not the best; too similar as The Timeless with improved effects.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 15:25:37 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
I somehow missed most of this during the competition, but now watching at home, this is pretty much unbelievably fantastic in every respect. The composition and art direction are stellar.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 15:37:24 by Preacher Preacher
Pretty amazing ... :-o
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 15:40:52 by sAne sAne
The only thing that bothered me were the proportions of the rings and the planet in the scene that imitated "In Saturn's Shadow". Because of the preconception caused by that image, it felt as if the rings were too close and the scene was not right. Not an error, though, just bias.

BTW: Just showed this to my workmates and they were also amazed.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 16:01:16 by Warma Warma
amazing. Arsantica 3 has 114kb data size packed ;) so for me these pc demos at 64k are a miracle.
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 16:11:40 by Heaven/TQA Heaven/TQA
This was really good, even if the first half didn't really do it for me, specially because I couldn't connect with the first ~3 minutes of the music. Any way, it's visually spectacular and globally amazing :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 16:22:25 by shash shash
Very pretty spheres!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 17:58:52 by cce cce
Lenses a bit dusty ;-)
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 19:51:36 by frog frog
literally stellar and even runs great on older hardware!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 21:11:24 by r1g8 r1g8
Most impressed by "lunar" surface... but all of the scenes are beautiful. Great, Mercury!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 22:02:35 by Ap.t Ap.t
awesome & what Mixer said!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 23:30:33 by RufUsul RufUsul
master!!!
rulez added on the 2016-03-29 23:31:46 by spritus spritus
Awesome, the clouded planet scene was really impressive.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 01:09:33 by fiveofive fiveofive
That was so awesome!
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 01:19:05 by mad mad
Finally a prod with correct water rendering.
Because of this I enjoyed this one a lot, and watched it again on my notebook after compo.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 01:26:47 by archee archee
This is easily my personal favorite from the competition and while watching the party livestream I was secretly hoping that it would win. Beautifully crafted scenes with a perfectly matching soundtrack and for the most part the camera work is outstanding. Compared to Conspiracy's dem, I find this one slightly more satisfying in terms of length and beauty, and because it is therefore less of a tease. That said, it's impossible for me to like one but not the other production. The hard work that has been poured into both of them is very evident. So contratulations! A well deserved 1st place :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 01:50:46 by SunSpire SunSpire
Excellent!
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 03:22:03 by ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Really great stuff. Successfully translates that "vast" feeling of space to your screen, very well done. Great music and especially great visual direction as well.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 03:57:12 by elend elend
2016, cretins are still giving thumbs down because "shouldn't have won", that's amazing.

About the important stuff: really great 64k
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 05:06:26 by keops keops
"the flawless"
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 07:37:03 by Igoronimo Igoronimo
I especially love the photography of this one. It's a stellar 64k by any means and definitely an evolutionary step in intro making alongside with Conspiracys one. Quite funny that two such different yet alike releases were made at once. Seems like it just had to be. Or did you talk to each other? I'd still prefer the coincidence ;)
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 07:50:07 by rp^frstl rp^frstl
really beautiful.
still, some how, left me thinking 'these guys can take this step further'..
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 08:21:37 by spiikki spiikki
Awesome production! Thank you very much for continuously pushing the 64k scene forward.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 12:59:34 by glow glow
King of the space themed 64k hill. Like a very polished Universe (mfx) series spin-off.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 15:48:41 by tomaes tomaes
Most stuff has already been said - this intro is so well thought out and polished it's not even funny anymore. Finally the great tech that Mercury (and that other group) always have had comes to shine, and marvelously it does.

Only sour point for me is the soundtrack - comparisons to MFX' Universe series have already been drawn, and I must say as a long time fan of that series the music here let me down, both in the harmony and spaciousness (or spacyness) department. But that's only a small nitpick and doesn't take away from the total awesomeness. :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 20:53:30 by kb_ kb_
...one of the few demos that has a convincing feeling of "deep space" :-)
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 21:30:29 by Kuemmel Kuemmel
you are nuts.
rulez added on the 2016-03-30 22:46:36 by decca decca
Spaaaace!

I love demo's with lots of this in!
added on the 2016-03-31 00:21:39 by CiH CiH
What can I say besides: This is absolutely amazing and thanks so much for all your help on our prod!

Our plan to go 64k is postponed now :D
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 08:45:31 by skomp skomp
you must know i love you all
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 09:12:19 by randomi randomi
Congrats! wonderful.. :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 12:10:23 by rage rage
Gorgeous scenes in this piece. Almost makes you believe you're a Skinjob seeing things at the Tannhäuser Gate :)
Got a little food for thought on the the crater-building scene, though: article
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 12:20:02 by d0DgE d0DgE
Kubrick the fuck :) Best mudlark and water scene so far. Insane colour-grading.
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 14:51:56 by noname noname
wonderful.
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 15:19:03 by iks iks
hm same as: Darkness Lay Your Eyes Upon Me

sound is really cool...
visuals are hm dunno quite boring to me...
so piggy
added on the 2016-03-31 21:58:36 by ultra ultra
I find it hard to give any objective words for so many of your prods, and this is no exception... mind blown, as is completely usual. But then, reading Noby's articulate thoughts made me realise he's totally right -- this kicks Timeless's ass.
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 23:00:13 by Fell Fell
gamechanger
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 23:16:52 by jok jok
Ossom intro + great space ambient music. But maybe a bit too much like a "Discovery Channel mode" :)
rulez added on the 2016-03-31 23:21:36 by slayer slayer
64 KB?!?!
added on the 2016-04-01 01:47:06 by AntDude AntDude
pure art
rulez added on the 2016-04-01 21:04:46 by movAX13h movAX13h
Unbelievable! That close-up scene with the mud/rocks and that water made me almost forget that I was watching a 64k intro!
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 14:51:30 by pista pista
Impressive
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 15:09:33 by toms toms
very good! good direction and camerawork and some nice use of effects - i like the fluid / turbulence thing on the gas giant.

but (oh dear.. here it comes): in my humble view, it doesn't have the magic and mystery needed to make it great.

the first issue is that it's really slow paced - like galactically slow. that's a fine way to make things look epic, particularly on the big screen, but it also leaves nowhere for anything to hide. watching the exe at home it left my mind free to wander - and to start mentally dissecting all the individual scenes while watching them.

and the scenes were too easy to dissect. on each scene i couldn't help but think "ok, so this is just this generator and that generator", "blob particles rendered into a texture for the crators?", "heightmap landscape", "i know that water simulation..", "those lens flare sprites look like a circle with a blob subtracted from it", "i wonder if it's this atmospheric paper or that one", etc.
that's probably a lot to do with the theme (which is to be fair something i'm not a fan of - i didn't really care for beyond either). you're essentially talking about a lot of spheres - no great mystery with those - and a lot of natural effects: landscapes, water, the lighting & atmosphere rendering etc. they're all things that are quite well understood, and lend themselves to very well to generation and realtime rendering - which makes it hard to find the "mystery".

so there's the problem for me. what you have here is a 64k with a lot of different elements, where every element is really really well implemented, but none of them alone seemed new; and it's put together really well but it still added up at most to the sum of its parts, not more.

the conspiracy intro is the perfect foil to this one. it's much lower tech, there's fewer different elements in it, it's technically much simpler - but it adds up to way much more. it keeps your mind moving and focused and leaves you wondering how it was done. even if the answer was "its all fake", you still have to think about it for a bit. :)

note that what i'm complaining about here is the difference between being a really good 64k vs being the greatest ever 64k, not being a good or a bad 64k. clearly this is a really impressive 64k with a ton of great work in it, everything is done very well and put together very well. to the point where complaining about anything is kindof ridiculous. sorry. :)
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 15:30:13 by smash smash
Both this and the other 64k from Revision, completely breaking new boundaries!! awesome work
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 15:30:59 by DanLemon DanLemon
Smash, you can do it better.. come back :)
added on the 2016-04-02 15:36:14 by magic magic
yes!
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 17:02:39 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
wow.
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 18:31:54 by fiver2^fB fiver2^fB
Super!
rulez added on the 2016-04-02 18:43:56 by Corial Corial
Awesome!
rulez added on the 2016-04-04 07:43:03 by moqui moqui
Stunning!
rulez added on the 2016-04-04 16:09:43 by tifeco tifeco
I could repeat what I commented on the Darkness lay your eyes upon me which is basically just that I have nothing to say. I'm speechless. It's absolutely stunning!
rulez added on the 2016-04-04 18:41:36 by rimina rimina
Out of this world, literally.
rulez added on the 2016-04-04 19:16:09 by ramon ramon
Amazing!
rulez added on the 2016-04-04 21:51:05 by fr0z3n fr0z3n
śmierć, kutas, zniszczenie. gt8!
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 11:16:57 by comankh comankh
no really boys, you are totally awesome, as an ULTRA fan of 2001 Space Odyssey, Interstellar and space in general your intro talked directly to my earth <3

you deserve a gigantic
BB Image
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 11:58:33 by rez rez
nice
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 14:27:32 by Frequent Frequent
JA!
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 14:38:25 by D.Fox D.Fox
holy shit.
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 22:24:54 by rytone rytone
masterpice
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 22:51:21 by freed_ohm freed_ohm
Very, very impressive!
Amount of work behind and attention to details in unbelievable.

However, I have one _big_ complaint (or actually a wish):
So, you want to tell me, that you create all this nice and rather complex procedural landscapes just to show them for a few seconds from a few camera angles in the almost-slide-show manner ?!
To me, it's a huge waste of potential, as people should be able to enjoy this content to the fullest. I would obviously like to see an interactive version in 64k, but say 128k is also fine ;)
rulez added on the 2016-04-05 23:30:32 by tomkh tomkh
During and after the compo my overwhelming feeling was that it was a bunch of pretty pictures arranged in a rather boring way. And that wasn't alcohol-induced attention deficiency per se, because the Conspiracy entry grabbed my attention from start to finish, despite being pretty slow. Rewatching it back home made me pay attention to the quality of the rendering and the scenes a lot more. Also there's some serious cinematography going on. Besides, the quieter setting made for a much more immersive experience. I guess Mercury outconspiracied Conspiracy. :)

Also, as a space and SF nerd I also have to applaud the references to 2001, the iconic Pale Blue Dot image, and some other classic space imagery. (Minor niggle: there's a scene with a ringed giant where the ring system does not align with the cloud bands. Maybe it's the perspective but it looked unphysical.)
added on the 2016-04-06 02:04:14 by Alpha C Alpha C
And the thumb of course.
rulez added on the 2016-04-06 02:04:30 by Alpha C Alpha C
classic
rulez added on the 2016-04-06 14:24:40 by toxie toxie
lovely!
rulez added on the 2016-04-06 16:48:23 by Glorion Glorion
wow, excellent!
rulez added on the 2016-04-06 19:17:10 by e64 e64
classic scifi in 64k - yay!
rulez added on the 2016-04-06 19:41:37 by GΞN7LΞM4N GΞN7LΞM4N
Everbody said already everthing.
rulez added on the 2016-04-09 00:37:30 by 4kum4 4kum4
Nice.
rulez added on the 2016-04-09 09:49:34 by violator violator
I feel science fiction. And nice PostFX!
rulez added on the 2016-04-09 11:13:18 by neoman neoman
Beautiful
rulezcdc added on the 2016-04-10 21:52:58 by FreeFull FreeFull
Very nice presentation. Congratulations.
rulez added on the 2016-04-11 15:10:05 by sheriff sheriff
excellent! very atmospheric
rulez added on the 2016-04-11 20:46:01 by blackpawn blackpawn
To infinity and Beyond
rulez added on the 2016-04-12 16:31:59 by BackSpace BackSpace
Just amazing.. every aspect of this is just amazing!
rulez added on the 2016-04-14 11:45:29 by ekoli ekoli
Now lets go to space already ffs!
Really love the colors, the sublety of habitat in the moon(?) and pacing.
This is another: how you do it.
rulez added on the 2016-04-14 15:35:41 by leGend leGend
Amazing space-porn. You could make a print out of most scenes! Picture perfectness. Thanks! <3
rulez added on the 2016-04-14 22:34:05 by v3nom v3nom
Quote:
space-porn.


Thats how I found it. It seemed completely clinical and surgical to me. Sure, it might be pretty in places, but the space theme just didn't resonate with me. It seemed to be like a bad porno, pretty, but dull.

Or maybe I have no taste.
added on the 2016-04-15 09:20:37 by mudlord mudlord
interstellar!
rulez added on the 2016-04-15 22:24:11 by a-move a-move
the more times i see this, the more meaningless and inconsistent the progression feels. doesn't take away from the aesthetics and the simulation stuff, but still.
added on the 2016-04-15 22:52:52 by msqrt msqrt
gfx! Y U NO hexagonal lens flares? ;)
rulez added on the 2016-04-17 02:20:19 by cxw cxw
really nice but like most of these kind of 64ks, it bores me to death
thumb is for effort
rulez added on the 2016-04-17 06:52:38 by superplek superplek
I cant even picture how good this is. Fuckings to Angels :)
rulez added on the 2016-04-21 04:21:50 by rock rock
This production are amazing, great fx, great music. ROCKS!
rulez added on the 2016-04-21 10:13:14 by BeheriT BeheriT
It's very well made but contrary to Conspiracy's intro this one doesn't work for me, it's way too boring for me.
added on the 2016-04-21 10:14:26 by StingRay StingRay
Possibly my new favorite demo of all times.
rulez added on the 2016-04-25 22:03:32 by TheEpsylon TheEpsylon
Have my

BB Image
rulez added on the 2016-05-07 16:47:00 by Salinga Salinga
Reality vs. Virtual

BB Image
added on the 2016-05-09 04:43:55 by Salinga Salinga
Wow, very inspiring. I'm in awe in front of your talent.
rulez added on the 2016-05-12 01:36:14 by lachose1 lachose1
...but where is everyone?
rulez added on the 2016-05-19 03:47:32 by liqy liqy
Relaxing and inspiring.
rulez added on the 2016-06-07 01:38:30 by kaoD kaoD
Jaw dropped!
rulez added on the 2016-08-31 20:04:14 by mke mke
Nice, but far from DLYEUM.
rulez added on the 2016-09-06 11:15:08 by Omid Omid
Some very nice scenes any hyperealistic rendering in there. And packing it all in 64k is art.
rulez added on the 2016-09-07 00:23:02 by JAC! JAC!
Excellent!
rulez added on the 2016-09-18 00:57:32 by Chainsaw Chainsaw
Solid.
rulez added on the 2016-09-18 03:13:31 by ccr ccr
Fangirling mood ON! :)
rulez added on the 2016-09-18 10:42:46 by Vickey Vickey
first half was good
rulez added on the 2016-09-18 12:48:24 by 1in10 1in10
GREAT prod. Almost works perfectly on Wine 1.9.20. Only issue is that the blue dot at the end does not appear. Fantastic work.
rulez added on the 2016-10-11 14:43:24 by IvanDSM IvanDSM
Ivan: that as far as I know is a driver issue, at least on NV drivers, seen that happen on Windows myself.
added on the 2016-10-11 15:46:23 by noby noby
We know about the issue (new nvidia glsl compiler bug, again) and we have a workaround, but building a new binary with that fix is not trivial for us at the moment due to reasons... It will be fixed though.
added on the 2016-10-11 23:02:47 by cupe cupe
Gaah! Forgotten thumb. ACE prod!
rulez added on the 2016-10-24 19:06:41 by Emod Emod
I hope you can release a fix soon. On GTX1060 with current drivers it seems in some scenes the z-order of the effects is fucked up.
added on the 2016-11-03 19:22:37 by Salinga Salinga
download updated with fixed version. now runs fine with latest nvidia drivers, on my machine at least :)
added on the 2016-11-05 01:55:15 by cupe cupe
Thanks for the fix, was just trying to watch this again. So god damn epic. I was too blown away to leave a proper comment the first time. Everything about this is perfect, music is amazing, scenes, rendering, cinematography, grading and general presentation. A timeless concept perfectly executed.

By the way, best lens flares in the game by far.
added on the 2016-11-09 10:12:29 by drift drift
I was ready to thumb up at the loading point. (cute loading bar btw!)
rulez added on the 2017-02-05 08:45:12 by NokoNoko NokoNoko
it was cool
rulez added on the 2017-02-09 18:13:19 by nagz nagz
5* just for space!
rulez added on the 2017-04-18 11:43:14 by daXX daXX
That water surface shader is to die for... among all the numerous other amazing-looking things that most other groups only wish they could pull off at all, let alone in 64k. :p

This is a huge step forward in quality of cinematography and storytelling compared to the previous Mercury demos, and I can't emphasize that enough. The Timeless in particular felt like all the great tech was going to waste because the direction was lacking. Here, on the other hand, the result may not be perfect yet, but it's damn close!
rulez added on the 2017-04-22 19:52:39 by moozooh moozooh
This demo feels like the time and place in my head seconds before falling asleep headphones on listening to own unfinished chill tracks. It's a nice place.
rulez added on the 2017-07-20 20:16:15 by minomus minomus
why haven't i thumbed this up yet?
rulez added on the 2017-07-20 20:52:08 by FlashyYNT FlashyYNT
Interstellar in 64K. Massive Hans Zimmer style soundtrack is awsome. We all love you guys.
rulez added on the 2017-07-21 17:48:29 by Volantis Volantis
Found this one by accident today. Just awesome! It totally has that '2001: A Space Odyssey' atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2017-08-18 00:47:12 by DaTucker DaTucker
Wonderful!
rulez added on the 2017-11-19 13:37:35 by Diamond00744 Diamond00744

submit changes

if this prod is a fake, some info is false or the download link is broken,

do not post about it in the comments, it will get lost.

instead, click here !

[previous edits]

add a comment