mdma by Threepixels [web]
screenshot added by mrdoob on 2002-07-29 13:15:53
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release date : july 2002
release party : Euskal 2002
compo : combined demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 68%
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alltime top: #1076
added on the 2002-07-29 13:15:53 by mrdoob mrdoob

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For people that dont read error messages or readme.txt, demo requires cubemaps and DOT3, or to be clear, GForce+ or similar. TNT wont work.

Needs quite a bit of fillrate (we went a bit far in some of the particle scenes), CPU isnt so important. Very acceptable perf in a P2-400 / GF2. We got reports about not performing well in some GF2's will check it out soon.

Tested in:

nonTNL cards: not supported
GF2: Good speed.
GF4MX/GF3/ATI 8500: recommended cards (use latest drivers, specially for ATI)
GF2Go/MX: Sluggish in some transitions.

Enjoy the prod. threepixels is off to ibiza now!!!! :P. We will release a divx of this prod when we're back.

Euskal Party was fun!!!

added on the 2002-07-29 13:23:30 by mac mac
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 13:25:30 by Zafio Zafio
some of the effects looked quite impressive, but you gotta work on your colourscheme and the music.
added on the 2002-07-29 13:36:41 by robotriot robotriot
neat. great sync. so, where do i d/l the pills to go with it? :)
fast here on a gef3 :)
improve: some textures look a bit too simple, same goes for font.
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 13:36:46 by shiva shiva
Fantastic !!

rulez added on the 2002-07-29 13:51:43 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
Fantastic !!

added on the 2002-07-29 13:51:59 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 14:08:55 by Igoronimo Igoronimo
rules definitely. kinda sluggish on my GF2 GTS/Pro, works fine and fast on the GF4 Ti4600. Technically impressive, yet lacks "something" (not sure what)... anyway, rules =)
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 16:00:00 by Jcl Jcl
One of the best demos for 2oo2. Fast paced with nice trance music, colors that fulfill the eye, great effects... More than solid. Flawless.

Runs kinda slow on my GF2Ti, but that's one demo worth making an upgrade for.
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 16:59:07 by moT moT
take the code from this demo and the colours from tpb-03 and some more prof. sounding music and you'd have a cool demo.
Definitely cool looking effects but that only doesn't make a cool demo. To put it short: Too Dutch for my taste. :)
added on the 2002-07-29 19:18:28 by melw melw
Technically the best, a liked a lot!! Different from other 3pixels demos, frenetic rhythm and good fx. Rulez! :)
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 19:41:48 by epsilum epsilum
I liked it, specially the music, but it looks a little bit too "yellow" for me :)
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 20:06:22 by utopian utopian
like it a lot.

music could've used some more work, and the textures/font probably too, but all in all it feels quite good.
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 20:08:26 by ryg ryg
The green zone and the final with the cristal sphere were great
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 20:23:01 by reality3D reality3D
oh, and one thing: you should definitely improve your choreography, animation and camerawork.

all those scenes look a lot better on screenshots than they did in motion - which is a bad sign.
added on the 2002-07-29 22:28:13 by ryg ryg
Spin, baby, spin forever...

Pretty good show. My only complaints are:
- Metaballs suck
- Music is so forgettable it actually detracts from the demo.
- ryg's dead on with the motion thing.
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 23:07:01 by Jare Jare
Looks promising, but no Geforce card here.
added on the 2002-07-29 23:07:45 by Crest Crest
looked good
rulez added on the 2002-07-29 23:35:16 by protectin'myhive protectin'myhive
Cool prod. Could have used a better track though.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 00:13:24 by sin sin
"Dutch Color Scheme Approved", they worked hard on that! :)
added on the 2002-07-30 00:14:25 by sin sin
my complaints are

- ryg's point
- not enough metaballs at once
- somewhat ugly textures
- nothing special at all actually, except for pushing the fillrate and doing a lot of rtt
- lots of stuff thats similar to things i have seen in other prods
- particles without coll. det. or anything that should fake that

but i assume this is a partyhack ;)
added on the 2002-07-30 05:15:42 by superplek superplek
deffo 1 of the nicest looking demo's I've seen, although not quite perfect,it still rox!!
nice work :D
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 09:23:26 by Nembot Nembot
great work, drugs suck.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 13:03:39 by lug00ber lug00ber
this rocks!
but improve your textures...
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 13:23:15 by cp_ cp_
Nice One. Just slowed down on last scenes on my p2/450+geforce256.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 13:28:30 by pan pan
I think those metaballs was lovely..
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 13:31:59 by Wain Wain
some parts of the music reminded me a lot of 9 fingers...
anyways, a very enjoyable show...
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 13:58:53 by fiver2^fB fiver2^fB
cool. quite slow at few points (the music starts screeching and fps drops). also, I'd agree with the point about camerawork & scene layout. all in all, it kinda lacks something to be really trippy, but it's still nice.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 14:09:59 by bhead bhead
with a better tune (much better) and some improved cam work, this would rule my world. i love the colorscheme
added on the 2002-07-30 15:23:08 by NoahR NoahR
Phew! Heavy stuff, had to install DirectX 8x for that one and now my favourite demo Glon243 from Cocoon and many other older demos will not run .. ;-(((((
Else it's quite cool!
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 15:25:30 by ghandy ghandy
Rules a lot, not the type of demo that I expected, but it looks nice, and the fx are impressive.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 15:26:16 by shash shash
Might be Dutch style but in my opinion it's far better than any Dutch production I've seen in the last few years.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 17:38:19 by ravity ravity
The effects might be standard BUT.. it's worked out very well and has a great oldskool feeling
added on the 2002-07-30 17:39:54 by ravity ravity
pretty mediocre actually. apart from the fact that some effects use dot3-bumpmapping there's not a whole lot going on here that hasn't been done to death already.

and those colours...well... :)
added on the 2002-07-30 18:17:09 by sagacity sagacity
a bit long.. but great!
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 19:22:17 by oldaccount oldaccount
abus-de-blending -> it's slooooow.
Anyway really nice visuals, and good effects.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 20:22:55 by Sanx Sanx
cool code.
cool gfx.
cool music.
I liked some effects.
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 21:59:59 by got got
DOT3 bump put to good use!
rulez added on the 2002-07-30 23:00:49 by Sdw Sdw

colors coming from WAYYY below the low countries (definitely not from the spaaice)

it's boring, it's ugly and it's slow
sucks added on the 2002-07-31 01:31:29 by ileaardbei ileaardbei
"bueno.. esos colores de coder... "

it lacks something as jcl said, but it rulez anyway
rulez added on the 2002-07-31 02:56:56 by bp bp
BP: esos colores de coder! :))))))))))))

coder texture generator? :p ;) ... anyway few points of diferente between stravaganza demo with 3px prod, but results were good.
added on the 2002-07-31 08:31:06 by humphr3y humphr3y
i could just say it's not "unforgettable", but let's try argumenting..

Well first things first, the music, the models and the style starts being stale, its so 90s in a way. (And not particularly enjoyable in its own style, lacking the necessary psychedelic climax and hubris that such "trance" productions convey .. not that i'm in quest for such, but let's say, it's the main interest of the style)

As for the technical aspects... it wasn't ultrafast, some scenes were displaying nice shadows and render-to-texture effects.. And I didn't notice that bump mapping .. was it in the particle scene (and is it supposed to work on anything but geforce3> grade cards?)

threepixels' output has been moderatly varied so far... next style please? ;)
added on the 2002-07-31 10:38:31 by _-_-__ _-_-__
rulez added on the 2002-07-31 14:41:55 by diver diver
Excellent excellent excellent. Although it runs a little slow on my GeForce2 MX. The only thing that bothered me was the vocal sample in the music.
rulez added on the 2002-08-01 02:19:34 by sea_monkey sea_monkey
I've liked this one, and expected the first prize at democompo...
No plot, no story, *just* a showoff of imposible tricks espectacular scenes and sincro.

The metaballs scene looks like too much clean,(and using a Bryce render as Cenv-map?¿) everything else, is great, and contains some of the best geometry tricks ever seen, since Poem to a Horse.

So to all the rest of people saying this sucks:

Pump up volume, view the prod, and stare, then ask yourself if any other group, nowadays can make a more cutting-edge-impressive stuff, or even yourself can? Dare!
rulez added on the 2002-08-02 12:05:32 by JaK JaK
Don't work on my GF4MX...
I think update drivers...
added on the 2002-08-02 13:43:04 by pK pK
yes! is a good idea peke, update it! ;) hahaha, the comments are fun! "excellent, shit, improve textures, improve music, dutch colors, ugly, slow, boring, cool" X'D
added on the 2002-08-06 11:21:59 by mrdoob mrdoob
Very nice. The middle part is just a little too reminiscent of 604. And a bit slow on a Tbird 1.4 with GeForce 2, in 640x480 with all the features. But I can live with it.
rulez added on the 2002-08-07 23:55:18 by phoenix phoenix
phoenix: it's a tribute, just as the bmapped twister (gateways/trauma). What is all the features?
added on the 2002-08-08 17:40:20 by mac mac
Usually I like this kind of demos, but in this case it's just average. Don't ask me what's wrong with it - just personal feelings.
added on the 2002-08-15 02:04:42 by beavis77 beavis77
Some impressing scenes here. I particulary love the transition using that cube thing with glow and the scene featuring stencil shadows. The bump mapped twister looks very cool too (and they succeeded sooo well on matching trauma's one ;) ). Also radial blur and dot3 are not used cheaply.
On the bad side, I see some abuse of particles and some textures/camera movements/music parts are not at the overall quality of this demo.
Oh, and no one told about the code, and IMO its one of the best code shows seen this year.
Should have won the compo, definetly.
rulez added on the 2002-08-24 17:24:52 by ithaqua ithaqua
Ok, finally I watched this one and it surely rocks, although it really looks and sounds like the big brother of '604'. :)
rulez added on the 2002-09-04 13:44:04 by tomaes tomaes
not my taste of design, but it is very good synchro
code is good, scenes not very interesting, music not my taste
the cube in cube shadowed effect is very good!
rulez added on the 2002-09-13 19:23:35 by Zone (leZone) Zone (leZone)
rulez added on the 2002-10-29 12:44:18 by tolemaC tolemaC
Yeah! I bought a gf2 card only to see this demo. Yes, I can see the demo now, and yes, a gf2 is not fast enough to this effects saturation :( shit I need a new card! XD

Simply spectacular XD
rulez added on the 2002-11-04 22:48:34 by merlucin merlucin
Too flashy! :/// Too much andy colours.
sucks added on the 2002-11-04 23:02:52 by elend elend
Dopefish lives!
rulez added on the 2002-11-18 23:19:10 by alsly alsly
Dopefish lives!
added on the 2002-11-18 23:20:25 by alsly alsly
Very nice, always popular at parties.
rulez added on the 2002-11-25 22:47:45 by legalize legalize
seems to run like poo on my 9700. Needs 3da to stop stuttering, plus end twister and scene 4 run at 1fps. Putting any ATI probs aside, excellent! Great Music!
rulez added on the 2002-12-15 04:09:58 by Euan Euan
yeah not bad at all ;)
rulez added on the 2002-12-15 05:21:53 by nightshadow nightshadow
Euan: it runs perfectly on a 9700, update drivers
added on the 2002-12-15 11:10:17 by ARTBoss ARTBoss
Nice. In few parts, in random PCs, it suddenly went too slow, bug or something?
rulez added on the 2002-12-15 11:20:30 by Optimus Optimus
Finally I could watch it now, great demo! For me clearly the best 3px demo so far.
added on the 2003-05-18 00:56:24 by Crest Crest
crest: with the same machine?
added on the 2003-05-18 02:21:31 by mrdoob mrdoob
"Now watched with a more decent card (GF2 Ti)".. ok ;)
added on the 2003-05-18 02:27:02 by mrdoob mrdoob
Can this be? Has crest finally gotten rid of his TNT2? :-P
added on the 2003-05-18 02:55:37 by moT moT
Wow, this is a really great demo =) I enjoyed the music, and the visuals are quite impressive. Great job threepixels!
rulez added on the 2003-05-20 03:11:05 by Nezbie Nezbie
trace, mot: Well, the card was damn cheap compared with Ebay and it's of coz better than the MX crap ;)
added on the 2003-05-20 03:18:15 by Crest Crest
I like it even though I'm normally against drugs, imagine that.
rulez added on the 2003-12-06 11:22:54 by a_lee_n a_lee_n
gra3t trip!!
gra3t music!!
--> gra3t prod!!
rulez added on the 2003-12-19 10:58:30 by v3nom v3nom
whee comment got lost.
anyway, resembling to 604 is good, having so much glitches is bad.
rulez added on the 2003-12-19 13:12:59 by Gargaj Gargaj
Beautiful but maybe could have had some more energy.
rulez added on the 2004-07-06 12:33:15 by dairos dairos
I forgot this one! really cool on the bigscreen on euskal10... made me believe in the scene again! \o/
Some sort of beefed up "please the cookie thing", entertaining nonetheless.
rulez added on the 2005-03-20 21:23:23 by dixan dixan
well done
thumb up for code, thumb down for design
rulez added on the 2005-04-14 21:25:58 by apricot apricot
the music<3
rulez added on the 2005-11-19 02:22:39 by jomafister jomafister
The colors are kinda ugly, and the music isn't the best as well. But the code is alright, and in 2002 it was a good demo.
rulez added on the 2005-12-09 22:19:38 by jimmi jimmi
Totally forgettable. Textbook demoscene effect after effect after effect. The colors are about the only thing original here.
added on the 2006-02-06 13:35:05 by slux slux
Great demo. But totally uninteresting.
rulez added on the 2006-02-06 13:42:06 by Preacher Preacher
one of the best demos of all time. :)
rulez added on the 2006-03-14 09:07:05 by blackpawn blackpawn
Fun demo with great goa/psy vibes.
rulez added on the 2007-04-01 10:47:01 by s_tec s_tec
I <3 design and music
rulez added on the 2007-08-25 10:35:18 by decipher decipher
Fast food demo but nice nonetheless...
rulez added on the 2008-04-13 00:06:17 by Stebo Stebo
Not bad. A bit messy and I don't like trance...
added on the 2009-02-28 23:38:15 by raer raer
rulez added on the 2009-06-08 23:13:45 by 4mat 4mat
rulez added on the 2011-01-29 23:17:59 by T$ T$
Nice musics - visuals are matching too :)

Made a Youtube for it:

rulez added on the 2011-09-09 10:20:33 by anni anni
rulez added on the 2012-01-07 18:36:28 by rez rez
A very fine demo !
rulez added on the 2012-01-07 19:13:48 by lsl lsl
Not usually something I enjoy, but surprisingly well made psychedelia. Well done on most of the palettes, in making them very bright and saturated, but not garish.
rulez added on the 2015-06-28 00:38:36 by noby noby
Pretty cool! Apparently this has been part of a Demoscene Demo Reel at GDC 2003.
rulez added on the 2016-02-28 15:39:45 by cce cce
Nice demo.
rulez added on the 2016-06-01 22:11:37 by arm1n arm1n
Cool stuff. Nice trance music and fast-paced effects.
rulez added on the 2020-08-22 09:56:55 by ham ham
Just the way I like 'm
rulez added on the 2021-02-04 14:55:11 by Ramon B5 Ramon B5
Very nice on matrox-parhelia! Thx!
rulez added on the 2022-07-23 11:20:54 by drzeissler drzeissler
rulez added on the 2023-10-23 20:02:41 by hornet hornet

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