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release date : april 2021
release party : Revision 2021
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
  • rulez 68
  • is ok 22
  • sucks 4
popularity : 61%
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added on the 2021-04-05 01:33:52 by Stef Stef

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i love this one SO much.... thank you
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 01:41:04 by Sir Sir
Congrats guys!!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 01:41:31 by Soundy Soundy
This is insane. How long did it take to make this?
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 01:41:33 by gaspode gaspode
What a beautiful and pleasant journey.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 01:41:57 by CONS CONS
That was journey, thank you for this experience. ❤
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 01:45:22 by mborik mborik
Sooo looong and boooring :( huge disappointment after VX. I love retro arcade games, but this was just a pointless flyby with crowd pleasing ingredients
sucks added on the 2021-04-05 01:57:09 by spike spike
nice
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:01:11 by Xyl2k Xyl2k
Superb, this was such a good trip. thx !
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:12:17 by Ramon B5 Ramon B5
A good demo and a good tribute
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:40:59 by wullon wullon
brilliant tribute to arcades, tons of wow moments and good nostalgia. well done!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:44:06 by blackpawn blackpawn
A bit tryhard when it comes to riding the nostalgia wave, but I'm very passionate about arcades (I visit them in every city I visit when I have the time!) so I don't mind it in this case. Besides, I appreciate the amount of work put into picking and incorporating the visuals from games and demos into the demo. The way it seamlessly blends between the setpieces in a single camera take was a stroke of genius, too. The soundtrack is fantastic; Alkama is madly talented and delivers as always.

Other than that I think for the sake of the demo I shouldn't think about it too hard because I'll inevitably start punching holes in it and I kind of don't want it.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:54:42 by moozooh moozooh
Insane! I hope it doesn't get flagged due to copyright violations.

Takes the transition crown out of ASD!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 02:55:56 by xernobyl xernobyl
I can't hate on the work, but goddamn am I tired of this cheesy 80's nostalgia pandering.. :/
added on the 2021-04-05 02:56:34 by okkie okkie
It's charming in a way but didn't do it for me, I felt it was too long and repetitive without anything in it to really grab me or make it feel special.
added on the 2021-04-05 03:06:03 by java java
This was excellent and all dazzling and daring up until around halfway (the corridor), at which point it got stuck up its own ass and never got out.

Such a damn shame because Alkama's track is getting a hernia trying to carry it all, but it just can't.
added on the 2021-04-05 03:18:26 by Gargaj Gargaj
Brillant art direction!
deserves a VR version....... :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 05:31:48 by tikitikiST tikitikiST
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This was excellent and all dazzling and daring up until around halfway (the corridor), at which point it got stuck up its own ass and never got out.

Such a damn shame because Alkama's track is getting a hernia trying to carry it all, but it just can't.
hahahaha

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I can't hate on the work, but goddamn am I tired of this cheesy 80's nostalgia pandering.. :/


Well, I still liked it anyway.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 07:05:53 by Starchaser Starchaser
A great trip down memory lane.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 08:44:19 by mSW mSW
Loved it. Brought so many memories!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 08:54:04 by flynn_nrg flynn_nrg
it was cool, but after VX2 feels a like a step back.
added on the 2021-04-05 10:07:34 by wrighter wrighter
It feels like a less inspired followup to Vertrex2… the amount of work involved is insane, but it just doesn't feel as fun?
added on the 2021-04-05 10:08:09 by Sesse Sesse
I have to agree with okkie - the nostalgia tripping is getting extremely boring. Nevertheless, some great looking and sounding parts.
added on the 2021-04-05 10:13:36 by pestis pestis
Very nice, especially the first few minutes. Brilliant soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 10:27:18 by Mystra Mystra
Some nice pieces...indeed. But the corridor part bored me to death plus some scene look extremely empty ( party hall.. movie theater). I bet it must have been a lot of work... so here is my thumb
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 10:35:23 by nytrik nytrik
Sweet, although the walk through the 198x tunnel was a bit too long.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 10:58:24 by Optimus Optimus
i was so happy to see bubble bobble :) .. great music variations from Alkama too .. respect.. !
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 11:02:10 by sense sense
Nice track. Loved the city. And what okkie said.
added on the 2021-04-05 11:07:21 by prm prm
precisely what Starchaser said ;)
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 11:30:17 by HellMood HellMood
Another beautiful sentimental journey. Beautiful music and touched many memories. I enjoyed watching it again after the compo. Good job, congratulations!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 11:57:18 by Biter Biter
Sweet, all those parts feel so alive as VR style, from dreamy landscapes to realistic locations, and are perfectly put together.
Music is of course amazing as well.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 12:14:01 by Dma-Sc Dma-Sc
I am retro, so this made me happy.

And excellent done too!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 13:35:32 by JTZ JTZ
Lovely work =]
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 13:42:18 by Buckethead Buckethead
graphic representation doesn't go above decent honestly but still the story telling, direction, all the transition, and love. congrats for the prod
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 13:42:42 by FMS_Cat FMS_Cat
A colourful celebration of computer joy.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 13:42:45 by grip grip
A massive amount of work for sure; collecting all those screenshots alone must've been a huge effort. But then again, it's just "VX2 part two", and it's too long IMHO.
Also, I find it interesting that the arcade cabinet model is much worse than the one in the other guys' 8k intro ;)
added on the 2021-04-05 13:46:14 by KeyJ KeyJ
This is a absolute joy to watch! As a person that is passionate about arcade and pinball this was an awesome tribute. Totally speechless and blown away.
added on the 2021-04-05 14:23:22 by DarkMinax DarkMinax
Really loved the soundtrack, the rest (while mostly nice) overstayed it’s welcome for sure. While a clear thumb, I’m very surprised it won.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 14:29:09 by gloom gloom
Couldn't help but smile and feel waves of nostalgia through the whole demo. Very pleasant experience, very nice production! <3
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 14:37:06 by aricz aricz
Awesome to see arcade games getting some love still! - and as the owner of a small arcade, this ride was just awesome (though the shape of the cabinets wasen't the real ones, but that's a minor detail, and would have taken a huge amount of time to get right :) )
added on the 2021-04-05 14:47:55 by Muerto Muerto
Nostalgia <3
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 14:48:05 by Virgill Virgill
Forgot to thumb :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 14:48:36 by Muerto Muerto
Really great demo
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 15:05:49 by med med
solid production, the soundtrack is insane!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 15:36:05 by roudoudou roudoudou
Well I loved it. <3
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 15:47:21 by Mibri Mibri
The amount of work involved must be absolutely unfathomable. I got exhausted from simply being at the audience.
But no matter how much effort the demo oozes, the creators should have had the courage to kill some of their children and leave them on the cutting room floor.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 16:19:12 by Trilkk Trilkk
holy freaking moly. a gem!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 16:19:21 by iks iks
:D
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 16:19:35 by keops keops
Nice hommage to good games!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 17:39:17 by baah baah
I usually don't really like PC demo's, but this demo rules big time. The effects are awesome and so are the idea and design. Music rocks too. I love this demo!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 17:59:20 by sAne sAne
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added on the 2021-04-05 19:09:52 by blala blala
Really, the only thing about this that impressed me was fitting all the videos into a 100MB demo. But they're low res and probably short.

As a long, slow fly-through, this felt to me like a late 90's PC demo. Maybe I've just been exposed to more than enough 80s video game nostalgia already, but it's just too much and about 5 years late to the party. It comes off as an overdose of Member Berries, like "hey, 'member this?, or this, 'member this one? How about one of these ONE HUNDRED other arcade games? Or all these demos? You gotta 'member one of these!" in a plea for approval and votes.

I've come to the conclusion I liked VX2 better - a lot better. Oh, and the 8k Alcanoid intro modeled arcade consoles better. :)
added on the 2021-04-05 19:24:06 by phoenix phoenix
This is the most enjoyable demo I've seen in ages!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 20:16:28 by HitmanCHQ HitmanCHQ
a clear thumb up. But I equally would have wished that the Still demo won. But I do understand that the whole retro-topic and the crazy amount of work that must have gone into this, deserves equal respect. To me a typical demo that resonates well with the audience, because it appeals to most of them.

That said, when rewatching the demo at the prizegiving, I already treasured it a lot more. All the little details, the characters that have cameos, the tetric pieces that swim in the water.. that arcade that is erupting sparks, the "no bubbles"-sign and then you have the Bubble Bobble character in the seats... the cumulated amount of these lovely details and the absolutely phenomenal soundtrack by Alkama makes this a wonderful demo that will be treasured for many years to come. Lovely work, gentlemen!
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 20:52:01 by Axel Axel
Fun idea, nice funky music, but it just keeps going... and going... and not much is happening especially in the second half, so it got a bit boring towards the end.
added on the 2021-04-05 20:58:23 by stijn stijn
Longing and nothing really that impressive visually.. normally wouldn't give a piggy, as it wasn't that bad... just this shouldn't have won.
added on the 2021-04-05 21:12:32 by tomkh tomkh
this was a massive mega demo experience.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 22:13:36 by hollowone hollowone
Well executed guys, thanks for the entertainment, very enjoyable for us oldtimers.
rulez added on the 2021-04-05 22:22:28 by Jazzcat Jazzcat
Obviously a huge amount of work went into this, to do it almost entirely in a single flyby was cool, but the subject matter of old arcade games is not something I share the nostalgia for.
added on the 2021-04-06 00:20:42 by Claw Claw
Being of a certain age, this hit me right in the feels. No demo has ever done that. I can understand why some people really dislike it. Nostalgia isn't for everyone.
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 00:49:33 by flibblesan flibblesan
what aricz said!
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 00:49:52 by siko siko
joyful ride though a lot of content with pleasant and smooth scene transitions
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 00:59:07 by provod provod
Beautiful music and visuals! I don't mind that it is long, the first half of the demo felt more impressive effect-wise while the following scenes were also beautifully crafted, with lots of nice little touches here and there. Well done!
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 01:01:58 by SunSpire SunSpire
this is somehow emotional to me, good job guys
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 09:06:47 by _nhan _nhan
The music alone carries it quite far, but overall I think this overstays its welcome by approximately two thirds. The concept doesn't speak to me at all in this form and I don't understand what the Revision logo, arcade games and old demos have in common. It feels like the demo is pandering to me, desperately screaming "please like me because there are references to things that you probably used to like when you were a kid". A lot of work went into it, obviously, but to me this has no soul at all. I'd thumb it down if it wasn't for the music.
added on the 2021-04-06 10:16:53 by Preacher Preacher
I mean I get the whole nostalgia thing, but this one didn't struck a nerve during the compo. It was well produced and decent polished but I figured it was easily forgettable because it draws all it's redeeming quality from old arcade games.

It was like a South Park memberberrie and this whole 'dwell in the past'-thing is just not for me. I'm still utterly suprised that it won. There is nothing wrong with it, but I guess that is exactly the reason why I didn't vote for it. Music helped, but if you remove the dancing computers and the old arcade games, what is it that remains?

Not going to thumb it down because there were some nice reflections. In textures as well as in the theme but I can't thumb this up either.
added on the 2021-04-06 10:37:56 by numtek numtek
yeah, too much a collection of clichés
what preacher said, but thumb for the massive track :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 11:00:31 by ferris ferris
I don't understand why people complain about the nostalgia thing. Even if you don't like the theme, there is so many details in this prod that you can't be bored.

Technically speaking it's hard to say what is raymarched, what is not, how do you fit all these arcade machines and how do you handle these kind of transitions between each scene smoothly. It's brilliant!

In the music department, Alkama did it again and it's fit perfectly with the whole demo.

It reminds me "Wreck it Ralph" sometime :)..

In one world : Rulez!
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 11:02:47 by Anat Anat
While it's visually pleasing, from a technical point of view I don't see anything ground breaking here. No in-your-face effect which you'd typically expect from a top tier demo. I'd even argue that it looks dated, rough around the edges, and that overall your first demo looked better.

Similar criticism goes toward the direction. There are some lengthy parts and a lack of dynamism, which is especially noticeable in the way the music tries to carry on from one part to another. I'm sure you are already aware of that and spent time trying to make the best out of it.

But this demo still wins because it feels genuine. And here I disagree with the comments referring to it as "pandering". An retro synthwave and neon visuals with no purpose qualifies as pandering. But this has a very clear purpose, develops a clear idea, and shows quite some research went into it. Obviously a lot of work went into it.

It's a flawed labour of love, and I loved it.
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 13:41:09 by Zavie Zavie
This demo is so loaded with nostalgia that it feels like a cheap trick that serves little purpose besides taking advantage of voters at a time where we're all emotionally worn out due to the pandemic ("revision is cancelled, by the way... remember the good old times?"). And this seems to have worked.

I'm not trying to say that the demo is terrible or anything. There's enough neat stuff in here to warrant a at least a piggie. But as said before, the demo very quickly overstays it's welcome, which is why I'm holding my thumb back.

I think it's us, the audience that's at fault here, not the people making this demo. All is fair in love and demomaking, after all. But sadly, I think the end-result is that much more deserving demos has kinda been robbed of a higher ranking.
added on the 2021-04-06 13:49:22 by kusma kusma
I enjoyed it a lot. Completely unexpected nod to the era of arcade games many of us loved. The visuals and music were flawless.
rulez added on the 2021-04-06 21:20:20 by BSC BSC
What's not to love in it? Ready Player One lesson learnt. Well balanced between impressive visuals, not too serious content and Alkama doing his thing again. More please!
rulez added on the 2021-04-07 00:46:21 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
My favorite demo. Very good concept.
rulez added on the 2021-04-07 05:15:35 by gam0022 gam0022
Curved displays in the 80s, LMAO :P
I remember from my childhood, these coin robbers had an almost flat CRT screen behind a flat protecting glass, which took the losing punches.

I saw Killer Instinct on Nintendo 64 featuring a 3D background with textures at 50 FPS, which was impossible on my 80386 40Mhz.
For me the real nostalgy time will come when RTX 3070 will be in the oldschool compo, and deep AI videos in the demos.
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 00:07:12 by archee archee
A bit lengthy at times, but a great soundtrack and the sheer amount of arcades sell it quite well :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 00:58:59 by gopher gopher
I enjoyed this a lot but also never expected it to win...
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 11:48:41 by hfr hfr
Always a pleasure from Spectrals. It wasn't the wow factor like VFS was but it sure gave me a good feeling watching it live. The build and tempo leading up to the movie theater was excellent. Respect and cannot wait until the next release from Spectrals. One of my favorite new groups. About time the scene had a different flavor. Thank you guys. Respect!
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 13:40:49 by reloadAUD reloadAUD
Ready Scener One for better or worse. Great production values.
rulez added on the 2021-04-08 13:48:16 by Daddy Freddy Daddy Freddy
Nah. Didn't get me excited on any level (other than VX2). Sorry.
added on the 2021-04-08 17:30:55 by platon42 platon42
Fukkings to all "seen too much arcade" people. You never say THIS! Absolutely amazing demo - super cool camera angles and attention to details. This took so much time - it was so extremely well exeuted. I loved every single second of it!

The soundtrack gets a special mention. Alkama - you absolutely smashed this one! So many different genres and I loved every part equally much. Perhaps the one with the chopped vocal lead a tad more - but AMAZING job mate! :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-10 02:09:12 by xrs xrs
I can see how this may come across as pandering to nostalgia but with all the attention to detail I truly believe it's more of a huge and insanely long love letter to the arcade era, executed by people who are old enough to believably reminisce about it rather than just riding a trend. And as others already pointed out, the execution is spectacular from the ridiculous amounts of content down to the loving little details.

The soundtrack is easily one of the most massive and diverse pieces of art I've heard in a few years, several demos' worth of tracks all gelled into one opus magnum. And likewise, the scenes all blend together in one single camera path - I had to watch the video in slow-mo just to catch some of the transitions ("wait, when did the mainhall tables become arcades?!?").

I will remember this demo for years to come, thank you for making it.
rulez added on the 2021-04-10 20:38:15 by dojoe dojoe
very cool
rulez added on the 2021-04-11 02:21:02 by bodo^rab bodo^rab
Great demo. Seeing so many Arcade-cabinets gives me a good feeling, same like in real life, when i enter an Arcade-hall. This feeling i have since i was a child and it will probably never change. :)
rulez added on the 2021-04-11 02:37:15 by AW87 AW87
naaah
sucks added on the 2021-04-11 08:56:05 by pandur pandur
sorry, i don't like it. the music is nice so is the opening scene but then it gets very meh, from presentation to content. even though it has a lot of content i don't understand the praise. but maybe it is just not my cup of tea.
sucks added on the 2021-04-11 09:06:15 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
re-re-re-re-re-recycling :D what everyone said, with weeeeak thumb for really nice music
rulez added on the 2021-04-11 09:24:42 by wbc\\bz7 wbc\\bz7
my goodness, so much work put in and somehow no atmosphere comes across. i don't understand the connection between arcade games and demoscene. the single scenes somehow don't have any soul either. and also musically i have to say that the orchestra part sounds pretty lame, the "daft punk"-like middle part on the other hand is quite acceptable. piggy for all the effort.
added on the 2021-04-11 09:31:39 by a-move a-move
nostalgic
rulez added on the 2021-04-11 22:57:42 by decca decca
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And here I disagree with the comments referring to it as "pandering". An retro synthwave and neon visuals with no purpose qualifies as pandering. But this has a very clear purpose, develops a clear idea, and shows quite some research went into it. Obviously a lot of work went into it.

The thing is, aside from the delightful soundtrack, most of what feels good about this demo doesn't originate with the demo itself. It invokes a certain past experience—in this case arcade games and the arcade experience in general—that you as a viewer fondly remember and feel good about, and it does so in the hopes that the strong positive feeling will be projected onto the demo doing the references to it. The fact that the whole demo makes arcade games its subject doesn't contradict the fact that it's a demo and not an arcade game, and the merits of the two are separate.

Also not saying this isn't a valid effective method to engage with the audience, but unless it's done very well it's just as easy to disengage, and that is what you're seeing in the comments.
added on the 2021-04-12 00:44:57 by moozooh moozooh
Good stuff, continues on from last year. I wonder how you can have these unlimited length shots as if the whole demo is one single gigantic scene? I remember making a game in dx8 back in the days and moving out too far caused the camera movement to get wobbly because of float precision. I guess you can just use doubles or whatever, but would be interesting to know how to manage a large scene like this.
rulez added on the 2021-04-12 03:41:08 by rloaderro rloaderro
Im ok with the concept and the fly-by direction although i cant loose the feel it would have had a way heavier impact if it was maybe half of its length/content and didnt feature as many 2000ish looking models and scenes.
sometimes less is more.
also, wtf is it about with those funny curved screens? im pretty sure thats not oldschool ;)

thumb for the effort and the (really good) soundtrack, still a bit surprised it won the compo though.
rulez added on the 2021-04-12 22:53:11 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
meh
sucks added on the 2021-04-13 07:46:36 by xeNusion xeNusion
nice
rulez added on the 2021-04-13 14:38:51 by Frequent Frequent
An overall nice demo. It shows you put in a lot of sweat and love. Congrats
Nice design although repetitive. The first part when you are in the arcade machine contains to much things at once for my taste, giving it a cluttered impression. Part 2 is nicer and a flirt with oldskool things. Can't stand the synthwave soundtrack, sorry.
Kind of liked the music, but visuals and camera work just didn't do it for me.
added on the 2021-04-14 11:28:54 by britelite britelite
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The thing is, aside from the delightful soundtrack, most of what feels good about this demo doesn't originate with the demo itself. It invokes a certain past experience—in this case arcade games and the arcade experience in general—that you as a viewer fondly remember and feel good about, and it does so in the hopes that the strong positive feeling will be projected onto the demo doing the references to it. The fact that the whole demo makes arcade games its subject doesn't contradict the fact that it's a demo and not an arcade game, and the merits of the two are separate.

Your analysis about the content origin and its strength is interesting, but I interpret the intention differently. To me this demo doesn't feel like it is trying to please the audience, as much as it feels like the authors making something that makes them happy. That's why it feels genuine to me.
added on the 2021-04-14 22:16:13 by Zavie Zavie

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