Dos demos windows ports..

category: general [glöplog]
good luck with obtaining 10+ year old sources from mostly 'retired' demogroups and going thru megaold undocumented code written optimized (or not) for megaold compilers, specific vga tricks, etc.. sounds like very realistic to me! :)
added on the 2006-01-08 17:27:19 by havamal havamal
how about using your time to improve dosbox (it is open source and all) instead of wasting it on porting old demos to a platform that will probably be obsolete in a couple of years anyway?
added on the 2006-01-08 17:37:25 by Sverker Sverker
all demos should come atleast with instructions what drugs one needs to be on when watching them. some work with alcohol, some with lsd, some with pot. it's so hard to know beforehand!
added on the 2006-01-08 19:00:27 by nosfe nosfe
what tribe said. take up the dosbox project, improve it for demoneeds like with gusemu32 integration, let univbe run neat.. (if you treat it as a sourceforge project, you might be lucky and ppl would actually help out coding for it if they're not too lazy) and considering the porttalk here, i assume you'd find enough people to actually port that code to every OS they use. ;)
added on the 2006-01-08 20:28:38 by havamal havamal
how about you musicians and gfxians who bitch so much pick up coding yourselves? we coders are busy coding spikeballs!
added on the 2006-01-09 01:43:50 by kusma kusma
having dosbox improved would be nice, but i guess there's not that much people interested in coding it. that would solve the 'portability issue' too, as if demos were ever intended to be portable.
besides, nosfe wins ;)
added on the 2006-01-09 06:29:04 by makc makc
nosfe: i second that! :P
added on the 2006-01-09 08:41:10 by gemini gemini
dosbox doesnt really need univbe, it just needs some more work with vesa 2.0 support, like hardcoding univbe mode numbers which demos want to use :D

all my own demos work fine under dosbox :)
added on the 2006-01-09 09:19:06 by jmagic jmagic
dosbox is the way... :|
added on the 2006-01-09 11:54:47 by bdk bdk
It's a very long time since it stuck in number 0.63 and some people also have problems with breaking sound except if they reduce cycles in ridculous low numbers, regardless if their hardware is better than mine.
added on the 2006-01-09 12:34:10 by Optimonk Optimonk
Windows ports are kindof half-good to me.. at least we can watch those old prods, but i've switched to osx now and probably won't have access to a windows box forever. Plus, in 10 years or so current windows prods probably won't work.

Videos almost never have the same kind of feel, cause they're almost always lower-res, have compression artifacts, and have lower framerate than the original. But howabout if the video was full 70hz instead of 30, full size and very high bitrate? Would it still be noticably different to the original? How big would the files be for an average 4 minute demo?

If that looked alright, with ever-bigger disks, and ever-faster internet, that could be a better option..
added on the 2006-01-09 13:34:41 by psonice psonice
In ten years we'll have Winbox for today's prods.
added on the 2006-01-09 18:34:21 by El Topo El Topo
win ports are the way... :)
added on the 2006-01-09 21:33:41 by shash shash
well, one thing is.. if someone releases the sourcecode, people can atleast read and learn about the oldschool demo-effects and other waste or usefull code while trying to port it to windows using tinyptc for example. Its more fun that way (i think)... anyways... oldschool will never die!
someone should make a DOSBox version that works like kkapture :)
added on the 2006-01-11 16:55:08 by bartman bartman
added on the 2006-01-11 17:07:39 by havamal havamal
i know there's a hplus winport out there? where is it?
What about windows ports of amiga demos? That would be nice and useful.
added on the 2006-06-17 16:45:44 by xernobyl xernobyl
What about windows ports of amiga demos? That would be nice and useful.

forgot about smooth scrolling :P
added on the 2006-06-17 16:48:57 by ninja ninja
Where is the DosBox for viewing old Prods. I formated my drive and lost it.
added on the 2006-06-17 17:19:27 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
hehe, WinBox...
added on the 2006-06-17 18:26:16 by bdk bdk
would have been nice to port any of the old kolor demos out there.
can't find the winport, anyone?
added on the 2009-05-13 12:38:07 by rudi rudi
i dont care for winports, i'd rather see video captures