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Amethyst by Traction [web] & deMarche
screenshot added by Preacher on 2006-05-20 21:17:48
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release date : may 2006
release party : Simulaatio 2006
compo : combined demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 67%
  • 0.79
alltime top: #1160
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More "unusual" traction.
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:15:57 by waffle waffle
Pritty darn nice. Nice laserbeams and diamonds? :)

To much shiny triangles in the tunnels sometimes..

Very crystalic demonstration ;-)

Crystalic Landscape aswell roxx.

Nice demo!!
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:18:54 by magic magic
quite nice.. not the usual traction style but still the usual style somehow.. i must agree with the comment in the infofile that it feels somewhat mfx'ish without the attitude.. may be because the lack of textures.. i donno really. anyway, keep it up. GOOD work!
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:30:20 by bzz bzz
some of the backgrounds felt a bit static in the first part, but other than that this is pretty decent in every respect
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:46:09 by parcelshit parcelshit
Tannhäuser Gate style :) ?
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:51:00 by wie8 wie8
of course: rulings
the blur algo can be improved, but that'll be fixed in the final version ;)
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 21:56:48 by jaw jaw
something about all Traction prods i just <3
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 22:41:13 by keito keito
gimme a video dump already :))
added on the 2006-05-20 22:43:16 by thec thec
sÜperstylÜsh! :) well done!
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 23:16:48 by ltk_tscc ltk_tscc
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 23:19:41 by xeNusion xeNusion
The usual Traction eyecandy - makes me smile :>
added on the 2006-05-20 23:31:06 by wham wham
ooops forgot me thumb
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 23:31:34 by wham wham
rulez added on the 2006-05-20 23:42:21 by scg_ scg_
Preacher, your host seems to be down?
added on the 2006-05-21 00:07:09 by iks iks
Stylish one... Great Tune :)
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 00:07:38 by Sapphire Sapphire
Nevermind! Cutie :)
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 00:12:47 by iks iks
traction demo by the book. lovely music.
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 00:32:22 by Gargaj Gargaj
nice one
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 00:40:39 by blackpawn blackpawn
feels a little unfinished, but still very cool
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 01:01:55 by gloom gloom
Shader works by Preacher.
Some direction is very cool.
And great tune.
The effect of glow is seen to be the best in the work of current Traction.
keep up good work!!
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 01:11:08 by got got
nice , some scenes looked quite same as memories from mcp , but anyway nice shit
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 06:06:56 by Int3r Int3r
Yawn! Looks like many other demos with no character.
sucks added on the 2006-05-21 09:21:21 by Shanethewolf Shanethewolf
damn nice.
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 11:42:01 by skrebbel skrebbel
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 12:49:30 by post malone post malone
top tips when doing a glow effect:
- try and CLAMP the image, dont WRAP, then you dont get crap at the top/bottom of the screen for example
- try not to make the rendertarget so low res that it looks nasty. (and that goes double for the original input image, try copying it off the backbuffer rather than a low res rendertarget)
- try to avoid making the jitter steps so huge that you can see lines in the result
- try and preserve colour bit res where ever possible so you dont get something that looks like a 3 bit image out of it.

hope that helps.

otherwise, if this was 4 years ago, had good music, had attitude, pace, sync and was called variform by kewlers, it would have been a good demo. :) as it is, it's a traction demo with ancient fx and glow on top. sorry.
added on the 2006-05-21 13:06:33 by smash smash
Video please, no ps 2.0 support here :(
added on the 2006-05-21 14:21:23 by Cj Cj
PS 2.0 required :(
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 16:02:09 by anesthetic anesthetic
wow traction goes pop :)
i only wonder why the whole thing looks 640x480 when i'm watching it in 1280x1024
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 17:23:36 by zoom zoom
I'm getting a strong bon voyage feeling.. but so not, I still like it.
rulez added on the 2006-05-21 17:44:37 by break break
some nice effects, but all in all too simple content (first of all geometry). could have been much better.
added on the 2006-05-21 17:54:38 by hunta hunta
solid traction quality but did not invoke any special emotion. piggie from me this time.
added on the 2006-05-21 19:30:23 by uncle-x uncle-x
outrackish overbrightened highlights, mfxish sky textures.
some brilliant ( or should i say jewelish ) color combinations here and there, but still left me indifferent.
added on the 2006-05-21 20:34:17 by apricot apricot
Zoom: Ah, so I'm not missing anything (watching it in 640x480 ;-)
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 00:27:10 by sparcus sparcus
Good job.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 06:46:48 by ALiEN^bf ALiEN^bf

Traction + deMarche = <3
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 07:38:41 by Zest Zest
well, this was rather cool! okay, some glitches, so listen to smash. the crystalized gridplane was way cool
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 09:08:57 by quisten quisten
I thot someone said 'some brilliant (or should I say JEWISH)' are there any more questions about why antialias blurring is bad?

Anyway. Liked.
There's an old saying that wearing an Amethyst prevents you from getting a hangover ;)

Very nice tune in there.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 10:23:50 by d0DgE d0DgE
Fourtunately my work laptop has PS2.0 and I was able to watch it. Dope shit! I feel bad you guys didn't win because of those Next Empire losers and all the guys who voted for them. You are my winners <3.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 10:36:44 by kaukojouko kaukojouko
what I remember from the screen was nothing special. this kind of stuff has been seen 2098230982140987508823 before this. was still the best demo from the compo tho.
added on the 2006-05-22 13:42:58 by hhhhhhh hhhhhhh
nice one :)
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 16:17:31 by prm prm
why everyone is referring to mfx while there's nothing like mfx in this demo is beyond my comprehension... a bit like "typical haujobb" demo comments few years back in the road.

it may look tad old and blurry, but nevertheless a neat show and it's nice to see something different from the normal line vector galore from traction. :) that said, enjoyable to watch - all i need from a demo.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 16:44:49 by melw melw
well, the colorscheme reminded me of kwl-variform in portions (the tunnel flights f.e.)
added on the 2006-05-22 17:17:07 by d0DgE d0DgE
not a killer, but it's shiny
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 20:43:30 by p01 p01
Very nice stuff.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 21:23:05 by dairos dairos
The part that is shown in the screenshot is nice, but the rest I don't like so much. The overuse of the low quality glow ruins it pretty much. Sorry :(
the beauty!
kewl music track
nice effects and composing..
reminds me alot of variform and iontraxx.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 23:02:46 by v3nom v3nom
nice crystals. exchange them with cubes and you have the average haujobb demo - clear but beautiful design combined with a well fitting soundtrack.
rulez added on the 2006-05-22 23:24:08 by René Madenmann René Madenmann
Great visuals, music and atmosphere.
rulez added on the 2006-05-23 03:22:00 by Optimus Optimus
After I have seen the video version, I have to agree with the rest.
rulez added on the 2006-05-23 09:31:54 by Cj Cj
Didn't quite like the start, but it got much better. Very good. But.. please can we have some HDR in demos like this?
rulez added on the 2006-05-23 13:34:02 by psonice psonice
Needs some interesting 3d objects. Those random low-poly fly-things kinda sucked. :)
added on the 2006-05-23 20:28:57 by tomaes tomaes
Enjoyable production, that has, however, the 'black background' syndrome. It is still enjoyable so..
rulez added on the 2006-05-23 21:55:50 by Navis Navis
pretty nice
rulez added on the 2006-05-24 18:55:27 by shadez shadez
sweetest demo by traction. though the same effects can be done easily without ps2, a thumbup
added on the 2006-05-25 00:40:05 by rmeht rmeht
ehm, here it is, sorry
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 00:40:59 by rmeht rmeht
Good music and visuals, maybe bit more stuff for a demo would be nice.
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 02:50:34 by rock rock
coool! reminds me one of my favorite old demos by komplex a bit =)
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 09:02:38 by Nap Nap
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 10:32:36 by spritus spritus
nice idea, very good music, but very poor demo...
soundtrack pulse tempo dosen't fit to motion:((
added on the 2006-05-25 12:46:53 by f0x f0x
nice idea, very good music, but very poor visuals...
soundtrack pulse tempo dosen't fit to motion:((
added on the 2006-05-25 12:47:37 by f0x f0x
Whee, very nice one! Stylish visuals and nice music. Like it.
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 13:06:07 by elend elend
really freaky, and a great tune :)
rulez added on the 2006-05-25 14:50:33 by NuKem NuKem
Neat and the music is quite good.
rulez added on the 2006-05-26 08:20:01 by Serpent Serpent
Not bad, but I'm fed up by demos that try to impose non native 4:3 resolutions on my 16:10 lcd.

In the end it looks like blured distorted crap.
added on the 2006-05-26 14:29:05 by Dbug Dbug
rulez added on the 2006-05-27 11:35:14 by Shockwave Shockwave
Wow! The tune is truly A-Maze-Zing! Reminds me of Butterfly Thoughts.
added on the 2006-05-27 16:37:22 by Mike 3D Mike 3D
I enjoyed it. It was pretty with all those crystal/diamond effects. Nice tune too.
rulez added on the 2006-05-28 00:01:34 by AntDude AntDude
my girlfriend say - sux
sucks added on the 2006-05-28 04:26:33 by bitl bitl
full of nice ideas - too bad no one was there to actually direct and properly synch this thing. well, at least it's etertaining, so there.
rulez added on the 2006-05-28 11:27:49 by bhead bhead
rulez added on the 2006-05-28 14:25:20 by chenmy! chenmy!
rulez added on the 2006-05-29 19:53:28 by jimmi jimmi
rulez added on the 2006-05-29 23:50:00 by psenough psenough
good work
rulez added on the 2006-05-30 23:26:52 by quickyman quickyman
rulez added on the 2006-06-01 00:42:52 by abuze abuze
has a nice feeling to it
rulez added on the 2006-06-02 12:20:29 by sam sam
pretty cool. I like that a lot programmer/math things happen in the effects as usual with these traction demos. Music was nice too.I felt a bit empty after watching it though, but may be my mood or something.
rulez added on the 2006-06-02 15:55:20 by loaderror loaderror
credits part is filthy, the rest was perfect.
rulez added on the 2006-06-04 17:45:22 by tesla tesla
credits part is filthy and the rest is perfect.
added on the 2006-06-04 17:46:17 by tesla tesla
Weak thumb up because of the ugly post-processing passes. You should definitely revisit the way you do your glow, it has many ugly visual artifacts due to wrapping, huge texture fetch steps and it almost looks like it doesn't have a proper 2d gaussian filter either.
Besides that, it was nice :)
rulez added on the 2006-06-14 18:33:16 by keops keops
Beautiful, interesting & entertaining demo ... seems from the comments that it should have won.
rulez added on the 2006-06-20 00:31:22 by Steel Steel
Nice, but too much postprocessing.
rulez added on the 2006-07-06 23:44:07 by beavis77 beavis77
wow, how did i miss that one
great visuals, great tune!
standard traction quality
rulez added on the 2006-07-08 02:23:12 by 11001 11001
Well done, but nothing I´d still remember in a few days.
added on the 2006-07-17 20:23:13 by T$ T$
rulez added on the 2006-08-17 14:50:45 by hardi hardi
rulez added on the 2006-08-25 00:27:51 by Aasemoon Aasemoon
rulez added on the 2006-09-24 06:08:17 by legalize legalize
Traction <3
rulez added on the 2006-11-04 15:07:49 by teel teel
[+] the music
[+] the shinyness/glow
[+] the math and 'low poly' style

[-] it hurts my eyes, i should have watched it in 640x480
[-] SM2.0 requirements
added on the 2006-11-04 15:39:19 by SilkCut SilkCut
I'm blind.
rulez added on the 2006-12-05 05:29:19 by LSnK LSnK
cool effects
rulez added on the 2007-04-06 22:57:34 by aha aha
there are some very nice colors even if the whole prod is not exceptional
rulez added on the 2007-05-23 22:29:32 by sokoban sokoban
Close-to-perfection music and very, very lovely executed.
It all fits wonderfully together and the demo generally has a very nice flow.
rulez added on the 2007-06-18 09:31:14 by Nutman^IRIS Nutman^IRIS
rulez added on the 2007-12-20 22:35:34 by Mystra Mystra
Very nice.
rulez added on the 2007-12-21 01:11:26 by Maissi Maissi
rulez added on the 2008-01-18 00:46:47 by Claw Claw
I'm just gonna be honest and say I hate it...but not deserving a thumb down.
added on the 2008-01-18 00:49:12 by ferris ferris
the blur (hypnglow or whatever you wanna call it) is not overused so i like it.
and like sokoban said.. its not a exceptional demo, its in other words not a WOW demo :p
rulez added on the 2008-01-18 02:04:34 by oldaccount oldaccount
rulez added on the 2008-05-10 01:45:16 by #535 #535
I have a gut feeling that my my widescreen LCD monitor is making this uglier than it's supposed to be. Apart from that, too much brightness for my taste.
added on the 2008-05-10 01:57:58 by Alpha C Alpha C
Nice music, but it is the only plus of this production...
added on the 2009-07-08 13:46:50 by vestige vestige
rulez added on the 2009-07-08 14:27:30 by PENETRATOR PENETRATOR
I really like this glow. Beautiful.
rulez added on the 2009-09-20 19:28:07 by Jakim Jakim
ohhh yea!
rulez added on the 2010-07-17 15:44:44 by comankh comankh
Looks a bit like an oversaturated Amiga demo :S
added on the 2011-05-15 17:45:30 by johnl johnl
beautiful demo!
rulez added on the 2011-05-15 18:06:12 by mad mad
Like the effects and style.
rulez added on the 2011-09-24 20:18:52 by ok3anos ok3anos
rulez added on the 2012-01-21 22:12:22 by Frequent Frequent
Great music! Staging superb! A pleasure to watch!
rulez added on the 2012-12-24 05:06:08 by Templeton Templeton
The last tunnel sure needs sunglasses to be at disposal, though it's neat to see you moved ito new realms - the lines are sparingly used, and instead 3D objects take their place.
It's quite beautiful to look at, and the tune makes the journey a nice trip <3
rulez added on the 2013-05-26 23:20:12 by mog mog
This was my first feeble try with shaders and I haven't really progressed much since :) The colors are awful with a modern TFT screen: I wrote this on a CRT that had much darker tones and it looked much better there. Some of the effects were left a bit substandard, unfortunately, as the party approached and I had very little time to tweak them. As it stands, I still kind of like the cheesiness here...
added on the 2013-05-28 09:18:17 by Preacher Preacher
Well that's what I call a proper piriblur! A bit rough around the edges but still fun, especially the motive of constructing objects from thin air. The flat shaded look combined with glowing wireframe edges worked well.
rulez added on the 2015-11-21 00:32:20 by cce cce
Doesn't look that bad to me actually, except for the constantly clipping blacks and especially whites (piriblur indeed :)), ouch! Way too cheesy for me overall, the music is just... blaaahhh...
added on the 2015-11-21 00:38:24 by noby noby

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