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release date : july 2007
release party : Intel Demo Competition 2007
compo : combined demo
ranked : 5th
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popularity : 67%
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alltime top: #1370
added on the 2007-07-02 16:26:11 by Gargaj Gargaj

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nice. the only thing i found weird was the good looking water contrasting with the lowpoly icebergs...
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 16:28:24 by Gargaj Gargaj
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 16:32:27 by Premium Premium
My favorite from the compo.
Tokyo meets 4kwater
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 16:36:35 by xernobyl xernobyl
Liked the water. The ice not so...
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 16:52:59 by noouch noouch
looked very nice. The water almost real but, but there could've been done a lot more instead of just lifting icebergs o_O
Very relaxed urban smooth tune, though \me likes.
added on the 2007-07-02 17:00:28 by d0DgE d0DgE
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 17:11:33 by pasy pasy
not enough demoeffects by the eyes of a coder. But water is nice and underwater scenes are cool. dull ending
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 17:37:21 by pohar pohar
Fucking lovely. True, dodge, more could have been done...but sometimes all you really need to do is lift icebergs and relax:) And yeah, a nice Rokysoppy feel on the ears.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 17:37:51 by syphus syphus
++ killer soundtrack
+ relaxing mood, fitting effects
- very ugly icebergs
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:06:30 by v3nom v3nom
water looks nice but whats with the floating teeth? O_o
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:12:52 by psenough psenough
nice visual colouring, mellow theme.. not enough going on though.
added on the 2007-07-02 18:13:34 by dv$ dv$
Ran unwatchable slow on my PC, but I really liked it on the video. The ice doesn't look right (except when underwater), but the water was good.

Overall, the flow is great, the tune is great, and it works really well.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:21:36 by psonice psonice
The water looks pretty impressive but that's it. Totally boring demo, soundtrack fits (i.e. it is also boring) and the demo lacks action. Sleeping pill.
added on the 2007-07-02 18:21:48 by StingRay StingRay
psonice: is that the same crappy gf5 you had 2 years ago that ran everything back then terribly as well? :)
added on the 2007-07-02 18:22:45 by smash smash
so FRESH ;) and great-looking!

and what ps said :D
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:25:01 by Zest Zest
hm. did nothing for me.
added on the 2007-07-02 18:27:02 by ryg ryg
a bit simple visuals sometimes but most of it looked good. nice and mellow demo
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:35:35 by hollowman hollowman
Not interesting at all.
sucks added on the 2007-07-02 18:36:59 by Zplex Zplex
For the people that says that it's not interesting coding-wise. I think this demo is the first one to feature Subsurface Scattering realtime (I may be wrong...), not too many people noticed it.

Although I think we failed on getting the best of it in the end.
added on the 2007-07-02 18:46:19 by mrdoob mrdoob
trace: yeh they glowed nicely but were still quite ugly/unrealistic as fuck.. :/
added on the 2007-07-02 18:53:01 by psenough psenough
Doesnt start at all on my ati x700
1gb ram 3,2ghz pc..
added on the 2007-07-02 18:55:27 by magic magic
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 18:59:39 by las las
ps: demos are more about dreams (or nightmares) than reality :P
added on the 2007-07-02 19:03:27 by Zest Zest
i love sts to death but this is a "meh"
added on the 2007-07-02 19:05:21 by bfx bfx
freudian slip sorry ;)
added on the 2007-07-02 19:05:51 by bfx bfx
completely agree with gargaj here. :D
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:12:59 by seppjo seppjo
So far...for me is the best of all the demos of the competition :)

my 2th award goes to ASD, and 3th ...Still

Great work
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:18:33 by amiga4ever amiga4ever
subsurface scattering for the masses. Can we see this shader now working on something like the venus.3ds model ?? :-)
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:21:37 by Navis Navis
Very smooth and zen.
Some iceberg look like teeth ;-)
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:22:44 by BackSpace BackSpace
Believe me, its better the teeth look, than the ocean-full-of-whales-piss look x)
added on the 2007-07-02 19:25:37 by mrdoob mrdoob
This was OK; some glitches in the waves but the colors were pleasing. The way the credits came scrolling was nice, I think.
added on the 2007-07-02 19:27:33 by Hyde Hyde
Not the XPLSV quality I've come to love. It's really not to my taste - over contrasted, slow, boring music.

No thumb down because it's just a matter of taste.
trace: maybe if they were icecubes on a whiskey glass... x_x
added on the 2007-07-02 19:28:14 by psenough psenough
I just don't really like this demo. Water is nice but the icebergs are fugly and overall show is quite boring. The ambience reminds mi of Tokyo.
added on the 2007-07-02 19:36:11 by masterm masterm
Thumb up for the water. Any recommendations on good papers on the theory behind?
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:37:09 by Sdw Sdw
Nice atomsphere, excellent music, and the water looks refreshing ;)
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:42:51 by tFt tFt
yes! - awsome mood!!!!
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:45:12 by Muerto Muerto
Water looks really nice. But the whole thing is quite boring.
+++nice synch
++Loving music
- underwater: more refract plzzzz!!!!
- it's hardly to distingish the refracted threads, and yes, actually, has a perfect synch!

it's a coherent style, that perfectly fits within the Xplsv evolution from Tokyo

rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:55:25 by JaK JaK
Yeah, congrats for the nice water effect... overall quite entertaining but becomes boring towards the end.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:57:58 by hashdash hashdash
The wasser is nice, reminded me of *KRÖHÖM* Project Grid that's available with sources and everything :)

The rest is kinda average...
added on the 2007-07-02 19:58:36 by kurli kurli
really cool - relaxing and nice. the icebergs reminded me of teeth though. :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 19:59:23 by gloom gloom
One of the nicest water effects I've seen. Nice feeling and music also.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 20:08:48 by dairos dairos
I can't really see the hip scattering thingie, but maybe I just don't understand where it should be visible.

The water effect is nice, but not nicer then I have seen in other demo's/examples.

The rest is just boring :(
sucks added on the 2007-07-02 20:19:42 by [self-ban] [self-ban]
Pretty water, nice soundtrack compared to the usual idm crap, but the demo simply gets very very boring towards the end.
added on the 2007-07-02 20:19:51 by break break
the mood all over and the soundtrack is pretty lovely. a nice chilling number!
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 20:32:55 by ck ck
what would happen if you shaded your objects by 1-dot(N,L) ? Wouldn't it look very similar to what we have here or there is something I'm missing ?
added on the 2007-07-02 20:37:00 by Navis Navis

I think this demo is the first one to feature Subsurface Scattering realtime (I may be wrong...)

you are wrong :) I like the underwater images the most, and the music is very good! I saw flt, asd and xplsv demos so far, the three managed to add so nice music, fantastic!
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 20:42:43 by iq iq
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 21:38:29 by remageFrs remageFrs
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 21:40:38 by aha aha
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 21:42:07 by fiver fiver
xplsv can do better.
what made you think the icebergs flying into the sky was a good idea? :)
added on the 2007-07-02 23:05:46 by _-_-__ _-_-__
Beatifull even if boring at times.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 23:22:28 by Optimus Optimus
What fiver said.
But the overall atmosphere is so relaxing. I love the way, the ice shines through the water.
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 23:39:13 by pixtur pixtur
a bit like Tokyo. I like the water and the attempt at SSS even if I thought it was goraud shading before I read the readme :P . Now, do skin shader spikeballs pls with moles and hair pls ..
rulez added on the 2007-07-02 23:58:14 by loaderror loaderror
Hmm .. nice but still ... looks like a tremendous rendiring, in a dull package ...

Nothing really exciting about the icebergs, and the music is just ... hmmm ... reasonesque, and very uninspired for me.

But still, i love XPLSV :)
added on the 2007-07-03 00:02:32 by kohai kohai
added on the 2007-07-03 00:38:18 by Stelthzje Stelthzje
I think this demo is the first one to feature Subsurface Scattering realtime (I may be wrong...)

As previously stated, it's not. Anyway, building your demo on a coder-porn detail that actually needs explaining from your part ought to be a clear sign it's not that much of an improvement over ye olde fakery.

Loved the water effect, then the whole thing just fell into the ocean, demo-wise </ban pun>
added on the 2007-07-03 03:30:02 by Shifter Shifter
yeah, let's visit the dentist :-) well it's kinda nice, but too relaxing and not enough variation.
added on the 2007-07-03 03:35:40 by Bobic Bobic
This water effect is better than most video games, but the demo could have been so much more.
added on the 2007-07-03 05:32:07 by Rubicante Rubicante
I can't say I'm experienced with real icebergs (not too experienced with the fake ones, either), but surely they don't look like teeth????

Music is a bit dull, aswell....Overall, I think this entry is not fitting for the Intel demo compo at all.
added on the 2007-07-03 07:54:41 by mrdoob mrdoob
great water! the rest isn´t and the cursor pops up during the demo
added on the 2007-07-03 09:27:28 by RA RA
not my cup of tea, ice was so ugly compared to water
added on the 2007-07-03 09:34:39 by decipher decipher
Icebergs <- WTF?! -> Teeth

I hoped that at some point a big monster showed out implanting icebergs in his mouth... It would have kicked ass! :D
added on the 2007-07-03 09:37:35 by soolta soolta
it begins like a fresh wet dream (= youth) and ends like a dentist nightmare (the loss of teeth = ageing then death)...

it's in fact a whole human parable :)
added on the 2007-07-03 09:45:32 by Zest Zest
The star in this cast is the musician I think. The rest was just as fun as pulling teeth.
added on the 2007-07-03 11:32:06 by Archmage Archmage
Well, I must admit - quite similar production to Tokyo but I don't like this demo (especially music)... Xplsv can do better stuff.
sucks added on the 2007-07-03 12:01:54 by wie8 wie8
oh man... sooo tempted of doing a second part of this demo, where you would see the, so called, teeths coming togetther and being inserted in someones mouth.
added on the 2007-07-03 12:07:29 by mrdoob mrdoob
The two things I liked the most in this demo were the water and the music. But I am a bit confused about the music - I admire it a lot, but the rhythm is 100% uptempo version of Thievery Corporation's Prelude. I'm sure that it was a great inspiration to niko ruen, but at first I thought "OMG, they ripped the music!". May be some variations next time? Great track anyway.
added on the 2007-07-03 12:24:53 by galen galen
sorry, Interlude, not Prelude
added on the 2007-07-03 12:27:05 by galen galen
Piggy or thumb? Well, the music was lovely, so thumb! :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-03 13:34:55 by Mystra Mystra
Very nice and chill mood. Music could've been better, but it's nice enough.
rulez added on the 2007-07-03 15:33:40 by teel teel
Some bssrdf over those icebergs would have made the show even better. Of course BB Image
rulez added on the 2007-07-03 16:34:16 by bdk bdk
a really nice and calm show with excellent water simulation. but the competition is a bit too strong, i guess. you could've done a little bit more with those lines. the music is fine anyway.
rulez added on the 2007-07-03 19:01:15 by a-move a-move
added on the 2007-07-03 21:50:28 by iks iks
+ Nice looking water
+ Calming music

- Boring
- Very boring
added on the 2007-07-03 22:33:53 by Happy-H Happy-H

Great visuals and nice music! There is very little action, but I managed to sit through the demo without ritalin, so I think its ok!
rulez added on the 2007-07-03 23:54:45 by Stelthzje Stelthzje
what Happy-H said
added on the 2007-07-04 06:56:18 by zeebr zeebr
Very good-looking product. I would like to see a more intensive use of the splines with refraction here and there. Music is also well done and even of my taste! :)

In my opinion you don't need to create something extremely complex to get a nice demo. This one holds a well balanced combination of everything and the result is more than acceptable this time.

Also I want to mention that blackpawn put a *lot* of extra effort in the prod, not only with the effects but with a new version of the demotool, whose results i hope to see in the future. I would like to see a version with the lost scenes also :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-04 09:53:53 by merlucin merlucin
rulez added on the 2007-07-04 13:35:50 by chenmy! chenmy!
quite a boring product all in all, which, despite a good rendering of water, fails at making its color realistic, and fails at lighting the icebergs correctly.. And the 3d splines growing arround the icebergs are so cliché... Of course, it doesn't deserves a "sucks", but little details, such as the inability at hiding the mouse cursor correctly, makes this production fail at being a good one..
added on the 2007-07-04 16:37:25 by nystep nystep
Half the way for my taste, so piggy...
added on the 2007-07-04 22:26:30 by _10b0 _10b0
I quite enjoyed it - the connection between the extruding cylinders and the music should probably be improved, it's currently a bit difficult to get it(TM).
rulez added on the 2007-07-04 22:48:53 by hornet hornet
added on the 2007-07-05 09:03:59 by imYemeth imYemeth
nice flow and calm soundtrack
rulez added on the 2007-07-05 12:33:41 by Trauma Zero Trauma Zero
I cant get rid of the feeling that this one is very underrated. Its calm and has subtle but good effects. I like it!
rulez added on the 2007-07-05 13:57:34 by gopher gopher
very chillout atmospherical style... relaxing with a very nice music.. feel the power of the sea :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-05 19:05:47 by Sapphire Sapphire
Icebergs go Asteroids. Jup, quite kewl, all over !
rulez added on the 2007-07-06 05:18:19 by gentleman gentleman
Strange. The underwater scenes are awesome, but somehow the whole impression is ruined by the saturated colors and the teeth-like appearance of the icebergs. I kept waiting for a toothbrush or pepsodent tube to appear :)
added on the 2007-07-06 05:40:23 by Preacher Preacher
happy chillout music
sunshiny chilly icebergs
a cute pun
and despite the fact that I have only 1 cpu, it ran well.
was the ice underwater subsurface scattery or just fogged?
More watery refractive splines! THICKER!

rulez added on the 2007-07-06 07:56:27 by GbND GbND
Nice music, and some nice effects (I love water, and underwater scene looks also really nice).
I miss a little bit of dynamics in the sky and more credible models for the icebergs.
Anyway good work :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-06 10:09:15 by KILE KILE
i don't think we need to talk in termes of quantity... i don't need much action or effect to enjoy a demo. Nice work!
rulez added on the 2007-07-06 12:59:05 by neurokin neurokin
way too boring, music isn't my cup of tea and only one scene (basically). nice water though.
added on the 2007-07-06 13:21:57 by src src
hmm i don't really like it.
added on the 2007-07-07 15:15:47 by dila dila
wonderful water and music but not that exciting as a whole.
added on the 2007-07-07 18:29:01 by prm prm
Inspired by blue tooth?
added on the 2007-07-08 13:32:35 by Steel Steel
What from bluetooth?
added on the 2007-07-11 18:57:50 by mrdoob mrdoob
As it says in the readme: The 'flying' icebergs are quite ugly...
added on the 2007-07-15 23:38:56 by beavis77 beavis77
Water looks great, and the music is killer. I am not so sure about the subsurface scattering (I honestly can't really see, but it could have to do with the ultra-low res video I saw), but the demo overall is very nice.
What other demos features subsurface scattering? I personally can't recall any.
rulez added on the 2007-07-17 23:13:49 by Nezbie Nezbie
Loved the water. Those ice look like clean teeth. ;)
rulez added on the 2007-07-22 21:36:29 by AntDude AntDude
The water is really glitchy on my system. (Quadro FX 4500 on Vista. Yah, probably my own fault for having such a lamass OS). Aside from that, the demo itself was really clean and pretty, although perhaps a bit boring.
added on the 2007-07-23 04:45:33 by s_tec s_tec
Cooooooool water!
rulez added on the 2007-07-26 07:39:48 by dnes dnes
The water is glitched on my 7900, too, but what's there is awesome. Love the synchronized titles and yes, the ice looks like molten teeth. :)
rulez added on the 2007-07-28 11:59:35 by mnemotron mnemotron
"Look ma, new shaders!"
added on the 2007-07-31 00:08:08 by T$ T$
Cool water, chilling atmosphere and smooth music. Lovely.
rulez added on the 2007-07-31 16:16:14 by Maissi Maissi
Detected only 1 CPU core. Time for an upgrade? :P
rulez added on the 2007-08-08 03:39:21 by STrider STrider
rulez added on the 2007-08-10 05:16:38 by texel texel
The cool water and the floaty score prevented me from thumbing this one down. Sorry.
added on the 2007-08-12 13:49:35 by Nty Nty
Could've REEEEEEEEEALLY used some FSAA but I rather liked this one.
rulez added on the 2008-01-18 07:13:01 by ferris ferris
I like this. Very relaxing, nice waves.
rulez added on the 2008-02-25 16:10:54 by Emod Emod
Beautiful. =)
rulez added on the 2008-03-05 22:27:16 by Aasemoon Aasemoon
rulez added on the 2008-05-14 16:44:21 by #535 #535
Nothing groundbreaking, but very relaxing and I really like demos that feature imaginary places.
rulez added on the 2008-06-20 15:56:29 by Wade Wade
relaxing demo, awesome water, but not much else. A bit uneventful for an Intel Compo.
added on the 2008-08-22 15:25:11 by Axel Axel
Nice and relaxing indeed.
rulez added on the 2009-02-27 04:43:07 by keops keops
so pure !
rulez added on the 2009-03-01 20:00:42 by wullon wullon
screwing up my xp.
sucks added on the 2009-03-19 16:33:18 by Sorcerer Sorcerer
rulez added on the 2012-01-31 20:49:08 by Frequent Frequent
okay demo. not much happening.
added on the 2012-01-31 22:05:56 by blala blala
What the hell? This is _fantastic_! Great soundtrack (as usual with xplsv) and visuals, though the lofi quality of the ice kinda bothers at times, but still as said, fantastic.
rulez added on the 2012-05-31 01:39:30 by noby noby
very nice stuff! especially the chilled soundtrack (=
rulez added on the 2012-05-31 07:14:56 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
I like
rulez added on the 2012-09-08 09:43:51 by SiR SiR
rulez added on the 2013-08-02 17:16:42 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
2:05. chillin'.
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