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Dark Gods by Gaspode [web]
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release date : october 2016
release party : Deadline (Berlin) 2016
compo : combined demo
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 60%
  • 0.71
alltime top: #4751
added on the 2016-10-01 23:47:37 by gaspode gaspode

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Wow. Gaspode nails it!
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 00:00:38 by Virgill Virgill
really awesome! great improvement in all departments =)

Btw. I first thought "Dark Gods" was an anagram of Gaspode. Of course it's not, but then i came to realize that an anagram of Gaspode would be "Ape Gods" :D Just saying ;)
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 00:04:16 by HellMood HellMood
like it a lot! amazing work for one-man-band, even with tooll used.
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 10:56:18 by bonefish bonefish
I'm torn... I really love bombastic, orchestral soundtracks and wish more demos would be made using this kind of music. But in this demo the visuals don't live up to the feeling of epicness the music conveys. Most scenes look too simple and confined and don't really fit the music IMHO.

The sync was very nice though! Weak thumb up overall.
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 11:35:38 by Kylearan Kylearan
Congratulations on the soundtrack, it's kinda perfect, very epic without feeling too cheesy or too pretentious.

And what Kylearan said also (thanks for putting words on it :p).

Good prod overall
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 11:52:21 by wullon wullon
this demo knows what it wants to be and executes it almost flawless.
gaspode carrying his style over to the realtime world! :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 12:23:02 by wysiwtf wysiwtf
I enjoyed this alot while watching on stream. Really good job!
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 18:28:17 by Dascon Dascon
Both simple and epic. A great marriage of music and visuals. For those who love aesthetics of simplicity this demo will connect in very special ways!
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 18:30:55 by louigi louigi
exactly what kylearan said... bombastic music yet boring, generic visuals that could've been a run of the mill 8k. piggie.
Love the visual style and the symbiosis between it and the music! Digital art in its purest form!

HellMood: haha, ApeGods :D
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 19:40:14 by SunSpire SunSpire
As others are saying and I remember from the big screen - the music was a bit more epic than visuals. Although I kind of have different view on it - it's not because visuals are bad, it's rather because the music was so good ;)
I found both intriguing at least. Thumb up for sure.
rulez added on the 2016-10-02 22:57:55 by tomkh tomkh
Exactly what Maali said.
added on the 2016-10-03 10:22:46 by StingRay StingRay
What stingray said and that
added on the 2016-10-03 11:30:18 by ok3anos ok3anos
I really liked the consistent design and atmosphere in this, the music was also refreshingly different from the average demotune. No stellar effects here but definitely enough for a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 12:20:22 by break break
Not bad, but too longwinded for my taste, and an odd mix of super-sharp geometry in some places (too sharp, felt out of place) and nicely blurred, deep scenes in others. The music overdelivered and the graphics underdelivered, so there was a disconnect there (for me at least). But, I still enjoyed it. :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 12:35:44 by gloom gloom
well that was meh.

really hate when people use massive sounding samples/libraries/sounds to do shitty music and other cheer how great it was.
makes me respect people just that little bit less once again..
added on the 2016-10-03 14:08:42 by 1in10 1in10
nice visuals, great music!
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 14:28:28 by rez rez
not sure if the polished+nice visuals fit 100% to the also nice soundtrack but it is really well put together. thinking twice some ambient/less epic soundtrack would have been well ... nothing special. so clear thumbs up for what it is. keep up the good work, Gaspode! :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 15:14:53 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
very good ... extra thumb for the music
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 15:18:10 by nytrik nytrik
@1in10: Thanks for your constructive criticism. From now on I will only write minimalistic music with just one sound per minute.
added on the 2016-10-03 19:00:56 by gaspode gaspode
I am loving it. The sync works amazingly well!
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 19:51:10 by CONS CONS
thumb up for music
rulez added on the 2016-10-03 20:22:58 by f0x f0x
saying something is shitty isn't constructive criticism.
its me being a dick instead of saying i didn't like it.

From now on I will only write minimalistic music with just one sound per minute.

sounds interesting. will be waiting to see how that goes.
added on the 2016-10-03 22:12:26 by 1in10 1in10
well, I liked it, loved the circle of life scene
rulez added on the 2016-10-04 08:44:37 by citrus citrus
saying something is shitty isn't constructive criticism.

I know. ;)
added on the 2016-10-04 10:40:09 by gaspode gaspode
The music was okay, the visuals were a bit demotool-fuckaround-ish, but they never managed to meet anywhere, and the words didn't give it meaning either.
added on the 2016-10-04 13:54:34 by Gargaj Gargaj
Also the framerate was super rhapsodic, at points it went down to 5fps in 720, other times it was full 60 without seeing a lot of change in visual complexity. In 1080p it simply bailed after loading with a VPU recovery.
added on the 2016-10-04 13:55:49 by Gargaj Gargaj
Nice music, a bit slow but I appreciated the simple aesthetic and as Kylearan said, very nice sync. +1 for tooll. :D
rulez added on the 2016-10-04 14:43:12 by Alopex Alopex
I'm still waiting for the story to make sense.
rulez added on the 2016-10-04 22:26:10 by numtek numtek
Started out promising, but never delivered on said promise. Not at all bad, but just not exciting either.
added on the 2016-10-05 00:54:11 by kusma kusma
I liked the music, but I think I'll echo others in saying that while there's minor sync to it the visuals don't always seem to fit. Like a scene (sort of) change and no dramatic flair or what seems like a small build up and we just continue right on.

However, I did like the scene with the particle ring and the scene[s] very near the end. The bits with changing 2D geometry as materials was also a little intriguing. So thumbs for the music, some nice bits, and for keeping it up. :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-05 01:21:51 by Starchaser Starchaser
Kind of reminds me of the PS2 boot screen. :P
rulez added on the 2016-10-05 22:11:45 by rvnx rvnx
I love it!
My favourite scenes: Final, LIFE and MIND.
And I think the music is perfectly fitting.
rulez added on the 2016-10-05 23:38:55 by v3nom v3nom
what kusma said - but with a thumb up for the music.
rulez added on the 2016-10-06 11:36:18 by a-move a-move
The beginning and synchronization therein was perfect, but I was honestly kind of disappointed at how the demo continued from there. Rest of the scenes were kinda random and leaving the text completely out would not have changed a thing.

Still thumbing up for the start and the music.
rulez added on the 2016-10-06 13:17:22 by Trilkk Trilkk
I quite liked the visuals, not knock out of the park stuff but the sync was really good. Great music too. What pleases me most is there are systems like tooll that enable people to make stuff who might otherwise be put off by the ridiculous learning curve graphics programming. I should get that shizzle installed.
rulez added on the 2016-10-11 10:40:30 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
rulez added on the 2016-10-12 08:15:38 by bitl bitl
Decent. I like its tune more than its visual.
added on the 2016-10-15 05:06:43 by AntDude AntDude
I really like this. Awesome atmosphere, the music and sync works great with the changing symbols and colors.
rulez added on the 2016-10-15 08:50:08 by TechCF TechCF
Pretentious meh
nice on the bigscreen.
rulez added on the 2016-10-18 21:25:30 by marlowe marlowe
There is a lot to learn and inspiration to get from this nice self contained prod. It's not going wild on the effects, but what it does, it does right, with that very recognizable Gaspode style.

I have one criticism to make though: the direction is flawless up until the title screen, but then it alternates scenes done equally well with scenes that feel a lot less inspired. The beginning of the "time" part for example, with the spike balls, is nowhere near on par with some of the other scenes. Moreover, I don't see a relation between the words and the visuals.

On performance side, this works fine for most of the demo, but the spike balls scene is noticeably sluggish, and the "life" part falls to single digit fps on my machine, which completely breaks immersion. Out of curiosity I had a quick look with RenderDoc, and apparently the ribbons are the biggest offender, due to having way too much polygons (over 1.4 million vertices, really? :D). What makes the spike balls scene heavy seems to be the high number of drawcalls in the color passes #2 and #10. I hope that can be fixed in a final.

Greetings to you too, keep it up the good work. :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-19 14:37:10 by Zavie Zavie
with that very recognizable Gaspode style

There is a »Gaspode style«?! :)
added on the 2016-10-19 14:58:24 by gaspode gaspode
Nice design and visuals, not a huge fan of the music, but great overall.
rulez added on the 2016-10-20 14:51:11 by SnC SnC
not enough punch for me.
added on the 2016-10-21 23:34:48 by iks iks
Works fine for me visually. Crashed my gfx card driver but whatever.....
rulez added on the 2016-10-28 14:56:16 by Frequent Frequent
Ugh. I saw the spikeball and it scaling out and in all crazy with the heroic music, but then it turned into a nice shimmering radial thing and I thought "OK that's cool," but then "TIME" appeared, then "LIFE." Great I'm having what every scene represents literally spelled out to me. No, thanks.

This demo is so grandiose, and not in a playful or self-aware way. I really don't like it.
sucks added on the 2016-10-28 22:52:44 by Claw Claw
Works fine for me :)
rulez added on the 2016-10-29 00:42:29 by Triace Triace
Poor perfromance. Lack of design. No graphics. Music is the best part of this demo.
sucks added on the 2016-11-02 20:01:50 by moonshine moonshine
Spot on sync. I like it.
rulez added on the 2016-11-22 21:39:27 by Corial Corial
I really love the soundtrack and the sync to it. Its eeepic.
rulez added on the 2017-01-05 17:19:10 by Ps0ke Ps0ke
nice mood. it delivers
rulez added on the 2017-07-10 15:26:21 by nagz nagz

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