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simulacrum by Oftenhide
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release date : august 2019
release party : Xenium 2019
compo : pc demo
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 59%
  • 0.51
alltime top: #4914
added on the 2019-09-01 09:43:31 by randomi randomi

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this is so good, software rendering, 320 x 240 resolution. makes me very happy.
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 09:44:07 by randomi randomi
Seen it on party stream yestarday and totally roxx! I love big pixels, love software rendering! And msx is gr8:)
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 11:24:49 by MKM MKM
Really cool demo with great music. Very very enjoyable.
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 12:25:50 by StingRay StingRay
Kudos for software render! Brilliant tune destroyed by absolutely atrocious soundmix which literally made ears bleed at party :/ I begged orgs in my mind to lower down the volume but apparently my telepathy skills are way too low :(
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 15:50:41 by jammer jammer
Thumbs up for software rendering. I think one of the effects (and the one that is kinda slow for this resolution), I have seen it in shadertoy or something. Maybe ported from shaders?
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 16:04:28 by Optimus Optimus
nice late 90s DOS feeling, a bit repetitive on the second half but pretty decent overall!
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 16:35:30 by psenough psenough
Nice demo and cool music
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 17:07:36 by Premium Premium
really great look'n'feel, amazing tune! oldskool ftw!
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 17:28:23 by bonefish bonefish
There's absolutely no excuse for 320x240 on a 3.2ghz quadcore to run this slow - at least half the effects dropped to single digits, so I'm wondering what exactly is this supposed to be ran on?

The tune is fantastic (Keito Howlett brings it again) and the texturing is solid, but the code is a massive question mark.
added on the 2019-09-01 17:38:23 by Gargaj Gargaj
At least half of these effects appear to be taken from shadertoy (with permission?), for an example.

The design is all over the place with nice full screen graphics but the rest is a mishmash. Also def heard better tracks from Keito. Just doesn't feel much thought went into this, sadly. Also yeah what gargaj said about the performance.
added on the 2019-09-01 17:43:01 by noby noby
Good music. I like very much the software rendering. This is so 1999... But in a good way.
However, the design could be improved a bit and Gargaj has a point (regarding the frame rate in general). But to me it's enough for a thumb up.
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 17:47:18 by ham ham
added on the 2019-09-01 19:56:41 by Wutz Wutz
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 20:02:26 by 100bit 100bit
Good job guys! Reminded me ~1998.
rulez added on the 2019-09-01 21:28:02 by malfunction malfunction
What Gargaj and noby said. Given that it is not a joke prod, and not an obvious tribute to something in particular, there's no excuse that it doesn't run on P133. Otherwise it would be a nice prod.
added on the 2019-09-01 23:49:49 by provod provod
It's pretty slow, most of the effects are copy-pasted from Shadertoy and it seems to be single-threaded so it doesn't look like much effort was put in to the rendering really. Unless there was some invisible clever way that the Shadertoy shaders were executed on CPU then I think this was a kinda pointless demo.
added on the 2019-09-01 23:54:13 by fizzer fizzer
what provod and others said, no MS-DOS version - no thumb :D

just kidding, still + for aesthetics and overall 1999 feel :)
rulez added on the 2019-09-02 11:52:07 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
someone forgot to push the turbo button.. piggie as i really liked the soundtrack
added on the 2019-09-02 14:06:14 by maali maali
loved it!!
rulez added on the 2019-09-02 19:31:09 by spiikki spiikki
What Jammer said
rulez added on the 2019-09-03 11:18:59 by argasek argasek
Love it. Pure demo style
rulez added on the 2019-09-03 16:23:42 by nytrik nytrik
It so happens I've been making these types of effects in software (higher resolution, though) last year (plus many others) in software and I can see performance issues, tie that to the low resolution and technically it's a thumb down. But it has style and good colors so I'll remain neutral.
added on the 2019-09-03 16:41:25 by superplek superplek
Thumb up for the oldschool combination of fistbanging music and good-looking visuals.
Mulitple thumbs down for ShaderToy ripoffs.
sucks added on the 2019-09-03 16:59:54 by Preacher Preacher
Thumb up for the oldschool combination of fistbanging music and good-looking visuals.
Mulitple thumbs down for ShaderToy ripoffs.

Nah, it's the resolution that's offensive
added on the 2019-09-04 01:44:10 by superplek superplek
Looks like shit, runs like shit, ripped shaders.

Easiest thumb down in years.
sucks added on the 2019-09-04 09:53:45 by kusma kusma
i was initially a bit on the fence, but i'll have to be honest: this is just a bastardization of "oldskool dos" tropes. nothing fits together and the only good thing here visually are the full screen graphics by azzarro. the rest is (at least largely) shadertoy shaders naively converted to C or whatever, and that really shows in the performance. the rest that i don't recognize from there, the 3d blob stuff, look awful.
sucks added on the 2019-09-04 11:34:44 by noby noby
I'm not seeing any evidence of a clever reason (neither technically or stylistically) to have copied code from Shadertoy, so in the end this is a thumb down from me.
sucks added on the 2019-09-04 14:23:46 by fizzer fizzer
Feels like a half-finished 1990s Orange demo, with proper overlays missing, repeated effects to fill time, and stand-in music yet to be replaced.

And yeah, "borrowing" shadertoy stuff without attribution sucks. :(
added on the 2019-09-04 14:38:06 by tomaes tomaes
Looks like shit, runs like shit, ripped shaders.

Easiest thumb down in years.

It's not like those shaders were rocket science to begin with; making that argument is sort of like seting a precedent to thumb down any demo other than TPOLM ones who sport a 2D tunnel ;)

The shame is that it's so freaking poorly implemented.
sucks added on the 2019-09-04 19:41:39 by superplek superplek
software render rox!
rulez added on the 2019-09-05 16:47:08 by Dalthon Dalthon
nice music and some graphics but IMO demos for period screen modes should run on period hardware. Anyway, ripped effects = lame. soz.
sucks added on the 2019-09-05 21:12:00 by dodke dodke
First half looks interesting, but then it's too repeatable.
added on the 2019-09-05 21:20:19 by vdr vdr
Very enjoyable. Great flow, and the visuals and the soundtrack go well together.
rulez added on the 2019-09-09 16:42:19 by Mystra Mystra
more than 10 ripped effects without attribution running slower than ever in 320x240 in 2019, sheesh
sucks added on the 2019-09-09 17:56:37 by Weyland Yutani Weyland Yutani
The info doesn't try to hide these are copied from shadertoy.

"Meanwhile, please consider that the voronoi based effect, fire alike fractal and starfield tunnel
are Shadertoy borrowed work, created by their original authors, and we admire their skills."

Also it says something about the tech here
"Thus we created a multi-core optimized interpreter and execution engine of OGL compatible pixel shader language we run instantly without any pre-calc, pre-load, etc. The moment you hit the executable, demo starts."

So even if it isn't lightning fast it has got an interesting approach.

Anyway the music is enough for a thumb :)
rulez added on the 2019-09-10 12:45:11 by rloaderro rloaderro
That was a fun blast!
rulez added on the 2019-09-10 17:42:07 by klos klos
For the good old times! Software rendering for the win! =) Just assimilate the impact and proceed with the good work.
rulez added on the 2019-09-12 06:51:00 by imerso imerso
Very cool demo, interesting effects, good retro dos style. Congratulations! :)
rulez added on the 2019-09-16 13:29:40 by Biter Biter
great software rendering and really enjoy seeing these old low res software looks and style :D
rulez added on the 2019-09-17 00:07:26 by blackpawn blackpawn
Nicely done!
rulez added on the 2019-09-22 17:51:00 by tifeco tifeco
Interesting software rendering approach here. Would be a bit more appropriate if the actual shader authors would be attributed in the demo visuals or nfo.
added on the 2019-09-24 13:56:13 by waffle waffle
http://ftp.klosz.art.pl is not connecting right now. :(
added on the 2019-09-27 22:55:18 by AntDude AntDude
The info doesn't try to hide these are copied from shadertoy.

That NFO wasnt there originally I think.
added on the 2019-09-27 23:00:01 by Gargaj Gargaj
Old school! It ran nicely on my decade old, updated 64-bit W7 HPE SP1 PC with ATI Radeon 4870 video card (512 MB of VRAM) and 6 GB of RAM. ;)
added on the 2019-09-28 06:10:49 by AntDude AntDude
Quite nice one.
rulez added on the 2019-10-19 17:11:50 by Sapphire Sapphire
I like the oldschool style of it both from the visuals/colours as well as from the tune.
it's maybe a bit too longh though but still worth a (motivational) thumb
rulez added on the 2019-11-01 22:28:32 by v3nom v3nom
thumb for doing things the hard way!
rulez added on the 2019-11-21 17:24:23 by pestis pestis
sadly a good tune wasted in an incoherent ugly mess
sucks added on the 2019-11-21 18:42:39 by SiR SiR
Feaking awesome
rulez added on the 2019-12-11 21:21:29 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
rocking demo vibrations! keito's polska demostyle track is easily shaking all the good stuff
rulez added on the 2020-03-13 00:39:07 by gentleman gentleman
good one
rulez added on the 2021-02-04 12:42:26 by arm1n arm1n
hell yeah, software rendering and doing it the old way just rox
rulez added on the 2022-03-10 20:25:03 by Asato Asato
Nice demo, and it works on GT 430 :)
rulez added on the 2022-03-16 08:50:20 by kjb kjb
Cool demo.
rulez added on the 2022-03-16 10:45:50 by tjahzi(aka Jimi) tjahzi(aka Jimi)
This is one of the best experiences I ever had! This is a late 90s dos era demo made to work perfectly on Windows! The beat, the style, everything is from that era and is presented in such way that will immediately remind you of the good old demos from that time! For me this a 10/10! :)
rulez added on the 2023-01-29 10:23:04 by Defiance Defiance

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