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release date : september 2023
release party : Function 2023
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added on the 2023-09-10 04:12:38 by Gargaj Gargaj

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So, did you take on the backrooms and liminal space imagery with this?
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 05:49:08 by Flashira Flashira
Nice video tape glitches.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 07:34:35 by Depeche Depeche
I hate cliff hangers ;-) ...so the admin hat a bad day, run into Sharknado then into the Shining :-) I like !
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 08:14:23 by Kuemmel Kuemmel
It was ======, especially the ======== !
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 08:22:47 by alkama alkama
Nice
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 08:32:06 by xeron xeron
I could really not find anything good with this. Sorry, not my cup of tea at all.
added on the 2023-09-10 09:18:18 by MetRebelS MetRebelS
Very experimental, first part can put many into sleep mode, but it’s really worth watching till the end. Good job Gargaj!
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 09:25:02 by hollowone hollowone
very nice :D
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 10:12:29 by mop2 mop2
The thing at the end (I shall not give a spoiler here) being fully in the centre of the frame 10 seconds beforehand is probably the best example of Checkhov's gun I have ever seen in a demo.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 11:08:44 by urs urs
Frustration, anxiety, uncertainty are all really present for me watching this, and it makes me imagine the different things it could mean. Is the demo running in my brain now?
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 11:13:16 by aldroid aldroid
Brings memories of Safety Measures in terms of being "uh?!" and "whaaat?", at least a bit.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 11:14:14 by LiSU^TRS LiSU^TRS
Nothing short of excellent. This one's right up my alley, so there might be some bias, but still: the direction is great, colors and elements fit the style really well and the story is told in just the right spot between being vague and giving some bits and pieces to create that feeling of unease while making the mind wander through the possibilities of what this is, where it comes from and who made it.

Also worth rewatching some times, at least I found that helpful to grasp more details. :)
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 12:38:08 by juvi juvi
very wannabe backrooms indeed, unfortunately the 3D and particularly the lighting lack that 'is this real footage?'-vibe so that's a little bit off putting if you compare the two. but the narrative is very well done
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 13:09:48 by post malone post malone
Jeez couldn't you find any less worn-out tape?!

Amazing storytelling
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:00:58 by Saga Musix Saga Musix
Yes, great direction, which makes it very immersive.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:07:56 by v3nom v3nom
Best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Excellent sound design makes the piece! ▶️
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:17:30 by gloom gloom
Wow, that's a great experience!
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:22:08 by rp rp
Concept was cool
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:49:04 by Optimus Optimus
Ok - if still someone asks me beginning from today "what is a demo"? This one will be one of the demos I will show them! Great experience - and I have to rewatch it, again! And again ! and again... <3 - but wait - are the walls are coming closer , now ? ;)
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 14:49:34 by titus^rab titus^rab
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 16:42:32 by Frozzy Frozzy
Simulates the "found footage" degraded video experience better than any other demo to date. It proves that with image quality, sometimes less can be more. I'm glad it stayed full framerate, that helped with the illusion of video. Like other UD/CNS releases, the story is somewhat open to interpretation but the direction and narration are there. Good sound design, which was necessary for it to work.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 17:30:02 by phoenix phoenix
Oh, and I was waiting for a ■ at the end. :)
added on the 2023-09-10 17:32:26 by phoenix phoenix
Incredible! Best demo of the year for me. If someone could properly tackle this vibe it’s gargaj. Amazing work.
rulezcdc added on the 2023-09-10 17:37:03 by okkie okkie
Some nice camera work and ideas, but let down by the really artificial lighting and texturing of the various scenes. A piggy.
added on the 2023-09-10 17:43:14 by uncle-x uncle-x
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 18:04:13 by keops keops
"classified-tape-accidentially-found" vibes done well (the fact it looks like 90s CGI experiments adds an additional level of uncanny :), also what urs said
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 18:28:19 by wbcbz7 wbcbz7
Woah great job I think you really nailed the vibe here. Proper attention to detail! Animation must've been a lot of work but the end result is so smooth it made me a bit jealous, hehe. I was gasping when the protagonist slipped! And the whole thing sounds great :)

Also funny to think how this genre was born in YouTube, now made to a scene demo, then uploaded back to YouTube but now in a different context. Maybe the creepy liminal space is more real when it's rendered in real-time though? For a while it exists in your computer and is partially revealed through a virtual camera, then destroyed until you visit it again.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 19:00:56 by cce cce
Good.
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 19:12:29 by chavez chavez
Great concept, even better execution
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 19:56:39 by gopher gopher
WOW! This was truly a demo like never seen before!!! *fuckton of claps*
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 21:34:22 by hot multimedia hot multimedia
An unusual concept. I don't quite understand the storyline, but I like it. :)
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 21:35:22 by Murphy Murphy
Fix the tracking issues and its perfect
rulez added on the 2023-09-10 22:50:42 by nerve nerve
Filed under: what the fuck did I just watch?
good idea to use the organic camera movements with lost vhs tape aesthetics! tight execution aswell.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 01:30:12 by psenough psenough
Who you gonna call?
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 01:53:31 by gaspode gaspode
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Who you gonna call?

The 90s, asking if they want their cg back?

I really liked the parking lot scene, that being said even through the lens of 90s retro style rendering it looks a bit ugly, not in an aesthetic way. However I was still entertained by the concept and execution, also +1 for no music.
added on the 2023-09-11 03:30:04 by LJ LJ
Looks like a short film done by S. Kubrick. Very nice ! 🫣
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 05:21:09 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
Amazing how you created this disquiet mood.. Let me write the script for the last phonecall.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 06:25:44 by NokoNoko NokoNoko
Yeah, this was really cool in all aspects. I really enjoyed the 90s rendering style since you wouldn’t capture 2023 with an old camcorder, which makes the whole thing super meta :)

Camera work was exceptional, probably filmed and tracked?

The VHS Postprocess was too repetitive though
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 08:00:52 by prost prost
All work and no ▶
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 08:27:22 by Daddy Freddy Daddy Freddy
welp, I've finally moved to the dark side and changed a CDC.

Found footage finds a footing.
rulezcdc added on the 2023-09-11 09:30:43 by ferris ferris
+ Love the concept and the VHS effect
+ Great camerawork
+ Some of the scenes and texturing work are really convincing (like the server room)
+ Excellent audio that really glues the whole thing together

- Some of the scenes are unfortunately less convincing and pull you out of the experience (paper planes I'm looking at you)
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 09:37:47 by zoom zoom
p p cool atmosphere. Camerawork looked quite immersive and the scene changes flowed well. I couldn't help thinking about how unfaithful the NTSC/PAL shader was though :\, I think a quality one would have added a lot.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 09:44:02 by wrighter wrighter
én rendesen bef*stam
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 10:19:52 by iONic iONic
What MetRebels said. Blair Witch demos are defo not my cup of tea.
added on the 2023-09-11 10:57:20 by AzzaroMWI AzzaroMWI
I'm typically an old school guy - but this, I just LOVE - on every level. A million billion thumbs
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 11:32:08 by Tom Tom
Good idea well executed :)
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 11:47:26 by jimmi jimmi
ok
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 11:49:27 by fyrex fyrex
Awesome presentation - I think all of us watching "backrooms" videos over the years had the same idea - to make something similar, maybe with some "muzak" in the background. But I like it that it manages to be a solid demo that relies only on sound effects.

Beyond that, the visual quality is excellent. There is so much attention to detail and performance of the post-process effects.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 11:50:17 by Navis Navis
Does it come on Video2000 as well?
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 12:45:40 by tFt tFt
Yup, that's how it's done. Think outside of the box (tm) and make it work.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 12:47:50 by BoyC BoyC
And don't forget to rewind the tape.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 13:03:23 by SiR SiR
One of the best directing this year (I loved the camerawork). And you need imagination to understand it. Congratulations, I love it
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 13:51:11 by netro netro
As far as I can see, Gargaj introduced the Backrooms videos to the boomerscene.

Gargaj, is this part of the canon or just a fanfiction? Nevertheless, it's a great implementation, and the infofile is wonderful.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 15:23:43 by slyspy slyspy
Nice one! Love the camera work and the sound design.
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 16:16:52 by Rob Rob
aesthetically completely on point. this slaps
rulez added on the 2023-09-11 17:14:09 by lynn lynn
What uncle-x said. Also, obvious jump scare is obvious. :-)
added on the 2023-09-11 18:07:21 by Sesse Sesse
So so.
added on the 2023-09-11 19:45:38 by AntDude AntDude


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rulez added on the 2023-09-11 19:54:14 by HellMood HellMood
First watch.. absolutely terryfing. Second watch sharing with a friend... STILL absolutely terryfing.

Just brilliant.
rulez added on the 2023-09-12 00:43:36 by djh0ffman djh0ffman
Backrooms: the demo. 😄
rulez added on the 2023-09-12 03:46:10 by Starchaser Starchaser
Good one. :)
rulez added on the 2023-09-12 14:36:06 by TomS4wy3R TomS4wy3R
Hö?
rulez added on the 2023-09-13 12:18:24 by Charlie Charlie
This was totally unexpected.
rulez added on the 2023-09-13 12:49:20 by Travis Travis
Concept. The camera movement is very authentic. The sound design is well executed. Could have more detailed textures on the scene to make this more convincing.
rulez added on the 2023-09-13 14:24:45 by 0b5vr 0b5vr
very interesting take on the backrooms imagery, amazing execution
rulez added on the 2023-09-13 23:16:18 by wullon wullon
waw :p, i havent booted USA-dos to check the executable but i think in this case i will b/c im kinda curious. If this is really modelling and a realtime executable , not augmented reality with a fullscreen shader.
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WHO did the camtrail ? lol , it moves so natural the only thing i can suspect is someone put godmode in it and some kind of trailrecorder algorithm ? (all assuming this is actualy modelled 3d environment)
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bc a trail like this with all angles and motions by hand will take quite some time by a one-man army to polish until it looks like an actual guy moving through a realtime environment
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the box must have been the favourite last year here for the "suits of the scene" award (actually dont know who won what, just all the nominees)
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and this is like totally different
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thats some talent fit into one head ... it must give migraines heheh
rulez added on the 2023-09-14 03:02:17 by Janes OnderGrond Janes OnderGrond
oh no breaks huh, mea culpa we is really new to the site ... give it another 20 years and we'll comment like a boss ...
I'm not entirely sure what I just saw
Dunno how it's 90mb? I'm sure a guru could do it in 4k or 64k.
added on the 2023-09-14 05:00:22 by baldrick baldrick
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I'm sure a guru could do it in 4k or 64k.


If you can't be guru-esque enough to write an appreciating comment, why should anyone else bother overcoming your level of laziness? :)
added on the 2023-09-14 12:07:28 by rp rp
Wow, that is something completely different!
rulez added on the 2023-09-14 21:12:43 by Mystra Mystra
Nailed it!
rulez added on the 2023-09-14 22:13:28 by 71M 71M
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WHO did the camtrail ? lol , it moves so natural the only thing i can suspect is someone put godmode in it and some kind of trailrecorder algorithm ? (all assuming this is actualy modelled 3d environment)


Having read Gargaj's comment on Youtube I presume there might be some write-up (soon?). However, as much as technical details might be interesting for some people, I'm more interested in WHY rather than HOW :-)
added on the 2023-09-15 00:23:21 by LiSU^TRS LiSU^TRS
I love the rendering, fucking good idea!
rulez added on the 2023-09-15 11:40:04 by leonard leonard
Beautiful rendering with lots of details and references. I don't get the story but I love this.
rulez added on the 2023-09-15 14:49:09 by edhellon edhellon
So cool, and stylish! Congrats!
rulez added on the 2023-09-16 07:41:24 by tifeco tifeco
Nicely done VHS but... it does not do it for me as a whole I'm afraid.
added on the 2023-09-16 12:01:49 by leGend leGend
The VHS <3, the soundscape <3, the story <3 !!!
rulez added on the 2023-09-16 18:31:34 by deepr deepr
Reminds me of when I was working at a datacenter in Slough. Slough is a miserable town, and the datacenters were the ultimate in liminal spaces. This nailed the aesthetic.
rulez added on the 2023-09-16 22:14:41 by rc55 rc55
top notch sound design, <3 the footsteps! very effective suspense. mocapped camera movement? SCP-31337
rulez added on the 2023-09-16 23:13:38 by jco jco


interesting demo looks like its filmed on 8mm tape
and nice sound effects and scary story
very well made, especially the sound and the movement of the camera! nothing really to rewatch for me but great for what it is!
rulez added on the 2023-09-17 11:02:27 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
Original !
rulez added on the 2023-09-18 11:04:33 by Shantee Shantee
.superb
rulez added on the 2023-09-23 13:43:25 by kempy kempy
excellent sound design and camera work, the rendering style fits the theme so well, and it all comes together to something that builds suspense very effectively. rulez!
rulez added on the 2023-09-23 18:17:16 by Sebbert Sebbert
Very nice esthetics and hooray for that concept!
rulez added on the 2023-09-25 13:41:42 by Paralax Paralax
Direct-to-video ;-)
rulez added on the 2023-09-25 20:23:56 by RufUsul RufUsul
Excellent and creepy. Need more of this.
rulez added on the 2023-09-28 12:50:21 by neoneye neoneye
Usually the tracking potentiometer is on the front panel of the VCR to adjust the VCR tracking for the clearest picture (if i remember correctly), you should use it :D . So great stuff, nice work guys!
rulez added on the 2023-09-28 16:19:11 by viti viti
I respect (and in some ways, adore) the work you put into this, but somehow it just doesn't work for me. The handycam works well enough, but the vhs obfuscation still doesnt adequately hide the deficiencies of the rendering. It feels like a mishmash of internet memes and Stephen King movies (namely Langoliers and Shining). Not bad at all, but not outstanding either. (again - imho)
added on the 2023-10-01 14:57:21 by reptile reptile
Needs more metal pipe falling effect, otherwise perfect.
rulez added on the 2023-10-02 10:42:44 by luutifa luutifa
Wow.
rulez added on the 2023-10-02 14:51:24 by pixtur pixtur
Reminds of the indie horror/backroom games genre that's been trending the last years! Really good atmosphere and camera work! Would love to see a continuation to this story! :)
rulez added on the 2023-10-07 17:19:16 by Defiance Defiance
Great
rulez added on the 2023-10-20 19:51:13 by Frequent Frequent
Congrats! You are always surprising and brilliant!
rulez added on the 2023-11-09 06:22:49 by Kaszi75 Kaszi75
This is the first demo of the newly formed Docuscene.
rulez added on the 2023-11-16 11:15:24 by anticore anticore
One of the most interesting PC demos in years. The sounds works so good.
rulez added on the 2024-03-30 22:00:39 by fiveofive fiveofive
terrifyingly good
rulez added on the 2024-04-04 02:14:48 by DaD1916 DaD1916

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