What are Demos? What is a Demo?
More information on the demoscene is available in our flyer 'The Demoscene'
or on demoscene.info, the portal on the demoscene.
WhereDemos are created at, and submitted to, competitions called Demo Parties mostly in western Europe. Leading countries are Finland, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and Germany. There have been a handful of 'Demo Parties' in North America at Berkeley, UC San Diego, and Canada.
WhenDemos appeared in the `80s. Intros were the first form of Demos. They became more popular in the early `90s. People continuously argue about demos 'fading away' -- however this has yet to happen.
HowInitially, demos were coded exclusively in assembly, for the emerging home computers. Gradually demos started using C, and finally C++ as well as running in Windows and using hardware accelerated graphics cards. The music for demos uses special formats similar in concept to MIDI files (but containing their own instrument and vocal audio samples)
WhyDemos are about passion. They are about getting a computer to do the coolest thing you've ever seen a computer do. They are about great music, great art, and great programming (All biased to what the 'scene' has grown to respect).
Text based on "Demos Explained; What are Demos? What is a Demo?" by Vincent Scheib. With kind permission.