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TCTD 2009 Awards

TCTD Awards 2009: Best Oldschool Demo Production

This has been a great  year for oldschool demo production. The quantity of productions has increased, however this brought with it an increased number of QUALITY productions among them. It was hard to select the nominees! Among all these, I warmly welcome back the Amiga producers.  We had a ton of new Amiga demos this year and this only makes me happy. Also, we had very solid output in most of the dedicated and open demoparties like Breakpoint, Assembly and tUM. The increased interest in oldschool computers as demomaking platforms has led as well to more machines being pushed towards their limits like they never did before.

With this trend, we also see an increase in “crossover-ing” between chipmusic and demoscene. A lot of chipmusic artists have ventured into the demoscene, and a bunch of demoscene artists have gathered more exposure in the eyes and ears of chipmusic aficionados. However, judging from the votesheets submitted for the 2009 TCTD awards by our readers, there’s a widespread, appalling knowledge of the demoscene. Not only most sheets were empty in this category, a bunch posted stuff that wasn’t even related. Come on kids, we post a lot of demoscene material for you, pay some attention! There’s a ton of awesome stuff to discover within. I promise more stuff in 2010 so you can fill up that slot in next year’s Awards (and not suggest that we nominate a record pressing company for “demo production” :O)

Not wanting to steal any more of your time, I hereby present you with the Demo nominees:

Andropolis by Booze Design & Instinct (Commodore 64):

Booze Design does it again. Teamed up with Instinct, they deliver a punching production for your Commodore 64.

Cernit Trandafir by Dead Hackers Society (Atari STe):

It may not be superflash, but what it does it does with good quality. I love the resolution and soundtrack on this one. It was a tough call between this and Suretrip II

Syntax Infinity by Tulou & Traktor (MSX2):

Not a very popular platform, the MSX2 receives an amazing demo at Breakpoint 2009. It should have won the compo.

Future 1999 by PwP (Commodore VIC-20):

Even though PwP prods are pretty similar, this time around they have managed to use samples for some SPOOKY voices saying freaky shit.  I love it.

VIA by Neurotypical (Acorn BBC Micro):

OK, it might not be very inspired, but this  shit is hardcore. It’s video + digital audio streamed off a fricking BBC Micro. Many points for hardcoreness and rare platform usage.

8 comments to TCTD Awards 2009: Best Oldschool Demo Production

  • hooray for viznut tho the slow-ass bg scrolls were ‘surprising’

  • the Neurotypical is really neat.

  • Well, I feel guilty for nominating the ‘obvious’ choice, but it’s still my favourite of those demos. All 5 are very impressive though! :-) Shame that most people left it blank, TCTD will have to cover the demoscene more heavily this year, hehe.

  • radian

    “suggest that we nominate a record pressing company for “demo production”” LOL

  • Yeah, it’s been a good year for the oldschool platforms. Andropolis is definitely my favourite. Would’ve expected nominations for Suretrip II (Atari ST) or Mescaline Synesthesia (ZX Spectrum) though. Well, let’s see what comes up with later this year.

  • I almost put Suretrip II but it didn’t convince me though. Something abut it screamed “Just another demo”. Mescaline Synesthesia passed completely under my radar unfortunately. I’d put it in the list now :/

  • the c-men

    shiiit that booze design demo blew my mind !
    I think these guys deserve a real pat on the back,
    unlike so many who manage to cram some shit out of the 64
    and think that’s innovative or special. Can’t beat the demoscene
    in aesthetics, pure skills and innovation.

  • the c-men

    and although I like the msx2 demo, I know it is capable of so, so much more. Unknown reality and the impact demos for instance. Still, I quite loved what they did.