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Demo for the demo competition at the Instanssi 2019 demoparty, held in Jyväskylä, Finland in march 2019. Won first place.

Again, it might run correctly in a browser but there might also be some sync issues (specifically in Chrome, in my experience). The cart runs just fine in PICO-8 itself, of course.

UPDATE: Now fixed for 0.1.12! Which means it won't run correctly in older versions anymore, since it depends on time() for sync.

P#62464 2019-03-03 18:30 ( Edited 2019-04-13 04:40)

:: zep


Holy cow this is good. I watched it 10 times and it got better every viewing.

Now I'm off to study those kicks and snares.

P#62474 2019-03-03 21:44

Not just sync issues, Pico-8 crashed with an Out of Memory error for me while running it in Chrome on Windows. But it's DOPE AS HELL.

EDIT: Happens consistently when the words "The Future Is" appear.

P#62480 2019-03-03 23:31 ( Edited 2019-03-03 23:33)
:: jobe

@zep Wow. Thank you so much :)

@WingedRobot Thanks for the feedback! I'm not actually surprised there are memory issues as well, the demo precalculates very near 2 megabytes of data in _init() so any effect running just a bit too long without old data having been purged would probably cause the demo to crash. I'll have to make a habit of clearing out arrays as soon as they're not used in future demos.

P#62510 2019-03-04 05:57

This is amazing! These top-tier demoscene demos always make me equal parts intimidated and inspired. As for browser issues, the cart works perfectly in Firefox for me. All the effects sync up perfectly and no crashes.


P#62516 2019-03-04 07:09

dag yo

P#62541 2019-03-04 19:42

whoa! this is insanely cool! it gave me some nick land's meltdown vibes.

P#62672 2019-03-08 04:47

This is amazing. What about turning it into a video and putting it on YouTube or something? Might expose more people to it

P#63309 2019-04-07 16:49
:: jobe

@Maximilio64 I already put all my demos on YouTube :)


P#63311 2019-04-07 17:23

Trippy as all heck, in a good way. Also, how'd you get green instrument numbers, and what purpose to they serve?

P#63400 2019-04-11 03:37
:: jobe

@Trianull click the little circle next to the waveform selection icons in the SFX editor, and you'll notice that the waveform icons change into numbers. This way, you'll get to use sound effects 0-7 as instruments. Really handy for doing drums in particular :)

P#63401 2019-04-11 07:14

New to Pico-8 and yours was the second cart I pulled from the BBS – loved this! Had to run it a second time to see whether the sloganeering was procedural…😉

P#64040 2019-04-28 21:27

This message makes me sad and horrified. I will be disposed of callously, according to your edict.

P#65032 2019-06-06 18:53
:: jobe

@delphiusextempor I'm sorry if I made you feel distressed with my demo. If it helps, though, the message isn't really intended to be taken at face value.

I don't want to explain my demo too thoroughly, or get preachy here, but I find that technologically minded idealists don't always factor human beings into their idealism, and they sometimes fail to consider the far spreading social implications of their ideals. Also, those ideals sometimes walk hand in hand with blind libertarianism and laissez-faire capitalism.

This is what I was hoping to satirize with my demo.

P#65046 2019-06-07 05:42 ( Edited 2019-06-07 05:43)

@jobe The word "satire" is encouraging! There's no need to apologize for your excellent work. I was being a flaky pink wafer of raw nerves at the time of my comment. I can definitely see this demo playing on a vid screen for some Brotherhood of Nod training facility. I immediately thought of Mr. Wordsworth in The Twilight Zone: "I am a human being!"

P#65051 2019-06-07 10:26

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