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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)



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)

@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

@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

@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

@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

Ok so I got a new computer, but this was still a little slow in Pico-8 itself, but it runs fine on web???? Is there a way to get Pico-8 to stay at a consistent 60 fps I wonder...

P#70079 2019-11-20 22:23

I was expecting to see a subliminal message that said,


Fortunately not. Every other message is in there though. :)

Nicely done ! Quite a presentation for the eyes and ears. Definitely gets my star.

P#70083 2019-11-21 02:16 ( Edited 2019-11-21 03:04)

@Trianull that's interesting, my experience with my own demos has been exactly opposite - ie. everything runs smoothly in the desktop software, but when I try to run them on a browser I get timing issues. Which browser are you using? I'd like to investigate if it runs my demos better than the others.

Overall, I'm using a lot of dirty tricks that abuse the stack, and unfortunately that seems to lead to performance issues on some platforms. I ran some of my earliest test effects on a PocketCHIP and some of them ran at a snail's pace. My guess is that the memory reading speed couldn't keep up, since I had problems with effects that used a lot of precalculated data in particular.

P#70093 2019-11-21 06:19

@jobe I'm using Google Chrome, I also have 8 gb of ram if it matters. I'm not sure if there's something in the config files I touched that slowed Pico-8 down by a bit or what exactly.

P#70102 2019-11-21 23:22

The elon musk part hasn't aged well, however this is a great piece of art

P#70620 2019-12-05 20:28

The libertarian messaging is so cringe lol your perfect society was 1920s America when corporations had no regulations and thus used child labor, the weekend didn't exist, and the stock market crashed causing the Great Depression. You still worship people like Elon Musk whose family owned a ruby mine and made their money off apartheid in South Africa. He bought the title of founder of Tesla and does publicity stunts like the vacuum trains just so (to put it lightly) gullible people like you will boost Tesla stock prices. Weird that a company that only survived by begging the US federal government for funding has become an icon for libertarians. You're all hypocrites and your whole political ideology is blatantly fraudulent lol

P#83552 2020-10-31 20:09

@qashto And if you'd scroll just a little bit up, you'd find that the reason that it's cringe is that it's supposed to be.

Honestly, I thought I wasn't even being subtle with this demo.

P#83587 2020-11-01 18:06

There are a lot of impressionable young people that use pico and where I'm from in the US a lot of people actually believe in libertarian Ayn Randian ideas. You should make it more obvious you're making a parody.

P#83688 2020-11-04 00:36 ( Edited 2020-11-04 00:36)

@jobe ohhhh wow this is sooooo cool, reminds me of the good old days when I used to use the AVS visualizers in Winamp, I love it! Great work!

P#83696 2020-11-04 09:07


Get over yourself. It's a demo, an artistic expression. Even if jobe were being serious, it's none of your business to come in and say it shouldn't be done.

Stop acting like a fascist who has to disappear anything that disagrees with their worldview, even if it's in jest.

P#84009 2020-11-08 21:56 ( Edited 2020-11-08 21:57)

Late to the party, but shouldn't this have some kind of seizure warning?

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