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XESS 1 - Rendezvous   [1986]

XESS 1 - Rendezvous Released by :

Release Date :
September 1986

Type :
C64 One-File Demo


User rating:********__  7.6/10 (11 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... El Stocko
Music .... Xei
Graphics .... Shandor

SIDs used in this release :
Fourth Rendezvous(/MUSICIANS/T/Taylor_Stuart/Fourth_Rendezvous.sid)

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Submitted by Morpheus on 16 May 2007
Can I interest you in this? http://www.c64.com?type=3&id=186
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Submitted by icon on 16 May 2007
Yes, this is truly a beast from the past! I remember I coulndt afford to buy Jarres album but found it usless anyway as I had this version. :-) Love the spritelogo part aswell....
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Submitted by hollowman on 16 May 2007
i love this one
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Submitted by Motion on 10 November 2006
I've got the Best of Compunet cassette, too. Very basic white inlay with blue text.
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Submitted by T.M.R on 10 November 2006
i've got The Best Of Compunet and the "sucker" message is still in there... it was that pack that got me interested in demos in the first place! =-) i do remember a version with alternative music, but the one i got played the Jarre piece, i'm sure of it.
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Submitted by El Stocko on 10 November 2006
Perhaps we didn't do it because we didn't want to comprimise our artistic integrity (ahem).
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Submitted by El Stocko on 9 November 2006
I remember zero about that unfortunately. I'd be amazed to see an alternate version if there is one though.
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Submitted by Stu Taylor on 9 November 2006
I vaguely remember something about this Compunet Demo Disk. Didn't we keep hounding someone to get it on there - they eventually said not a problem but you'd have to get rid of that Run Stop/Restore thing (sucker!) and change the music - can't remember if we ever did it though??? Don't think I ever saw it!
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Submitted by El Stocko on 15 September 2006
I've already added the Zzap! magazine Compunet review featuring XESS2. Here's the one featuring XESS1. This time I cheated and used OCR :) By the way, I don't know anything about an alternate version of XESS1 containing a different tune! If there was, I certainly had nothing to do with it. If anyone has the mentioned "Compunet Demo Disk", let me know.

From Zzap!64 issue 18, October 1986. By "Jaz"(?)

Since the departure of Gary Liddon from this humble ZZAP! vestibule I've actually had the chance to use this Compunet modem thingy — and quite an exciting little doobrie it is too. Mind you, it hasn't been the best of months, upload wise — there certainly seems to be a distinct lack of them when you consider just how busy some months have been. Still, the quantity may well have dropped, but the quality certainly hasn't.

One of the best progettes I've seen recently is The Transputer Demo, a slightly (to say the least) scaled down version of the transputer program which was shown on Tomorrow's World some months ago. It's a sort of surrealistic Newton's Cradle suspended above a chequered floor and features quite a jolly Electrosound piece. GOTO DEMOS and BUY it.

Another nice demo in the DEMO DIR is XESS 1 - Rendezvous, a team product from Stu Taylor, El Stocko and Shandor. The original demo featured Jean-Michel Jarre music, but since it is to feature on the Compunet DEMO disk (more about this next month) it had to be changed (due to the copyright laws) and now features an original Electrosound track. The screen displays a great picture of the Rendezvous album cover, complete with moving mouth uttering 'Rendezvous' and a now-standard sprites-in-the-border message.

Also In the DEMOS DIR is Liz & Cujo!!!!!, a little offering from (would you believe it) Lizard and Cujo. It features a nice black and grey piccy of a Satyr (?) along with an Electrosound ditty from Cujo.

Last month we mentioned URIDIBAD — this month we have the 'real' thing in the form of the URIDIUM DEMO from Hewson, found in the SCORCHER DEMOS DIR. It's not brilliant, but it still might convince the three Commodore owners who haven't got the game to go out and add it to their software collection.

Monster Show is the latest upload into MANIAC'S DEN, and quite a cast it boasts too: 'concept' by Maniac (whatever that means), sprites by Spidey, a screen piccy by Hugh Riley and a version of Bach's Toccata and Fuge by Kit, all going by the name of Reset 86. I must say that the Riley piccy isn't one of his better ones, but it's quite jolly all the same. By the way, Alex, ol' pal, ol' mate, ol’ chum, we didn't vote one, just like you so nicely requested.

If you GOTO MARKII and DIR your way to The Wolverines directory then you'll be able to BUY the Neptune demo. It's a really pleasant bas-relief piccy with two scrolling messages and the (very good) music from Hocus Focus. Good stuff Cory and Gary, or should that be Yorc and Yarg?

Young Antony Crowther has plonked six new tunes into his DIR, found in the We MUSIC directory in the CONCERT HALL (GOTO 1601). We Demo (7) B.M. is a fair to-middling version of Blue Monday, complete with a simple piccy, whilst the others — ingenuously titled RATTSDEMO(1) (2. 3, 4 and 5) — are 'sixteen sprite scroller' jobbies complete with strange tunes burbling along in the background. Not the best demos around ... but then again (cliche, cliche) they're not the worst.

'DONT SMOKE!' is the message from Sam Wade (ID: VENTURE). Well, that's the name of his (or her) latest piccy, found on the pages' of JUNGLE II. Featuring a reasonable picture of a packet of (Whisper) Benson and Hedges, DON'T
SMOKE has a rather blatant message for those who pay homage to the great god nicotine — IT CAN KILL! Forceful stuff indeed!

That's it for the moment — perhaps the wintry weather will force programmers back to the keyboards of their 64's and there will be a glut of demo's next month. We shall see...
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