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What Is the Matrix   [2013]

What Is the Matrix Released by :
Censor Design [web]

Release Date :
10 February 2013

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :
Datastorm 2013

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at Datastorm 2013 :  #3

User rating:********__  8.2/10 (31 votes)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Bob of Censor Design
  Lavazza of Censor Design
  Magnar Harestad of Censor Design
  Mogwai of Defiers
  Swallow of Censor Design
Music .... Future Freak of Dexion
  Magnar Harestad of Censor Design
Graphics .... Lavazza of Censor Design
  Magnar Harestad of Censor Design
  NiM of Censor Design
  Prowler of Censor Design, Nectarine, Up Rough
  Sensei of Censor Design, Paragon
Linking .... CRT of Censor Design
Loader .... Krill of Plush
Sampling .... Swallow of Censor Design

SIDs used in this release :
Cooperation Demo(/MUSICIANS/F/Future_Freak/Cooperation_Demo.sid)
What Is the Matrix(/MUSICIANS/M/Magnar/What_Is_the_Matrix.sid)
What Is the Matrix (end)(/MUSICIANS/M/Magnar/What_Is_the_Matrix_end.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by hedning on 15 March 2020
This demo is stuck in my head. Good work.
User Comment
Submitted by Samurai on 15 March 2020
Missed this demo altogether and in particular the tribute to Mogwai who was a personal friend of mine back then, I went to school with his sister.

I even remember that old demo part...


Thanks guys!
User Comment
Submitted by Photon on 17 September 2014
Nice HCL and music :)
User Comment
Submitted by Sith on 28 October 2013
I always had a soft spot for 'The Matrix' trilogy. Wish they would make another one. I really enjoyed the demo very much but I wish it was longer and double sided.

I hope you guys will expand this demo still, I want more of it!
User Comment
Submitted by Medicus on 23 May 2013
Brilliant music!
User Comment
Submitted by Mr Wegi on 22 April 2013
Nice demo ! Thx for effort.
User Comment
Submitted by BHF on 14 February 2013
A cool Censor release, also just a few months after X, impressing ! :)
Great music by Magnar and its good to see Lavazza coding cool stuff !
And then its Bob lurking behind the vic ;) We did have a talk at DS about those effects, hehe.

The Mogwai part with the great old tune from Future freak, made me kinda sad for a little moment... thinking about it, the old days life/death.
But it was a good thing to do. :)

It was very nice to meet you again Lavazza, Bob and Magnar!
Looking forward to see more Censor releases in the near future!
User Comment
Submitted by Magnar on 14 February 2013
I know I didn't find it straight away, so here we go with a shortcut.

If anyone wants to see the production notes Bob put together, follow this link: http://csdb.dk/release/?id=115684&show=notes#notes
User Comment
Submitted by Magic on 14 February 2013
Great release.. love it!
Magnar is the rising coder and gfx star on the commodore 64. :)
Looking forward to your X2014 release :D
User Comment
Submitted by endo on 13 February 2013
I loved the end part's music & gfx.
User Comment
Submitted by Magnar on 13 February 2013
@dwangi; http://www.thephuketnews.com/patong-community-mourns-much-loved..
User Comment
Submitted by Dwangi on 12 February 2013
I agree the plasma actually looked good for a 8x8 version :).

I must ask, What happened to Mogwai?
Deceased on 31th of January.
User Comment
Submitted by DeeKay on 12 February 2013
Oh, THAT! ;-) Yeah, that's rather wellknown, we used it f.ex. to make the right siderborder gfx in the endpart of Risen from Oblivion more colorful! But - didn't this stretch into the left sideborder??? Which is not the case with Bob's part!...
User Comment
Submitted by JackAsser on 12 February 2013
@Bob: So nice to meet you man! And congratz on the #3 place.

The reason you havn't seen this effect so much is because you usually avoid it. The color rows in the sideborder gets misaligned one line in the left border anyways.

The VIC will display whatever background color that was defined in the 39th column in the whole side border. Usually this is $d021 but with ECM-mode it will be the bgcolor set by the upper 2 bits of the character via $d02x. For hires bitmap it will be the bgcolor of the char, i.e. the color of the 0-bits in the bitmap data, or the low nybble of the screen colors.

Btw... check out the AFLI part in Time Machine for the exact same effect. I.e. the AFLI-pattern extend into the side border for the very same reason. The Time Machine intro picture has the same effect but we decided to make the last colum's bgcolor be black for consistency. Try change it (Vice monitor: > 5c27 b3) when the sprites are visible and the side border is open.
User Comment
Submitted by Bob on 12 February 2013
True True DeeKay, we are glad that we managed to release something at all ;)

HCL = is a multiple purpose message ;)
1. Horizontal Line Chars. well I haven't seen char colors setting one side border in any demo, I might be wrong here but, I came a cross this phenomenon while coding the allborder stuff. When I did some extra d016 trickery (tech tech ish) got garbage in the data and woallah, Mirage pointed out that there was something similar but not like this. Now HCL tells the same, propably half of the scene has done it all of a sudden ;) to baad... they didn't make it obvious what the hell it was ;) I still think it is unique ;) hehehehe but thats me..

2. Hello to an long time no C friend that I finally got to meet with since the 90's and have a good portion of beers with, we had some mailing back and forth during our absence... HCL kept my curriousity going.. :)

3. Matrix consist more of vertical line chars, so Lavazza added also horizontal messages.

Pick one ;)

it got cozy at the end.

If you would like to contribute to our gfx issue you are more then welcome ;)

missed you at DS.
User Comment
Submitted by DeeKay on 11 February 2013
LOL! Never thought I'd ever hear David say the very words "the HCL-effect is nothing new really"! ;-D
User Comment
Submitted by DeeKay on 11 February 2013
Nice demo. Feels a bit rushed, with some non-treated converted gfx in parts and "gaps" in the music, but then again that's totally understandable because you released a big demo on X a few months earlier, and Offence are just superhuman, they don't count! ;-D

So what's the point with these horizontal character lines?
Loved the endpic (trinity was also good), please make gfx this good throughout the whole demo next time! ;-D
User Comment
Submitted by Yogibear on 11 February 2013
Enjoyed this one very much!
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Submitted by HCL on 11 February 2013
Some nice effects in here, but the HCL-effect is nothing new really. It was used 20 years ago, for example in Totally Stoned 2 by me, but i did not invent it. Keep it up d0dez, and nice having a beer with you at the party!

[edit] ..and of course i HATE being #4 after you guys, it's f**king unbelievable :E but i woun't say a word about it. :)
User Comment
Submitted by Stone on 11 February 2013
The Matrix character effect is really cool. Well done turning Lavazza on to the scene, Bob! It's also amazing that new ways to exploit the hardware can still be found in 2013.
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 11 February 2013
interesting, how you could make a 8x8 plasma look cool. :) great stuff.
User Comment
Submitted by hedning on 11 February 2013
I love it! Great to meet you guys too, and thanx for the wine, Bob!
User Comment
Submitted by Magnar on 11 February 2013
SID files added as downloadables.
User Comment
Submitted by Sixx on 10 February 2013
Superb demo! What was it now again, Horizontal Line Characters? ;) Great end pic by Prowler. See you next time guys, i owe you a couple of beers, Bob. ;)
User Comment
Submitted by spider-j on 10 February 2013
Hm. Haven't I seen a borderless matrix scroll before? Whatever: a really well designed production. Was a real pleasure to watch.
User Comment
Submitted by Dr.Science on 10 February 2013
For sure one of the better MATRIX effects in a demo (bye bye sideborder) - and I like the upgrade Trinity :-)
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