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Next Level   [2023]

Next Level Released by :

Release Date :
3 June 2023

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C64 Demo

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C64 Demo Competition at X'2023 :  #1

User rating:**********  9.8/10 (166 votes)   See votestatistics
**********  9.9/10 (55 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Axis of Arsenic, Censor Design, Oxyron
  Bitbreaker of Nuance, Performers
  Knut M. Clausen of Fossil, SHAPE
  Krill of Plush
  Mahoney of Performers, Visa Röster
  Peiselulli of Performers, PriorArt, Tristar & Red Sector Inc., VICE Team
  The Human Code Machine of Masters' Design Group, MultiStyle Labs, Performers
  Trap of Bonzai, Performers
  YPS of Performers, The Noisy Bunch, WiC64-Team
Music .... dEViLOCk of Arsenic, Oxyron, Performers
  Jammer of 1mandivision, MultiStyle Labs, Protovision
  Linus of Camelot, Fossil, MultiStyle Labs, Performers, SHAPE
  LMan of Censor Design, Maniacs of Noise, MultiStyle Labs, Performers, Remix64.com, Tristar & Red Sector Inc.
Graphics .... Bitbreaker of Nuance, Performers
  DeeKay of Censor Design, Crest, Oxyron
  Facet of Bonzai, Genesis Project, Propaganda Magazine Staff, Satellite
  Joe of The Tuneful Eight, Wrath Designs
  Prowler of Nectarine
  ptoing of Funkentstört
  redcrab of Genesis Project, Goin' Sideways, Performers
  Veto of Oxyron, PriorArt, Tristar & Red Sector Inc.
Charset .... DeeKay of Censor Design, Crest, Oxyron
  Retrofan of P1X3L-net
Linking .... Bitbreaker of Nuance, Performers
Loader .... Bitbreaker of Nuance, Performers
Directory Art .... Bitbreaker of Nuance, Performers

SIDs used in this release :
Anything GEOS!(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Anything_GEOS.sid)
Anything Next?(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Anything_Next.sid)
Faithless Insomnia(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Faithless_Insomnia.sid)
Finally Asleep(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Finally_Asleep.sid)
Make Noise(/MUSICIANS/L/LMan/Make_Noise.sid)
Next Level Intro(/MUSICIANS/D/Devilock/Next_Level_Intro.sid)
Next Level Main(/MUSICIANS/D/Devilock/Next_Level_Main.sid)
Next Level of Insomnia(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Next_Level_of_Insomnia.sid)
Next Level of Insomnia (short)(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Next_Level_of_Insomnia_short.sid)
Next Level Side 3(/MUSICIANS/L/Linus/Next_Level_Side_3.sid)
Party x Leben(/MUSICIANS/L/LMan/Party_x_Leben.sid)
Sky Buster(/MUSICIANS/J/Jammer/Sky_Buster.sid)

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Submitted by Raistlin on 1 May 2024
Added the art from this demo to C64GFX.com recently. Some stunning pieces - and a huge effort here from Facet/G*P (including that amazing opening falling rock logo artwork). https://c64gfx.com/release/232976
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Submitted by niallquinn on 10 April 2024
Loved this. The 100 games bit recreation was a bit special!!!!
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Submitted by Raistlin on 1 February 2024
After recent discussions on missing attributions on Wonderland 14, I'd love to see the full credits for side 2 of Next Level :-) .. right now the GFX for side 2 are credited to Mahoney.
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Submitted by finchy on 27 January 2024
Excellent, as it even works on my C128DCR flawlessly - which not many demos do. So kudos to you guys!
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Submitted by Goblin on 11 January 2024
I am super late to the party, but I felt I just had to chip in. This demo is insane, just insane. *bows in awe*
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Submitted by Zore on 17 October 2023
As usual, arriving a bit late to the party. That's truly some next-level shit. +1

Awesome work. Enjoyed every second of it. And the park with the 100 game snippets blew my mind...
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Submitted by EnzoOttoBit on 27 September 2023
Very nice ;-)
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Submitted by Chico on 19 September 2023
Watched it again ... and again. What an experience !!!
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 12 August 2023
There is one aspect of Next Level that is not next level, and that is the file naming convention.


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Submitted by Dr.Science on 12 August 2023
Well deserved winner. In the morning while having breakfast with Bitbreaker in the Hotel, I am still puzzled on how he could sit there fully relaxed and chilled when he knew what a killer demo he had in his pocket! ;-) Congratulations to the whole team, this is outstanding, amazing!
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Submitted by Holy Moses on 4 August 2023
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Submitted by DeMOSic on 28 July 2023
limit pushing... JUST LIMIT PUSHING.
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Submitted by HBH.ZTH on 28 July 2023
Lost for words. The games tribute warms the heart of an old C64 fanboy. And some awesome tuned effects throughout. Def. a winner demo imo. Never a dull moment. 10.
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Submitted by Brush on 27 June 2023
A lot if not everything was already said about this demo. It has it all, the music, the 100 games, and the fun vibe. But being a coder I can't help myself to repeat what i said during the compo: the best demo on X'23 was side 3 of Next Level. I can watch it looped. For hours. So a perfect demo and a perfect side. Congratulations to everybody involved.
p.s. Elysium does not feel we deserve to get greeted 2 times (we're in North Africa and South Asia) but we're flattered :)
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Submitted by Asphodel on 25 June 2023
Just watched this for the first time. Simply stunning; It 'flows' wonderful; I forgot at times I was watching a C64 Demo!
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Submitted by Jammer on 24 June 2023
@wysiwtf: THCMod is mainly a vessel for sotware mixing of digi channels - it can have different playback methods assigned. Credits and Insomnia use Mahoney's playback which is in fact $d418 deluxe - it allows for approx. 6-7bit resolution hence the noise ;) LMan's end tune uses channel 3 triangle waveform hence samples are 8bit and can be filtered to sound more smooth.
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Submitted by Magic on 23 June 2023
So what to say about this X23 demo.. Every part is just made very much "over the top" to impress the minds of the viewer and make them dizzy in "how is this possible" Great new Performers to in this demo like Axis and Facet!
100 games part is now very great how it ended up!! A true C64 allstar demo! Keep doing X demos Mahoney & Co! Just amazing!
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Submitted by wysiwtf on 23 June 2023
Somehow songs using the THCM engine produce a lot of noise when playing samples, other demos (i.e. wonderland) dont do that and play fine.
Its 8580, any ideas?
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 22 June 2023
Worthy winning performance. The music notches the top. Simply stunning throughout. The GEOS part is just the best and funniest turn disk part ever made. Including the music. And I want a follow-up with 100 more recent games now please (killing 100 more Pokémons on the go)!
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Submitted by Starfox on 18 June 2023
WOW, mind blown 😮😮😮
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Submitted by Chico on 18 June 2023
Some fx and the top 100 make me speechless !! what an effort !!
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Submitted by GH on 16 June 2023
next-level chills :D
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Submitted by PARALAX on 12 June 2023
This is without a doubt one of the most innovative demos ever made for the C64, if not the flagship demo. Unfortunately, I didn't manage to recognize all the games shown in it. In any case, it is a journey through time and should not be missing in any collection.

This demo can also be watched as part in our livestream at 00:08:40 which also include a "Best of X2023 Demoparty" special part. :-)
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Submitted by Neo-Rio on 11 June 2023
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic - and that 100 games sequence is right up there.
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Submitted by Trap on 10 June 2023
I love this demo! It has that unique Performers vibe in every possible way. If I was to point out one thing that really, truly stands out in this one, it would have to be the music. Especially Jammer made a jawdropping effort on this one. Next, I would have to say the Geos turn disk part. I am a sucker for explicit and uncompromising humor and this one really nails it in every possible way. I love that BitBreaker and the guys really picked up the puns - lovingly as intended - that they have been subject of through the years. My only regret is that I didn't give this as much love as I wanted to, but I guess we just cannot do everything our hearts want us to do. So, this really was a perfect winner for X. I cannot see how any other demo would or should have challenged this. Finally we have a demo worthy to take the throne from Edge of Disgrace - to some degree. I still feel there is a shitload of polish that could move this demo from a clean 9.9 to a perfect 10, but that's me and I guess that's why I was also invited to participate - to provide just that. If only I had had the time :)
Guys, you fully and totally deserve to be crowned the kings of the only true demoscene ... for now ;) <3
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 10 June 2023
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 10 June 2023
Like many no doubt, i have been watching Next Level some more ^_^
I really do like the Greets part. The multi directional parallax scrolling over which hovers a large cloud logo during which plays happy music, takes me back to my Snes days, and the game which i was very fond of called Pop'n Twinbee. What i was not aware of, until the other day, was the fact that the map is in the shape of planet Earth.
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Submitted by psych on 10 June 2023
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Submitted by Dr.j on 9 June 2023
mindblowing demo especially the 100 games in 3 mins. you are incredible! and i think its the best ever demo which was released on our beloeved computer. its not C64 its C64 with steroids!! 10x so much for all the team to create this amazing fuckin' demo!!!!
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Submitted by jailbird on 9 June 2023
Nice demo, but the soundtrack is still not on the level of Cauldron 101% +++
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Submitted by Burglar on 9 June 2023
live youtube recording by magic!
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Submitted by Stinsen on 8 June 2023
Mind blown, this was too good.
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Submitted by Karmic on 8 June 2023
The final level. I just don't see anything ever surpassing this.
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Submitted by Erhan on 8 June 2023
Thank God I'm not a democoder, how come an incoming demo will beat this?

Some demos stayed a while as #1 at this chart, this seems to stay forever.

And yes, I feel it's a valid reason to break with someone I know, who voted other than 10 here. :)
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Submitted by Sasq on 8 June 2023

I don't know how the 100 games part is done but if I had to guess... hack Vice into a "Vic/Sid" recorder that saves register writes and keeps track of memory access and saves that too, and then come up with a way of compressing it and playing it back in realtime... but then how the f**k could you put more stuff on top? Maybe an extra step that figured out which sprites where free at which raster lines?
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Submitted by Morpheus on 7 June 2023
This demo is nothing short of amazing! A worthy winner. Mahoney explained how he did the 100 games part and I still don't fully get it. Please Pex, enlighten us! And just a few minutes before this demo came on, I said to Slaygon: "No one is doing vectors these days." I'm a sucker for vectors so guess if I was glad to see bloody vectors on the screen! Are they in realtime? Thinking of the name of the demo they must be. Plus, any demo with game references is a winner in my book. Well done all involved! I look forward seeing Hedning or any of the other CSDb admins add the credits from all the games featured in this demo. :)
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Submitted by Nim on 7 June 2023
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Submitted by Bob on 7 June 2023
Yeah what a demo, well deserved winner!
Amazing parts and some with perfected digi tunes! The 100 games. just FTW, how did you even come up with such a mad IDEA? I am totally mind blown, Pex you are a scene geenious period. There is so much great stuff in this demo! I am amazed so finally Performers took the 1 st prize! Congratulations to the whole team \o/
Nice Bobby (ikea reference ;) )
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Submitted by AMB on 7 June 2023
Makes you wanna scream and cry every time. Lots of emotion running in this production. The music is awesome. Fair winner.
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Submitted by Viscid on 6 June 2023
The 100-games part shocked me and I really liked to see how calm Mahoney was watching this, sitting only a few metres away from us :-) . It must have been a blast to see his own work with all the people in the room *screaming* for enthusiasm... and then quite some legends by themeselves came to bow.

Apart from the coderspecs, the fun with the parts and the overall mood was brilliant, too.
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Submitted by Burglar on 6 June 2023
it was when he saw the first turn disk part, he knew he would vote 10/10.

incredible show and my absolute #1 of the compo.
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Submitted by Pantaloon on 6 June 2023
so much things that looks and sound cool in here!!!
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 6 June 2023
C'grats for the win! This demo is literally next level.

I was not ready for what happened during the demo compo. I was thinking, it will be a demoscene meeting. Well, it ended up to be C64 world championship with massive releases. Clash of the titans. The strongest demo compo ever in my opinion.
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Submitted by Ziaxx on 6 June 2023
This is beyond amazing and worthy of an 11 rating because a mere 10 isn't enough.
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Submitted by Bacchus on 6 June 2023
"I strongly recommend to disqualify this release as obviously most of the effects are simply not possible on the C64.

Agree with that comment. It's just out of this world amazing. For peace of mind I need to go through every part with c64 debugger to understand how this it happening in the first place.
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Submitted by Copyfault on 6 June 2023
There's SO MUCH GOODNESS in this one I don't even know where to start. Well, the shortest fitting comment on this is best done by requoting the name of the demo: next level!

The 100games-part stood out. This is not only a demo-part, this is digital art taken to some uber-next level. I mean it!

The mc bitmap scroller was interesting. Reading that some LDA/STA/STA-trick is involved reminded me that when Graphics Scrollection 2 was released, I assumed that such an approach was used to upscroll the bitmaps at that high speed. Did never check it out, but here, for sideway scrolling, it works like a bliss:)

Also all other parts are pure madness; I might come back and continue commenting on them...
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Submitted by Mibri on 6 June 2023
Total demo carnage. After some consideration, I really think that this was my personal favourite of the compo, and the bar was high beyond belief. You simply blew the roof off the party hall with this one. To the sound team, I take off my hat, and then I set it on fire and wave it around.
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Submitted by mankeli on 6 June 2023
Nice greets part ;) Also nice everything else. Good idea to have long scroller in the disk change part.
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Submitted by El Stocko on 6 June 2023
Disk 2 takes XESS2-Rewind to many next levels :D Congrats, amazing work
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Submitted by Thunder.Bird on 6 June 2023
cannot tell how much the 100 games flashed me beneath the cool dithering-fog-gfx made me stunning while sitting in a party hall full of coders fog. also, after reading the note, I really second my top votes for this. guys, you did well deciding this way to fame. kudos!
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Submitted by Yogibear on 6 June 2023
Aptly named! Great!
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Submitted by Stone on 5 June 2023
What a joy to watch this was. From start to finish, I join Cruzer with my jaw on the floor while grinning like an idiot. Especially happy for Knut becoming World Champion right at the cusp of oldmanhood.
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Submitted by Clarence on 5 June 2023
Rasitlin: "I'd wrongly assumed these were Axis' as, for a long time"- According to the note the realtime inconvex quad tetraeder is Axis' routine.
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Submitted by Machine on 5 June 2023
Speechless... Respect to all of you for this incredible demo. Truly the next level!
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Submitted by Merman on 5 June 2023
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Submitted by Martinland on 5 June 2023
Aloha Mahoney!

You are now the beautifully creative architect of the most satisfying strange loop I have ever experienced:

The C64 performing (pun intended) its very own "100 Most Beloved Games" "video" in a clarity and with an authenticity no YT one can ever reach... ;-D

Thank you.

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Submitted by Quiss on 5 June 2023
Thanks for raising the demoscene standard to the next level! :)

Love all the 3D effects. And the pacing of the second disk side.
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Submitted by Raistlin on 5 June 2023
Last comment from me: that 2-pixel scroller from Knut.. I just delved in to see what it's doing. Nice! No VSP, as you say.

People might not realise what this means - which makes the coder's work even more special .. as many at X will probably just think "ah, another bitmap scroller" .. that it's triple buffered and seems to be doing LDA/STA/STA instead of the traditional DB with LDA/STA is cunning.

Also explains why the pic is a bit special - presumably it needed to be something that compressed nicely since you must be burning ~28k just for your triple buffering!

Excellent work again. Coders need more bigging-up for these things!
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Submitted by Raistlin on 5 June 2023
So, I just found out that the vector graphic parts that I loved in this one were Bitbreakers..! Awesome work there! I'd wrongly assumed these were Axis' as, for a long time, Axis had been my #1 rated coder.

Anyway, apologies Bitbreaker - and congrats on the amazing work!
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Submitted by Hate Bush on 5 June 2023
it's beyond me how much work and skill had to go into this. all those transitions, shitload of little details... this isn't an eye-candy, it's the whole shop. albeit i had my personal two highlights somewhere else (Hiraeth + W14 endpart), i'm convinced this should and indeed did win perhaps the strongest democompo ever :)
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Submitted by hqn on 5 June 2023
Wow what a ride! And what a surprise seeing & hearing my likeness in the intro. It honestly made me a little emotional.
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Submitted by Fresh on 5 June 2023
Can't imagine the huge effort you put in this one. Total mindblowing! Clean execution, piles of cool effects and great flow.
Loved the "transparency" effect.
Worthy winner without any doubt.
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Submitted by Clarence on 5 June 2023
That was overwhelmingly good. The various beautiful vector scenes may be the highlight code wise, but the attention to detail, the cheekiness and humor does equally great impression. Loved the 'chaotic' part at the end of side 1 as well!
Insane amount of work, mad respect to you.
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Submitted by katon on 4 June 2023
I don't understand what happened here, it's some kind of cosmic production! Stunning demo, congratulations to the whole team!
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Submitted by Shine on 4 June 2023
✅ W O W ❤️
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Submitted by Gregfeel on 4 June 2023
It's amazing how you pushed the limits. It won't be easy to beat this. But that's why we love the C64. Bravo! Great demo! Respect!
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Submitted by Ko-Ko on 4 June 2023
You guys are crazy. Absolutely fantastic prod. Thanks for doing this.
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Submitted by bodo^rab on 4 June 2023
Hoch die Daume! Die Daume Hoch!
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Submitted by uctumi on 4 June 2023
Amazing demo! Thanks for the greetings on behalf of PVM! We were correctly placed in the map :)
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Submitted by Hypnosis on 4 June 2023
Amazing production. Hats off. Bows.
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Submitted by Kronos on 4 June 2023
seriously guys, next level? start a classroom with main subject "how to rule c64 demo world" I'm in as fast as possible. no matter how it costs;-)
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Submitted by 4gentE on 4 June 2023
Next level indeed.
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Submitted by hedning on 4 June 2023
Mahoney: You lied! You told me you just had a onefiler! ;) Great stuff here! The GP trademarks are all over the place (Mighty Hunter etc, and mighty Redcrab), which I of course love. ;) The rest is ofc also awesome. Good job! Amazing effort!
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Submitted by E$G on 4 June 2023
Top notch, absolutely #1!
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Submitted by Cruzer on 4 June 2023
How is it possible to have a wide smile on your face while your jaw is on the floor? I don't know, but that's what this demo did to me.
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Submitted by papapower on 4 June 2023
Amazing demo, I just can’t imagine the amount of work that was needed for that. Deserved #1
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Submitted by Laxity on 4 June 2023
Congrats. This is by far the best demo in the competition. Some of the best I’ve ever seen.
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Submitted by Mixer on 4 June 2023
Great show :)
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Submitted by Paladin on 4 June 2023
Simply amazing! I had so much fun watching this demo. Thank you :)
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Submitted by Barfly on 4 June 2023
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Submitted by Dr.j on 4 June 2023
The name of the demo "next level" truely reflect the quality of this demo. hats off for really brilliant demo and one of the coolest demos ever made on the C64! you guyz rocks hard!!! hell yeha!!!
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Submitted by Puma on 4 June 2023
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Submitted by awsm on 4 June 2023
I strongly recommend to disqualify this release as obviously most of the effects are simply not possible on the C64.
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Submitted by Skate on 4 June 2023
I liked the cool vectors, scroller with shadow etc but dudes, c'mon! how much time did you spend on side #2? If I were your wife, I'd divorce you. :D
Overall, great demo, applause.
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 4 June 2023
Disk-side 1 stole the show ^_^
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Submitted by Raistlin on 4 June 2023
Great demo, guys! Snagging Axis clearly was an excellent move - best effect in the Demo IMO!

Music throughout is fantastic. Nice to see the charset-D800-scroll-madness effect evolving.

And .. so much love for G*P's Mighty Hunter and Facet! Of course, both are fantastic.

Great great demo, a worthy winner for sure! As with others', I wonder whether it could be less than 4 disks .. but that's all I have ;-) (we focused on getting our own demo down to 2 sides after Jammer crowned us the disk-swap kings for Memento Mori - you guys can fight for that crown with Bonzai and others this year ;p).

Summary: AMAZING. Can't wait to see what you bring to X2024 :-)
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Submitted by MCM on 4 June 2023
What a blast ! Congrats for the win, well deserved!
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