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Amplifire   [2008]

Amplifire Released by :
Horizon [web], Instinct

Release Date :
26 October 2008

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at X'2008 :  #4

User rating:*********_  9.2/10 (58 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.3/10 (23 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... JackAsser of Instinct
  Pernod of Horizon
Music .... RaveGuru of Instinct
Graphics .... Archmage of Andromeda, EN0NE, Instinct

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User Comment
Submitted by trident on 11 December 2023
this basic fader has to be the best ever in a c64 demo. how could anyone possibly beat it!
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Submitted by ws on 25 November 2023
wow. this is absolutely underrated. what a blast. too short? are you serious? this roxx!
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Submitted by DKT on 5 January 2022
What Wile Coyote said. 10/10 <3
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 5 January 2022
Very good demo..
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Submitted by 4gentE on 16 November 2021
Very nice stuff.
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Submitted by Heavy Stylus on 8 February 2018
One of my all-time favourites.
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Submitted by Sith on 25 March 2014
High standard demo but as many said, too f**king short for tasty stuff like this. Gorgeous twisters in this one and as usual Archmage's pics look ace.
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Submitted by ferris on 1 July 2011
Really cool stuff :) My favorite part is actually the very beginning; the transition by spinning the BASIC screen. Kick ass.
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Submitted by bepp on 16 November 2010
Very slick and enjoyable demo. Love the music and the nice gfx from Archmage. Also this demo features the nicestest twisters I've seen on the C64 =)
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Submitted by Oswald on 16 March 2009
fuck concept, all we need is there: kickass effects gfx and music. a demo doesnt fucking need a concept to be a cool demo.
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Submitted by Archmage on 16 March 2009
@Poison: Generally speaking, I do not agree to the opinion that a demo has to "say something" in order to work as a demo. I come from a tradition where the main point of making a demo is to communicate that we, being the democrew, are able to kick your crew's asses anytime we want, and this demo is the proof of that. If there are additional concepts or underlying patterns of thought in addtition to that, fine, but it is no absolute necessity. What, for instance, does Edge of Disgrace convey in terms of coherent concept except a nose in the air attitude of "you can't even come close to this"? And in my opinion that is all it really needs to "say". Besides, pure concept demos are very hard to pull off, and on the C64 I think that Fairlight are the only ones who really manage to do this to satisfaction.

Specifically speaking, there _is_ a very vague concept in Amplifire's graphics. This mainly consists in backing up the tune by Raveguru. He sets the SID on fire, and in turn this fire consumes the world - hence the last picture with the credits. Go figure. :) That said, the main purpose of the graphics is to provide a framework and raw material for the effects.
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Submitted by JackAsser on 16 March 2009
@Poison: I create without any underlying meaning most of the time. I code for fun and to beat the other coders, almost nothing else. So forget any more meaning from me. :) Maybe Archmage can fill in about his choices in the pictures, I'm sure those have more thought and meaning to them than my code.

RaveGuru came up with Amplifire as a word play on amplifier and the image with a sid-chip on fire.
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Submitted by Poison on 16 March 2009
Ok demo, but no idea what this is about at all? No concept... Nice effects, graphics and great music but flashing the Horizon logo and the Instinct logo doesn't really do it for me... Say something! (eg. What does Amplifire mean?)
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Submitted by MacGyver on 31 January 2009
Great demo. Amazing twister, superb graphics. The only downside is that it's a bit short.
@ JTR: Agreed on the end pic. It has been released seperately a while later: Izanami. So we can look at it longer & closer :-)
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 20 January 2009
Absolutely cool, but how could you dare to show such a great pic for such a short time in the end??
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Submitted by DCMP on 26 December 2008
great work. Though a more variable tune would appeal to me more.
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Submitted by Valsary on 25 November 2008
WOW...gfx in this one really kick ass!
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Submitted by Matt on 18 November 2008
seen this demo a lot now and just gets better everytime. hatts off to raveguru for the fantastic soundtrack. that's just one helluva great beat we've got here.
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Submitted by Jetboy on 2 November 2008
Kickass and refreshing! Perfect mixture of codeporn with style. Love it. One of best demos of all time.
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Submitted by Total Chaos on 2 November 2008
Sound made my ears believe angels floated above my head...
Colored pixels laid in near perfection on the screen-grid had my eyes smiling...
Twister effect above all made my brain scream "IT'S NOT REAL!"...

I think I just got a hard-on....
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Submitted by Zyron on 1 November 2008
That twister is fantastic, no doubt it's a Skåne-twister. :)
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Submitted by Jucke on 1 November 2008
The way this demo begins. Man, that effect looked just unreal. And the twister! Damn. Great demo, kickass music! The Larsson Bros fresh outta Hörby, with Guru Joel on the sid! It cant go wrong. If i would have made it to X i would have shouted SKÅNE SKÅNE! when this was finished. (:
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Submitted by Puterman on 30 October 2008
The twister is the number one effect from the compo, no doubt about it.
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Submitted by HCL on 29 October 2008
Awesome!! The Super Larsson brothers really know how to pull it off. Heavy music, wonderful graphics, splendid effects.. Love it!! The intro is also so very *in your face*, just as it should be.
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Submitted by ptoing on 29 October 2008
May be short, but still it's totally wonderfull, the basic screen flip thing is awesome and the first effect with the 2 images rules. Plus wicked gfx by Archmage.
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Submitted by FATFrost on 28 October 2008
This is an awesome demo. It's good in a way that it's short as it makes you want more, and that is a good thing, because if you have everything you ever wanted you care for nothing.
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Submitted by anix on 28 October 2008
party "live" recorded video

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Submitted by Ed on 28 October 2008
I'd rather see this one amongst the 3 winning demos. Some nice screens and unfolds beautifully and ends awesome!
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Submitted by Clarence on 28 October 2008
A high quality production again from the last time winners. The basic-fader is one of the bests ever done. The texture switch plazma is a very nice invetion, the twister is Teh killer effect, Pernod's advanced technique makes us believe like it's much easier to make it horizontal after all. :) The texture rotator is also a great effect. I'm glad you guys manged to make it to the compo in the last hours, so I won't complain about a the ending. The gfx work by Archmage was again very polished as well. It's scary that according to Jackie this was only another party filler demo like super larsson bros. :)
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Submitted by Steppe on 27 October 2008
So many Archmage quality pics in one demo, unbelievable. Of course the rest is way above standards too.
And just when I was getting into the mood, the demo stops... :-(
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Submitted by lbp on 27 October 2008
WOW great pace
but.. it's too short. why?
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Submitted by linde on 27 October 2008
Effect wise it had me already at the spinning basic screen :), and the music is really good. Would be a compo winner at any other party, hehe
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Submitted by JackAsser on 27 October 2008
@Shadow: It can rotate 270 degress and not 360 due to memory limitations. The reason it kinda rotates less is because I was a bit stressed at X when I wrote the script for it. :) Sorry. There are really room for improvements in this part and I'm going to retry for a 50fps some day since this one really is about 40fps but only runs in 25fps due to non-tearing in the double buffer.
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Submitted by CreaMD on 26 October 2008
Neat presentation.
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Submitted by Shadow on 26 October 2008
It really says something of the quality of the X2008 demo competition that a demo such as this did not even get a podium finish!
The BASIC->graphics fullscreen rotator right at the beginning was very impressive, as was the colorful and smooth horizontal twisters. Nice gfx by Archmage and fitting music. Fine craftmanship all in all, ends a bit abruptly though.
That last rotozoomer effect really has me pondering how it is done. It seems to have some limitations (only rotates +/-90 degrees it seems and limited zoom range) but it still can't be pure anim, and yet it runs fast and fullscreen!
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Submitted by Oxbow on 26 October 2008
OK, Booze beats all. But this demo simply rocks and the intro..., man this is brilliant with the duo pictures by Archmage.
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Submitted by DeeKay on 26 October 2008
This Apple Photosoftware has a feature for correcting Horizon orientation.... Damn, and i was always wondering what that was good for! ;-D Now I know! So now I only need to find out how to load a .d64 in it.... 8)))
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Submitted by Optimus on 26 October 2008
Quite liked this one. Great opening, nice plasma fades with the two similar girl gfx, awesome twisters and big rotozoomer at the end.
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Submitted by Ksubi on 26 October 2008
GGGGreat intro sequence, (love the swirl "in out of pictures", great work JackAsser / Pernod) outstanding graphics as per usual by Archmage, and the music by RaveGuru rocks!!! This is an awesome demo, sadly too short :(
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Submitted by Axis/Oxyron on 26 October 2008
that basic fadeout picture flipper made me say: "wow" during the democompo, which is a normal reaction for me, when watching jackies stuff for the first time. great work pal. the twisters look supersmooth and the rotator in the end at least looked awesome on the bigscreen. here at home it looses a bit, due to the visible artefacts. graphics are also very good, like expected from archmage. really a pity that this one is not longer.
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Submitted by Mace on 26 October 2008
For me, this one and Booze's Edge of Disgrace came close.
A bit of a let-down was the end of Amplifire, with the rotozoom loop.
For a party compo, you need an end with a bang.
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Submitted by Sander on 26 October 2008
I just love everything about this demo! Awesome work guys.
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Submitted by jailbird on 26 October 2008
Wow, that twister was fabulous! Yeah a bit short but really smooth. And Archmage's graphics are fucking great! :D
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Submitted by DeeKay on 26 October 2008
Very very nice demo, some kickass archmage pixels and some truly great effects, the introflipper just blew me away! Also, the much loved toffee twister is back, and it looks better than ever! ;-D
However, just like the Larsson Bros, it is too short though, I think those two should've been combined into one truly amazing demo!
And yeah: minor minuspoints for "VOZIYOH" in the endpart!.... Though I think Metalvotze was quite pleased about that!! ;-D
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Submitted by Deev on 26 October 2008
Archmage's gfx are awesome as always, I love his style! Really nice effects aswell, very slickly put together. I guess it is a little short, but that means there are no bad/boring bits. My favourite so far! (bearing in mind there's one demo I didn't see yet ;) ).
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Submitted by Yazoo on 25 October 2008
amazing effects and nice graphics. music is ok.
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Submitted by TPM on 25 October 2008
"horizon" stays upside/down in the last zoomer part ;( srsly.. very cool demo, way too short but that's no offence. The twisters are my favorites in this demo! too cool!
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Submitted by Burglar on 25 October 2008
excellent graphics, good tune (bit repetitive), cool fx. especially the initial fade in and last part (the rotzoomer)
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Submitted by leonofsgr on 25 October 2008
cool demo and archmage the god! :_)
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Submitted by blackdroid on 25 October 2008
Great effects, graphics and an ok tune, but somehow I feel that the sum is not greater than or equal to its parts.
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Submitted by Testa on 25 October 2008
yeps this one is very nice ...
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Submitted by art|work on 25 October 2008
Awesome stuff in this one, but way too short.
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Submitted by Higgie on 25 October 2008
great demo by you guys. a bit too short. but still great. there is no part in it ever falling below that certain instinct/horizon standard. that's what makes a high quality demo. ... btw: the return of that twister made my heart stop beating for a second. ;)
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Submitted by d0c on 25 October 2008
a very nice demo this one to, but i felt it was a bit short...
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