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Snapshot   [2010]

Snapshot Released by :
Glance [web]

Release Date :
4 April 2010

Type :
C64 Demo

Released At :
Breakpoint 2010

Achievements :
C64 Demo Competition at Breakpoint 2010 :  #1

User rating:*********_  9.3/10 (71 votes)   See votestatistics
*********_  9.4/10 (39 votes) - Public votes only.

Credits :
Code .... Endo of Glance
  Nightlord of Glance
  Norvax of Glance
Music .... Hydrogen of Glance
  Nightlord of Glance
Graphics .... Datura of Glance
  Hydrogen of Glance

SIDs used in this release :
Big Fucker(/MUSICIANS/H/Hydrogen/Big_Fucker.sid)
Gun Slinger(/MUSICIANS/H/Hydrogen/Gun_Slinger.sid)
Tears from a Blind Eye(/MUSICIANS/N/Nightlord/Tears_from_a_Blind_Eye.sid)

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User Comment
Submitted by trident on 15 March 2023
Hadn't seen this before, and saw it for the first time on the big screen at Fjälldata 2023 - was blown away by the great code in here. And honestly first thought that the out-of-focus/blur effect somehow was due to someone fiddling with the projector. Looks great!
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Submitted by Nightlord on 9 January 2021
10 years after I came to this page to read some of the comments and realized that I had promised to put on a video of myself playing Tears on the guitar. Naturally I forgot about this, then in 2017 did record such a video and never posted it here. Now it's here :)
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Submitted by Shadow on 7 October 2012
Just watched this demo again, and then I went to CSDb to read more about it and noticed that I had only given it a 9. What was I thinking? Vote upgraded to well deserved 10.
That vector... sooo smooth! Droool...
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Submitted by Mr Wegi on 14 April 2012
Great demos - not accidential code - thx!
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Submitted by Mr. SID on 22 April 2011
Congratulations! You definitely deserved that one...
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Submitted by Norvax on 22 April 2011
yes yes yes yes :)...I am jumping right now. Thanks JackAsser!!
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Submitted by JackAsser on 22 April 2011
Got a scene.org-award! Welcome to the club! :D You deserve it!
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Submitted by Archee on 18 March 2011
Nightlord, Hydrogen... Great music:) Especially second part and the end... Love it!
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Submitted by Norvax on 17 February 2011
Thanks!!! Can't wait to see the final results :) But, being nominated is alone awesome!
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Submitted by Edhellon on 15 February 2011
Congrats for the nomination -- well deserved! :)
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Submitted by Sander on 11 September 2010
Really cool demo - a lot of nice creative ideas. Though for me it lacks style and tidiness in pixels :) Otherwise top-notch!
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Submitted by Jazzcat on 24 May 2010
Beautiful demo with perfect pace in context to the theme. I agree with Dane, some of the graphics could have been worked on further.

This demo just oozes hard work and left me feeling good. Thanks guys for this top effort!
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Submitted by RaveGuru on 24 May 2010
I almost turned it off when the first part showed up, thinking OH NOEZ! NOT ANOTHER <INSERT ARBITRARY COUNTRY>ISH 4X4 DEMO! By the way am I the only one who thinks the 4x4 parts don't fit in there? They feel like they are from another century really (and i mean a past one) especially compared the other cutting edge effects. I have only three words for this demo:




Hat off, Thumbs up!

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Submitted by Dane on 7 May 2010
Code is spectacular. The music is not my cup of tea but it suits the rather slow pace quite well. The thematic idea appealed to me, though the graphic looks rushed in places and could have used more work. Finally, I was very moved by the note. Thank you.
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Submitted by Nemezis on 4 May 2010

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Submitted by Digger on 21 April 2010
Your comment reminded me that around 1996 I wrote a program to transcribe SIDs to tabulature, here's the screenshot: http://www.flickr.com/photos/digger-c64/4541157294
I might release it (including TAS source) once I find out which disk it sits on ;-)
User Comment
Submitted by Nitro on 19 April 2010
The note allowed me to even further enjoy the demo, I didn't knew before, that there were so many world firsts in this mighty production :)
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Submitted by Wile Coyote on 19 April 2010
Great effort. Excellent note :D
The water reflection part worked really well.
I absolutely loved this part:

Reminds me of being on a fairground ride. My favourite part from the demo.

The plasma affected by Sid made be have a flash back. Some years ago I mentioned to TMR, the idea of plasma affected by Sid, as part of a music player. He boo-hoo-d the idea, leading me to believe it was impossible on C64.

The whole demo reminded me of the sort of demo’s Reflex would create, where code was priority over sound and graphics. Snapshot’s audio was interesting, although I found the graphic’s rough around the edges for my liking.

The big chunky colourful tunnel at the end was really something.

User Comment
Submitted by Nightlord on 19 April 2010
THCM: You are right I seem to have managed to somehow mentally merge your comments with Digger's :)

HCL: you guys (obviously) rock too :)
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Submitted by The Human Code Machine on 19 April 2010
@Nightlord I didn't say anything about the x-width of the sprites. For me it was clear, that there is a masking layer behind.

@HCL You're welcome!

Dr. Foerst, a pioneer in making driving simulators developed a special graphics hardware with a very similiar approach. http://weltenschule.de/vgames/Nuerburg/Nuerburgring.html

The so called N8 hardware allowed 8 different x color positions per scanline. It simply filled the scanline to the next x position with the given color.
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Submitted by HCL on 19 April 2010
The note made me flattered. The best award i can get is to see others being inspired by my group's work, and then do demos like this! You guys rock!

@THCM: Thanx for kindly explaining to me how sprite-filling worx ;).
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Submitted by Nightlord on 19 April 2010
sorry for the delay, but the note file has finally arrived :) Please use the 3rd download link to get the package with three d64 images, the third of which is the note disk. Hopefully this has enough information on everything, people have been wondering about.

I am really REALLY tired now... Go read the huge note and if you still have further questions, feel free to shout out and we'll try our best to answer them. After all the whole point is to share our inventions and to wait and see what other great coders will do with them :)

@human code machine: you are mostly right about the vectors but if you look at the screen shot in this page, you will quickly notice that some faces have rasterlines way longer than 48 pixels :) To read more about Norvax's innovative SMGF technique refer to the note file.

@spinball: sorry, the proportional text routine in the note file is unable to display guitar tabs :P But I intend to record a video of myself playing Tears on guitar and put on youtube sometime for fun :) you can maybe reverse engineer the tabs from that...
User Comment
Submitted by The Human Code Machine on 18 April 2010
@Enthusi Yep, it's a very clever idea, but also not very flexible. It's not possible to have more complex objects.
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Submitted by Jak T Rip on 18 April 2010
Thank you so much for this great production! This is certainly a big surprise. Cool, fresh ideas and design, an end part to watch for ages, top parts and all of this blasts at us from the very self-contained turkish glancers. Hope I can make it to 7dx one day.
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Submitted by enthusi on 18 April 2010
@human code machine
Ah, that sounds like a smart and simple way to achieve this. Cool.
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Submitted by The Human Code Machine on 18 April 2010
@ Digger There's no need to use hires sprites. All sprites have "hires" positions on the screen and the last sprite on the right is black and has the highest priority. Priority is from left to right. And you don't need to change the sprite pointers at all. The sprite data for all sprites is $FF.
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Submitted by Nitro on 17 April 2010
Sorry for taking me so long to comment this great demo ;)
Very nice design, and some extremely good effects like the 50fps vectors or tunnel, also 2nd side music was very fine.
I have a little friendly remark about
the flow, sometimes it's broken by long loading times, maybe it's time to work on/change loader? :)
Overall I think it's for sure one of the nicest demos of last years for me and my coders eye ;)
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Submitted by The Phantom on 17 April 2010
Really smooth vectors, loved that.
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Submitted by Digger on 13 April 2010
@The Human Code Machine
You mean switching x and sprite pointers for 3 x-extended and y-stretched sprites in line per colour? 3*48px would give 144px, but then the 3rd colour would need to be hires.

How does your routine work then?
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Submitted by Xiny6581 on 11 April 2010
This demos is like a music-video where the musics are the the main actor. I really like the feeling, timing and the way it's been directed. Huge frameworks guys, keep up the good work! A worthy winner!
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Submitted by DRAX on 9 April 2010
I really like the demo and the music - very well composed and with good harmonies and good progression!!!
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Submitted by Stan on 8 April 2010
First time I ever hear about Glance, but that's probably just me (been away for a while). So I gotta watch this demo anyways. C64 rules!
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Submitted by DeeKay on 8 April 2010
Really nice demo, i absolutely love this! Quite a few very original ideas, such as the vertical raycaster, the vector-plus-sprites in the greetings-part etc. The rotating skateboard anim really kicked the demo off! ;-) Loved meeting you guys, hope you had a good trip back to Turkey and looking forward to meeting you again on X! You really put Turkey back on the c64 map, it's been very silent ever since Accuracy quit! ;-D
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Submitted by Nightlord on 8 April 2010
thanks so much for all your feedback and sorry for keeping you waiting for the note file. it is as big as a diskmag. we are aiming to release it by the end of this week.
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Submitted by Shadow on 7 April 2010
I must confess that I had barely heard of Glance before this demo, but it sure put them on the map for me!
Great technical stuff (I am really looking forward to that note file) and heavy music. The only thing that might be lacking a bit is the graphical side. Still a solid 9 from me!
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Submitted by JackAsser on 7 April 2010
@radiantx: "-How do you know she's a witch? -SHE LOOKS LIKE ONE! BURN! BURN! BURN!"
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Submitted by Radiant on 7 April 2010
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it is a duck.
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Submitted by The Human Code Machine on 7 April 2010
@HCL I would rather bet, there's no filling at all. Just x expanded sprites stretched vertically with different x positions each line.
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Submitted by HCL on 7 April 2010
The 50fps Vector and the Raycaster seem to be animated, rite? Realtime filled but not calculated, is that correct?

Would be nice with some production note (oh, it's on its way? :), just to know what to compare this demo to and what not.
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Submitted by Edhellon on 6 April 2010
Really great demo. I was expecting a very decent demo as I know you've been working on it for quite some time, but it clearly surpassed my expectations. Even had a theme and the design (mostly) managed to keep at it, something you don't see very often with C-64 demos. My only complaints would be that it felt sluggish at times (too many black/grey/etc. screens) and I didn't like the artwork (gfx/msx) as much as the code. Still really excellent stuff!

My favourite parts are the freedir tunnel at the end and the 3 colored hires vectors in 50fps. Top notch stuff!
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Submitted by daison on 6 April 2010
downside? turn disk chick kind of looking like a boy...
But goddamn what an awesome prod! Amazing.
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Submitted by NecroPolo on 6 April 2010
Phew. Downside: it includes too many jawdropping things :) It is a really well directed work. Pretty enjoyable to watch.

I really like some of the music and some not so much. But that's my problem.

#1 is well deserved. C'grats for the achievment!
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Submitted by Wisdom on 6 April 2010
Regarding the speed of some effects in this demo:

I think this demo is a technical milestone. Previously we were comparing the demos against some classics such as The Last Traktor 3. (I should not be misunderstood here, I am not comparing Snapshot to TLT3.) Now people will compare their demos against this demo.

In other words; this is the demo to beat now.
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Submitted by HCL on 6 April 2010
Great demo this! I love seing effects that are done in a way i would NOT have done it. And here some effects are also top quality and faster than anyone else has ever done.
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Submitted by WVL on 6 April 2010
Everlasting Kudos from me, especially the fullscreen vector around the x-axis and the hires 50fps vector, very nice :D
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Submitted by Stranger on 6 April 2010
When'll be sid files released?
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Submitted by Radiant on 6 April 2010
A little rough at times, and some effects were better than others... But the vectors! Finally!
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Submitted by Stainless Steel on 5 April 2010
I agree with Linus and Booker.
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Submitted by Archmage on 5 April 2010
Very nice! Well designed in most parts, and of course some killer effects.
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Submitted by booker on 5 April 2010
Though I don't dig the soundtrack and "change disk" part holds after the disk change.... this prod is a very good stuff!
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Submitted by Linus on 5 April 2010
Well deserved winner and a huge step forward for Glance. Awesome vector and greetings part.
I don´t think the soundtrack fits too well tho, but that might be just me :)
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Submitted by vigo on 5 April 2010
well... i am so proud and emotional... thank you glance... you guyz are awesome... i hope, you guyz keep releasing demoz... do not wait 5 years for another great release ok? what is next? x-party? assembly ? (: (: (:
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Submitted by Burglar on 5 April 2010
awesome demo, so much content and original ideas. deserved winner for sure
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Submitted by Spinball on 5 April 2010
great stuff.
i nearly started headbanging to some parts of the superb metalinfluenced soundtrack.
i would love to see the tabs for some of the riffs in the upcoming note :)

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Submitted by Beast on 5 April 2010
Really impressive. :) Congrats all around, guys...
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Submitted by Ed on 5 April 2010
Amazing water-effect. Pretty and interesting stretching rasterbars, beautiful greetings part and of course very nice focus/blur effect. Nice end part.
As for the vectors, finally someone got it right! All in all a decent demo.
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Submitted by raven on 5 April 2010
Oh my... my 50fps hires filled vectors idea was done before I managed to finish mine.
Can only blame myself for being lazy :/

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Submitted by Stilgar on 5 April 2010
Very good demo ! Cool direction.
Especially I like vector part and greetings part.
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Submitted by Zielok on 5 April 2010
Great vector part. Amazing!
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Submitted by Stranger on 5 April 2010
Very Cool tunes, nice graphics, perfect coding and creative ideas. Someone must review this demo part by part for understanding how much work in it.
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Submitted by Mace on 5 April 2010
Codewise a very good demo, tons of cool effects and oh yes, you gotta love that hires vector part. Robo arm is nice too!

On the first side however, the music has a higher pace than the demo. In fact, I find the overall progress a bit slow.
And I see some transitions 'borrowed' from Edge of Disgrace ;-)
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Submitted by JackAsser on 5 April 2010
The vectors.... WOW!!
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Submitted by FATFrost on 4 April 2010
FOOKING RO00OLLZ!!! This is tastier than my kebab!
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Submitted by CaiSSoN on 4 April 2010
Watched live from bptv and i should say that it was astonishing. keep up the good work guys...
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Submitted by Clarence on 4 April 2010
Great-great demo! Some very cool new effects. Features the best filled vector on the c64... big, fast and in 3 color-hires (!). That's alone a 10.
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Submitted by Impetigo on 4 April 2010
One of the C64 impacts at BP2010. Sure will be watched for many times. Couldn't turn it off after it's finished, The End groove is so catchy.
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Submitted by Ksubi on 4 April 2010
Massive respect to everyone involved. A thoroughly enjoyable demo with non stop action and varied effects. A lot of effort has gone into this and it shows. The smoooooth vectors were the highlight for me! awesome! congrats!
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Submitted by iAN CooG on 4 April 2010
Supreme demo. Supreme soundtrack. Supreme ownage. There are some new heroes in town.
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Submitted by Madhead on 4 April 2010
quality stuff. just watched it and will watch again after commenting. some coder pron effects and i especialliy liked the music in second side.
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Submitted by Wisdom on 4 April 2010
Very well done demo with a plethora of effects. Congratulations to the Glance team!

A special congrats should go to Norvax for the spectacular vectors! Especially considering the fact that this is his first vector routine on the C64, as far as I know.
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Submitted by Viscid on 4 April 2010
Great demo! Will win BP2010 I guess... actually it was interesting to watch.
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Submitted by Poison on 4 April 2010
Congrats! Leon and Cargo were spanking all the time :) Ok... me too :)
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Submitted by Jammer on 4 April 2010
best directory award from me. tons of really fresh screens. deserves top notch! \o/
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