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Tuesday, September 4, 2001
'Demo' Contest Judging Underway
3:38 PM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

The iQuest 2000 contest deadline was reached over the weekend, and now the products of that competition are available for viewing and judging. The object of the contest was to inspire the creation of high-quality computer-generated art, music or real-time graphics in the 'demo' tradition.

Graphics 'demos' were an invention of the Amiga platform which quickly spread to the PC, and are now catching hold on the Mac platform. The object of a demo was not only to showcase the skills and artistic vision of the demo "team" but to push computer hardware ( as it existed at the time) as far as it would go. This is very relevant to video games, as many of the effects conceived and used in these demos (such as real-time 3D engines, animated textures and lighting, smoke and fire effects and more) later found their way into video games -- and more importantly, many of the demo coders and artists joined the game industry itself after cutting their teeth on the demo scene.

There are three demos, two pieces of art and six pieces of music for you to download and judge. Make sure to come back to the site and cast your vote after downloading -- we wouldn't want all this hard work and effort to go to waste. And who knows, today's Mac demo coders may be tomorrow's Mac game programmers.

iQuest Contest Page at

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