A new website was launched yesterday, all about the wonderful world of 4k executable graphics. Plus, it links back to your friendly neighborhood Demozoo which we naturally appreciate a bunch. So head on over and shove some eyecandy into your eyeholes - and be sure to tell yx what an excellent site it is :)
Ah, the sweet summer nights of Salzgitter... Camping, barbecue, campfire, and... C64? That's right, Atwoods Summer Open-Air, the first outdoor-only C64 party in Germany, managed to go ahead in August unlike many other events this year. It took us a little while, but the results and releases are now properly listed and eager to catch the attention of more pairs of eyes.
Before access to the internet was universal, BBS'es were a huge part of scene culture. Once modems became more widely available, mailswapping died down it was where we communicated and shared files. The bbs systems were extremely modular, with plugins - or "doors" - available to enhance and replace core functionality, allowing for every system operator to tailor make their bbs a unique experience. Entire groups existed solely to create these doors for the bbs scene. Now, while working on a recent project I came across quite a few of these, and while they've been part of Demozoo as any other scene-originated tool for a long time, it was time to rethink how we'd categorize these a little better. Context brings great opportunity in mapping these out, and being able to group together tools that provide the same basic functionality can be very helpful in understanding the evolution of a certain subset.
https://files.scene.org/browse/resources/bbs/ has - I'd like to say always - been the largest collection of such doors on the internet. The collection features doors both for Amiga and PC systems, and our initial approach here features mostly specfic tags for the AmiExpress system. We may expand this in the future, as we figure things out for other bbs software. If anyone is looking for something to do, quite a few of these are still to be added to the database, so get cracking :) And if anyone wants to help out by setting up classic bbs systems for testing and screenshotting of these tools in action, then we would certainly not hate that. Now, for the tagging bit which I mentioned in the title. We've chosen to arrange together both actual doors and executable tools that are tailor-made for bbs use and come with instructions how to add them together under the same umbrella. Semantics. So, every tool should be tagged with bbs-door. In addition, we've implemented the following;
Other bbs software
Door file standards
Novoque, the hopefully one-time replacement for Evoke 2020 that was supposed to be held physically at the same dates but was cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic, took place purely online last weekend and seems to have managed the storm just fine. Click below to see for yourself.
Historic Basque event Euskal has grown into a lot more than a demoparty in the past decade, but traditional competitions are still held every year and always attract some interesting releases. The 2020 edition was held at the end of July and the results and releases are now in.