From Intro to Mega, part 3

Disclaimer: This article series doesn’t define the history of the intro/demo/megademo, for neither the Amiga nor any other platform. This is the point of view, I have chosen to write the article series, and in a way how I lived it. Your experience may vary.

The Megademo

At some point a demo just wasn’t enough and an inevitable evolutionary step was the megademo.

A megademo were like a number of regular demos put together. Each section of the megademo was an extensive and thorough review of a particular subject to show, this being a special scroll text, a vector figure or a shit-load of bobs as an example. A section of a megademo could easily run for a couple of minutes, this meaning that each section could have its own score – and often did.

Aurora, Fragile Intensity

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Beastie Boys, Megademo

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Budbrain, Megademo

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Crionics, Megademo

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The sections in the megademo were often split with a fade-out and then an image that was subject to some image manipulation or magnification effects, and then a fade-in to the next section of the demo.

Dexion, Megademo

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Dual Crew, Megademo

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Frazion, Revenge

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Kefrens, Megademo

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I believe that one of the most famous mega demos, from my time so to speak, was the ‘Budbrain Megademo’. This was far from the best megademo, but there was something about the overall storyline and the individual demos. I remember us seeing it for the first time, back in the 90’s or whenever. The story about the burglar, with the sample from ‘The Terminator’ was just fabulous, not to mention the ‘Beatbox bird’ – Really great stuff.

At first the megademo were fitted onto only one floppy disk (back to front) and as the megademo grew and became more extensive and with even more music and graphics, they grew onto two floppy disks. I remember the first two disk megademo that I saw. It was the ‘RSI megademo‘, the one with Jonah Hex/Eddie and the lit matchstick that was animated.

Megaforce, Megademo

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NorthStar, Megademo

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Pure Metal Coders, Megademo

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Scoopex, Megademo

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A megademo was a challenging task to complete, this meaning that it often was the larger groups that would do this type of demo. This doesn’t mean that the smaller groups couldn’t or didn’t create a megademo.

Skid Row, Megademo

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Static Bytes, Megademo

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The Silents, Megademo

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Trilogy, Gigademo

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Vortex 42, Megademo

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Group List

A short list of highly active megademo groups:

And most of them are to be found on YouTube.

Downloads

Further reading

Source of inspiration and material: Kestra BitWorld on ExoticA