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Freax Volume 1: The Brief History of the Computer Demoscene [Hardcover]

Polgár Tamás

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for folks interested in the Demoscene 9 Nov 2005
By David Valentine - Published on Amazon.com
This book is by the demoscene, for the demoscene. While it's not the first book to mention the demoscene - it's the first to properly attempt to document the roots and destination of this cultural phenomenon.

The book is of impressive quality, full colour and well bound. Some grammatical errors must be ignored, but that's a minor complaint.

In our time, this book is the best book ever created about the demoscene. It may not be perfect... however nothing else has ever come as close. Without a doubt... this is a book I'll be putting away for safekeeping. Perhaps one day, I'll be passing it along to a grandchild... in the hopes that they may gain some insight into our moment, our era, and our common culture as sceners. It's well worth the investment.

For those unaware of the demoscene - do some internet searching. If you are interested - BUY THE BOOK!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 7 Oct 2005
By Tony Hasselbacher - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book. .and I was very suprised, that it is actually a very Brilliant book on the Demo scene (first volume covers C64 and Amiga - with PC and the rest in Volume 2).

I could not put the book down, and it covers scenes outside of Europe (ie, America, Australia, Middle East, etc..).

It is very well researched and written.

I recommend this book to anyone interested in computer arts.

Oh the memories. so many memories come flooding back.

Cant wait till Volume 2 + 3
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age of the demos scene! 6 Oct 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
c64 & Amiga scene history underground subculture!

in one word: demos or die!!!

gratz to: trsi, skid row, paradox, ministry, sanity, kefrens, rebels, dcs, anarchy, andromeda, alcatraz, alpha flight, razor 1911, crytal, melon, scoopex, cryptoburners, silents, crionics, complex, classics, crack inc, dreamdealers, essence, effect, fairlight, interpol, quartex, lego, lemon, lsd, melon dezign, mirage,mouvement, hemoroids, majic 12, phenomena, spaceballs, static bytes , tsb, tbl, etc......

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent subject matter, good albeit flawed book. Recommended. 2 Oct 2012
By S. K. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had wanted to say a few words about this since I bought it. As I have read the bulk of it so far I thought it was about time. First of all, fantastic woefully underserved subject matter. Especially for me, considering that as far as I know we did not have a proper demoscene in Cyprus except for the typical couple blokes messing around, it felt like I was missing out on so much when I would see the demos, hear of the compos etc. This fills in many many gaps I had.
The author seems to have done a pretty thorough job and considering he's Hungarian has added a lot of information on Eastern European demogroups and parties - even in the GDR - madness!
Now the bad; the language is clunky at times although it markedly improves at the later stages. Also, far too much subjective personal opinion on various subjects is offered to the point that at times I wonder what was omitted due to it.
But certainly worth it. The fact that the bulk of the book is on the important scene (that is the Amiga demoscene ) is a positive for me. Lots of space is dedicated to the early Commodore 64 scene and apparently the PC scene will be in a follow up book, which is good as I never really gave a toss about that part, anyway!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great History Lesson for Old School Demosceners and Newbies 11 Dec 2007
By Carsten Cumbrowski - Published on Amazon.com
The book is well written and the years of research paid off very well. The book covers the history of the so called "demoscene" in great detail.

It introduces the old hardware that was used and highlights achievements made on those machines by geeks and "computer-freaks" in programming, design and sound. The main focus is on the era of the C-64 with excelled the development and growth of the scene to unknown heights and international "fame".

It ends with the Commodore Amiga, which put the demoscene to a new level, in quality of the productions, but also in organization of the sceners. It were Amiga demogroups who organized the well known mega-demo party in 1991 called "The Party" who saw a number of participants unheard of before. Attendees were suddenly measured in the thousands and not just dozens or hundreds.

The IBM PC (back then with MS DOS), which started slowly and started catching up in 1992 with demos like Unreal by Future Crew and then actually did catch up in 1993 with demos like Crystal Dream 2 by Triton and Second Reality by Future Crew, is not covered by the book. The author promised to deliver a sequel to his book that will remedy this.
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