Since 2002 there’ve been annual scene.org awards. Organised by people from the demoscene and with a changing jury every year, these are the most acknowledged annual awards for insiders – the Grammy’s for the demoscene. Here are the 8bit nominations from their list. Naturally, the nominations are always controversial.
Pimp My Spectrum by Ate Bit
Not 8bit by strict definition, yet this production is creatively taking a walk with the limitations of the ZX Spectrum. Evil Paul says to have hacked a pc based ZX Spectrum emulator, stripped it down and redefined the technical limitations. The result is a charming narrative demo with quite impressive looks. I highly recommend checking out the other work of Ate Bit.
The Next Level by Pers’ Wastaiset Produktiot
PWP in the person of Viznut has made some really great demos, this particular one is perhaps even their best till now. A fest of blocky computer aesthetics, ‘voice’-syncing narrative and charming animations makes this demo never dull. This animation/filmic approach succeeds very well, considering what the VIC-20 has to offer. Read the background information on the website of PWP, here.
Craft by Lft
This is true hardcore demoscene culture stuff. Lft made a demo using a common microchip, like those used in washing machines, toys and elevators. There’s an ongoing exploration of platforms to be used for demos, yet not often do they see daylight. The video starts with Lft giving a proper introduction to the technical side of things, the demo itself starts around 1:00.
Aeon by Triebkraft + 4th Dimension
Good looking demo with great syncing and a nice build up. Taking the coding of the ZX Spectrum to higher grounds wrapped in a delicious package of audio and visuals, none can argue with this nomination.