Gamechanger – The “Second Reality” Demo

"Second Reality" demo by Future Crew, 1993.

“Second Reality” by Future Crew, 1993.

From the mid-1980’s through the early 1990’s, the technical capabilities of Amiga computers made them the system-of-choice for members of the demoscene.  By 1993, the PC had caught up to the Amiga, and surpassed it in some areas, but it was still generally believed that the PC was not able to render complex 3D scenes or produce fine scrolling effects.  A group of Finnish programmers and PC enthusiasts, calling themselves Future Crew, believed that the PC had finally come-of-age, and proved it with a jaw-dropping demo called “Second Reality“.

Music from several of Future Crew’s most popular demos, including Second Reality, have been remixed in 24-bit audio and released to the public-domain, so it’s free, and you can download the full album here.

If you really want to geek-out, grab the Second Reality source-code here.

Mike Knotts

Mike Knotts was born in 1968 in a small town in southern Indiana. Even when very young, Mike showed a love for all-things technical and sci-fi. Moving with his family to California in the early 80's, he eventually graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in History. Rather than put that to good use, Mike continued to pursue his passion for technology by working for early, regional ISP's in the mid 1990's. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he works as a project manager for an Internet startup. Mike is a co-founder of Geekometry.

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