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Good Source for Impressive 3D Demos to Try in Stereoscopic 3D Mode

July 6th, 2010 · 9 Comments · Other S3D Tech


Scene.org is a non-profit organization aimed at providing the “electronic art scene” or the “demoscene” with a forum for communication and for sharing their work in the form of the so called “demos”. A demo is a program that displays a sound, music, and light show, usually in 3D. Demos are very fun to watch, because they seemingly do things that aren’t possible on the machine they were programmed on. A demo is the result of the cooperation of multiple young programmers, music and graphics artists. They work as a group (demogroup) on a demonstration program (demo) in which they show their skills at graphics and algorithmic programming, computer generated graphics and music. With these demos the groups then compete with others at large parties in various competitions all over the world.

Most of the programmers and artists are university or college students who enjoy using the material they learn in real life. The demos they create contain unbelievable pieces of 3D programming and complex routines to create fabulous graphic effects. Some even rivaling computer game industry effects. The graphicians use the newest 3D modeling techniques and make full plans of the graphic layout and design of the demo. So you can easily say that these beauties of multimedia programs stretch the current computer hardware to it’s edges and sometimes even further. These people really know how to use the utter most of the equipment at their disposal. The good news is that most of the more recent demos that are being made for PC and Windows are using Direct3D and they support full-screen mode of course, making them ideal for running in stereo 3D mode. Not all of the demos look great in stereo 3D mode, but a lot of them really look even more impressive then when running in the “plain” 3D mode they were designed for.

Check out the files archive over at the Scene.org for some nice demos…
And here some more information about some of the biggest demoscene events…


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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 fadad // Jul 6, 2010 at 09:37

    I remember demos through all the time of my computer history starting back in the 80ies on the C64 until the FutureCrew blew our minds with SecondReality in 1993. Since then I always looked out for the “party winners” to see what new stuff came out. I also watched demos in stereoscopic 3D back in old Elsa Revelator times (although I was using the Asus model).

    Unfortunatley I did loose the track a bit nowadays, especially finding demos that excel on a 3D Vision setup.

    So it would be nice if you (or some other poster) could point out some demos that work really good in stereoscopic mode. Just linking to scene.org is a but cumbersome ;-)

    Thanks anyway.

  • 2 Bloody // Jul 6, 2010 at 11:45

    Well, everyone can start trying and sharing what works well and what not and that was the idea, because there are simply too much demos for a single person to test them all ;)

  • 3 Kupo // Jul 6, 2010 at 13:48

    I’m certainly a dumb, but I can’t even run a single one of them ! I tried at least 10 demo, but it won’t do a thing when I run them :-(

  • 4 Bloody // Jul 6, 2010 at 14:18

    There are some old demos that are intended to run in DOS for example, or made for different systems than a PC and they will not work. The best way is to go to the Parties folder and enter the most recent parties in the last few years for up to date demos (start from 2010 and go back) – http://scene.org/dir.php?dir=%2Fparties/

  • 5 jacob pederson // Jul 6, 2010 at 15:35

    Last time I was at scene.org, I wasn’t able to find a single demo that rendered 100% correctly in 3d. However, you should go there anyway, as the stuff routinely pulled off there is absolutely nuts in terms of creativity and technical skill.

  • 6 Kupo // Jul 6, 2010 at 20:40

    @Bloody
    Thanks a lot for the links, the 1rst one I tried (in the 2010 folder) works perfectly under Win7, it’s another great source for S3D content in my bookmarks :-D

  • 7 Carandiru // Jul 6, 2010 at 21:38

    Try out Faubrauch’s demos, a lot of the newer ones work out really well. FR-43 is in the picture for this post, really cool.
    http://www.pouet.net is a great resource for finding demos, which is easier to use then scene.org

  • 8 arnoldschwartz // Jul 18, 2010 at 10:54

    most of these have shadow bugs and other shader anomalies because they had no idea someone would try and run them in 3d… they were coded for maximum performance on available gfx

  • 9 mnx // Oct 6, 2010 at 01:56

    Try this, very nice 4KB intro http://pouet.net/prod.php?which=50063
    Very good for demonstrate 3D glasses. And work with IZ3D driver too..

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