Mr Speaker

DHTML oldschool raster effect


This is what happens when you lock yourself off from normal human interaction for any length of time. The last bunch of Mr Speaker posts are all from the Nerd category, and I fear they're gunna get nerdier from here.

The scrolly thing above is modelled on what were called "raster effects" in the C64 Demo scene. "Demos" were non-interactive extravaganzas released by various demo crews. Demo crews were made up of graphix peoples, musicians, and coders. The releases showcased their mad computer skillz. The releases were like battles. Whoever could stretch the Commodore 64 to breaking point earned big respect.

I'm serious. These guys were like gods to us mere computing mortals.

The intro above is getting there - I got the raster squiggly lines, I got a wicked 4-colour logo. But it really needs a super crunchy chip-tune playing over the top, with some scrolling text in a cool font telling everyone how elite I am, and how every other group is lame (except for the crews that I give greetz to). And it would have to have a really cool hardcore title, like Sinusoidal Tendancies, or Y666K, or something. Yeah, that'd be awesome. And I can put ads in the text asking for graphix people and couriers to join my crew. I have no idea why demo crews needed couriers. They just did.

So if you wanna join the leet MrSpeaker DHTML-demo crew contact us on our BBS.... Mr Speaker #1 in 2005.... die lamers....


  1. I’m in! 733T (forgot how to do “t”)

    Monday, March 28, 2005 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  2. L=1(number one)

    Monday, March 28, 2005 at 11:04 am | Permalink
  3. Thanks grant! you’re 1337

    Monday, March 28, 2005 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  4. WTF?! How did you do that? Flash?

    Monday, March 28, 2005 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
  5. My favourite C64 game was called “Abnormal Faction”, I mean what kind of name is that?!? (See It had a little knight who avoided smeary bat-like creatures and was exceedingly hard, as if the designer didn’t want you to finish the game and find out they hadn’t actually made the ending.

    I remember they had the C64-SX, or the Commodore 64 Executive, it had a small 5 inch screen. Like a C64 laptop…

    Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 1:05 am | Permalink
  6. I don’t know Abnormal Faction… Ill have to check it out… Myyy favourite C64 game is “Mad Doctor”. (Here’s a review of mad doctor. And you can download it for the freakin-awesome CCS emulator here

    In Mad Doctor you must find body parts to complete your experiment of tissue re-animation. Using dug-up bodies from the graveyard is not so good – too old. The best bet is to walk up to residents of the town and bash them to death. Then grab the body and run as fast as you can away from the angry mob.

    So cool.

    (oh, and to anonymous(1) – nope, no flash just good ol’ DHTML, javascript and your-friend-and-mine – an animated gif. I’m going to write a little tutorial for doing this kind of crap at some point.)

    Monday, April 4, 2005 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  7. It doesn’t work!

    My life is over.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 6:14 am | Permalink
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