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Back in Time

Noteworthy Releases from Scene Past

'Back in Time' is where hits from the past will be revived - old classics, milestones, sleeper demos you may have missed, or other noteworthy releases. Approximately once a month (for now) we'll bring to light an old gem, blow the dust off, and recall demo goodness from the early scene. Or maybe we'll highlight a newer release that made the scene smile and take another breath. Or perhaps just to keep you guessing, we'll recollect a useful tool or two.

If you have a favorite release from the past that you think deserves another look by new and old sceners, feel free to let us know your vote and we'll consider it - send us the release name and if you have a URL to the demo, throw that our way as well.

Back in Time made possible by the NTSC Scene Archive project...

Back in Time #1 : Grand Posse/Plague

Grand Posse was released on May 1st, 1991, by Plague, a group that had been formerly known as White Plague, the label under which they released Thrashzone earlier that same year. Grand Posse was the first and last demo from the renamed group, unfortunate considering how well it stood against or above many other demos released in the same period of time.

The entire demo was coded by Metal. While some effects were inspired by Amiga demos of the time period, the visuals were still fresh, even some that were not-seen-before in contemporary releases. Particularly interesting are the 'rainbow' and 'triple wave' pages which were both ideas that hadn't been achieved before in the same way as seen here.

The graphics from Lupin were on par with the scene's best at the time, showing some different logo stylings and color combinations as well as a nearly full screen image on the credits page, which is also one of the few early pages to avoid the common black background/border motif (interlaced green rasters were an added touch).

There were also more 'typical' effects, circle and bob scrolls for example, which although certainly not original were executed very well in comparison with earlier and later attempts. It was too bad that this was Metal's last demo - as the coding indicates, he would have been easily recognized among the top coders in NTSC with more exposure. Grand Posse wasn't widely spread, only circulating initially by snail mail to close contacts of the group.

The music was partially original and composed by Speed Demon, a former member of White Plague. Other tunes were reused from elsewhere. Grand Posse is one of the very best NTSC demos from 1991. Creeping up on 14 years since its release, it is still a damn enjoyable demo to watch today.