Demo: Future 1999 by PwP (Commodore VIC 20) (2009)

Hi guys,

I’ve been watching a lot of old demos lately and one of the strangest ones is Future 1999 by PwP (Pers’ Wastaiset Produktiot). It was made for the Commodore VIC-20 and released in 2009 (it was made in 2008, but released later). It won the old-school demo compo at a party called Stream 2009.

The demo is a bit scary and has a serious atmosphere surrounding it. It portrays a society where humans are completely monitored, from birth to death. Everyone is identical and only a number amongst billions of others. You’ve got machines that measures each individuals level of happiness and strange apparatuses that grows people. If someone dares to rebel against the system, they’ll be vaporized with the push of a button.. still, humans are mounting a resistance.

Screenshot from the demo (taken from http://www.pelulamu.net/countercomplex/2008-11-02/)
Screenshot from the demo (taken from http://www.pelulamu.net/countercomplex/2008-11-02/)

As mentioned above, the demo came out for the VIC-20, an old computer from Commodore. This machine saw the light of day back in 1980 (!) and sold about a million units. As you can imagine, creating demos for such a low-end system is no easy task.. It’s therefore quite impressive that Future 1999 features digital sound samples….

Anyway,  I’ve embedded a video from YouTube, so that you can watch it for yourself. 🙂 I’m very curious on your opinion about it, as it is quite different from normal demos.

6 comments

  1. I really liked this demo, although it kind of scares me. In a way it feels almost like a disturbing warning of things to come.
    It amazes me that the VIC-20 can handle this amount of digitized speech (if that is what it is). I remember my father borrowing a VIC-20 from his work place in the mid eighties. At that time they had 10-20 of them which weren’t used anymore. Most of my friends had C64 computers. I couldn’t find any compatible programs or games to run on the VIC-20, and thus we ended up returning it. Now they are all gone, and I regret.
    Anyway, thank you for presenting the demo! It’s definitely worth a watch.

    • Hi Mads,

      Thanks for commenting. 🙂

      Hehe.. I feel the same way.. one never knows what is ahead, especially in the times we are living in now. Please look forward to more Commodore 64 stuff in the future – lots of great demos coming out for this platform lately. 🙂

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