A short introduction of how to watch c64 demos on a pc.


In case you don't have a clue of what a demo is or what the demoscene is about I advice you to atleast read my introduction on the previous page. It really isn't knowledge you can read to get, atleast not the aesthetics as it is filled with references to it's context.

If you do not like what you see, watch more demos. Begin with some older ones and move ahead. Look for the ones voted high on e.g. CSDb and c64.ch, but pay attention to that there are literally thousands and thousands of demos on the c64 produced during a timespan of twenty years.


You will first need an emulator (or preferably a real c64 with a diskdrive). Download VICE and install it. Download the demo you want to watch, often you will need to unzip the file. If the file ends with .prg it is a demo in one file. Run the emulator (x64.exe) and under File you can choose Autostart disk/tape image..., browse to where you put the demo on your harddrive and attach (doubleclick) it. Indulge!

If the demo ends with .d64 it is a demo in many files and it is put on a c64 diskimage. Run the emulator, under Options choose True drive emulation. Then, under File, choose Autostart disk/tape image..., find the file, mark it (one click) and the directory of the diskimage will be shown under Image Contents. The file to start the demo usually is the first PRG file (never a DEL or SEQ file). If not, it often has got the name of the demo (the same as the whole .d64 file). Doubleclick the file and lean back to enjoy.There is often more contents on the .d64, like smaller demos and interesting notes. Just doubleclick on what you want to see.

Some big demos are on several .d64s. When the demo asks you to change (flip, turn) disk. Choose Attach disk image... under File, find the .d64 to the other side of the demo and attach it. When turning off the emulator it will tell you that all the data present in the RAM will be lost. Do not worry, the demo will still be on your harddrive.


When it comes to the demos I have been the main designer of they are in many ways different from other demos. Rather than mindblasting effects I try to communicate feelings in a more subtle way. I use old fashioned text as a very important part of my demos. With my graphics lacking the colours you are used to from other demos and with less moving objects my demos are perhaps more of minimalistic post-demos. Like it or not. The references are vital.

c64love, released at Floppy in February 2001. My hello and comeback to the scene after years of silence. Music by Cane and programming by Ed. Graphics, text and design by me.

c64love2, released at Floppy in February 2003. Music by Danko, CreaMD, Anthony Crowther and Laxity. Programming by Ed. Graphics, text and design by me.

walking man, released at LCP in August 2004. Music by Wally Beben and programming by Ed. Graphics (inspired by Alberto Giacometti), text and design by me.

autumn clouds, released at x in October 2004. It features Mimmi Gillving walking on the beach of Klagshamn. Music by Orcan and additional graphics by Joe. Programming and additional design by Ed. Graphics, text, design and concept by me.