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"In Search Of Happiness" got 5th at the The Party 2001
"In Search Of Happiness" is amuQ creations and Elenziahs' contribution to the Demo competition at The Party 2001 demo party held in Aars, Denmark from the 27th of December to the 29th of December of 2001.
Where to get "In Search Of Happiness"
You can download the demo from this place (9.6 MB):
The history of "In Search Of Happiness"
In Search Of Happiness has, similar to The Blue Moment, a longer history than all the other demos we made.
At the beginning, we planned to make a demo for the Mekka & Symphosium 2001, based on a story board made by Morph/Elenziah. Since we were not that productive til the party, and had in fact nothing but the story board, we quickly decided to finalize The Blue Moment at the party place and do the demo for the Assembly 2001.
In the summer, Mika (vulc) and Felix (the lazy one) made the demo at Mika's place, and
it got almost finished (we never get it done in time
We then planned to polish it up a little and fix the bugs so we can release it at
the Dreamhack party or at The Party. The Radeon bug got fixed quite soon
after our coder got hold of a Radeon card (the Radeon drivers were the ones to blame
for the crash), and the demo got enhanched, some effects placed and a few images got
added. Finally, ready for The Party 2001, we had completed the demo (in our
eyes) and that was it
The story board of "In Search Of Happiness"
Here a desciption of all parts of "In Search Of Happiness" will follow:
In the beginning, two title screens are shown, the first featuring "amuQ and Elenziah" and the second "In Search of Happiness". The background picture was drawn by Johan (Carrier). Then, you find yourself in a small room, seeing the title screen on a computer monitor with a blue screen flickering. The room also contains a nice particle object. The credits are shown, and the camera flys through a vortex which opens in one wall. After that, you fly through a set of cubes with holes.
The next three effects feature some spike objects, a nice additive blending effect and a metablob effect with flying cubes in a noisy background. In the foreground you can read this poem:
"Meaningfulness is always the key for being happy, knowing what to strive or live for is necessary not to feel crappy.
The next scene is framed by two pictures by Zthee/Elenziah, which are shown before and after the scene. The scene itself features an animated werewulf's head.
After that, you see a environment mapped star moving on the screen on a nice background, and in the foreground you can read this poem:
"Happiness is often a destructive force when gained, shutting off the truth that might not keep it contained.
The next part features a nice additive alpha clound in the background, in which you can recognize several human faces, and as a shadow the face of a dog. In the foreground, there is a animated translucent checkerboard-cube dancing on the screen.
The next scene plays in a dark valley, where in a lake you can see a mountain with a single tree on its top. The weather is bad, it is raining like hell. Everything is in dark colors, and you can suddenly see a group of leaves flying away from the tree. The camera flys along a little with the leaves and you can read the greetings on them.
The last scene features a young guy, around 20 years old, lying on his bed staring
at the ceiling. On his computer some animation is running (anyone recognizes this?
"All the happy people I see around me are either in love or just plain stupid, not thinking.
The last two sentences are shown in full screen on a black background. The say:
"Sometimes happiness feels like nothing else than stupidity, very easy to disdain.
What is DSYS2?
DSYS2 is an abbrevation for Demo System 2, which is a system which allows the creation of (3D) animations which can be shown in real time. Because DSYS2 is still under development, you can just check out some other demos made with it. You can get them from the CHEAT THE MACHiNE homepage, which can be found at www.amuq.net/ctm. The demos (re)made with DSYS2 are called "Anton 4 - find ich gut!" and "CTM - the older demos!".