This is an almost true report from Evoke 2005, feel free to add
your stuff, you know the rules... Friday
Sparcus and me have just arrived from Enschede, along with 120
cans of Hollandia beer (which should be just about enough for
tonight .. hahahaha :) Cyclone just called me on my mobile and
told me to start a realtime article. Since I don't have a
computer with me I am using a sheet of paper to make some notes.
Cyclone said he will transfer it later to his notebook, well if
he likes it :). Anyway time to start swallowing some beer from
the green and white beercan hopefully the content is still cold
19:47 (Cyclone still at home)
Finally all necessary equipment for evoke is resting in the
trunk of my Mercedes and I can drive to cologne to attend evoke
2005. After searching almost the whole afternoon for Atari
equipment, especially RGB and VGA cables for my Falcon I am now
starting the engine and my ride to cologne begins. Approximately
70 km to go, so I better stop typing now ...
I have just entered the building, after getting mugged by the
evoke staff at the entrance. None of the other atari-sceners
showed up so far and so I have started to look for a suitable
place to put my falcon and the other stuff I brought with me. I
was in a real hurry to get here since the Atari demo show by
Lotek Style was supposed to begin at 21:00. After speaking with
one of the organisers I learned that the whole program is
delayed, and that the opening ceremony - which should have been
already over by now - was about to begin any moment. What a
lucky coincidence since Lotek seems not to be here yet.
Lotek Style and Kradd (formerly known as Mad Butscher) have just
arrived and we managed also to spot Havoc inside a crowd of xbox
and gameboy fanatics, which had already depleted large amounts
of some cheap dutch "beer". I can only speculate on what other
people would call that stuff :)
Cyclone was looking so eagerly at our pile of excellent
Hollandia beers that I decided to offer him one of our fine
brewskies. He declined, apparently because he has to drive later
tonight (with whom and where we ask ourselves)...
Damn almost all tables are already taken, however some nice PC-
chaps from 0ok (NullOK) moved their stuff a bit so we could get
some nice seats near the stage. Las of 0ok is sitting beside me
and shows me the current built of the 0ok Assembler, yes you
read right these guys are still coding in assembler. The
assembler looks very cool it reminds me a lot of TASM and has
very nice features like source code debugging etc. I asked las
to put it online and he told me he would do so after adding some
example sources. Nice one, have a close look at the 0ok website
at ( http://www.0ok.de ).
21: 20 (Cyclone)
The opening ceremony just started and some PC fags are making
fun of each other on the stage telling some crap. Hmmm it seems
one of them is "Mr Pouet" himself.
Kradd is showing some strange behaviour, he just offered 20 EUR
to Havoc and asked him to go back to the badly lit parking
place. Now this is strange, isn't it? I have absolutely no idea
what he was supposed to do for the money, but I guess you have
already got some ideas on your own ... :)
Finally - more than one hour late - Lotek was pulled onto the
stage and the Atari demo show started. Instead of a real falcon
the demos were run from a prerendered video CD of some kind. The
organizers managed to keep the spotlights illuminated for
several minutes while the Lost Blubb demo was already running,
so half of the projection area was bathed in bright light, I
guess this is a sign of real professional organisation in the PC
scene :). The next demo shown on the big screen was
Sonoluminenzenz by a well known bunch of lamers called Avena, we
don't know if it was for the much too dark display of the beamer
or if someone had thrown free valium pills into the crowd,
however the attention the sceners were paying to the action on
the screen wasn't really overwhelming.
The running gag from breakpoint 2005 "Hallo, Was" has started to
spoil the silence of the party :) and some guys seems to have
very strong reactions to this audible stimulus. Well after
fifteen minutes of endless repetitions of "Hallo Was?" Lotek and
I are beginning to understand what causes these hard feelings
inside the veterans, who had the luck to survive this experience
earlier. I wonder if this is the evoke version of our chanting
The band started to fill the hall with some devastating audio
experience, too late to run away, so I guess we will stay a bit
Damn still no routing to the internet, or is it just my WLAN?
Hmmm, no local network is fine, I hope they will fix that soon.
Havoc is leaving to get some rest in the car. Perhaps the
parking lot experience was too much for him?
I am leaving, yes, but not until I've wished Cyclone and Lotek
Style a happy and satisfying night together. Enjoy the ride
Checking the sleeping area, hmmm seems to be in the same room
like the party place and in addition to that it's very close to
the stage and those big speakers. Should be next to impossible
to get a refreshing sleep here. Perhaps I should have brought a
sleeping bag and spent the night in the car, but that's no
option anymore, so I'll better pack up and drive home for the
Since our romantically entangled lovebirds have left the place
or went into sleep mode, Lotek and myself are heading to the
parking lot to drive (back) to Bochum for the night. We left the
snoring Kradd beneath the table where he had placed himself
earlier. The gameboy show is still coming up, but I guess it has
to happen without us. It will be interesting to see if Loteks
equipment will still be in place tomorrow morning...
Back at home finally, I shortly showed Lotek the flat and
introduced him to the couch in my living room. Anyway it's late
so time to brush my teeth and sneak into the bedroom...
Kradd on the keyboard. After a night full of strange dreams
about me and a guy with big feet in the parking lot I woke up in
my wormbag, ...
It looks like I'm awake now. No ideas where the others are, I
keep my fingers crossed for Lotek, cause who knows what Cyclone
had in mind when he bribe him with candies to come to his car.
The Intel Hyperthreading Lesson by codemasters has just started,
lucky enough it's hardly audible so I can relax a bit and start
Lotek and myself reached the party place again. Kradd was still
standing in the parking lot with 20 EUR in his hand looking for,
hmmm, who knows :) After entering the building we were relieved
that Loteks machine hasn't vanished during the night, perhaps
there is not enough hitek equipment inside to make it a good
Cyclone looks very satisfied, seems that he enjoyed the night.
But why does Lotek refused to take a seat and wants to stand all
In fact some guy was trying to lug it out of the hall this
night, but he was scared away by the TSCC watchdog under the
Bero of 0ok has taken the seat next to me and works on a nice
4ktro with some dancing robots, nice stuff however it seems this
one will not be finished until the 4k compo starts, so they will
probably use las' 4ktro called "plan b" :)
The mod-compo has just started. Somebody had the incredibly
stupid idea that all composers have to use the same samples.
Well I can't tell you how much that sucks. I bet they wanted to
torture the audience as well, because some of the samples -
especially those containing vocals - were an audible massacre.
The mod compo seems to take ages, playing variations on these
bad samples over and over. Perhaps I should have better stayed
I just had a quick look at the real-time article. Yeah the good
old times returned. I read flames never read since Mr. XY
tortured the keyboard back in 2k.
So SHOOT your favourite asstronaut... And please don't miss or
we will play another one of these remixes...
I am feeling sick. Perhaps something to eat will help a bit. I
decided to go to the really expensive buffet to buy an
extraordinary expensive cheese sandwich, after my first byte I
had the immediate impression that this sandwich had already been
dead for several weeks.
I had the joy of receiving a cold frikadelle earlier on. Not
only was it cold, it was also shaped like a weird crossover
between a hamburger and a springroll.
Haha, it seems Havoc just made the experience of eating a cold
Frikadelle, which is like a cold Schnitzel a famous German
specialty. This is nothing odd here, but you have to know about
it, so don't get frightened by cold food in Germany it's rather
common for a buffet.
The graphics compo is starting. Showing some strange pictures,
not exactly handpixeled it seems. Not really 16 colours. Bah! :)
Hmmm, raytraced stuff, ouch... The first picture by Fzool /
SM^SD shows a cat in a room, the cat is standing in a pool of
oil, erm... well the title is "Katze in Oel". Cough...
MeG / 20Volt shows a golden statue "Zora", which resembles a
female C3P0 with shield and axe on a wooden table with two
glasses in the background.
Ouch this one "Kinderzimmer" by Atex looks like a page from an
Ikea catalogue, however the picture looks very real, with that
usual raytracer touch.
Now what is this? b & w / plastic show a picture that somehow
reminds me of Edward Munch "Der Schrei" it's shows a women with
raised hands in a brownish, smoky setting. I guess it was called
The next picture by tomkh & gruesome is named "tainted chicks
asylum" and shows some rocks, probably some bones or bodies and
something that resembles water. Hmmm, I am not sure if this is
going to win anything.
D.fox / Digital Overflow show a picture called "Schmopfel"???
WTF? It looks like a hybrid between a leaf and a drop of water
perhaps a leaf from a succulent plant? Maybe that's the reason
for its sad face? Well at least it looks kinda funny.
Hey that was a short compo, only five minutes. Let's try to
annoy Lotek a bit and talk to him about all the awful design
flaws in a certain demo... :)
Mr. XY creeps in my brain and I have to write this: This shitty
release did not get more than 1 Point.
17:44 (Lotek Style)
This is lotek style now on the keys and cyclone "the unbeliever"
from x-troll is starting to annoy me ;). We were watching
several demos and only discussed what was done bad :) All Atari
demos sucked ;) lol, no just joking ;) -Cyclone still doesn't
believe me that you can you format HD discs to DD format without
problems when you close the second hole with sticky tape! All
oldskool swappers know that! ;)
Arf, this lotek guy is driving me crazy, he is showing "beams"
for the 5000th time today, he is even paying money to guys
passing by, so they stay and watch it. I think. I can't stand it
anymore, please HELP ME ... Hmm, and while we are at it real
OLDSKOOL swappers used 8 inch disks or punchcards!
35:71 (elytS ketoL)
What the heck... the clock is ticking the other way round.
Cyclone just said something nice about an ST demo :)
Probably because Lotek wasn't singing while showing the demo :)
17:56 (Lotek Style)
No problem darling, I can change this :) "lalala super trouper
beams are gonna blind me space porn Ministeck prostitute 20 euro
song lala" :)
ARF, not again, I have to leave this place or... Hmmm, perhaps I
have a better idea: From now on I will "sing it back" all the
way to Lotek's deafened ears :). From the corner of the eye I
noticed that Kradd (formerly known as Mad Butscher) has used our
little flamewar to get drawn away to the ministeck-compo, he is
sitting in front of the kindergarden desk with several
combatants and sticks pins into a plastic board with lots of
premade holes (do you see a pattern here? :)
Kradd is competing in the Ministeck compo... maybe he mixed
something up when he heard the word "p0rn" ;)
It's bound to entertain him more than when he's standing on the
parking lot like an idiot with that 20 euro bill in his hand...
It seems Kradd has come up with his sexual obsession again. He
is doing a Ministeck picture of Pacman biting Ms Pacman while he
thinks of one of the ghosts the yellow one, as google reveals
the names of the four ghosts are Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde.
The yellow one is named Clyde in the English version of PacMan.
We managed to steal this from the top secret personality profile
of Clyde: "Clyde ("Pokey"), the orange monster, does not
actively chase after Pac-Man, preferring to wander on his own
path. However, this makes him more difficult for the player to
track, putting the player in danger of accidentally running into
him." However while Pacman is dreaming of his gay ghostfriend
Clyde, all Ms Pacman thinks about is shopping for another pair
of Manolo Blahniks. Perhaps this explains Kradds disappointment
in women and his preference for 20 EUR jobs with Havoc in the
parking lot. Perhaps we should also mention that Kradd was
finished before the other guys, as usual. :)
The multichannel compo starts with deafening volume. Our
favourite so far "Yoga" from jco, because "Yoga foerdert innere
Kraefte!" Hallo... Was?
There are still compos going on, finally they are showing some
demos, nice nice.
A bit later (Cyclone)
Damn I am starving need something to eat right now, so let's see
there should be Burger King around the corner, but it seems you
have to walk for ages to reach it, hmmm let's check the buffet
again, perhaps there is something warm. Ok the vegetable lasagne
looks good, it's also still warm, so nothing to complain about.
Nothing? Nah that's impossible the price is a joke, but who
Much later (Cyclone)
Hmmm, I am about to check the free coffee, someone said it's the
best thing about evoke. Ah that's better the caffeine is going
to keep me running for a few more hours I guess.
Very much later (Cyclone)
All compo entries have been shown since some time; seems
Matthias Reim has joined the demo scene. He he. I wonder why
that demo wasn't disqualified; anyway it was a nice joke. The
atmosphere is quite relaxed, kRadD is playing some c64 games
with the guys from eastern Germany on the other side of our
Bah, I am tired, and I guess I won't stay for the price giving
ceremony, prices are boring and there is only one thing that is
more boring than prizes, and I guess that's waiting for them to
be given away to other people. ;)
Finally back home, now this was evoke 2005 a really nice party
with lots of cool party, I guess I will pay it a visit next year
too and hopefully we will see even more Atari sceners and
perhaps a few ct60 prods? Hmmm, someone's going to teach me 3d
stuff? erm, probably not... well anyway bed time boys :)))))
The Ministeck Compo was a fake. I thought you only have half an
hour time, but then some real artists sit there for half a day.
Also the voting is extremely lame. The more applause the crowd
gives, the more points you get, but because Cyclone, Lotek and
Havok are once again away repairing cyclones car, there were too
few people in the room who remember who Pacman was. A shame...
Weeks later (Cyclone)
Repairing my car? It was never broken, hmmm strange things
happen at evoke, perhaps someone smoked the wrong vegetables?
Cyclone, Havoc, kRadD and Lotek Style for Alive, Evoke 2005