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взял: Dimouse

Date: 3 июня 2004 г.

<Dimouse> Hello MAF, what's your name, groups in which you have been in, your computer, and all what you want to tell us about you.

<MAF>Please excuse me but I'd rather not give out my real name for some reason. During my late teen years, I was active in just one demo group, namely, Camorra, which was founded by me and a friend of mine who went by the name of ARI. As for the computer, it's some desktop PC with Athlon XP 1.5 but who cares anyway? :)

<Dimouse> When and how did you become interested in demoscene?

<MAF>I think it was after seeing some demos on Ari's Amiga computer that I decided it would be nice to get into creating some for PC. There were actually demos for PCs already, but not Polish. Our first demo, Gust, was one of the first Polish demos, and it was released at the first Polish demo party called Proba Generalna amazing I still remember it after around 10 years!).

<Dimouse> Are you still active in demoscene? And what do you do if not.

<MAF>I quit demoscene some years ago when I went to study at a university. Since then, I watched some demos from Assembly or The Party but once a year or less often. I'm out of touch when it comes to what's going on in the demo scene these days but I am considering going to Assembly one year for sentimental reasons.

At the moment, I'm freshly after university and involved mostly in the development of a multiplayer online gaming site called Kurnik (www.kurnik.pl).

<Dimouse> What's in your opinion is the essential part of the demo? Design, music, code or something else?

<MAF>I always considered design and 'innovativeness' to play the most important part. Music, graphics or code may be impressive, but if they don't stick together and have this something that gets your attention, then the demo is no good.

<Dimouse> Did demoscene changed in the last ten years? What's the difference between demoscene nowdays and demoscene that you knew before?

<MAF>As I said before, I'm really out of touch of today's demo scene so I can't tell what's the difference. One thing which is for sure is that CPUs are more powerful nowadays and with all those 3d accelerators toruses in current demos probably have millions of vertices:)

<Dimouse> What in your opinion are demogroups that influenced on demoscene and made the best demos?

<MAF>I remember liking demos of Orange, Complex, Future Crew, and from the Amiga scene, Spaceballs (their demo State-of-the-art was truly state-of-the-art at those times). In Poland, Pulse (the group with Unreal, Scorpik and a few other talented guys) was pretty good.

<Dimouse> What's your favourite demo that you made?

<MAF>I like my last demo best, Planet Logus-T5, but suprisingly it was the one Camorra demo that wasn't liked in general, and at the party where it was released in particular (it didn't even get into top 3).

<Dimouse> Please tell something about how you worked on intro Jest. It's one of my favourite intros, and I know that there was some difficulties when you presented it on Assembly.

<MAF>I don't quite remember anything on how I worked on it. I remember, however, that it was submitted to Assembly party (don't remember the year) by my friend from Finland, but unfortunately it wasn't shown on the big screen because it had some problems with memory management programs (it didn't run in the presence of one). Sad, isn't it?

<Dimouse> What do you think about Russia, have you ever been there, and do you know some of our demos or sceners?

<MAF>As for Russia in general, I know you guys have some awesome programmers and won some of the latest ACM collegiate programming contests (these were some guys from St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics). I haven't been to Russia but I'm planning to go there to cycle one day, as it's not far from where I live (north of Poland). Unfortunately, I don't know any demos/sceners from Russia as you must have not been too active in the demo scene 10 years ago.

<Dimouse> Why did you called yourself MAF and your group Camorra? Whenever I search your demos in the internet I get in some mafia sites:)

<MAF>Heh. I called myself MAF by analogy to my brother's nick name which was WAF (his first name started with "W", my start with "M"). As for Camorra, I don't remember. We had to have some group name, so I run through a dictionary, found a few potential names, and my friend liked Camorra best, partly because of its meaning.

<Dimouse> Did you participate in demo creating since Jest?

<MAF>Nope. That was my last production.

<Dimouse> Do you know anything about other Camorra members? What are they doing now?

<MAF>Together with ARI I had a small Internet company for a few years. He is working for some other one and doesn't do anything related to graphics as he used to. As for Reset, the other coder, he's a PhD student in bioinformatics in Amsterdam.

<Dimouse> What do you think about scene's future?

<MAF>It's hard to say as I don't know how it looks nowadays but I think it may have less interest from teenagers because they tend to get into open source / free software programming "scenes" as well as internet. There is a lot of room for creativity in them and they are considered "cool" too.

Thanks for the inverview and I'd like to say "hello" to all my demo scene friends from the past!

<Dimouse> Bye!

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