281 After Dark Screensavers

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  1. pavel_lishin says:

    I remember buying After Dark on Ebay a few years ago; turns out, it's not really compatible with modern machines. :(

  2. Ian Young says:

    A turning point in my life was getting a PC with a math co-processor so 'fractal flame' worked fast enough to watch.
    (not counting my Indigo, which was just so I could save myself from raptor attacks).

  3. DFB says:

    This is entirely off topic, but for some reason which I have long forgotten (if I ever even knew, but might have involved screensavers and hallucinogens in the 1980s, I suspect) I feel obligated to immediately share with you the latest naval railgun video:

  4. Hex says:

    I miss After Dark. Jamie, are you planning to reimplement any of these?

    • jwz says:

      There are a few familiar faces in there already...

      With many of the After Dark savers, the charm wasn't so much in the algorithms as in the artwork and character design, so "reimplementing" them would mainly be "redrawing the art", which is both a little questionable, and not really my forte.

      What would be awesome, though, would be an xscreensaver module that had enough of a Mac emulator in it to run the original saver binaries directly. Modern machines certainly have the horsepower for that...

      • Hex says:

        Indeed there are.

        You make a good point about the charm of the art, though. I had a vague notion - totally unjustified by any factual basis - that perhaps the original modules could be picked apart and the sprites extracted in some fashion. Of course, talk is easy! It could well be easier to emulate, as you suggest.

  5. AutoJack says:

    Somehow it seems wrong to me that these are all running on a Windows box.

  6. Forrest O. says:

    I have mini-competitions with a friend to draw things from our common memory. The other day we tried to draw the flying toaster, having not seen it for 10 years +-. This video was a major flashback.

  7. nushoin says:

    It just occured to me - Mr. Adams and The Matrix were almost right. We do live inside a computer, but we are not the main program... I will now live in eternal fear of the day God moves his mouse.

  8. TimeDoctor says:

    My passionate love for the disco dancing pig screensaver shall know no bounds.