Categories Something for everybody

The Meteoriks will be held for the sixth time in 2020 - and again, one important focus is the broad inclusion of both demomakers and -watchers by trying to have a very open process.

As a first step, we worked hard with a group of seasoned sceners of all trades to select a meaningful set of awards categories from your input of previous years, making sure that 2019's productions are well represented and our categories span a wide range of demo'ish and artistic aspects. These categories are listed below.

Everyone can apply to become a juror for one or more categories. These jurors are already forming juries for the cateogries and these juries will soon go to work finding the best work of 2019.

Meteoriks 2020 categories

New Talent

The group or individual scener that made their most memorable entrance in 2019

This category is for everybody who has either made a memorable entrance into the demoscene in the past year (with their first productions), or suddenly came to full glory in 2019 (breakthrough improvement, new platform or discipline)

Best Soundtrack

The production with the best soundtrack

Honoring the production that stands out with a soundtrack that is both extremely well produced and also fits and supports the visuals so that the total is more than just the sum of its parts.

Best Visuals

The production with the most beautiful and impressive art style, graphics, effects, modeling, texturing, color scheme, ...

We honor productions that excel in the fields of design, direction and graphical talent. While previous scene awards have also honored these fields their impact has rarely been considered in a more holistic sense. In this context "visuals" concerns the overall visual appearance of a demo, how it communicates visually and how do these factors complement the concept of the demo. These productions are aesthetically significant even outside their demoscene context.

Best Direction

The production with the best overall cohesion, camerawork, atmosphere, pacing, story, ...

Direction is the art of choosing the right camera angle, the right framing, and getting the sequence and timing of scenes just right to convey a specific message, or evoke a specific feeling.

Outstanding Concept

The production that most impressed us with bold decisions, novel ideas, extending the scene's aesthetic vocabulary

The demoscene is about taking risks to push the boundaries of the possible. This includes aesthetic experimentation that turns challenges (like size limits) into springboards, and may leave the scene's comfort zone behind. The category recognizes a production with an original artistic vision behind it that has extended the scene's visual vocabulary.

Outstanding Technical Achievement

The production that most dropped our jaws as it was previously deemed impossible

"Faking it" has been part of the demoscene forever. And faking it so convincingly that jaws drop is what this category is supposed to honor. It is all about making the impossible possible, and doing things that you would not believe your machine is capable of.

Best Low-End Production

The overall best production on a low-end platform

We don't forget our roots, and each year there are outstanding prods being released on platforms that are long deemed obsolete. This category sets out to seek the best prods on a low-end platform, from pocket calculators to AMIGAAAAAA!

Best Small High-End Intro

The overall best production in 8k or less

Trying to cram as much content as possible into small executables is one of the pillars of the scene, with 8k, 4k, 1k and even smaller tinytros taking it to the extremes. We're looking for the prod that not only managed to cram the most content in for its size, but also did so with style!

Best High-End 64k Intro

The overall best production between 8 and 64k

These days we manage to put cinematic content into as much as 64k worth of executable. This award looks for the prod that presents the most cohesive, beautiful and artful content into the size limit.

Best High-End Demo

The overall best production between 64k and INFINITY!

The gloves are off, and you're allowed to throw as much data at your computer as it can take. This category looks for the best prod people could make when size is not an issue.