Demo Parties in Europe
are a European phenomenon.
They have their roots in various hacker and cracker meetings from
the glorious days of 8-Bit and 16-Bit computing. People from all
over Europe (and nowadays even non-European countries as well) come
together to meet each other, show off new productions and have fun
with their machines.
public events as the CeBIT, Comdex or the Electronic Entertainment
Expo (E3), demo parties are generally non-commercial and cannot
be considered mainstream. Part of the reason for this is the philosophy
of the attending people, which are mostly hackers, crackers, coders,
computer musicians and graphicians.
The main event
of all parties are the so called "compos". These are competitions
held to vote for the best demos, musics and graphics, each being
divided into several sub-categories like "Amiga Demo",
"PC Intro", "C64 Graphics"... The category "Wild
Demo" was introduced to open the competition to all systems.
In general, this is where to see pre-rendered movies, or video films.