20927.jpg[In the latest of an occasional series of demoscene-related posts on GameSetWatch before, AteBit's Paul 'EvilPaul' Grenfell looks into German demo-scene event The Ultimate Meeting 2009 and the super-neat retro demos showcased there.]

Even as 2009 drew to a close, there were still demosceners feverishly working to meet the deadlines of numerous small demo parties. Events like Grep, 7d and MiniMo were all held between Christmas Day 2009 and New Year's Day 2010 and attracted a number of memorable demos.

The party that I'd like to focus on though is The Ultimate Meeting. Started in 1999, TUM is a small German party held (almost) every year in late December.

This year's party saw over 30 new demos released but I've picked just three of my favourites to share with you:

Mescaline Synesthesia by deMarche

According to the voting at Pouet.net, this is already the best Spectrum demo of the year. Definitely not a typical Speccy demo, it uses hardcore timing techniques and the interlace effect of your TV to convince the 25 year old hardware of the Spectrum 128 to show more colors than it really should. This comes at a price of course - lower resolution, slow frame-rate and reports suggest that the demo looks better on emulators than on the real thing. It's still a great demo though, and I can just about forgive them for causing my own Spectrum demo to drop down to second place in the year end charts ;)

FR-062: The Cube by Farbrausch

Ever wondered what goes on inside the typical grey demoscene cube that you've seen so many times before? Well luckily for you, Farbrausch (no strangers to cubes themselves!) have used their special microscope to give you a little taste. The high detail of this demo is definitely worth watching in YouTube's HQ mode or, even better, by downloading the demo itself and running it on your high-spec-with-a-monster-GPU PC.

K2 - 029: Numbering Sucks by K2

The DS scene has managed to produce some interesting demos over the past few years, and
this production is no excpetion. The only downside is the slightly uncomfortable feeling that you're watching a demo that's being partially obscured by someone holding a stick across the middle of the screen..

Check out the results and full list of releases from TUM 2009 over on Pouet.net.