Welcome to Breakpoint 2009, world's biggest pure demoscene event. For the 7th time, up to 1000 creative participants from more than 30 nations are once again expected to gather in the beautiful town of Bingen am Rhein, Germany, from the 10th to the 13th of April 2009 (Easter weekend), enjoying 4 days of round-the-clock activities in arts, technology and international socializing.
In case you've never been to a demoparty before, we suggest you have a look at our New Visitors section now - else read on.
It's the year 2009. While the global economy is celebrating its overly dramatic suicide, governments around the world build up a wall of fear to protect against an uprising of their own people. The thunder of the collapsing credit economy drowns out the sound of the hectic attempts to dismantle the values and freedoms once gained at great cost - creating a safe distance to those who have yet to realize their losses.
This makes it also hard times for the demoscene, an international group of young technology-focused artists.
Breakpoint, world's biggest family meeting for programmers, musicians and artists, always tried to be a bridge between the committed demosceners and the outside world, the IT industry and the electronic art scene. A bridge that now seems to lead into a dark abyss.
As you may have read, Breakpoint has lost its former main sponsors. In January 2009, when sponsoring deals got dropped and suddenly more than half of the party budget was missing, it seemed like Breakpoint would be doomed.
But never underestimate the scene - thanks to a gigantic wave of support from the scene, tons of donations, and due to the hard work of the voluntary Breakpoint organizing team, we've made the impossible a reality: Breakpoint 2009 is going to take place. May the commercial world around is go down in flames, the demoscene sure won't. Over 15.000 Euros have been donated by sceners and scene-organizations world-wide, and while the big corporations have dropped their support, new, smaller sponsors have announced to join and support us. Thanks to these sceners and sponsors, Breakpoint 2009 now financially is secured.
And what first looked like the end of Breakpoint may well turn out to be its finest hour. So yes, we'll have less budget, we had to cut on various costs - but we're still here, and we will kick some serious butt. We'll make sure that everything a scener could wish for will be present at the party - our gigantic FullHD projector that made its debut in 2008 will return, there will be tons of competitions, great outside fun, lots of cheap drinks and food, and you'll share your party with up to 1000 creative participants from over 30 countries. So once again every scener in the world should know one thing for sure: This is the demoparty event of the year, and you just can not afford to miss it.
This isn't the time for couch sceners - this is the time to stand up for what we care about: our community of friendship, fair competition and technical prowess. Go work on your releases, your demos, your intros, your tunes, your graphics, and your wild releases on whatever platform you desire. And then come to Breakpoint 2009!
You might also want to check out the invitation demo by MFX; you need a Windows PC with OpenGL 2.0 compliant video card, 3.0 Pixel Shader support and 128MB of VRAM should be able to run it. And if your machine isn't supported, you can at least try one of the video versions.
- Download the Windows invitation (15.1MiB)
- Download the video version (640x360 XVid+MP3, 71MiB)
- Download the high-quality video version (1280x720 H.264+AAC, 142MiB)
- Discuss on pouet.net
Any questions left? Don't hesitate to ask - contact the organizing team by mailing to our hotline mail address , or join the irc channel #breakpoint on the IRCnet network.
The Breakpoint 2009 Organizing Team