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Demo-making 21.10.2023 – Fantasy Computers

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TIC-80 THRIVE demo

Welcome to DOT demo-making day on Saturday 21.10.2023 at Aalto Design Factory

Join us for another day of making and watching demos ! This time, the theme is fantasy consoles , which are artificially limited virtual computers aiming to make graphics and audio programming simple and fun. Check out the TIC-80 example page to get an idea of what these computers are capable of.

We are also visiting Ryoji Ikeda’s exhibition in Amos Rex at 18:00 on the Friday before – to maximize inspiration. This is completely optional but a highly recommended exhibition. See the event page for more info.

For who?

Anyone interested in computational art. Basic programming skills are recommended, but you can also team up with someone and ask for parameters to explore. We are aiming to make our events as beginner friendly as possible, but as the theme fantasy computers is a bit more technical one, this event might not be the absolutely most approachable with a purely visual or musical background. However, in a sense we are all beginners, so if fantasy computers sounds like fun, you are very welcome to join us! :)


If you have another similar platform in mind that you would like to make a demo with, feel free to ask us. However, our aim is to keep organizing fairly stream-lined.

See also below for some helpful links for getting started.


Like last time, you may attend the whole event, just the demo compo, or something in between. If you want to make a demo, or if you are new, we recommend coming to the keynote.


Aalto Design Factory

Puumiehenkuja 5A, 02150 Espoo

Remote participation

Our big picture goal is to learn how to organize remote participation smoothly, but depending on organizer resources, we might do or skip this.


Note that the organizers are only familiar with TIC-80 and Uxn (and not super familiar with these either), so we can’t offer much help with other platforms. But you can still come and ask, we can try to help!


Submitting your entry

  1. Ensure that you have added the following metadata to the header of your demo:
    -- title: title of your demo
    -- author: your (nick)name
    -- desc: short description of your demo or a message you want to show on the big screen
    (this is for lua, ask us if you’re unsure and using a different language)
  2. To hide the cursor, add poke(0x7FC3F,1,1) to the beginning of your TIC() function
  3. Save your demo by running save yourdemo.tic in the TIC-80 console
  4. Export the .tic file:
    • If you are using the web version: run get yourdemo.tic to download the .tic file
    • If you are using the downloaded version: run folder, which should open your file manager, where you can find yourdemo.tic
  5. Upload the .tic file here

Upload your .rom (or .tal) file here

Other platforms

Come talk to us at least an hour before the deadline!

After the event

Recordings of the demos will be published on DOT’s YouTube , like last time .