Diskmags are beyond doubt the most
important medium of the demo scene. Having developed since the 80´s as a
means of electronic newscast, by now they have reached a high degree of
professionality. Back then (when the internet as we know it now did not
exist) distributed as disks, nowadays news and information are shared via
mailbox systems and internet services. That´s why they are as much called
E-mags as Diskmags.
Diskmags provide information about anything of interest for
the demo scene subculture´s members: a calendar of events, fair- and party
revisions, instructions and tutorials for programming as well as 3D
graphics and soundtracks and, of course, the internet are the preferred
topics, besides anything else that includes creative work on the computer.
Main language is english - Diskmags apply to a large international
The importance of Diskmags for the maintenance of the
demo scene cannot be overestimated: this is mainly where the discussion
and overall communication of the scene take splace (apart from events like
the demo parties). Diskmags represent and ensure a constant
(re-)construction and revision of the scene´s appropiate rules and values
concerning aesthetical as well as technological or ethical aspects.
As the format changed from disk to download there
was a striking progression towards artistic and journalistic
professionality. As much quality standard and content as operator
convenience and handling of diskmags have reached a respectable grade.
Nowadays, many programmers focus on a comfortable menu navigation which in
many cases makes surfing E-mags with pretentious reports and background
stories an interesting form of entertainment.
Responsible for the
mags are specialised editorial groups, formed by scene members. Even
though most diskmags still have to be downloaded from the relevant
webpages, the diffusion of the internet as a different means of
distribution has had an impact on the diskmag´s distribution. Some mags
have completely adapted the online version, some backup their rather
classical editions with an online version. The advantages of the web in
this respect are obvious: a quicker exchange of information and updates
and, most of all, a high number of interactive features.
However, concluding that the old-fashioned format of the
diskmag is about to dissapear would be wrong - due to mags like
„Generation“, „Scenetime“, „Hugi“, „Sunray 1999", "PAiN" or "Wildmag", a
cult status has been reached. In the WWW, Scenet (http://www.scenet.de/
presents a nice starting point to explore the world of demo scene´s news
distribution, including disk- and onlinemags. You´ll also find a small
selection of some major diskmags on digitalcraft´s link section.