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A demo is a real time multimedia non-interactive presentation of a software program. Demos are usually written to showcase the features of a software/hardware product or the capabilities of a programmer or designer.
Groups creating demos are known as demo groups. A community creating demos is known as a demo scene and is comprised of top programmers, computer specialists, solution architects, design consultants and subject matter experts. These individuals are often referred to as demo sceners.
A party arranged to bring all the demo sceners under a single roof is referred to as a demo party. It is an event organized for demo sceners to socialize and host competitions.
Demos are created using special effects such as 3D animations and 2D effects, innovative graphics and often showcase performance improvements over previous record holders. These presentations are created by a group of computer enthusiasts over the course of several days or even many weeks. The attendees to a demoparty get to vote on their favorites and winners held in great esteem by their peers.
The demo scene is believed to have originated in Europe and continues today in many European countries and around the world. Demo scene groups are often concerned with making their work appear superior to the competition.
The major attraction of a demo party is the competition itself. The demo sceners usually bring their own PCs to showcase their work. They are thousands of like-minded people attending demoparties at a single event, although they are more common in Europe than in the US and have diminished in popularity somewhat over the years.