Categories Something for everybody

The Meteoriks were held for the seventh time in 2021 - and again, one important focus was the broad inclusion of both demomakers and -watchers by trying to have a very open process.

Like every year, everyone could apply to become a juror for the Meteoriks. During a first phase all accepted jurors discussed the categories to hand out awards in this year. Following that, we created juries for each category, consisting of three or more jurors, and these juries went to find the best work of 2020.

Meteoriks 2021 categories

2020 certainly was a difficult year for everyone and very different from previous years - and our category picks this year reflect that.

Compared to last year, we have merged the Best High-End 64k Intro and Best Small High-End Intro categories into one combined Best High-End Intro category to account for the relatively smaller number of productions in 2020. We dropped the "Outstanding Concept" category in favor of two new categories that should ring very true with what happened in 2020 - Best Executable Graphics and Scene Spirit Award.


New Talent

The group or individual scener that made their most memorable entrance in 2020

This category is for everybody who has either made a memorable entrance into the demoscene in the past year (with their first productions), or suddenly came to full glory in 2017 (breakthrough improvement, new platform or discipline)

Best Soundtrack

The production with the best soundtrack

There are a lot of talented musicians in the scene. Lets honor them.

Best Visuals

The production with the most beautiful and impressive art style, graphics, effects, modeling, texturing, color scheme, ...

The best art direction category honors demoscene productions that excel in the fields of design, direction and graphical talent. While previous scene awards have also honored these fields their impact has rarely been considered in a more holistic sense. In this context art direction concerns the overall visual appearance of a demo, how it communicates visually and how do these factors complement the concept of the demo. These productions are aesthetically significant even outside their demoscene context.

Best Direction

The production with the best overall cohesion, camerawork, atmosphere, pacing, story, ...

Direction is the art of choosing the right camera angle, the right framing, and getting the sequence and timing of scenes just right to convey a specific message, or evoke a specific feeling.

Outstanding Technical Achievement

The production that most dropped our jaws as it was previously deemed impossible

"Faking it" has been part of the demoscene forever. And faking it so convincingly that jaws drop is what this category is supposed to honor. It is all about making the impossible possible, and doing things that you would not believe your machine is capable of.

Best Low-End Production

The overall best production on a low-end platform

Best Executable Graphics

The best executable still image on any platform

Best High-End Intro

The overall best production in 64k or less on a high-end platform

Best High-End Demo

The overall best production between 64k and INFINITY!

there all different kind of ways to make a demo, you don't have to make it in one month, some take a lifetime to perfect. this is an award for groups reviving their on-hold projects, finally finishing them, new technologies found on very old platforms, or ports of old entries to new systems. To qualify, releases have to have some indication (in a scroller / an nfo file or otherwise) that they have been in the works for multiple years.

Scene Spirit Award

The project that most helped keep the scene spirit alive and our moods aloft during 2020