(old thread, but some stuff still worth saying...)
The PC demo scene is pretty active and there is some great stuff to look at - but there are problems with the PC arena which drain some of the original interest factor - you'll find frequent references and nods to the 'old times' (see below
when things seemed 'better'...
- every PC is built differently - so compatibility is not great. a lot of them only run on one make of graphics card (NV). some of them require specific drivers or other nonsense - it's often easier to watch them on youtube because at least that works! it's hard work for coders to deal with this because the PC hardware landscape is very bumpy...
- PCs perform differently anyway so it's hard to 'fully use' one machine without flooring another, making the content cutoff hard to choose
- there's a lot of controversy over hardware acceleration and whether it has ruined the scene by making too many things too easy (actually some of that stuff is really hard to code, but the power available does raise the minimum bar by a huge amount, if your card is an expensive model)
- the audience is more 'consumer', far less technical, less appreciative - most of them just assume demos been done in Adobe or something - no concept of realtime programming - they are happy if it looks pretty and the music is nice.
- it takes ages to make a demo worthy of viewing on a PC. its a ton of work. few have the time.
You'll notice 'old times' icons such as the 16bit floppy disk / joystick - or bits of STs/Amigas or logos in background art - and glitchy fullscreen post effects that look like interlaced TVs, retro machines & arcade boxes.
Anyway when you filter out the stuff that 'seems easy' on a PC (everything 'seems' easy on a fast PC) and the temptation to stream huge amounts of stuff from somewhere for free, there are only a few demos which are unambiguously good - something only a 1st class demo crew could pull off - pure audio-visual-realtime awesomeness...
Here are a few favourites. Note the 4k/64l demos are sometimes better than the fat ones.'high end':http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXE2pn_s818http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqu_IpkOYBghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdHaRq7FnDMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqu_IpkOYBghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fc9SEvCKck8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FhKhOqEqY4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9DbxVfkqschttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUVFqhg1vr8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUawxurEQJUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg22pbQsAaUhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3f3Fid-HWIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQhgEJuExY64k:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFXIGHOElrEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIcHi1qJK0khttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CBQI7cktMk4k:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjSJc2eCetEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAcoerRb2xQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w_xEUoK79ohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkD0AzYcJIQ1k:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaFjjA0t9pw
'bring back the only demo art - bring back the old times' - Kewlers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX-cVUg57EE
So there are plenty of nice PC demos and a few are amazing. But most of them really just want to be 16bit again