DISTRIBUTION - THE CURE is freeware. You can in no way make a profit out of it.
DISCLAIMER - THE CURE IS PROVIDED "AS-IS", WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY. TO THE FULLEST
EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, THE AUTHOR CANNOT BE HELD LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE ARISING
OUT OF THE (INABILITY OF MAKING) USE OF IT. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
EPILEPSY WARNING - Some people are susceptible to epileptic seizures when
exposed to certain flashing lights or light patterns, and they may even be
unaware of it. THE CURE may cause problems to such people. Who experiences
blurred vision, dizziness, disorientation, loss of consciousness, twitches,
involuntary movements, convulsions while watching THE CURE must stop doing so
immediately and receive the due medical assistance.
68030 @ 50 MHz
~32 kB CHIP RAM
~14.5 MB FAST RAM
~15 MB disk space
The demo is designed to run constantly at 50 fps. If the machine it runs on is
not powerful enough, music will stutter, the video refresh will slow down and
some graphics will look cropped at the top - the frequency and seriousness of
these issues will depend on the actual capabilities of the machine.
The picture performance_graph.ilbm shows the performance recorded by the
machines the demo has been tested on and, indirectly, how much power the various
demo parts require.
The demo can be run from both shell and Workbench.
When finished, it returns to AmigaOS.
To quit anytime, press the right mouse button.
At the end of 2017 I derived the graphics engine at the core of the demo from
another engine of mine. Since then, I have been occasionally tinkering with it
while trying to come up with a game that would make use of it, but I failed: the
engine was too stressful for the eyes and unsuitable for small/medium-sized
graphical elements; it was clearly more suited for a demo (in fact, some people
proposed to make a production of such kind with it), but I kept on ruling that
out because I prefer making games.
Until, one day, what was happening around the world changed my mind: I just had
to say something - and that could be rather effectively and relatively quickly
done with a demo. In the past, I had already tried through a book, but, since
I'm Mr. Nobody, my message reached only very few people. With a demo I could
reach somebody else - very few people again, but still some more people.
Therefore, although part of my motivation was to make use of the engine, to have
fun doing so and to give the Amigans a little something to enjoy, the demo's
main purpose is to say something.
The demo tries to deliver the message through the audiovisuals, but, given the
amount and complexity of the concepts, also by means of texts - a lot of.
Given that the graphics are strictly and continuously synchronized with the
music and given the large amount of information, often the texts remain visible
only for a short time - and in certains places they are simply beyond the human
reading capabilities. Despite that, even if some details escape, the overall
sense of the message does arrive to the viewer.
For who wants to fully appreciate and comprehend the demo, what follows quotes
all the texts and illustrates in detail each demo part.
PART 0 - COUNTDOWN
This part simply gives monitors time to synchronize with the PAL signal.
PART 1 - LANGUAGE/COMMERCIAL
This part rephrases the first half of what is said in this British Telecom TV
commercial from the 90s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH5Q54eIaPk. Basically,
it says that language has been fundamental for the progress of humankind.
For a long, LONG, time...
... humans used to live like the ANIMALS,
... until SOMETHING...
... set our IMAGINATION free:
... we started TALKING and LISTENING.
Language enabled us to share IDEAS...
... and thus COOPERATE...
... to achieve the IMPOSSIBLE.
As a little tribute to the Amiga, which, as a Commodore stated in their
commercials, was in its heyday an incredible tool that, like language, gave
power to our imagination, "... until SOMETHING..." is written inside a boing
PART 2 - LANGUAGE/CHOMSKY
This part shows the flip side of the coin: by quoting Noam Chomsky, it says that
humans made/make also wicked use of language.
... has been / is being used also for evil purposes.
[Chomsky quotes start here.]
THE KEY ELEMENT OF SOCIAL CONTROL IS [...]
[...] FLOODING CONTINUOUS DISTRACTIONS ...
... AND INSIGNIFICANT INFORMATION.
PROPAGANDA IS TO A DEMOCRACY...
... WHAT THE BLUDGEON IS TO A TOTALITARIAN STATE.
The "flip side of the coin" concept is visually represented also by a flipping
stripes effect and by a picture showing two human faces in yin and yang fashion.
PART 3 - LOGOS
This part complies, in the least obtrusive way possible, with the demoscene
tradition of showing the group and demo logos.
PART 4 - PROGRESS
This part returns to the concept of humankind progress. To stress how huge it
was and how it pertained to every imaginable field of human life, some fields
are presented in alphabetical order and by means of the faces of some people
who contributed particularly to them. Of course, it was impossible to represent
all the fields and to show all the people that would have been equally worth
ART [Ludwig van Beethoven]
HUMAN RIGHTS [Nelson Mandela]
LAW [Quintus Mucius Scaevola]
MEDICINE [Alexander Fleming]
SCIENCE [Galileo Galilei]
ALL FIELDS [Leondardo da Vinci]
* Quintus Mucius Scaevola's face is based on a statue that instead might well
represent Marcus Tullius Cicero. The page where I found it attributes it to
Scaevola, though. Cicero would have been partly a passable choice anyway
thanks to his having been also a lawyer.
* "ALL FIELDS" is an umbrella entry. Leonardo represents it because his work
encompassed several fields, although, of course, not all fields.
PART 5 - PAST RULERS
This part introduces several concepts that will be developed also by the next
parts. It begins by saying that, despite the aforementioned progress, some
things never changed. Then, it proceeds by showing, in temporal order, the faces
of some past rulers reknown for their evil side. The tags they come with are to
be considered the continuation of the introductory text.
Humankind made immense progress...
... yet, wars never ceased and like...
EMPERORS [Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]
KHANS [Genghis Khan]
KINGS [Pedro I de Castilla, called "the cruel"]
TSARS [Ivan IV Vasilyevich, called "the terrible"]
DICTATORS [Adolf Hitler]
* A better choice for the emperor figure would have been Gaius Julius Caesar
Augustus Germanicus, AKA Caligula, but that occurred to me after creating the
graphics for Nero - which is an appropriate and probably more famous
* The faces are shown twice, the second time distorted by an effect based on the
shape of a fist representing their brutal rule.
PART 6 - MODERN RULERS
This part continues the text started by the previous one, completing the concept
that modern rulers - listed alphabetically - rule as wickedly as the past ones.
... BANK EXECUTIVES, BUSINESS TYCOONS, CORPORATE BIG SHOTS, CRIMINALS, FINANCE
SHARKS, FREEMASONS, HEADS OF STATE, INDUSTRY BOSSES, LOBBYISTS, OFFICIALS,
POLITICIANS RULE WICKEDLY...
* The background gives a partial visualization of the texts by showing, on a bed
of USA dollars, a pumpjack, a politician (Silvio Berlusconi) asking for votes,
some G7 leaders, a stock exchange graph, and Resident Evil's Umbrella
Corporation logo. I did not add more elements because the graphics were too
crowded already. The colors recall the dollar bills.
* Due to the insufficient duration of the music section this part synchronizes
with, I had to leave DESPOTS out, but those are practically a subset of the
HEADS OF STATE anyway.
* If you belong to one of the categories and are an unreprehensible - and maybe
even do good - do not be offended: be angry, instead, at the many others in
your category who caused it to be included in the list.
PART 7 - MASSES
This part continues the text started by the previous one, first focusing on what
the wicked rule of the powerful means to masses and then asking a question.
... WHILE THE MASSES STRUGGLE WITH HUNGER AND ILLNESSES :( THE POOR ARE MORE AND
MORE, THE RICH ARE RICHER AND MORE POWERFUL THAN EVER! HOW DID THE LATTER
The background picture comes from a drawing that appeared on an issue of The
Illustrated London News, representing the Great Famine of 1876-1878 in India.
PART 8 - DIRTY MEANS
This part gives the answer to the previous question.
CULTURE OF: CONSUMERISM, EDONISM, INDIVIDUALISM, SUPERFICIALITY...
FANATICISMS: NATIONALISM, RACISM, RELIGION...
VIOLENCE AND WAR
* It is no coincidence that this part is represented by a tunnel that opens in
the head of one of the poor in the background - i.e. it is a symbolic way to
mean that most of the means mentioned play with people's minds.
* It is also no coincidence that the first item in the list is "BRAINWASHING".
* The items are listed in alphabetical order.
PART 9 - RESULTS
This part begins with the previous part's tunnel opening on a view of the Earth
to mean that the rulers caused disasters to the whole planet, also from an
environmental point of view. Then, a very current example is provided.
AND THEY DESTROYED THE PLANET IN THE PROCESS!
EXAMPLE: WHILE THOUSANDS WERE DYING...
[Some statements made by Trump relatively to the COVID-19 pandemic start here.]
IT WILL DISAPPEAR.
THIS IS THEIR NEW HOAX!
WE'RE TOTALLY PREPARED.
[Trump's statements end here.]
[An imaginary sentence by Death - pun intended - starts here.]
THANKS F@R HELPING ME GR@W MY BUSINESS!
[@ = skull. The sentence ends here.]
current figures higher and growing
* To underline the concept expressed by the first text, the Earth explodes when
the former goes out of view.
* Afterwards, the ashes transform into a giant SARS-CoV-2 virion, to introduce
the example that will follow.
* Trump's words come out of his mouth a bit like spirals of poisonous gas, but
this is just a lucky coincidence as the effect was conceived purely as a
* The "CURRENT SCORE" writing shows the number of deaths caused by the COVID-19
in USA. It is attributed to Donald Trump as he is directly responsible for
those deaths because of the way he faced the pandemic.
* The fact that Death replaces Trump is also to be interpreted as the revealing
of the man's true face.
* The "COVID-19 STANDINGS" associates the names of the presidents / prime
ministers of various countries to the deaths in their respective countries.
Like for the "CURRENT SCORE", the deaths are attributed to those people
because of the way they faced the pandemic. Since the list, due to screen
space reasons, had to be short, it features the people whose choices have
been particularly remarkable for their inadequateness and evilness. Xi
Jinping is attributed the worldwide deaths because he was the first head of
state who had the duty to deal with the virus adequately, so he is virtually
co-responsible also for the deaths in countries other than his own.
* The figures are relative to the date of the creation of the graphics, i.e.
July 4th, 2020, 12:35 CET.
PART 10 - LYRICS
This part denounces a few aspects of the global disaster and states that drastic
measures are necessary.
There's who doesn't have enough to eat
and who eats more than their body can take.
There's who begs for money on the street
and who buys stuff for buying's sake.
Lives sacrificed entirely for money,
nature destroyed, future turned obscure.
If we want days to be again sunny,
we urgently need to start a massive CURE!
* The music waveform visualization at the bottom represents graphically the fact
that the words become visible as they are spoken.
* The voice is mine. I just speak because I cannot sing - I wish I could,
PART 11 - CURE
This part first presents some base principles and then explains what the cure
should consist in. There is a lot of (sometimes unreadable) text, and still
there would be infinitely more to be said.
The world must change. The powerful must change - and be changed! WE must
change. The utopia we should shoot for is...
ALL HUMANS ARE EQUAL. EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT AND THE DUTY TO LIVE IN TRUE
FULFILLMENT AND MUST BE GUARANTEED: CLEAN AIR AND WATER, FOOD, CLOTHES, HOUSING,
HEALTHCARE, FREEDOM, EDUCATION, PEACE, JUSTICE, A DECENT LIFE, WORK.
TAKEN CARE OF.
* The eclipse represents the darkness that covers our world. However, light
overcomes it after the text of the cure has finished passing over the moon,
meaning that the cure would bring light to the world.
* The Sun's corona is another visualization of the music waveform.
PART 12 - FINALE
This part states that, despite the complexity of the cure, everything boils down
to a very simple thing.
... love yourself...
... love NATURE like yourself...
... love THE OTHERS like yourself...
... and the world will be HEAVEN for everyone!
* "love yourself" has an additional and deeper meaning beside the obvious one -
it means: "look at yourself for who you really are and discover how precious
you are, do not waste yourself with a superficial life, do yourself justice,
* The "love" in the other lines does not mean "harbor a feeling a love for"
(that is good if it happens, but it cannot be forced, of course), but
"respect, care about, help, etc.".
* The lines of the animation graphics are stretched according to the music
* The very last section displays a heart that transforms into a drop of blood
which falls down and then transforms into my signature - that has several
meanings: first of all, the heart represents a connection to the concept of
love expressed before; then, the fact that the heart transforms into blood is
a symbolic way to say "bleeding heart", which means both that I touched all
the subjects with bleeding heart, i.e. with deep sorrow, and that I put all my
heart and all my energies (blood) into the making of the demo; finally, the
signature, besides strengthening the concept that I gave all I had, is again
to comply with a demoscene custom - i.e. showing the credits - and to provide
an appropriate ending, a bit like the closing credits of a movie.
* Contrary to the demoscene conventions, the demo does not include a greetings
part because I do not belong to the demoscene and I have no connection to
sceners/groups, and also because, due to the overall design of the demo, it
would have been just out of place. (But, of course, this does not mean I do
not admire and respect sceners and groups.)
Concept, design, code, graphics, music, texts:
COVID-19 figures source:
dashboard by the Johns Hopkins University
Donald Trump quotes sources:
Noam Chomsky quotes source:
Some graphics have been derived by means of computer-assisted and manual
processing from pictures downloaded from the internet, as listed below (where
possible, with the indication of author and/or photographer and/or copyright
holder and/or original source).
bed of dollars:
Dominick Reuter / Reuters
Famine in India:
The Illustrated London News, October 20th, 1877
Justus Sustermans, 1636
Ivan IV Vasilyevich:
Look and Learn, issue 592, June 2nd, 1973
Leonardo da Vinci:
De Agostini / Getty Images
Ludwig van Beethoven:
Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820
University of Fort Hare
Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus:
De Agostini / Getty Images
Reuters / Jorge Dan
Pedro I de Castilla:
José María Rodríguez de Losada, 1892
Quintus Mucius Scaevola (or Marcus Tullius Cicero):
Alissa Eckert, MS, Dan Higgins, MAMS
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
stock exchange chart:
Umbrella Corporation logo:
(c) 2020 RETREAM