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Watching a PC from 1981 play full-motion video is like watching black magic

The video above was captured from a 1981 IBM PC. How is that possible? The answer's a bit tricky.

Ten years ago, programmer Jim Leonard created 8088 Corruption to run full-motion color video. That program used text mode as a creative loophole of sorts. His latest demo, 8088 Domination, uses the full graphics mode. What's that mean? Short answer: it looks even better than it had before. Long answer: we'll let Jim answer that.

This work is part of the demoscene, a culture of coders who create real-time demos to show their skills as programmers, artists, musicians and, judging from this demo, magicians.

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