Welcome to Arok!
You are at the right place if you are looking for the Commodore 64 / +4, 8bit Atari and / or Spectrum scene. You won't be disappointed if interested in exotic computers of the 80s, early Nintendo, Sega or Atari game consoles either. Arok covers them all and lets you celebrate 8bit love all together :)
Arok is an annual demoscene event for retro computer and video game console fans. This is the oldest gathering of this kind in Hungary, organized for the 22nd time now with a single break in 2020 (because of Covid). It attracts over 150 enthusiasts to Ajka/Hungary from all around Europe. Attendees are going to witness regular art competitions, gaming contests, hardware and software development presentations, concerts, etc.
Location: Jégcsarnok, Ajka / Hungary
Entry fee: TBA (~5000HUF)
Ajka is a lovely, small town in western Hungary, north to lake Balaton. It is easy to access by train (all intercities have a stop here) or car (route nr. 8). Although we are organizing Árok for over 22 years here, the actual party place is new once again. We are gathering the 8 bit power in the local ice stadium (don't panic - without ice :) ) which is most likely the best possible place so far. It has plenty of room, easy access, has lots of parking space, own bufet and multiple shops are in the close neighborhood also.
If you arrive by train or bus, you need a little more walking than before. You might use this map to get in direction.
Arriving by car is going to be easier this time as you won't need to get into the town center. From route nr. 8 head to Ajka from Bakonygyepes (not from Ajkarendek!!!), at the roundabout next to the Tesco store take the first exit, leaving the gas station turn to the left. You have arrived ;)
- place for up to 1000+ people (no kidding)
- lot of free parking place
- biiig screen
- loud chip sound like never before
- sleeping room (limited)
- no heat inside ;)
- on spot buffet (warm food, beer, drinks)
- big stores for cheap food very close
- garden area
- 0-24 live stream
Are you looking for a room for the weekend? We can recommend a few options for you:
- Kristályfürdő Kemping (camping site - phone: +3630/6297353)
- Bánki Donát Szakközépiskola Kollégiuma (students hostel - phone: +3620/5854575)
- Hajnal Panzió (motel at Ajka-Bakonygyepes - phone: +3630/9930889 )
- Újélet Motel (motel at Ajka - phone: +3620/2201980)
- Hotel Kristály (hotel at Ajka - phone: +3630/6071661)
- Supported hardwares are vanilla Commodore 64 / plus4 + 1541. If you bring a release for an exotic platform, please let us know and / or bring your gear!
- C64 releases are run on new SID if not noted otherwise. Old SID is of course available.
- Demo entries have a time limit of 10 minutes.
- Music entries have a time limit of 3 minutes and 30 seconds (might be longer, but will be faded out). Digitized samples are allowed.
- During music playback we show general slides (author, title, note), not the screen of your player.
- Remix entries should provide (at least link to) original. For example HVSC in case of C64 covers.
- Remix entries should be submitted in 128kbit, constant bitrate MP3 format (also). It is needed for proper playback on C64.
- Graphic entries should have no animation. Workstages are required. Signature is allowed.
- One entry / competition is allowed for each participant.
- Remote entries are allowed but those go for the fame only. Prices are handed personally for antendees only. Use firstname.lastname@example.org to submit.
- We reserve the right for preselection that includes moving entries to the wild compo or rejecting them.
- Entries with porn or racism are going to be excluded for sure.
If you needed a taxi, you can call Gyula Dubinczky +3630/2441800 or Marcell Nyírő +3630/9319505.
Event schedule (very early version)
event 12:00 Doors open
event 17:00 Opening ceremony
show 18:00 Demo show
concert 19:00 DJ set by Ziona
concert 20:00 DJ set by Vincenzo
compo 10:00 Game compo
compo 11:00 Fun compo
seminar 13:00 What to play in 2022 on your TVC? - Mihály Sáránszki
seminar 14:00 TBA
seminar 15:00 Videogame dinosaurs. - World of the first kibernetic, computer and calculator games - Gábor Képes
compo 16:00 Remix compo in cooperation with SLAYRadio
compo 17:00 Music compo
event 18:00 backyard BBQ
concert 19:00 Bitrotator concert (warmup: Teo)
compo 22:00 Graphics compo
compo 2X:XX Wild compo
compo 2X:XX Demo compo
show 2X:XX releases from Gubbdata
event 01:00 Results & Pricegiving
event 12:00 Party closes doors
No smoke/smoking inside
Smoking (including e-cigars) inside the building is strictly forbidden! Smoking area can be found in the backyard. Please, use the bins for your buds!
The installed smoke/fire alarms neither allow laser show inside, but in case we can record such a production outside.
No dogs/cats allowed
The building is brand new and is surrounded by maintained football fields. The maintainer is heavily working to keep this state, that's why leave your buddy this time at home. Thank you for your understanding!
No tenting allowed
Reasons are the same as above. If you want to have a cheap accomodation, check our recommendations in the next section or use the sleeping room.
Keep away from football fields
Reasons are the same as above. Party is running in the stadium. Respect this!
Alcohol consumption is allowed, but be aware of your abilities. If you make trouble, we throw you out.
According to Hungarian law, no drugs are allowed. Anything noticed, you will be handed over to the police immediately.
Your hardware, your responsibility
No damage or theft happened so far, but we can't take responsibility for your equipment. Please, take this into account if you bring your valuable retro treasures.
Bring your power cords
Not a rule but a friendly advice :)
Prepare for party animals like...
Detox / Crimson Jihad
Füvesi / Singular Crew
Leon / SGRRSCLTHCHR
Martinland / Lotek64
Musaic / Doberdo Brothers
poison / Singular Crew
Rambo / Resource
Slaygon / SLAY Radio
Soci / Singular Crew
TGM / Singular Crew
Vincenzo / Singular Crew
Viti / Hokuto Force
Ziona / SLAY Radio
You can register into this list to help us calculate the party needs and to show your expected presence for other buddies. Send an email to email@example.com with your handle, group and nationality! Thank you!