Welcome back to your childhood!

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 :)

About Arok

Arok is an annual demoscene event for retro computer and video game console fans. This is the oldest gathering of this kind in Hungary, which is going to be organized for the 25th time this year. It attracts around 200 enthusiasts to Ajka/Hungary from all around Europe. Attendees can watch regular art competitions, enter gaming contests, listen to hardware and software development presentations, concerts, etc.

To get into the mood right now, you might check the archived video recordings of last year.

Where and when Date: 28-30. 06. 2024.
Location: Ice Rink, Ajka / Hungary
Entry fee: 7000 HUF (ca. 19 EUR)

For more info feel free to drop an email to arok@singularcrew.hu or call poison: +36702529323. You will find up to date posts on our Facebook page also.

Location

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 / E66). We are gathering the 8 bit power in the local ice rink (don't panic - without ice :) ) for the third time. It has plenty of room, easy access, has lots of parking space, owns a bufet and multiple shops are in the close neighborhood also.

If you arrive by train or bus, you need a little walking. You might use this map to get in direction.

Arriving by car is going to be easy as you won't need to get into the town center. From route nr. 8 / E66 head to Ajka from Bakonygyepes (not from Ajkarendek!!!), at the roundabout next to Tesco store take the first exit, leaving the gas station turn to the left. You have arrived ;)

Features

  • place for more than 1000 visitors
  • lot of free parking place
  • biiig screen
  • loud chip music
  • sleeping rooms
  • shower
  • aircondition
  • on spot buffet (warm food, beer, drinks)
  • big stores for cheap food very close
  • garden area
  • 0-24 live stream

Accomodation

Are you looking for a room for the weekend? We can recommend a few options for you:

If you needed a taxi, you can call Gyula Dubinczky +3630/2441800 or Marcell Nyírő +3630/9319505.


Schedule (WIP)

Friday 12:00 Doors open
16:00 Opening ceremony
17:00 Deadline for remix compo
17:00 Demo show
18:30 Remix compo (Slay Radio live)
Saturday 9:50 BASIC comp. comp. (announcement)
10:00 Cloud computing on C64 (Awe, Anchor)
11:00 SIDemu (Mikus Lóránt)
13:00 Game compo (Lanre+Zazrak)
14:00 The Foundation (Visage)
14:30 Gauntlet & others (Tuan Publishing)
15:30 Service-life (Tóth Zoltán, Tihanyi Róbert)
16:00 Deadline for ALL compos
17:00 Music compo
19:00 BBQ
20:30 GFX compo
21:00 BASIC compressor compo showcase
21:30 Game Dev compo
22:00 Wild compo
22:30 Demo compo
Sunday ??:?? Pricegiving ceremony
??:?? Doors close

General rules

No smoke/smoking inside ...
No animals allowed ...
No tenting allowed ...
Keep away from football fields ...
Alcohol allowed ...
No drugs ...
Your hardware, your responsibility ...
Big Brother is watching you ...
Bring your power cords ...

Compo rules

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 256kbit, constant bitrate MP3 format. It is needed for proper playback on C64.
Graphic entries should have no animation. Workstages are required. Using AI is not allowed. 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 arok@singularcrew.hu 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.
Compo entries may not have been released before.

Visitors

Are you planing to visit Arok? Help organizing the party by signing into this pre-visitor list! Your friends are going to know that they can expect you and we can calculate costs. Use the email arok@singularcrew.hu to get into the list of fame!

adt/absolute!
Ambrózya
Anchor
AWE
BadCode64
Bánsági Andor
BlooD2oo1/Neocore
Boaaa
Dr.CC/Angels
CapaC/Singular
Cargo/Singular
Chesser/Nigaz
Csaba/NewWave
d'Avid/lethargy
Detox/CrimsonJihad
dev0/Lethargy
Epy
Feryx/Lunaticats
Freeze/Blazon
Füvesi/Singular
Gabez
Hevő
Joe Forster/STA
Kami
Kaszi75
Krisztika
Lameron/Vakondok
Lanre
Leeroy/SMV Design
Leon/SgrRscChrLth
Lion/Chromance
Lightning
Loloke/Lethargy
Martinland/Lotek64
Mephisto/Ebola
MMS
Murányi Zoli
Nadin
Nicron
Nonoo/SharkRF
Olessák Róbert
Pazso/Retrocomp.
poison/Singular
RAF/Vulture
Rambo/TRY^RSC
Ray/Therapy
Rawbites
Répa/Therapy
Schedar/Lethargy
Sei/Lethargy
Senki Alfonz
Slaygon/SLAY Radio
Soci/Singular
Szél Tomi
TGM/Singular
Verona/SSyndrome
Vincenzo/SGR^LTH
Visage/Lethargy
Viti/Hokuto Force
Will/Chimera
Wortex/Therapy
Zazrak
Ziona/SLAY Radio

Stream

We are going to stream the event 0-24 most likely on Twitch and/or Youtube. Info coming soon...