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Hugi is one of the longest lasting,[1] frequently released demoscene and underground[2][3] disk magazines (diskmag) for IBM-PC.


The first issues were in German language and were released in 1996. From issue 11 on the magazine issued in German and English. With issue 18 the German part became a separate magazine called Hugi.GER. Moreover, in the years 1998 to 2000 there was a weekly newsletter which continued the tradition of similar publications such as Demonews.

Hugi developed from a kind of electronic school magazine to one of the most successful [4] and long-living demoscene and underground magazines. The contents are mainly based on contributions from the readers and only proofread and formatted by the editors. Topics include graphics, demos, demoparties, programming, other diskmags, reports, politics and literature. Each issue also features graphics and background music.

Articles from Hugi have been cited in all three doctoral theses about the demoscene that have been published in the years 2011 to 2017. [5][6][7] The book Hacking Europe - From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes, from 2014, mentions Hugi as well in one of its chapters.[8]


38 issues were released until June 2014, 17 of which were partially or completely in German. 12 issues were also translated to the Russian language. Moreover, five issues of the German language offspring Hugi.GER, 38 newsletters and 4 special editions (Coding Digest, Hugibox music disk, Interview Bonanza and Special Edition #4) were released. The main editor of Hugi, Claus D. Volko (Vienna, Austria), is also known as “Adok” in the demoscene.

Hugi was one of the first diskmags that was released as a Windows executable (September 1998). Moreover, it was a dual DOS and Windows diskmag for 6 issues (September 1998 to August 1999). Both facts were strongly notable at this time and caused a lot of discussion.[citation needed] The magazine uses the engine "Panorama", which was created for Hugi by the Polish programmer Chris Dragan. Many other electronical magazines are nowadays also based on it.

Issue Release month Text amount Code by Graphics by Music by Remarks
HDE #1 May 1996 420 kB Adok Adok - Music in the early issues was taken from freeware MOD collections
HDE #2 August 1996 460 kB Adok Adok -
HDE #3 November 1996 340 kB Adok Kaktus -
HDE #4 January 1997 450 kB Adok Kaktus -
Hugi #5 March 1997 430 kB Adok Adok - New text viewer with smooth scrolling in text mode
Hugi #6 May 1997 680 kB Adok Adok - Completely new engine in SVGA
Hugi #7 August 1997 530 kB Adok Dr. Brain, Adok -
Hugi #8 October 1997 620 kB Adok Dr. Brain, Adok -
Hugi #9 December 1997 880 kB Adok Mr. SEQ Mr. SEQ Again a new engine, with various new features; includes an English corner
Hugi #10 April 1998 850 kB Adok Mr. SEQ Mr. SEQ Last regular issue with mostly German articles
Hugi #11 June 1998 1.0 MB Adok, Salami Antony, Hellfire, Dendrite Smash First issue with mostly English articles
Hugi #12 September 1998 1.8 MB Street Raider Will Be, Hellfire, Mr. SEQ Makke New engine, now for both DOS and Windows
Hugi #13 November 1998 1.2 MB Street Raider Cereal MasterBoy, CoaXCable, Steffo
Hugi #14 February 1999 1.4 MB Street Raider Hellfire, Luminos BenJam, Laxical, Makke
Hugi #15 May 1999 1.4 MB Street Raider Hellfire, Scape Nightbeat, Dawnstar
Hugi #16 July 1999 2.1 MB Street Raider FloOd, TAD Bacter, Echo
Hugi #17 August 1999 1.4 MB Street Raider Raven of Defacto 2, Hellfire Avalanche, P-rat, Spin
Hugi #18 December 1999 0.9 MB Chris Dragan Dines Acumen, Andromeda, Traymuss, Ciccilleju, Kenedy New engine with many new features, more professional looks than before
Hugi #19 April 2000 1.3 MB Chris Dragan Bridgeclaw, TAD Makke, P-rat, JKL
Hugi #20 August 2000 864 kB Chris Dragan CoaXCable, Mali, TAD Ciccilleju, Stanley
Hugi #21 December 2000 867 kB Chris Dragan Kthulu, Mali, TAD Yero, Acumen, Exodus
Hugi #22 April 2001 852 kB Chris Dragan Kthulu, nldsr Iliks, Chavez, JKL, Smirk, Rieha, Ciccilleju Features mostly chiptunes as background music
Hugi #23 August 2001 1.3 MB Chris Dragan Partikle, nldsr Steffo, Gopher, CoaXCable Contains a Bachelor thesis about the demoscene
Hugi #24 January 2002 880 kB Chris Dragan Critikill, Fjrb, Tomaes JosSs, Daike, Substance, Peal Hunter, Iliks
Hugi #25 July 2002 967 kB Chris Dragan Fusko, Fjrb, TAD Iliks, Bozo, Zalza, Look
Hugi #26 February 2003 1023 kB Chris Dragan Raven of Nuance, LoneStar, Fjrb, TAD Gargoyle, JDruid, JosSs, Qumran, Chavez, Arel Frost, Iliks, Zalza Contains a special corner about Winamp skinning
Hugi #27 July 2003 630 kB Chris Dragan Seven 11, TAD, Steve Bian My Voice, Gloom, Merlin, Teller
Hugi #28 December 2003 630 kB Chris Dragan Raven, TAD, Sunchild Eterman, Luke, Impulse
Hugi #29 August 2004 520 kB Chris Dragan Raven, LoneStar, Adok Melcom, Dynamite, Valzihjken, Kenedy, CoaXCable
Hugi #30 February 2005 906 kB Chris Dragan LoneStar JDruid, SpiiKKi, Converse, LoneStar, JosSs, Stanley
Hugi #31 November 2005 620 kB Chris Dragan Bridgeclaw, nldsr, LoneStar rzs, Stanley, Pearl Hunter, Anarkimedes
Hugi #32 August 2006 930 kB Chris Dragan Critikill, Mantraz, Bridgeclaw Slashy, Dafunk, Lex, Lesnik, Nightbeat, Rieha, Aquafresh 10-year-anniversary issue; first issue with a higher resolution (1024x768)
Hugi #33 April 2007 800 kB Chris Dragan Bridgeclaw, Noogman Siatek, Buzzer, Mice, Chromag First issue to use music in MP3 format
Hugi #34 February 2008 1080 kB Chris Dragan Tascha, Bridgeclaw Chromag, Traymuss, Siatek
Hugi #35 November 2008 780 kB Chris Dragan Fabian, Ra Jogeir Liljedahl, Siatek, Buzzer, Mice, Traymuss
Hugi #36 April 2010 900 kB Chris Dragan Alena Lazareva, Anthony Gargasz, Dzordan, Fabian, Ra, Bridgeclaw, Rork Moby, Romeo Knight, Siatek, Traymuss, pOWL, Magnar Contains the full "International Diskmag Encyclopedia"
Hugi #37 April 2012 850 kB Chris Dragan Bridgeclaw, Dzordan, Forcer, Rork, Fabian Magnar, Traymuss, Romeo Knight, CONS, Chaser, Chromag, Siatek
Hugi #38 June 2014 1.1 MB Chris Dragan Forcer, Slayer, Prince Magnar, Wiklund, Mantronix, Traymuss, Hoffman, Chaser, Siatek, Xerxes, Revisq


Hugi has attracted a large amount of controversy itself roughly after its 26th issue; many sceners complained that a large portion of articles were uninteresting and not related to the demoscene itself. This problem was further emphasized by the fact that Hugi editors were accused by spamming demoscene forums by requests for articles, even though a considerable portion of the scene had denounced Hugi by this time.[9][10] Interest has been since rekindled for the latest issues, as the editor crew has announced to apply more intense quality control over their articles.

The 30th issue of Hugi was a subject of confusion when it appeared that the 'demoscene' section of the magazine could only be accessed through a self-confessed 'IQ-test'. The test was viewed by most demoscener readers as gratuitous and not serving any practical purpose, especially because it was relatively easily bypassable with e.g. trial and error.[11]

The 35th issue of Hugi raised a yet unseen backlash, when it was discovered that the mag contained an article opposing immigration to Europe from Islamic and African countries because of the immigrants' religion and their allegedly low IQ.[12] While the article was removed within 6 hours, questions were raised whether the article slipped through quality control (the scenario supported by the editors, but considered preposterous by the readers), was included because of simply of the yellow journalistic value, or whether main editor Adok simply included the article because he agreed with the content, after he initially did not apologize or comment on the issue.[13] The article was later revealed by the author to be a complete ruse - a copy-paste from Wikipedia and a text written by a Finnish philologist, aimed to test whether the article of such content could get in the final magazine.[14] The diskmag was near-universally condemned,[15] amid additional accusations of "jumping the bandwagon" started by diskmag ZINE of having a "headlines" demo to increase anticipation, copying ZINE's unique 3-by-2 thumbnailed layout and "roundtable" interviews.

The 36th issue of Hugi, from April 2010, garnered mostly positive feedback.

Hugi Size Coding Competition[edit]

The Hugi staff also hosts a popular series of online Assembler programming and size-optimizing contests called “Hugi Size Coding Competition”. The objective is to implement a given program using as little space as possible. This results in executable files with a size of far less than one kilobyte. Since 1998, 29 competitions have been held so far. The number of participants per contest is usually 20 - 80. Participants come from virtually all over the world (North America, Europe, East Asia, South Africa, Australia,...). Every contestant gets points depending on the size of their entry. After each competition, the entries are released together with source codes, and a discussion in a mailing list occurs in which objections regarding the validity of the entries can be made. The authors of invalid entries will get penalty. Once a year, a "world league table" is generated in which the points from all contests held in that year have been added together.


  1. ^ PC Magazin, Germany 1999.
  2. ^ “The Hugi”, netART community congress 48 Archived 2006-08-27 at the Wayback Machine, Austria 2001.
  3. ^ „origami digital – Demos without Restrictions“, Exhibition at the Museum of Applied Art, Frankfurt, Germany 2002.
  4. ^ "Hugi - Demoscene Diskmag".
  5. ^ Botz, Daniel (2011). Kunst, Code und Maschine - Die Ästhetik der Computer-Demoszene (in German). Bielefeld: transcript. ISBN 978-3-8376-1749-8.
  6. ^ Hartmann, Doreen (2018). Digital Art Natives - Praktiken, Artefakte und Strukturen der Computer-Demoszene (in German). Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos. ISBN 978-3-86599-343-4.
  7. ^ "Times of Change in the Demoscene: A Creative Community and Its Relationship with Technology" (PDF). Demoscene Research. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  8. ^ Albers, Gerard (2014). Hacking Europe - From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes. London: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-1-4471-5492-1.
  9. ^ "Extra Extra Read All About It: Hugi Online :: pouë".
  10. ^ "Hugi #33 Charts - Vote Now! :: pouë".
  11. ^ "Hugi #30 - Scene Substance by Hugi".
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2009-01-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Hugi #35 - Disruption in Chaos Theory by Hugi".
  14. ^ "my explanations (i feel ashamed) :: pouë".
  15. ^ "prodlist :: pouë".

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