A Brief History
This text is mainly written and edited by Juffo-Wup (Juho Tikkala). Nobody has actually maintained any history file, but I'll try to write everything I remember and consider important.
Mooze was founded by Lökö and Unsigned (both coders). Although it wasn't called Mooze back then, but Napalm Software. The exact founding date is unknown, but it was in the fall 1993. They released such "great" productions as Advanced Module Player (a Dual Module Player ripoff), XMode Library for Turbo Pascal (well, it isn't actually so bad), QModem Log Cleaner, and SoundBlaster Programming Tutorial (this was actually from Unsigned to me, I was just beginning to program sound cards back then). Nowadays we don't want to hear anything about these productions, and they're only included in our support sites for completeness.
December 6th 1994 was a great day in the history of Mooze. That day our first intro was released and we became a demo group. In case some foreign people read this, 6th of December is the Independence Day of Finland, and it's of course a national holiday. So, schools were closed, and Lökö and Unsigned had nothing cool to do. They decided to make an intro. After a couple of hours of hard work the production was finally ready. It was a 612 byte intro (6.12., you see) to celebrate the Independence Day, featuring the Finnish flag, a scroller, and our national anthem.
Soon after that Lökö released a couple of small intros. Their quality wasn't very high, in fact some people could call them "lame", but they all included the assembler source code, so they might actually be useful for a beginner coder to learn how to make some effects. Also the source of Suomi-Intro was eventually released.
In 1995 things really started to get going. Four new members had just joined, Breadfan as a graphician, Kalu and Pekkis as a musicians, and Juffo-Wup (me) as a coder and a SysOp. My BBS (Bulleting Board System) soon became one of the support boards and a discussion forum for the group. It remained in that duty until I had to close it in March 1997. We also realized that Napalm Software sounded quite lame, so we dropped the "Software" part and shortened our name to just Napalm.
Lökö, Unsigned, Breadfan, and Kalu had managed to make a demo, Gate. They took it to the Juhla '95 party held in Iisalmi, Finland at January 13-15th 1995. But it didn't make it to the competition, because Lökö and Unsigned didn't get the module player to work. At early March 1995 the demo was finally fixed and released.
We didn't, however, get discouraged because of those difficulties. We started to make a new demo, Noname00. This time the whole group was making the production, and it really worked better. The demo was finally finished just before the deadline and was taken to the Abduction '95 parties held in Rovaniemi, Finland 9-11th June 1995. This time it worked, except the video projector didn't like my tweaked 256x256x256 video mode and just showed some crap instead. We got the seventh place and were quite happy with it.
After the parties Unsigned released his Abduction '95 party report and Pekkis made the music for it. Then came the long pause. Nobody released anything worth mentioning, except some music modules. We got a new member, Boose, a graphician. With the arrival of this new graphician, Breadfan converted into a musician, because he was more interested in making music than graphics.
Then something came up. We had known that several other groups called Napalm existed, but they were mostly small and foreign, so we hadn't given it much thought. But then the ware group Napalm came, and we really started having hard time with our name. So, we decided to change it. Our members eagerly proposed different names, but nobody came up with anything that would have satisfied all others. This went on for months. Then, just before Demolition '96, we noticed that we really needed the new name. So, an emergency meeting with five of our seven members present was held at the beginning of a physical education class. We somehow came up with Mooze, and it kind of stuck.
After this long pause we finally managed to release something. Me and Unsigned went to Demolition '96 (held April 26-28th 1996 in Joensuu, Finland). Unsigned had some sources ready and Breadfan had let us use one of his older unreleased tunes. We coded two days straight with two computers. The result was Clear Your Mind. It came seventh at the compo, and we were satisfied with it, because we hadn't really spent too much time making the demo.
Then we decided to make a demo for Assembly '96. It was called Atlantis. Following our tradition it was again put together in just a few days. It wasn't particularly good and, as we had already guessed, it didn't even make it to the big screen. But we decided to release it anyway, because we hadn't once again released anything for a while.
We all agreed that our Assembly demo had in fact sucked quite a bit. Unsigned decided to try to fix that with the next demo, Goo, and asked me to participate. But when the demo was supposed to be finished, I was really busy with my studies, and didn't have time to code my part. So, we had to rely on Unsigned's code alone (although I'm still credited in the demo as a second coder, because Unsigned had used some of my old routines) and the demo really missed something. Anyway, we got seventh place at Demolition II, held November 22-24th 1996.
In December Lökö, Unsigned, and some dudes from Cobra Creations started planning to organize a party. I was rather sceptical about this, but that didn't bother the organizers. The event was called Democracy '97 and it took place January 31th-February 2th in a school in Vuorela, quite near Kuopio. To my surprise everything finally went alright. Well, almost. If you don't count that some people broke a window frame from the sleeping hall and a lid from a toilet seat, stole a clock from the wall, pissed and puked outside the party place, and stole some ticket badges and sold them to other visitors. We had to pay for all the damage, so we didn't have any money left for the prizes. But it wasn't out fault. And the quality of the competitions was so low anyway, no-one released anything worth looking at, that the prizes didn't really matter.
At least we didn't have any problems on the technical side. We had enough electricity during the whole party. The big Public Address system (1200 watts in total) was good enough and the state-of-the-art video projector, kindly sponsored by Young Drives Finland, was really cool. And it seemed that most of the people on the party (60 visitors in total, plus those who came in with stolen badges) had a good time, though most of them were also so intoxicated that it was hard to tell.
At the end of February 1997 Pekkis got the glory to be the first member ever kicked out from Mooze because of inactivity, or the first member to be kicked out for any reason, to be exact. We don't usually fire our members, but nobody had heard anything from this dude for about two years or so. We know that he's still alive, because we've seen him out a couple of times, but it seems that he isn't interested in the scene any more. Oh well, at least he managed to release one module and make music for some of our first productions before quitting.
As of 1998 our members are busy with other things, like army, studying, and working. So we don't really have much time for scene any more. It might even be that we'll never be able to release anything again. We're now pretty dead, at least as far as the scene is concerned, with the notable exception of the infamous Mooze Boozing Section. The boozing section concentrates mainly in, big surprise here, boozing and partying. It has so far organized such legendary parties as the Here Comes the Sun, powered by Juffo-Wup's Johnnie Walker, an event most of the people involved would rather forget about, and the the Mooze cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm and back, which of course featured a lot of tax free boozing at the Baltic Sea with our friend Ian, the cool Scott, who really knows his way around women...
August 1999 - I guess we're not so dead after all! Or at least someone is doing something. Lökö got the biggest scene award ever given to a member of our group by winning the Assembly '99 4 kb intro competition. His intro, Matrix, however was a bad parody of the Matrix (cool movie, by the way). We figured it'd probably get to the big screen, but we didn't really think anyone would be stupid enough to vote for it... However, it won by a huge marginal, although technically it's about the worst thing we've ever released. Oh well, this is what you get for letting lamers and drunken people to vote. Just for the record, Lökö spent about ten hours making the production and continuously drank beer during that time!
Well, I think that about does it, there's not much else to write about and it's pretty hard to imagine anyone being perverted enough to want to know more about us anyway. Be seeing you.
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