A journey through Power Without the Price

Experience the neon-lit home computer art revolution of the 1980s. Enjoy the pixel art, the logos, the fonts and rediscover the tools of the creators. Renowned programmers and artists look back on their work; their careers began on the Atari ST and they are still active in the creative industries today.

From 1984 to 1994 and beyond. The complete anthology includes several volumes with over 1000 pages full of fascination for pixels, interviews, demos, games, tools and computer history – all newly presented. It includes the search for artistic expression and the search for contemporary reasons.


Original pixel works are used throughout the book. Mini features reveal the origins of the screen art and their artists. 


Capturing the rapid movement seen in demos on paper required a special emulator and manual work.


The beginning of 16-bit computers began with Atari ST and its various models. Read the captivating story in its entirety. 


Scene vs. scene. Atari ST’s non-custom chip philosophy led to impressive coding and almost identical Amiga copies.


Special features reveal behind-the-scenes stories and pop cultural influences on demo coding and pixel art.


Every volume contains a huge section of interviews with creators who look back to their life in the 1980s and 1990s.

“The moment we enter the virtual realm, we can return [...] to the true playful human nature.”

From the Foreword by Prof. Dr. Gundolf S. Freyermuth, Cologne Game Lab

Sign of the times. Raster colours transform the screen into a digital painting. Insert the floppy disk back into the drive, pick up the joystick and concentrate on the intense art by digital artists and programmers of the ‘80s. How did these bedroom coders manage to overcome hardware boundaries through software? How was it possible to create such convincing pixel graphics? What was it like to be a part of such a digital underground society? 

This retrospective series is the result of a year of extensive research through countless historical magazine articles, numerous demos and games. What shaped this digital generation? What still shapes them today? BREAKIN’ THE BORDERS starts a new series of books that transports you deep into the digital underground of the 1980’s. Author Marco Breddin is a contemporary witness who himself took his first creative steps in the Atari ST demoscene.