Spectrum: Interactive Media & Online Developer News

22 November 1999

Reported, written and edited by David Duberman

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Editor's note: We'll be taking this week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, so there will be no 11/29 edition of Spectrum. We'll be back on December 6 with the latest and greatest news from the world of interactive media development.

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Today's Headlines (details below)

WEBMEISTER

Nokia, Macromedia Ally for WML Authoring Solution

RealityWave Inc Introduces Tool Kit for Publishing 3D on the Web

New Software Promises Search Engine Top-Positioning

AdKnowledge Introduces Online Analysis Tool for Web Marketers

DEVELOPER’S TOOLBOX

Vivid Group Releases GX Authoring Package for 2D/3D VR

Aureal Updates A3D SDK

Terran Interactive Ships Media Cleaner EZ

Xi Graphics Fields Linux 3D X Server

IN THE INFOGROOVE

Flatland Adds Rich Media to 3D Browser

multimate.net Launches Online Community Browser Companion

Actiontec Announces PCI G.Lite DSL Modem

Open Door Ships DoorStop Personal Firewall

Email Client Enables Message Retraction

GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING

Credo Updates Animania Motions to support Poser Animals

e3DNet Announces 3D Internet Software

Realviz Announces Stitcher for Panoramas, Environment Maps

MGI Obtains Patent for Tiled Image Distribution Systems

WEBSIGHTINGS

GameSpy Launches RadioSpy.com

CONSUMER CHANNEL

TEAC Announces 24X Portable Notebook CD-ROM Drive

THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER

NewTek Sponsors L.A. Event for 3D, Special Effects Groupies

Zinecast.com Provides Freedom of the Press

GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

LucasArts Ships Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

Activision Releases Star Trek: Hidden Evil

Sierra Studios Launches Holiday Lineup

Heat.Net Opens Public 10SIX Beta

Social Express Launches Rainbow Hoppers Edutainment Title

Oceanus Launches Real-time Massive Online Game Star Peace

NUMBEROLOGY

MSN Gaming Zone Membership Hits 10 Million

DIGERATI ILLUMINATI

Popular Science Names MetaStream Best of What's New

HAPPENINGS

Streaming Media West, Dec. 7-9 in San Jose

Photoshop Conference, Jan. 24-25 in Monterey

F.Y.I.

About Spectrum

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WEBMEISTER

Nokia, Macromedia Ally for WML Authoring Solution

Remember the push-technology phenomenon? Well, maybe the Internet appliance thing will go a bit further. Two companies that fervently hope so are Nokia and Macromedia, which last week agreed to develop the first visual Wireless Markup Language (WML) authoring solution, designed to let developers create content for Nokia Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) handsets using WML objects for Dreamweaver.

The WML objects for Dreamweaver, currently scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2000, will be available at no cost from both Macromedia and Nokia Web sites. Viewable Internet content is currently available on the Nokia 7110 GSM handset for Europe and Asia Pacific customers, and is expected to be available on the Nokia 7100 Series handsets for the Americas market in the first half of 2000.

The WML objects extend Dreamweaver’s authoring environment by providing a visual interface for creating Internet content for Nokia handheld devices. Without the WML objects for Dreamweaver, WML is generated in text editors that provide no visual representation of how the content will appear or how users will navigate through WML content on their handsets. The objects visually render WML content within Dreamweaver at design time, while also providing feedback on how that content will appear. The WML objects will enable users to create new WML decks and cards, insert images, modify text, and implement anchors and styles within the Dreamweaver interface.

The WML objects for Dreamweaver comply with version 1.1 of the WAP specification. WML content is distributed on top of existing Web standards using the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), an open global standard for total mobile solutions, including communication between a mobile handset and the Internet or other computer applications. WAP-based technology enables the design of services such as mobile banking or Internet-based news services, which can be used in digital mobile phones or other mobile devices. For more WAP information, see www.wapforum.com.

http://www.nokia.com.

http://www.macromedia.com.

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RealityWave Inc Introduces Tool Kit for Publishing 3D on the Web

RealityWave's new VizStream WebKit is designed for distributing 3D models and environments on a Web site. It reportedly lets a company display large, complex 3D models and environments on its Web site. Visitors to the site can then interact with the 3D content by rotating, zooming in/out and examining separate pieces.

VizStream uses a standard 3D format, XGL, said to be supported by a variety of 3D content creation programs including many computer graphics packages and CAD systems. The designer uses the WebKit to select the XGL file and place the 3D content on a VizStream server. Then, they simply direct the VizStream ActiveX control, on the Web page, to the 3D model or environment. When a user visits the site, the ActiveX viewer (only 200K) automatically downloads, installs and begins streaming 3D content.

www.realitywave.com

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New Software Promises Search Engine Top-Positioning

Italian portal site PegasoWeb Promotion claims its new Engenius 3.0 software can:

A trial version is available at http://www.pegasoWeb.com/engenius.

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AdKnowledge Introduces Online Analysis Tool for Web Marketers

Coming next month from AdKnowledge is DataCompass, an online analytic processing tool for analysis and reporting of advertising campaign data. Reportedly, users can look at only the data that is relevant to their campaign, presented in the way they want to see it.

http://www.adknowledge.com

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DEVELOPER’S TOOLBOX

Vivid Group Releases GX Authoring Package for 2D/3D VR

Toronto-based Vivid Group Inc. last week released the Vivid Realities GX Authoring Package, which incorporates the company's Mandala Gesture Xtreme (GX) Virtual Reality technology. The technology reportedly lets users replace the mouse and become the interface, stepping inside a virtual world where they interact and control the computer with their on screen video image. Users do not have to wear head-mounted displays (HMD), data gloves or other interface devices.

The Vivid Realities GX Authoring Package offers a variety of enabling technologies. For example, systems can be configured for user immersion while sitting or standing in front of their screen, or multiple users (4-8) in the same environment (through dual connected cameras), or networked into the same world from different systems while maintaining their own perspective. Dual cameras can also be configured as a stereoscopic array for more sophisticated 3D analysis of the environment and the user.

http://www.vividgroup.com

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Aureal Updates A3D SDK

Aureal Inc.'s new A3DTM 3.0 Software Development Kit (SDK) will soon be available free to qualified software developers. New features include:

Web Site: http://www.aureal.com

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Terran Interactive Ships Media Cleaner EZ

Media 100-owned Terran Interactive last week released Media Cleaner EZ for Windows Media. The software tool lets users prepare streaming Windows Media audio and video for distribution on the Internet or broadband network. It includes support for Windows Media Audio and MPEG 4.

Terran hopes you'll like it so much that you'll upgrade to Media Cleaner Pro, available directly for $499, providing developers access to advanced features, additional A/V filters and batch processing.

Microsoft is making Media Cleaner EZ for Windows Media available as a free download at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmedia/download.

http://www.media100.com

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Xi Graphics Fields Linux 3D X Server

Xi Graphics Inc. will begin retail shipment of its new commercial 3D Accelerated-X Display Server for Linux in December. The product is being introduced in two editions -- an Entertainment Edition and a Professional Edition -- both of which run on most Linux distributions, including Caldera, Red Hat and SuSE. These two editions will be added to Xi Graphics' existing line of 2D Accelerated-X Display Server products.

The Entertainment Edition ($99.95) meets the needs of game developers and players. The Professional Edition ($249.95) includes additional features and functionality for data visualization, 3D modeling and CAM/CAD operation and development.

The hardware-accelerated 3D X server runs on PC desktop hardware (Intel and AMD) and supports more than thirty different 3D graphics cards from most of the leading manufacturers, including 3Dlabs, ATI, Evans & Sutherland, Diamond, S3 and Matrox.

Both editions incorporate features such as texture caching, tablet support (Wacom and Summagraphics), spaceball support and 8, 15/16, 24/32 bpp color depth support in addition to 2D support.

www.xig.com

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IN THE INFOGROOVE

Flatland Adds Rich Media to 3D Browser

Flatland Online Inc. recently released Rover 1.5, described as a rich-media player that supports both video and MP3 streaming within Flatland's 3DML platform. The Flatland Rover combines video and MP3 streaming with Flatland's interactive 3DML environments, providing a powerful forum for rich media downloads and Webcasts. Flatland's Web-publishing format, 3DML (Three Dimensional Markup Language), allows creation of rich-media environments called "Spots." Spotnik, Flatland's point-and-click Spot builder (http://spotnik.flatland.com), enables Webmasters to create 3DML environments.

http://www.flatland.com

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multimate.net Launches Online Community Browser Companion

multimate.net recently unveiled Instant Rendezvous 2.0, a new browser companion for Web sites that want to build an online community and brand their online efforts. Instant Rendezvous (IR) is an Internet communications service that creates communities by allowing Web surfers to communicate live with other IR users surfing the same page by using instant messaging, chat on every Web page, group chat, buddy lists, and Web-based email. The new service also lets Web sites reach out to constituents by allowing them to send messages out to users of a co-branded client.

Instant Rendezvous reportedly provides the proper infrastructure for safe communication between users. Because it fosters communication between parties that do not know each other, multimate.net has built Instant Rendezvous on a server-based architecture. Competing products have adopted a peer-to-peer infrastructure which could allow malicious users to invade other users' privacy by first obtaining their IP addresses. multimate.net's server-based approach also provides a platform for moderated or filtered discussions.

http://www.getIR.com

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Actiontec Announces PCI G.Lite DSL Modem

Actiontec Electronics announced last week the SpeedyConnect 1.5 Mbps PCI Digital Modem, scheduled for release in Q1, 2000 at an estimated price of $149.95. Using the new G.Lite ADSL (Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line) standard now being deployed by telephone companies and service providers, the product reportedly provides Internet access up to 30 times faster than conventional modems over ordinary phone lines. It supports simultaneous voice and data traffic over the phone line, enabling the modem to operate without interfering with ordinary telephone conversations. In addition, by operating at a different frequency than Actiontec's ActionLink phone line-based home networking system, the SpeedyConnect 1.5 Mbps PCI Digital Modem lets home users on different PCs simultaneously surf the Internet, even when the phone is in use.

The modem is based on the Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group WildWire ADSL modem system-on-a-chip solution, for interoperability with telephone central offices. It includes a 56K V.90/K56flex modem with simultaneous support of both the ITU V.90 standard and K56flex.

www.actiontec.com

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Open Door Ships DoorStop Personal Firewall

If you've recently upgraded to DSL or cable modem, you're probably aware of the need for increased security, as a result of the "always-on" connection. So if you're a Mac user, you should know about Open Door Networks' new DoorStop Firewall, Personal Edition. An end-user version of Open Door's server firewall software, specifically focused on protecting Mac OS 9's new Internet services, its features include:

A free evaluation version is available from http://www.opendoor.com/doorstop/

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Email Client Enables Message Retraction

1on1mail.com last week released version 3.0 of 1on1Lite, which lets users retract email messages from a recipient's inbox. The software is designed, time permitting, to delete the message before it has been read. 1on1mail.com technology tracks whether the message was read before it was destroyed and mails back a report to the sender. Users can also now mark messages "read-only" so that they can't be copied or printed out and distributed. Other significant new features include folder management, address book capacity to 100,000 names, context-sensitive interactive help, filtering and multiple signature file and automatic reply template capabilities. The free program is also said to be upgraded to hack-proof encryption levels.

http://www.1on1mail.com

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GRAPHICALLY SPEAKING

Credo Updates Animania Motions to support Poser Animals

Credo Interactive Inc. last week launched an addition to its online collection of 3D animal models and motions. Animania for Poser Animals is the latest module in the PowerMoves Online series of downloadable ready-to-use 3D content, available from Credo Interactive's Website (www.CharacterMotion.com). Animania for Poser Animals offers three unique animal-motion modules: Horse, Dog and Cat. Each has over a dozen characteristic motions, including runs, walks, standing, sitting, transitions, and unique motions characteristic of each animal.

Additional Animania modules offer either segmented or mesh model versions of individual animals in the following 3D formats: Life Forms (LFA), LightWave 3D (LWS) and 3D Studio MAX.

http://www.CharacterMotion.com

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e3DNet Announces 3D Internet Software

Startup e3DNet Inc. plans to deliver software products to enable 3D content aggregation on the Internet. The e3DNet file format, "Real-Time-4D" (R4D), reportedly provides a scaleable and extensible software solution that is processor, operating system and graphics processor agnostic. This allows e3DNet to enable design and animation applications with the capability of exporting a single compact e3DNet file for distribution on the Internet.

The first products will enable 3D content creation applications and browser viewing clients for the Microsoft Windows95, Windows98, WindowsNT and Windows2000 platforms. Free model and animation client viewing products will also be available for MacOS, LINUX and future 64-bit operating systems.

GM Don Harris says, "Unlike committee-controlled graphics software formats or lower-quality streaming offerings, the e3DNet file format supports advanced rendering attributes and hierarchical animation that utilize the performance of current affordable client platforms. Our compact delivery component also allows content creators to rapidly incorporate rich 3D content into standard presentation applications, email and web pages."

http://www.e3DNet.com

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Realviz Announces Stitcher for Panoramas, Environment Maps

France-based Realviz S.A.'s new Stitcher software application for animation and special effects combines horizontally and vertically overlapping photographs to create wide-angle, panoramic images. Stitcher is currently available for the WindowsNT platform, and is priced at MSRP US$2,000 per unit, with a pay-per-use license also available at a reduced price point.

Panoramic images up to 360° X 360° can be created and exported to 2D compositing applications for creating photo-real matte paintings and to 3D packages for environment mapping. Panoramas are color blended, de-blurred and warped so they can be used without editing in high-end animation software.

Usage: Overlapping images are taken from a single reference point (or tripod location), then scanned and imported into Stitcher. In Stitcher, images are manually arranged to form a rough panoramic image. Stitcher then automatically warps and tiles each image so that they fit perfectly into a single image with sub-pixel accuracy. Once the panoramic image has been created, the operator defines the projection mode for viewing (six faces of a cube or in a single plane).

http://www.realviz.com

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MGI Obtains Patent for Tiled Image Distribution Systems

MGI Software last week obtained U.S. patent No. 5,968,120 for its Image Server and Viewer software, designed to let e-tailers to create interactive, photo-realistic environments where consumers can examine goods in detail on Web pages unencumbered by low-bandwidth connections.

http://www.mgisoft.com

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WEBSIGHTINGS

GameSpy Launches RadioSpy.com

These guys have their work cut out for them. When I first accessed the site, I ran a search for KFJC, my all-time fave radio station, which I know broadcasts online. No dice. So then I clicked on "official RadioSpy broadcasts" links, upon which RealPlayer choked. But once they get their act together, you may find some use for music site www.RadioSpy.com, which went live last week.

More than a year in development and backed by the equity investment of Michael Ovitz, RadioSpy.com was launched by GameSpy Industries, Inc., operator of gaming portal www.GameSpy.com.

At RadioSpy.com, surfers can ostensibly tune into online radio stations in SHOUTcast, RealAudio or Windows Media formats. The site also offers free, downloadable RadioSpy software, said to collect and organize the thousands of available stations into one cohesive package. The software is a new version of MP3Spy, the company's original radio server search software, downloaded by more than 500,000 users.

Users can also download the free RadioSpy DJ Tools and start broadcasting online radio shows from their desktops.

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CONSUMER CHANNEL

TEAC Announces 24X Portable Notebook CD-ROM Drive

 

In late December TEAC will begin shipping what it says is the industry’s lightest 24X Portable CD-ROM drive (CD-224PE) for subnotebook and notebook computers.  Weighing less than 9 ounces, the $179 drive performs at a maximum data transfer rate of 24X or 3.6MB/sec with a 130ms random access time.  It can be connected to a notebook or subnotebook PC via its ATAPI interface, using its PCMCIA Type II (16 bit) PC Card connector.  The drive is powered through the PCMCIA connection and is plug-and-play compatible with Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT.

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THE DIALS & LEVERS OF POWER

NewTek Sponsors L.A. Event for 3D, Special Effects Groupies

NewTek will co-sponsor, along with Dell Computer and NewTekniques Magazine, a "NewTek Day in L.A." on Friday, December 10.  The day will start at noon and wrap up with a NewTek party that will go until midnight.  Admission to the event is free and you can register to attend on NewTek's web site at http://www.newtek.com.

The event, which will take place at Raleigh Studios on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, will include:

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Zinecast.com Provides Freedom of the Press

Publishing can be expensive and time consuming. Thus, many interesting niche topics never receive coverage. Those barriers have ostensibly been removed with the introduction of Zinecast.com, where users can instantly publish and maintain an interactive online magazine or newsletter world using a Web browser.

Users can review, summarize, and post articles, as well as delete irrelevant comments. They can also recruit other editors to assist in these tasks. Since this is a many-to-many publishing model, any reader can submit articles for publication and instantly post commentary on an existing article. The collaborative content on each publication will evolve into an archive that will always be available to the readers.

http://www.zinecast.com

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GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

LucasArts Ships Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

It's 1947 and the Cold War is just beginning its insidious spread. Soviet agents have been ordered by the Russian government to search the ruins of the fabled Tower of Babel for an ancient machine that could unlock a legendary inter-dimensional gate. If activated, the device could unleash a deadly force and swing the balance of power away from the West. Only one person is capable of preventing a plan so terrifying and dangerous: archeologist Indiana Jones.

Yes, Indy is back in Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, a new real-time 3D action-adventure from LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC. The game engages players in a race around the globe to thwart the Soviets' search for clues to the mysterious Infernal Machine. 

Locales  range from the ruins of ancient Babylon and mysterious Tian Shan Mountain region in Kazakstan to the Aztec pyramids in Teotihaucan and beyond. Staying one step ahead of the Russians will require players to solve a variety of mechanical puzzles. Large interior sites, such as temples, tombs and dungeons, allow for exploration, puzzle solving and combat. And special action sequences include guiding a raft through a descent of white-water rapids, an off-road Jeep chase through the jungle, and a rollercoaster-like mine car ride.

Indy can whip, crawl, run, leap, swim, swing, and climb through each level. He'll rely upon his whip, a complement of weapons (automatic pistols, rifles, a bazooka, hand grenades and satchel charges) and collected objects to defeat the game's battalions of communist agents, soldiers and otherworldly adversaries. In addition, each machine part Indy finds confers a certain magical power that is necessary to help him complete subsequent chapters.

http://www.lucasarts.com/products/indy/

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Activision Releases Star Trek: Hidden Evil

Trekers who have been awaiting a new adventure with Picard and crew will get their chance to beam down this week as Activision, Inc. ships Star Trek: Hidden Evil to retail outlets. Set nine months after the full-length feature film Star Trek: Insurrection, the game features story-driven missions that draw players into a tale of combat, stealth and exploration.

Players assume the role of Ensign Sovok, a young officer serving on board the U.S.S. Enterprise. As Sovok, players will have to use their wits, as well as tried-and-true Starfleet equipment such as phasers, communicators and tricorders, to foil a Romulan plot and protect the Ba'ku planet.

www.activision.com

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Sierra Studios Launches Holiday Lineup

Sierra Studios last week shipped SWAT 3, Half-Life: Opposing Force, and Gabriel Knight III. The release of these games completes Studios' holiday 1999 push, which began recently with the releases of Pharaoh and Homeworld.

SWAT 3: CQB is based on real life L.A.P.D. SWAT tactics with missions from today's and tomorrow's headlines. Realism is said to be enhanced by motion-capture technology, computer intelligence, a real-world physics engine, and the cooperation of L.A.P.D. SWAT officers in development. 3D models use photographic resources for faces and clothing. Photographic resources are also used in environments built to scale, coupled dynamic lighting.

Half-Life: Opposing Force is the official game expansion for Half-Life, named "Game of the Year" by over 50 publications. In Opposing Force (a.k.a. "Op For"), players return to the Black Mesa Research Facility to engage in a new episode of single-player action. Opposing Force also contains new multiplayer content, including new weapons, player characters (models) and several new multiplayer maps designed by Gearbox Software as well as levels created by members of the Dallas first-person shooter community.

Gabriel Knight III: Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned is the next installment in the Gabriel Knight mystery/adventure series. Written and designed by Jane Jensen, the game tasks the player with solving a controversial real-life enigma, intertwining interactive puzzle solving with detailed 3D animated characters in a real-time 3D world.

http://www.sierra.com/

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Heat.Net Opens Public 10SIX Beta

Segasoft's online gaming service HEAT.NET last week opened the doors to the public beta release of 10SIX, described as the world's first million-player action/strategy game.  The game's persistent universe is a virtual space where the action goes on 24 hours a day, even when the player is not online.  While she sleeps, her enemies may be raiding her colonies or plotting in secret with her so-called allies.     

Beta players will view and play a pre-release version of 10SIX, and confer directly with the development team to share their views and opinions on the game.  The development team has spent the past two years on the title and will be available to talk with beta players between the hours of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (PST), Monday through Friday.

www.10six.com

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Social Express Launches Rainbow Hoppers Edutainment Title

 

Social Express is now shipping its new title Rainbow Hoppers, an adventure game where kids ages 5-9 explore and learn social skills.  Kids on a mission to find the missing rainbow explore the 3R's; Respect, Responsibility, and Reason.

Specific topics include respect for the environment, property, animals, people and feelings; responsibility for behavior including manners, good citizenship and actions; rural and urban safety, reason as a tool for conflict resolution, safety and necessity on the playground and elsewhere.

Kids learn everything from how to set a table and acceptable table manners to reinforcement of choosing good behavior over bad behavior. There's even an art contest to name the "wackiest elf," with winning entries to be posted on the Website.

http://www.socialexpress.com

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Oceanus Launches Real-time Massive Online Game Star Peace

Ottawa-based Oceanus Communications Inc. last week announced Star Peace, its entry into the burgeoning online game market. Billed as the first "universal game" by the company, Star Peace promises major game genres in one experience: strategy, action, role-playing, simulation, and war, underscored by a strong story line.

The first installment is a real-time strategy game that provides persistent and graphical worlds where thousands of gamers create societies from the ground up, and have collective responsibility for keeping them economically and socially vibrant. The game boasts a realistic economic model providing in-depth simulation for over 300 different facilities from which players can build and run their business empires or entire cities, and a political system that allows players to assume the roles of mayors, ministers, and presidents. Star Peace also integrates transport gaming into the economy, giving would-be transport tycoons a real-world experience.

"The idea of Star Peace as a universal game is the leading design principle … players are creating live worlds where economy, politics, war, environment, and even action and role-playing are all interconnected," said Mike Cepero, the architect and lead programmer of the game. "Imagine your opponent running out of ammunition because the company financing their military machine is experiencing financial difficulties due to unforeseen competition, or you suddenly getting an influx of healing powers because an allied pharmaceutical company has just completed an important new research project. The economy provides … depth to all sorts of things."

Star Peace is currently in its second beta test release, which is slated to run until January 10. Pricing has not been determined yet, although Oceanus has indicated that it plans to offer both free accounts and monthly-fee Star Peace subscriptions. Further details can be found at http://www.starpeace.net.

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NUMBEROLOGY

MSN Gaming Zone Membership Hits 10 Million

Microsoft Corp. last week announced the 10 millionth member registration on the MSN Gaming Zone (http://www.zone.com/). Other recent milestones for the Zone include:

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DIGERATI ILLUMINATI

Popular Science Names MetaStream Best of What's New

Popular Science magazine has selected MetaCreations' streaming 3D technology, MetaStream, for its 1999 "Best of What's New" award, given annually to 100 recipients.

Jointly developed with Intel Corp., MetaStream is a streaming, scalable open 3D file format that enables the incorporation of 3D images into Web sites and interactive advertisements.

http://www.metastream.com

http://www.popsci.com

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HAPPENINGS

Streaming Media West, Dec. 7-9 in San Jose

Streaming Media West, billed as the world's largest Internet audio and video event, takes place December 7-9 at California's San Jose Convention Center. Keynoters include Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, formerly of broadcast.com, Macromedia CEO Robert Burgess, DEN president David Neuman, RealNetworks' Thomas Franks, and PictureTel's Norman Gaut. The event features 200 speakers, 60 conference sessions, and a free exhibition.

www.streamingmedia.com

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Photoshop Conference, Jan. 24-25 in Monterey

Aimed at Photoshop users rather than those who want to learn about the Adobe picture editor, the Photoshop Conference will be held by Thunder Lizard Productions on January 24-25 in Monterey, Calif., with an optional additional Web focus day on January 26. Session leaders include ultimate Photoshop gurus David Biedny and Bert Monroy, plus Greg Vander Houwen, Andrew Rodney, Sandee Cohen, and Daniel Brown. Session titles include The Tao of Photoshop, Expert Retouching, The Art of History, and Biedny's Advanced Filters and Special Effects.

www.thunderlizard.com

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F.Y.I.

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