November 2, 2001 |
Inside a concrete-and-glass laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School, a computer simulation of Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda terrorist network is beginning to take shape. Scientists are preparing to conjure deserts, urban landscapes, communications networks, weapon systems, immigration patterns and an army of terrorists cunning enough to design plots of mass destruction. They also are fashioning millions of potential victims who will be preyed on thousands and thousands of times.
March 21, 2001 |
Having carved out a leading role in Internet audio and video, RealNetworks Inc. is trying to become a top distributor of computer games. The Seattle-based company plans to expand its fledgling games Web site into a comprehensive service for game developers, making a wide selection of their works available to consumers for downloading or playing online. The company is expected to launch the developers' service today, with new RealArcade software for consumers available this summer.
February 18, 2001 |
Ferry Zuiderwijk is still too young to be a commercial pilot or to hold an MBA. But at age 17, he knows how to keep the nose up while running a sizable airline. The resident of Wateringen, Netherlands, earned his flight stripes playing "Airline Tycoon," a computer simulation game that subjects users to the hassles of federal regulators, crafty equipment dealers and surly passengers.
January 29, 2001
Over the next five years, video and computer games are expected generate more than $10 billion in sales, a sum that will make them one of the most popular forms of entertainment and an undisputed cultural force. More than 30 speakers, from academics to designers, will examine the changes in video and computer games content and technology that are fueling that growth during a two-day conference starting today at USC's Davidson Conference Center.
August 24, 2000 |
Making a computer game may once have been the exclusive domain of techno-geeks working alone. But today's games, especially those based on television shows or films, can require as much star power and behind-the-scenes expertise as any Hollywood epic. The upcoming "Star Trek: Voyager--Elite Force," for instance, required a casting director, voice-over director and most of the cast of the Paramount TV series, from Captain Janeway to Officer Tuvok.
August 2, 1999 |
Hoping to encourage the growth of Northern California game software companies, the organizers behind the Computer Game Developers' Conference in San Jose are taking their show on the road. "Demo or Die" is the theme at this popular gathering of the top guns in the computer gaming industry. It's also a chance for those trying to break into the field to network, swap secrets and find a place among elite programmers, designers and product managers.
June 28, 1999 |
Rockett Movado is a self-assured eighth-grader at Whistling Pines Junior High. The spunky redhead who loves art and photography possesses an aura of creativity and independence that suggests she would succeed in whatever career she chooses. That is, unless she wants to write software for girls. That particular line of business has proved to be singularly difficult for nearly every company that has tried it, including Rockett's creator, Purple Moon. The Mountain View, Calif.
April 17, 1999 |
The author who conceived of Jurassic Park and the Andromeda Strain is about to try his hand at a new entertainment medium. Novelist and screenwriter Michael Crichton announced Friday the founding of a firm to develop computer games using the latest in interactive and 3-D technology. Crichton will be majority shareholder and chairman of the firm, Timeline Studios, which will be co-founded by Cary, N.C.-based Virtus Corp.