August 18, 1997 |
The prophets of high technology have for years been predicting that computers would give rise to wholly new forms of entertainment, and thus Walt Disney's announcement earlier this month that it would launch a chain of regional high-tech entertainment centers had an air of inevitability about it. Who better than Disney to create elaborate "virtual reality" attractions that use advanced computer graphics and motion simulators to create the illusion of being in, say, a prehistoric world?
December 14, 1993 |
The lunchtime crowd at the Virtual World game center in Walnut Creek is gearing up to do battle. A guide briefs the virtual reality pilots on their mission: to annihilate each other's computer-simulated humanoid tanks. A novice player, code-named "Bruin," enters a simulated cockpit. On computer screens in the cockpit appear images of enemies manning the other tanks, "Speed," "Malik" and "Tardio."
August 29, 1994 |
Intercity Virtual Reality Debut: Virtual World, the Glendale-based high-tech entertainment company run by Tim Disney (Walt's grandnephew), plans to launch a service Thursday that will allow consumers in its five U.S. locations to play the firm's sophisticated video games with each other using phone lines and computers.
September 10, 1993 |
The financial success of Visions of Reality Inc. depends on how well it can sell its version of reality. The 20-employee South San Francisco company, which has offices in Irvine, is trying to create the ultimate arcade-like game using three-dimensional computer graphics technology known as virtual reality. The test will come soon. Visions of Reality hopes its pod-like simulators, which are designed to look and feel like a real spacecraft, will be landing in Orange County by year's end.
January 19, 1995 |
Joe Grant made classics. He developed the characters and stories for Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," "Fantasia" and other legendary films. Then he vanished. For decades. After nearly 40 years out of the film business, he came back. He's worked on "Beauty and the Beast," "Aladdin," "The Lion King" and "Pocahontas" (due out in June). At age 86, he's the only person to make both the oldest and newest Disney features.