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NaturalPoint

We met up with Warren Blyth and Kevin Fox from the makers of that great hands-free viewing gadget SimHQ is so high on, TrackIR.

NaturalPoint clearly believes that FPS are the next big genre for them to makes inroads, along with the “naturals” — flight sims, and racing sims. And having said that, their focus is on the serious strategic titles, not the arcade titles. Their viewing system, while perfect for a “Black Shark” flight simulation, is probably not as well-suited for a arcade flyer.

They are having more and more impact in the racing sim community and it’s titles as well. As one who has recently been bitten by the race-bug, I can tell you, I cannot race without my TrackIR4 Pro. Ain’t happening. In fact, NaturalPoint is sponsoring some race events. You can find out more on their web site here.

Always working to refine and improve their product, They’re currently working on a new version of their software that we understand will help smooth the vector effects even more. Look for it as a download available sometime around year-end.

– 20mm

Got skinned? 20mm, Hornit and friends discuss computer case modding.

Wrap Up – Day 3

We had an idea in the car on the way home for a new game title. We’d call it: “Driving Home In L.A.” Here’s the pitch: You spend 10 hours at work, standing all day. Then, you climb in your car, and wade through bumper-to-bumper street traffic as you swim upstream to the freeway on-ramp. As you climb the onramp and merge into crawling, bumper-to-bumper traffic, you realize the on-ramp is merging into an exit-only lane for a freeway you don’t want to take. You put on your turn signal and look for an entry opportunity into the main freeway flow. But, there’s a catch: there’s a guy in a Jeep Cherokee that’s decided that he’s not going to let you merge, and really, consciously wants to force you onto the wrong freeway. You get a little in front of him, and ease into the main traffic flow just as the exit-only lane splits away. And for all that, the Jeep driver gives you a hand signal that he thinks “you’re number one!” Freakin’ SA-less idiot. Sheesh. Sorry to “vent” — I guess it was just another day in L.A.

We’re tired. Good night, Irene, and we’ll see you manana. Don’t call anytime before 9AM my time. Oh, and there are still no booth babes at E3Expo 2006.

 

 


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