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Playing Games Holodeck Style – Firm Tests Huge, HD Screens that Envelop Gamers

Playing Games Holodeck Style – Firm Tests Huge, HD Screens that Envelop Gamers

Firm tests huge, high-definition screens that envelop gamers

HAMPTON, N.H. – Ever wish you could experience the "holodeck," the 3-D virtual environment aboard the Starship Enterprise? There’s a company that believes it’s come close, letting video game players play with huge, high-definition screens that envelop the user.

The company’s test site features 42 gaming stations with high-speed personal computers and high-definition screens ranging in size from 17 inches to 13 feet.

Then there’s the "half-pipe," which features a screen that is 20 feet wide and 12 feet high. Another creation is a sphere, which is 20 feet in diameter and eventually will offer a 360-degree wraparound gaming effect. The gamer sits inside the sphere on a robot that rumbles, banks, and spins out, providing many of the same effects as a flight simulator.

Pricing will be $5 an hour and slightly less for people willing to pay a $40 annual membership fee. McKittrick said he expects to charge $1 a minute, or $60 an hour, to play the sphere or half-pipe. Training on any game is free. Target markets include long-term gamers, businesses and exotic educational uses — McKittrick noted that an engineer working for race car driver Roger Penske spent a week exploring whether the sphere could be used as a training site.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9118269

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus


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