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Modified Video Game Helps Aid as Fire Drill Simulator

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302w ago - Researchers at Durham University have modified a video game and turned it into a fire drill simulator.

The team used The Source Engine, the 3D game engine used to drive Half-Life 2, and created a virtual model of one of the university's departments.

Developers plan to use it to examine people's behavior in a fire and to train people in good fire practice. The simulator can be adapted to mimic the interior of most buildings, although modification will be needed.

Durham University's Dr Shamus Smith, who helped spearhead the project, told BBC News that that while bespoke 3D modelling software was available, modifying a video game was faster, more cost effective, and had better special effects.

"The [Register or Login to view links] you see is an example of how to escape the Computer Science Department of Durham University.

"We were interested in using game technology over a customised application and The Source Engine, from Half-Life, is very versatile. "We used the simulation to see how people behaved in an actual fire situation and to train people in 'good practice' in a fire.

The team at Durham say the virtual environment helped familiarise people with evacuation routines and could also help identify problems with...
 

SEGA Scores Official 2010 Winter Olympics Video Game

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302w ago - After anextremely successful series of video games From The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, this exclusive license will allow SEGA to once more publish the only official interactive entertainment software titles of the world's most famous sporting event.

Press Release: THE Official VIDEO GAME OF THE VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES - SEGA ANNOUNCES PUBLISHING AGREEMENT

TOKYO (February 5, 2009) - SEGAŽ Corporation today announced a worldwide agreement with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), exclusive licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), to once again become the sole approved video game publisher of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Through this agreement, SEGA secures the sole rights to publish console, PC/Macintosh, handheld, arcade, and mobile games worldwide. Under this exclusive license, SEGA will publish a wide variety of games with Winter Sports and events including skiing, skating, and snowboard bearing the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games emblem.

"Working with SEGA has resulted in Olympic Entertainment Software achieving unparalleled success and we are delighted to support SEGA once again for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games", says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

"SEGA is extremely excited...
 

Brash Entertainment's 'Saw' Video Game Picked Up By Konami

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302w ago - "Saw," one of the highest profile games left orphaned when Brash Entertainment went [Register or Login to view links], has been picked up by Konami.

Sources close to the project have confirmed that Konami has made a deal with Lionsgate, to whom the rights reverted when Brash breached its contract, and developer Zombie Studios.

The game will come out this fall along with the sixth "Saw" film (I almost wrote "Saw VI," but that series is getting so long in the tooth I'm wondering if they'll take a cue from the seventh "Star Trek" movie and just drop the numbers).

Konami is an obvious choice to pick up "Saw," since it has experience selling horror with a little franchise called "Silent Hill." But the game almost took a very intriguing twist: no publisher at all.

Or rather, no traditional publisher. Several sources told me that after it got the game rights back from Brash, Lionsgate strongly considered holding onto it and jumping into the videogame business by making "Saw" its first self-published game.

Like every other movie studio (some of whom have gotten into videogames, the rest of whom are considering it), Lionsgate was tempted by potential profits in the fast growing videogame biz. But in the end, execs...
 

Video: New Tekken 6 Trailer and Screens Available for PS3

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302w ago - Courtesy of JoyStiq (linked above) comes some fresh Tekken 6 screens and a video for the PlayStation 3 console. To quote:

Looking for a fight? Well, you won't find one here. You will find a pop'n fresh trailer for Tekken 6, though. Ah, and new high-res screens of the incoming PS3 and Xbox 360 fighter.

It... looks like Tekken all right, although we're still a little underwhelmed by the visuals, especially after months of playing Namco's own Soul Calibur IV. You?

The video and a few of the screenshots are available below, with the rest linked above. Enjoy!




 

Video: WiiGator GameCube Launcher for the Nintendo Wii

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302w ago - Here is a video of WiiGator's GameCube Launcher for the Nintendo Wii.

It comes courtesy of OmegaLord12 and the caption reads as follows:

"Beta of WiiGator's GameCube Backup Launcher he is working. I'm merely a tester. Enjoy the video "

Check it out below, courtesy of YouTube.

Finally, for those curious, it's supposed to be released this week. Enjoy!




 
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