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Friday, May 18, 2001
 
Omni to Show OS X Games at WWDC
3:53 PM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

OmniGroup has announced they will be showing a number of OS X titles at
the upcoming WWDC. Included in Apple's Gaming Pavilion will be a number
of machines running OS X versions of Oni, Elite Force, and Heavy
Metal F.A.K.K.2
. Here's the
press release with more on what attendees can expect:

The Omni Group will showcase their latest ported Mac OS X games at
Apple's World Wide Developers conference May 21-25 in San Jose, CA.
Apple wants to show the world that Mac OS X will be the best platform
for games and they have chosen The Omni Group to help back it up.


Take 733MHz G4s, Apple Cinema Displays, GeForce 3s, GeForce 2s, Radeons,
Logitech MouseMan Wheel optical mice, Harman Kardon Pro, SoundSticks
and iSubs, throw in Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, the public debuts of Oni and
Star Trek Voyager Elite Force on Mac OS X and what do you get? It's a
gamer's paradise! This is what visitors to this year's WWDC can expect
at the Apple Gaming Pavilion.


Since 1989, the founders of The Omni Group, Wil Shipley, Ken Case, and
Tim Wood, have been developing games and applications for NeXTstep, the
foundation for Mac OS X. This experience and expertise has brought The
Omni Group much attention from game developers eager to make the jump
into the growing market for OS X games. Wil Shipley, president of The
Omni Group states, "Mac OS X will be the best platform for games and
we've got the most talented and experienced engineers for porting games
to X." Successful projects for Omni include Doom II, Quake II, Oni,
Heavy Metal F.A.K.K. 2, Star Trek Voyager Elite Force, and Quake III
Arena. "We're finding even with the tiny amount of time we have to port
games, we get better frame rates for every game we port on high-end
hardware. The sound latency is lower and the graphics are faster."


The entire Omni Engineering Staff (all 13) will be on hand at this years
WWDC, and you'll always be able to find one at the official Omni Group
booth to answer your questions about games, Cocoa, and porting
applications to Mac OS X.

It's great to hear all these titles will be displayed proudly by Apple. OmniGroup
is also working on a Cocoa version of American McGee's Alice, though
Aspyr hasn't announced exactly how it might be bundled with the retail version
of the game. We're also hoping to see public releases of these games in the near
future, so the rest of us can try them out.

Details on Apple's WWDC and Games
OmniGroup Web Site
Apple


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