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Wednesday, July 12, 2000
3dfx Storms MWNY
11:56 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story

A month ago we brought you the disappointing news that there would be no official Gaming Zone at this month's Macworld Expo New York, nor would there be a gaming championship as there had been in previous years. However, 3dfx has decided to capitalize on this situation by dominating the show floor, putting its new Voodoo5 5500 behind many of the games that will debut at this expo. All the titles from Gathering of Developers, including Rune, Oni and 4x4 Evolution, will debut running on 3dfx hardware, and many more game companies will show their games in 3dfx's large booth. Here are details from the press release:

3dfx Interactive Inc. (NASDAQ:TDFX) today announced it is host to Macworld's (booth 1354) only Mac gaming zone featuring the industry's leading edge game developers running the hottest titles on the Voodoo5 5500 PCI, the only graphics accelerator for the Macintosh featuring true hardware full-scene anti-aliasing (FSAA). With the industry's highest performing and feature-rich graphics products for the Mac, 3dfx was the natural Mecca for the gaming community at Macworld.

"With our intent to dominate the Mac gaming market, we were only too eager to accommodate the tidal wave of developer requests to demonstrate their products in our booth," said Bryan Speece, director of marketing, Macintosh business development. "Their very presence at our booth sends the clear message that our product gives the kind of performance content creators crave on a Mac."

"We couldn't resist the opportunity to showcase our upcoming titles, Rune, Oni, Tropico, and 4 x 4 Evolution, on a Voodoo5, the most powerful and exciting graphics accelerator ever produced for the Mac," said Mike Wilson, CEO, Gathering of Developers. "We have been working side-by-side with 3dfx to provide titles with incredible performance on a platform made for high-end graphics acceleration. Mac gamers should definitely fasten their seat belts."

Game publishers featured in the 3dfx Macworld booth include Aspyr, MacSoft, Gathering of Developers, Blizzard and Graphic Simulations. Developers will graphically illustrate the power of Voodoo5 5500 PCI by demonstrating their latest design tools on a Power Mac G4 equipped with a Voodoo5 card. Among those featured include TGS, Hypercosm, NewTek and Nemetschek.

If anyone doubted that 3dfx is making a concerted, aggressive effort to be a success on the Mac platform, this all-out assault on MWNY should erase any such fears. Although NVIDIA is not expected to announce or show any products at the show, ATI will be there with their RADEON cards - a battle of titans, and over our humble platform. Who would have expected this, just a year ago? IMG will of course be there to cover all of the action, and to bring you an in-depth report on the official Mac Voodoo5 5500 PCI card in all of its glory. Amid all this hype, those of you not willing to dish out $329 for this cart might be wondering where the single-chip Voodoo4 5000 has disappeared to? By most accounts, this card is due this September for the PC, with Mac versions following soon afterwards.

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