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We noted at Gamers.com the debut of Roboforge, a game of robot combat in which you build your 'bot from available parts, train them in combat and then set them loose in the arena to battle with other bots for dominance - and perhaps prizes.
This game is unique in several respects. It will be low-cost, distributed online, and it is the first game to be made entirely with Java 2/Java 3D - yes, a commercial game done in Java. Apple was part of the team that defined the specifications for Java 3D API, and Steve Jobs has promised repeatedly that Mac OS X will be the best platform for Java, period. Currently Roboforge only runs on Windows 98/2000/NT, but we think that situation will change radically once Mac OS X makes its presence felt. Here's an excerpt from the Gamers.com article describing this title:
According to the press release, Roboforge creates an entirely new genre in gaming, where the player builds huge robotic gladiators from the ground up. "The player constructs any type of creation they like, from a huge library of robotic parts," explains Darren Green, CEO of Liquid Edge Games. "It is a concept that many are familiar with, having grown up with products such as Lego and Meccano. Construction is as simple as clicking components together in a true 3D construction environment". Roboforge is due in late 2000/early 2001, coincidentally about the same time that Mac OS X is due. If Steve Jobs makes good on his promise to release a public beta of Mac OS X - perhaps at MWNY next week - we'll be sure to follow up with Liquid Edge Games and find out if the Mac will be a viable platform for this title. Make sure you check out the Flash 4 version of the Roboforge web site, it is quite impressive.
Roboforge Web Site
The objective of the game is to build a fighting machine that can take on all comers in hand-to-hand (or melee-style) combat. After proving the robot's mettle against preprogrammed contenders provided with the game, the player gets the opportunity to compete in huge international tournaments on the Internet.
Roboforge Debut at Gamers.com
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