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Tuesday, August 14, 2001
Mac Developers React to ATI Announcements
11:40 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

With the big news today being ATI's newly announced Radeon 8500,
IMG contacted Brian Greenstone and Mark Adams, two big names in Mac game
developement, to get their take on the situation. While it's very early yet,
and a very precious few developers have actually seen this hardware up close, we
were curious about their gut reactions.

The Radeon 8500's Truform technology (which is explained in detail in
IMG's preview published early this morning) will help give polygonal structures in games a more
smooth and realistic look. Truform only requires a simple
patch for older games to take advantage of the feature. We were curious if
Westlake or Pangea might consider going back and adding this to their titles.
Here's what Brian had to say about using Truform in the upcoming game Otto

I think the Radeon 8500 (stupid name) is going to kick ass!

A few weeks ago I added in TruForm support for Otto Matic and it only
took about 3 minutes! Maybe [I will add it to] Cro-Mag, but I'm too busy to test a new version.

I'm also looking forward to trying out some of the new Vertex and Pixel shader

It's great to hear Truform is so easy to add to games, and hopefully companies
will take the time to add it to popular older titles.

While Mark also seemed optimistic about the Radeon 8500's capabilities, he
couldn't comment fully on their position with Truform technology yet:

I haven't seen the new hardware yet, although I've talked to people that saw
some demos and it sounds very impressive. We'll certainly be anxious to try
out the cards as soon as we can.

I have talked to ATI engineers about the Truform technology, and we are
interested in seeing whether it will fit into any current or possible older
games. We'll have to wait and see until we get some cards and are able to
play with the tech first.

Thanks go to both Mark and Brian for their continuing hard work, and we look
forward to hearing more about their experiences with the Radeon 8500. Also
read through the ATI press release for a good quote from MumboJumbo's
Mark Dochtermann about Myth III: The Wolf Age. For much more information
on the card, be sure to head over and read through IMG's excellent preview.

IMG News: ATI Announces Radeon 8500 for Mac
IMG Preview of Radeon 8500

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