Sony Imagesoft to showcase "Johnny Mnemonic"; interactive game featured this week at New Media Expo.
SANTA MONICA Santa Monica (săn`tə mŏn`ĭkə), city (1990 pop. 86,905), Los Angeles co., S Calif., on Santa Monica Bay; inc. 1886. Tourism and retailing are important, and the city has motion-picture, biotechnology, and software industries. , Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 13, 1995--Sony Imagesoft's "Johnny Mnemonic Pronounced "ni-mon-ic." A memory aid. In programming, it is a name assigned to a machine function. For example, COM1 is the mnemonic assigned to serial port #1 on a PC. Programming languages are almost entirely mnemonics. " will be the center of attention at the Writers Guild of America's (WGA WGA Windows Genuine Advantage (Microsoft)
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"Johnny Mnemonic" has been the focus of industry attention for its ground-breaking use of full-screen, full-motion video Video transmission that changes the image 30 frames per second (30 fps). Motion pictures are run at 24 fps, which is the minimum frequency required to eliminate the perception of moving frames and make the images appear visually fluid to the eye. , establishing itself as the first true interactive movie. "Johnny Mnemonic" is designed to immerse the player in an interactive environment and features an intuitive interface that draws the player into a visually rich, futuristic, cyberpunk A futuristic, online delinquent: breaking into computer systems; surviving by high-tech wits. The term comes from science fiction novels such as "Neuromancer" and "Shockwave Rider. world.
Wednesday's WGA interactive forum will bring together the creative teams responsible for the development of "Johnny Mnemonic." The participants will discuss many of the behind-the-scenes issues and hurdles, as well as innovations implemented to make the interactive game possible.
The forum will be simultaneously simulcast to the Electronic Cafe in Paris, as well as posted on the Internet site for Buzz magazine (http://www.buzzmag.com/buzz/).
"Many companies have inaccurately used the description `interactive movie' for games that are neither particularly interactive or cinematic," said Rich Robinson, executive producer, Sony Imagesoft. "In `Johnny Mnemonic,' we set out to create an innovative entertainment experience, actually filming a movie to be a video game. The result is a gaming experience that will blow players' socks off."
Based on a screenplay written by William Gibson (widely considered the father of the cyberpunk movement) for a mid-1995 TriStar Pictures' film, Johnny Mnemonic is a data courier in the 21st century. In the future, data is transported in memory chips implanted in couriers' brains.
As the players guide Johnny through his "mission," they become aware that the package he is carrying exceeds his memory capacity. If Johnny doesn't download the material quickly, he will die.
"In addition to the white-knuckle game play excitement, the AI (artificial intelligence) in `Johnny Mnemonic' is very sophisticated," Robinson added. "Each time the player plays the game, it is different. Windows that were open once, are closed the next time; notes left in a desk drawer, aren't always there. The game world is richly textured, allowing for repeat play."
Shipping on two CD-ROMs, "Johnny Mnemonic" is scheduled for release in May and will be available for MPC (1) (Mobile PC) A handheld or laptop computer. See handheld computer, laptop computer and Ultra-Mobile PC.
(2) (MultiPath Channel) See multipath. and Macintosh CD-ROMs and for the Sega CD. Sony Imagesoft will also ship MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). versions of the title for MPC and Macintosh computers shortly after its initial release.
Sony Imagesoft, a division of Sony Electronic Publishing Co., creates, produces, distributes and markets interactive video game and computer-based entertainment multimedia software. With headquarters in Santa Monica, the company has operations throughout the United States.
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