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 REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- For those who have always wanted to explore the great architectural treasures from ancient civilizations as they existed centuries ago, Medio Multimedia Inc. today released Exploring Ancient Architecture(TM), an interactive multimedia title available on CD-ROM for the MPC (Multimedia PC). Home computer users with an interest in architecture, ancient wonders or 3-D graphics can take self-guided, 3-D animated "virtual tours" of seven famous architectural marvels recreated by an award-winning animator. The program includes a narrated overview by a noted professor of architecture as well as buildings representative of the ancient Stone Age, Egyptian, Greek and Roman periods, including the Parthenon and Stonehenge.
 The title has suggested retail price of $59.95 and is available through retailers nationally. It is also included in the Medio Explorer Collection, a multimedia bundle with two additional interactive CD-ROM titles, Midnight Movie Madness with Gilbert Gottfried(TM) and JFK Assassination: A Visual Investigation(TM).
 Exploring Ancient Architecture provides the experience of traveling back in time and actually walking through famous architectural structures that now stands in ruins. During the tour, people can stop, look around and walk in any direction to examine the interior and exteriors of the buildings in intricate 3-D detail while listening to a guide explain the surroundings. The colors, lights, artifacts and other materials in the buildings are represented as they were in their original state. In addition, the title offers a comprehensive, multimedia presentation about each of the time periods' people and culture.
 The seven reconstructed buildings and corresponding architectural periods featured in the product include:
 -- Neolithic Period -- The Neolithic period, literally meaning the "new Stone Age," is where the history of architecture begins and features heroic and ingenious works such as Stonehenge (circa 2,500 B.C.), located on the Salisbury plane in Wiltshire, England and a Dolman tomb (circa 2,500 B.C.) in Carnac, France.
 -- Egyptian Period -- Although the great pyramids are the dominant image from ancient Egypt, the Egyptians left works of architecture more revealing of their culture, such as The Temple of Khons (circa 1,198 B.C.) in Karnak, Egypt and The Mortuary Temple of Mentuhotep (circa 2,130 to 1,580 B.C.) in Der-el-Bahari, Egypt.
 -- Greek Period -- This period provides the foundation for much of western architecture, science and art. The Greeks created classical structures such as The Parthenon (circa 447 to 432 B.C.), built on the Acropolis in Athens, Greece and The Ecclesiasterion (circa 200 B.C.) in Priene, Greece.
 -- Roman Period -- Their unique design for halls of justice and commercial exchanges called "basilicas" gave the Romans a significant role in architectural history. One of the most impressive structures of this kind are Rome's Basilica of Constantine (circa 310 to 313 A.D.).
 "I think many people are, like me, fascinated with the architecture of ancient civilizations. However, I found that printed reference materials cannot adequately convey the wonder of actually walking into these buildings as they were thousands of years ago. The 'interactive documentary' model used in Exploring Ancient architecture makes it fun to explore and discover," Podradchik said.
 Each building has been meticulously recreated by award-winning architectural animator Andrew McClary using sophisticated 3-D, computer- aided design and animation programs. In addition, each architectural period contains a narrated overview written by Bruce Meyer, Ph.D., a noted professor of architecture at Ball State University.
 System Requirements
 Exploring Ancient Architecture requires a 386SX microprocessor (486SX recommended for best performance); 2 MB of hard disk space; a MPC compatible CD-ROM drive; VGA or better display (256 color support strongly recommended); Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later and DOS 3.1 or later. Additionally, an audio board with speakers and/or headphones and a mouse or compatible pointing device are strongly recommended.
 Medio Multimedia Inc. is a leading publisher of informative and entertaining multimedia CD-ROM software titles that bring together exciting, high-quality content with state-of-the-art multimedia technologies. The Redmond-based company works in conjunction with subject experts and software developers to produce titles that encourage exploration and discovery. Medio has previously released Midnight Movie Madness with Gilbert Gottfried(TM) and will soon release JFK Assassination: A Visual Investigation(TM).
 NOTE: Medio, the Medio logo and Medio Multimedia Inc. are trademarks of Medio Multimedia Inc. Exploring Ancient Architecture is a copyright of Medio Multimedia Inc. JFK Assassination: A Visual Investigation is a copyright of Wilbur Films Multimedia Inc. Midnight Movie Madness with Gilbert Gottfried is a copyright of Medio Multimedia Inc. Other product and corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of other companies and are used only for explanation and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: To obtain product screen shots, product box photos, or to schedule an interview, contact Kaufer Miller Communications, 206-450-9965/
 /CONTACT: Steven Podradchik of Medio Multimedia, 206-867-5500; or Pam Miller or Tamese Robinson of Kaufer Miller Communications, 206-450-9965, for Medio Multimedia/

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