Acorn World 1997
Peter Bondar and Chris Cox
Chris Cox & Peter Bondar played Cat's Cradle and pointed at some slides
A much-heralded part of the Acorn World show was Chris Cox's and Peter Bondar's late
afternoon talks on both Saturday and Sunday entitled "The Future". Other web
pages already give the full story (try the Archive website for details, or the text/articles area of TopixWEB for a transcript), so I won't repeat it all here.
But I will, however, include a completely gratuitous set of pictures...
The presentation started with Chris Cox setting up the presentation package:
Thrilling stuff, huh? But nothing prepared me for him actually
saying "Hello" to the audience:
Next came a quick introduction to the human form:
Chris teaches everyone how to fly (left) and how to protect themself from harm (right)
Chris discusses the appeal of Lara Croft (left) and then gets hot under the collar (right)
Chris poses for photos
And then gets down to business
Next came Peter Bondar:
Who started his talk by making shadow animals on the projector:
They did actually talk directly about games on two occasion. They said first that
Samsung will be releasing a games machine designed by Acorn, called Tinko, although this will
be an educational toy for young children aged from three to seven years old,
rather than a rival for the Sony Playstation or some such. Also announced was that a games
emulator will soon be available, allowing you to run lots of famous games
natively on the Acorn platform. More details were provided by the Show Guide
and copies of "Acorn Times" on the Acorn stand, which stated that
"over 1500 games written for one of the market-leading games
machines" would be playable, and that this would mean "you will
soon be able to run the world's leading 16-bit games on Acorn platforms, at
speeds you've never seen before". This last "at speeds..." bit
must surely be marketing waffle, for why would you want to run an
arcade game faster than it was supposed to run? Since this announcement
several people have pointed the finger at a Sega Megadrive emulator, although
this alone would not come near a total of 1500 games, so it is possible that the
reference is to the emulation of more than one games machine. In fact, a SNES
emulator is also thought to be in development. An official announcement on
emulators may come from Acorn soon.
Acorn have been known to be interested in various games machine emulators for
some time as a means of providing a ready catalogue of games for use on the
NetStation, and it has been said that they have arranged some deal with Sega,
although whether such a license would extend to desktop RISC OS computers remains
to be seen. Other NetStation technology has spilt over onto the desktop, however -
perhaps the most recent example being Java - so it may yet happen, and Acorn's
announcement at Acorn World would appear to suggest that they think it will.
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