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Submitted by Jon Watte, posted on January 08, 2003




Image Description, by Jon Watte



Over the past few years, I've had the honor of working with a team of extremely dedicated, talented, and far-out cool people, building an online getaway called There. As of today, you may reach it through the web site http://www.there.com/ (or at least you can sign up for the public beta test).

The top one is me, inside a club. The second is some members flying above Kantana Point. The third is a buggy gathering outside Mizmar Cafe. The fourth is the approach to the floating islands of Saja. The fifth is a member trying on some new clothes near Karuna Plaza.

Technical notes:
  • Design target is a GeForce 2 MX or original ATI Radeon, running on a Pentium III/800 with 256 MB RAM, with a decent 56k modem connection, running Windows 98SE or newer.
  • We often hit the design frame rate of 30 fps on the minimum spec machine.
  • Uses OpenGL, and requires hardware transform and lighting, as well as texture compression. Only the standard transform pipe is used. Avatar skinning code written in custom SSE assembly.
  • Written mostly in C++, served mostly from a scalable Linux cluster, with additional customization using ThereScript™ (based on Lua).
  • State-of-the-art online expression capabilities, using mood- expressing animation technology.
  • Many activities available where you can meet, hang out, participate, compete, chat, and express yourself. The world is big!
  • The entire world is a distributed physics simulation running in lock- step across the entire system. No cheating! If you hit my buggy with a paintgun, the buggy rocks from the shock.
  • In-world shops, catalog, auctions and Therebucks™ currency. Embedded internet browser. UI code written as Flash movies.
  • Built to scale much bigger than any current online virtual world or massively multiplayer game using advanced network protocols developed by company founders.
  • Developer SDK for adding to the world available.
  • We're hiring. Drop me a note if interested :-).


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