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Friday, December 3rd 2004
Fantasy Graphics League 2005
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Fantasy? Graphics? League? Here you go:

"The season for the 2005 Fantasy Graphics League has begun. This contest, now in its sixth year, pits graphics students and professionals against each other to hire the best imaginary computer graphics laboratory. Entry is free, and the contest is held just for fun. Real-world researchers are given a cost based on their contributions to recent SIGGRAPH Papers Sessions. Each player then purchases an imaginary lab, balancing costs and lab space against probable gains. In the Spring these teams are judged by their hired researchers' real-world performance. All teams who have hired a researcher whose work was accepted as a SIGGRAPH paper or sketch scores points.

With well over 700 researchers to choose from, this game requires considerable skill, as random choices are unlikely to score points. Those in the know keep track of who are the hot upcoming graduate students and what topics are in vogue in hopes of choosing a winning team. This work appears to pay off, as most past winners have been well-known graphics researchers. "

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