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Quake 4 amBX-ized

Philips had announced that it had unveiled an amBX-enabled multiplayer demo of Quake 4 at QuakeCon that has run from August 2-4.

Shorthand for ‘ambient experiences’, amBX revolutionises the gameplay experience by extending the gaming world out of the screen and into the real world. amBX delivers a full ‘sensory surround experience’ by equipping game developers with a tool box to use light, colour, sound and even air flow through enabled devices, including the Philips amBX PC Gaming Peripherals range of LED colour-controlled lighting capable of representing 16 million different colours, rumble peripherals and variable speed desktop fans.

The Philips amBX team has crafted a mod for QUAKE 4 which, when played with amBX peripherals, will see fans, lights and rumble effects, including 360 degree environmental lighting, form an integral part of the gameplay. Players running and jumping in the game will actually feel the air move around them and the effect of landing and impacts. Weapons will generate custom effects, including surrounding light, rumble shudder and fan blast effects from the rocket launcher. On a more subtle level, rear view lighting is darkened when players use a weapon scope mode, to draw players into the sniper frame of mind. On the receiving end, damage feedback is displayed through a multi directional red light blood splatter and bullet impact vibration. Finally, power and pick ups are represented through different light effects, including a light blue aura for Quad Damage, pulsing red for Regeneration, a fast yellow pulse for Haste, green light for Health and blue light for Mega Health.

“Multiplayer gaming doesn’t come any bigger than QUAKE and QuakeCon is our chance to show the world just how awesome FPS multiplayer gaming can really be with amBX,” commented Jo Cooke, Chief Marketing Officer, Philips amBX. “Fragging will reach a whole new dimension with light, wind and rumble effects taking in-your-face explosions right out of the gaming screen and into the hall at QuakeCon.”

The amBX platform has gained quite a few supporters lately, including big names such as Gearbox, THQ and Codemasters.

QuakeCon 2007 Announced

Yes, you read that right: the event has been announced eight months in advance! This post on the event’s forums states that QuakeCon 2007 will run from August 2-5, 2007 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX promising “more gaming, events, exhibits and fun planned than ever before.” It also notes that registration for the BYOC area will begin on March 2, 2007, but that hotel reservations can be made as soon as now for those interested.