MILL VALLEY, Calif.—August 2, 2002—Computer
graphics has progressed amazingly in the last two years to the point
where the press is saying, “Games outsell movies, and can you tell
the difference anymore?” On July 24 at a standing room-only lunch
during SIGGRAPH, Dr. Jon Peddie of Jon Peddie Research and a panel
of leading graphics experts engaged in a spirited discussion of whether
we might have obtained “good enough” computer graphics and asked whether
we at the knee of diminishing returns. They also delved into other
hot issues such as the timeline for replacing real actors with virtual
ones. The entire hour-plus session, titled Graphics: Are We Done Yet?
(And If So, Why Not?) is now available free in Real Audio at http://www.patmeier.com.
The session and luncheon sponsored by ArchVision, ATI, discreet, HP
and VIA Technologies also featured demonstrations of leading graphics
products, software and board-level technologies, which, along with
interviews, are viewable in streaming video.
The discussion offers opinions from both user and developer
viewpoints from Bob Bennet, General Manager, Alias Wavefront, Andy
Thompson, Director of Advanced Technology Marketing of ATI, Kurt Akeley
of ExLunia Nvidia, Richard Chuang, co-founder of PDI/Dreamworks and
Michael Sheasby, Director of Business Development of SoftImage. This
exclusive press seminar, demonstration and luncheon is one of several
offered each year by Pat Meier Associates PR during SIGGRAPH, COMDEX/FALL,
SEMA/AAPEX and the Consumer Electronics Show.