MILL VALLEY, Calif.August 2, 2002Computer 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.