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Company Press Release
SOURCE: LBE Systems, L.L.C.
LBE Systems Releases QUAKE - Arcade Tournament
Edition; Unique New Deathmatch Level Offers Updated
Enemies; New Weapons
DALLAS, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- LBE Systems, L.L.C.(TM) announced today the release of the arcade version of id Software's QUAKE. QUAKE(R) -- Arcade Tournament Edition brings id Software's unique new deathmatch level, ''The Edge'' to the arcades.
The arcade version of QUAKE, scheduled to begin shipping on May 15, will run on the world's first multi-player arcade game network, SparkyNET OS(TM).
''QUAKE -- A.T.E. gives a large number of QUAKE players an opportunity to experience the excitement and thrill of playing multi-player QUAKE in the arcades,'' said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, of id Software. ''QUAKE -- A.T.E. is designed to operate on high end Intel Pentium(R) II
PC systems to enhance the game experience and immerse the player into the QUAKE environment.''
''QUAKE -- Arcade Tournament Edition is a great example of taking a popular PC home game and bringing it to the arcade'' said Intel's Albert Y. Teng, director coin-op market development Intel Corp [Nasdaq:INTC - news]. ''QUAKE arcade players will clearly enjoy the
same incredible graphics and unsurpassed network game play they love on their home PC, even more on the Open Arcade Architecture version.''
About QUAKE -- Arcade Tournament Edition
With original QUAKE characters and weapons, ''The Edge'' is unique to the arcade version of QUAKE. id Software's new deathmatch level gives QUAKE players the opportunity to play a deathmatch level not available on the PC.
In a multiplayer deathmatch you not only seek out and destroy your friends (well, enemies) in their easily identifiable skins, but you have to watch your back for the multiplayer bots. These bots are artificially intelligent robots that go head to head with the player in deathmatch.
New single player game features include a new arsenal of weapons and updated enemy
animations to enhance the game play experience in the arcade version of QUAKE. An
automatic continue feature allows game players to continue in single player mode without
having to restart at the beginning of a level each time they die. An enhanced scoring system
increases the competitive nature of tournaments.
About SparkyNET OS
LBE Systems SparkyNET OS arcade game network is an easy-to-use, cost- effective system
that is designed to stand up to the rigors of the arcade environment. SparkyNET OS provides
for a server-less multiplayer environment to supports up to 16 arcade units without adding any
dedicated servers. Sixty-four arcade cabinets can be networked together with the addition of
a SparkyNET Host Server. In addition, SparkyNET OS provides operators with an
easy-to-use interactive interface to easily update software, maintain scoring tables and report
accounting data. Additionally, it supports multiple coin door options including tokens, card
readers and bill acceptors. SparkyNET OS gives the arcade operators greater flexibility in
adding content and PC based arcade units.
''LBE Systems mission is to provide operators, both big and small, an opportunity to take
advantage of the flexibility of PC based arcade systems,'' said John Fowler, President of
LBE Systems. This flexibility will allow them to create an exciting environment to play the top
multi-player PC games on high end networked computer systems. These systems are
generally unavailable in a majority of homes which will bring game players into the Arcades
and FECs to have fun.''
''With their model of adapting hit PC games like Quake for multi-player arcade play, LBE
Systems is clearly at the forefront of the burgeoning PC- based coin-op movement,'' said
Ross Q. Smith, Quantum 3D executive vice president of sales and marketing. ''The home
version of Quake is amazing, but the arcade Quake experience -- at 60 frames per second
on a Heavy Metal system with your friends right next to you is something altogether different
and better. The Heavy Metal products are the only systems that are specifically designed to
meet the functionality, performance, environmental, and cost requirements of the coin-op and
LBE markets. And when you play arcade Quake on a Heavy Metal, you'll know why we did
About the Hardware
Quake -- A.T.E. will be available in a standard 27'' VGA monitor cabinet and a deluxe 33''
VGA monitor upright and a deluxe upgrade kit with a VGA monitor and graphics. A sit down
cabinet will be offered in the near future. LBE Systems and Quantum 3D have teamed up to
produce a video card that will allow operators to use existing CGA monitors. The result is
LBE Systems' unique Legacy Kit that addresses the concerns of operators to protect their
current investment in cabinets and monitors. The SparkyNET OS arcade network software
and Quake -- A.T.E. come bundled with the cabinets and kits.
LBE Systems has selected Quantum 3D's Heavy Metal model HM233G and Quicksilver 2
OS 233 to power its line up of products. Both of the Quantum 3D's are shipped in custom
enclosures that are optimized for the rigors of the arcade environment. Compliant with the
Open Arcade Architecture platform, the HM233G includes an Intel Pentium II(R) processor,
Quantum 3D's Obsidian2(TM) 90-4440 AGPTV real time 3D graphics accelerator, the
professional version of the Obsidian2 S-12 AGPTV, and the Company's Game Control
Interface (GCI(TM)-2) -- designed to interface coin-op and industrial input/output control
devices to a PC.
About the Companies
id -- Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth --
has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renown leader in
the industry, id Software has forged frenetic titles such as Wolfenstein 3-D, DOOM, DOOM II,
QUAKE and, most recently, QUAKE II. With their intense graphics and mind-blowing
adventure, id's games have continually broken retail and shareware sales records. And, in
keeping with tradition, id's advanced QUAKE II engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D
interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. Check out more about id
Software at idsoftware.com
LBE Systems, L.L.C., headquartered in Richardson, Texas, with a development studio in San
Francisco, publishes and markets PC based arcade games that run on the company's
proprietary arcade network operating system, SparkyNET OS(TM). LBE Systems is
dedicated to providing quality content in the form of games, entertainment programming and
information to the Arcade / FEC marketplace. LBE Systems is a member of Intel's Open
Arcade Architecture Forum and a contributing member in the definition of the Open Arcade
SDK within the forum. For additional information check out LBE Systems at
LBE Systems(TM) and SparkyNET OS (TM) are Tradenames and Trademarks of LBE
QUAKE(R) is a registered trademark of Id Software, Inc. The Id Software(TM) name is a
trademark of Id Software, Inc.
Quantum 3D, the Quantum 3D logo, Obsidian, Obsidian2, GCI, GDK, Gameframe, Heavy
Metal and Affordable Reality are trademarks of Quantum 3D, Inc. All other trademarks and
registered trademarks are the property of their respective manufacturers. All Rights Reserved
SOURCE: LBE Systems, L.L.C.
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