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Gamebryo a Finalist for the Frontline Awards

December 21, 2004, 12:04 pm PST
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Gamebryo Named Finalist for 2004 Frontline Awards

NDL's 3D Graphics Engine and Tools Named a Finalist for Game Developer Magazine Award

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., (December 21, 2004) – NDL's Gamebryo® graphics engine and tools has been named a finalist for the "2004 Frontline Awards" presented by Game Developer magazine. NDL is a past "Frontline Awards" winner in 1999 with NetImmerse, the predecessor to Gamebryo. Gamebryo enables developers to easily generate stunning 3D graphics and focus their expertise on creating compelling content and great game play.

"We are delighted to be recognized as one of the leading 3D graphics technology developers," said John Austin, president and chief executive officer of NDL. "We want to thank our many customers – it is their great games that validate our underlying technology. The features in Gamebryo 1.2 that led to this recognition are largely driven by feedback and ideas we get from them. As an independent provider of development tools we can take full advantage of a broad range of customer input."

The key enhancements in Gamebryo 1.2 are a significant upgrade to the animation system and a completely rewritten animation tool. "Artists can more intuitively and quickly augment the animation capabilities of 3ds max and Maya and determine exactly how their assets will perform in game", said Lars Bishop, chief technology officer of NDL. "We continue to improve performance, add features, and optimize the core Gamebryo engine. Our two priorities during the next year will be to take full advantage of the next generation platforms and to continue to create more powerful Gamebryo tools. Each developer has a core technology, idea, or capability – we don't want to limit or restrict that – we want to enable them to spend more time making their game great."

About NDL

NDL, headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C., is an independent developer of highly flexible 3D graphics software used by leading game publishers and developers such as Atari, Vivendi Universal Games, JoWooD Productions, Firaxis, Mythic Entertainment, Bethesda Softworks, and Irrational Games. The company's flagship product, the Gamebryo graphics engine and toolkit, is the culmination of two decades of 3D graphics expertise. Developers using NDL's Gamebryo can spend their time making Windows, Xbox™, PlayStation®2, and GameCube® games look great and play well, saving time and money in the process. To learn more, please visit

www.ndl.com.

About the Frontline Awards

The seventh annual Front Line Awards continue Game Developer magazine's tradition of honoring excellence and innovation in tools for game development. Alongside the game developers themselves, these companies are advancing the state of the art of games. Every year, the best of the game industry's development tools mirror the evolution of the game industry itself. Game Developer magazine is published by CMP Media LLC (http://www.cmp.com), a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide.

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