to attend SIGGRAPH
75 different countries are here.
Anders Frick from
More than 15 percent
of all visitors has went abroad to be able to visit SIGGRAPH. Simply,
because they are foreigners from other countries. At the Emerging
Technologies 12 of 24 presented projects are from other countries
than the USA. SIGGRAPH 2001 is really an international event in
northern Europe, Scandinavia, some hundred years ago there were
the Vikings who ruined, sack and plundered on the sea. Nowadays
it seems to be pirates coming from the north. We met some of them
at SIGGRAPH. But instead of seeking for others to plunder them,
they tend to sink each other vessels, virtually.
Yes, we have developed
a kind of social game, where you must be near the harbor or near
other ships to be able to battle with them, says Jennica Falk.
is a girl with a degree in informatics and she is now working with
cross discipline things at PLAY Research in Göteborg, Sweden.
PLAY have together with Nokia Research Center from Tampere, Finland,
developed a way for the modern human being to exercise his barbarian
- Well, it is
a game and you would probably not get physical hurt, anyway.
What PLAY and
Nokia actually has been doing is that they took a small Hewlett
Packard PDA, put in a 802.11b-network card and developed their own
software, the game "Pirates". The player starts in the
home harbor and gets a mission to be completed. Then he must physically
go around in the area to find other players or islands where he
can complete the given mission.
- That is the
good thing with the game. To be able to sink someone's ship, you
must physically meet him out on the course and that is exactly our
idea - to make a computer game with a social touch, and which is
supported by the real world.
is shown at the Emerging Technologies, and 12 of the 24 different
projects there are actually from other countries than USA. And the
people are in general happy to be here.
- This is my second
time on SIGGRAPH, but the first as exhibitor. It is hard to be selected
and we are really happy to be here, says Jennica Falk.
The Vikings came
to SIGGRAPH 2001, disguised as pirates. And who knows - maybe they
will show up next year too. Watch out!
For the rest of
the international people who are visiting SIGGRAPH there is an international
resources center that can be visited. They provide a large range
of services to the international participants; everything from information
about how to obtain a visa to prevent Americanism.