Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The ICE Videos

ICE stands for Interactive Collaboration Environment. This is the real proto-Croquet architecture I built at Virtus. The ideas were strongly influenced by Apple's OpenDoc architecture and conversations with Alan Kay. There were two versions of this, one with some really neat recursive drag and drop capabilities. This system was collaborative from the start, including voice and video. The "avatars" were flying TVs with video images of the other users on them. The video was from some special cards that are long gone, so I could not show that in this demo. Once again, thanks to David Easter for providing the machine I used to record this demo. David also designed much of the component architecture that we built here. The second video is in some ways even more interesting than the first. We actually made the entire ICE system itself a component which meant that we could drag and drop ICE into a 3D window in the space. Early portals!

Enjoy it.

ICE Version 1

ICE Version 2

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Colony Videos

I finally got around to posting the videos I made of The Colony. I had to borrow an old Macintosh from David Easter (who also did the ports to the PC and the Amiga) to make these, and I used a video camera to record them. This demonstrates the game, and I talk a bit about the technology behind it and why I designed the game play the way I did. Let me know what you think. I will also be posting some videos of Virtus ICE (Interactive Collaboration Environment). This was where the ideas for what became Croquet and then Qwaq Forums began.

The Colony videos are in two parts and you can see them here.

Part 1:

Part 2: