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Encyclopedia > Blade Runner (video game)
Blade Runner
Developer(s) Westwood Studios
Publisher(s) Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Engine Voxel Plus
Release date(s) November 21, 1998
Genre(s) Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: T (Teen)
USK: 16+
ELSPA: 15+
OFLC: M15+
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Media 4 CD-ROMs
System requirements 90 MHz CPU, 16 MB RAM, 2 MB video card RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, DirectX 5.0, 150 MB available hard disk space, Windows 95
Input Keyboard, mouse

Blade Runner is a Westwood Studios PC game loosely based on the 1982 movie of the same name. Released in 1997, the game was advertised as "the first real time adventure game". The story featured "Blade Runner" Ray McCoy searching for replicants in Los Angeles in the year 2019. Download high resolution version (607x768, 112 KB) This work is copyrighted. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates computer or video games. ... Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Virgin Interactive was a successful and influential British video game publisher. ... A game engine is the core software component of a computer or video game or other interactive application with real-time graphics. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... This is an article about the video game genre. ... In computer games and video games, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session. ... The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) is a self-regulatory organization that applies and enforces ratings, advertising guidelines, and online privacy principles for computer and video games and other entertainment software in the United States and Canada (officially adopted by individual provinces 2004-2005). ... The USKs official logo. ... The Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (or ELSPA) is an organisation set up in 1989 by British software publishers. ... The Office of Film and Literature Classification is a statutory classification body which provides day to day administrative support for the Classification Board which classified films, video games and publications in Australia, and the Classification Review Board which reviews films, computer games and publications when a valid application has been... Microsoft Windows is the name of several families of proprietary software operating systems by Microsoft. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... The hertz (symbol: Hz) is the SI unit of frequency. ... CPU redirects here. ... A megabyte is a unit of information or computer storage equal to exactly one million bytes. ... Random access memory (usually known by its acronym, RAM) is a type of data store used in computers that allows the stored data to be accessed in any order — that is, at random, not just in sequence. ... A video card, (also referred to as a graphics accelerator card, display adapter and numerous other terms), is an item of personal computer hardware whose function is to generate and output images to a display. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming, on Microsoft platforms. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... Windows 95 is a consumer-oriented graphical user interface-based operating system. ... It has been suggested that IBM PC keyboard be merged into this article or section. ... A computer mouse. ... Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Apple Macintoshes like the iMac Core Duo are personal computers. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Blade Runner is an influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This is an article about the video game genre. ... It has been suggested that Real-time computing be merged into this article or section. ... This is an article about the video game genre. ... A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... 2019 (MMXIX) will be a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


While it was generally agreed that the game's graphics and sound (music composed by Frank Klepacki) succeeded in adapting the cult film's haunting atmosphere, the designers' attempt at innovating gameplay such as simplifying the interface, adding action elements, replacing a traditional inventory with a database of clues, randomization of some events as well as multiple endings were given mixed reviews. The game performed poorly commercially, and since it coincided with the release of LucasArts' Curse of Monkey Island, another commercial flop, many deemed the adventure genre to have become a stale one, thus losing its mainstream status to FPS titles like Quake II and Half-Life. Graphics are visual presentations on some surface such as a wall, canvas, computer screen, paper, or stone to brand, inform, illustrate, or entertain. ... The user interface is the part of a system exposed to users. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The term database originated within the computer industry. ... Randomization is the process of making something random; this can mean: Generating a random permutation of a sequence (such as when shuffling cards). ... The Secret of Monkey Island, CD version. ... FPS has several meanings: Frames per second in visual media. ... Quake II, released on December 6, 1997, is a first person shooter game developed by id Software and distributed by Activision. ... Half-Life For a quantity subject to exponential decay, the half-life is the time required for the quantity to fall to half of its initial value. ...

Contents

Background and plotline

The Blade Runner videogame is based on the 1982 movie of the same name. The game is set not long after the beginning of the movie (we can see this as Tyrell hasn't been killed yet, as well as many more minor plot details, such as Holden having been attacked and taken out of commission and, in an optional meeting with Tyrell, the mention of Tyrell being in a meeting with Deckard earlier that day), in November of 2019. Our protagonist, Ray McCoy, is a rookie Bladerunner under command of Guzza, a police officer of superior rank. True to the film, the environment is similar, a dystopian, heavily polluted Los Angeles, brought to life by the fledgling 3D Real Time technology of the day. Also included are some landmarks from the movie, such as the dominating Tyrell pyramid structures. This article details the minor characters in the film Blade Runner. ... Rick Deckard is the central protaganist and main character in Ridley Scotts 1982 science-fiction film, Blade Runner. ... A dystopia (or alternatively cacotopia) is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Pyramids pyramids had a lot to do with ancient egypt and it ment the bariel ground for pple. ...


McCoy is faced with the task of tracking down a group of replicants and "retiring" (killing) them. The game is unique to the point and click genre in that it begins in a highly complicated fashion, and continues that way till the game's conclusions. You progress through a number of crime scenes, in which you must gather evidence, this is a matter of being highly observative of surroundings as well as using techniques typical of detectives. A detective is an officer of the police who performs criminal or administrative investigations, in some police departments, the lowest rank among such investigators (above the lowest rank of officers and below sergeants), a civilian licensed to investigate information not readily available in public records (a private investigator, also called...


Gameplay

The Blade Runner videogame is notable for its accurate-to-the-movie, even lovingly-imitated environments, and for remaining quite true to Philip K Dick's novel. The game is in some ways even truer to the book than was the movie, in that Ray McCoy is more troubled by his identity than the film version of Deckard - much like the book's version of said character. Ray laments through a character named Lucy, who faces a similar dilemma; the theme is carried further by the many choices the player can make for Ray, which determine his eventual fate. Puzzle solving is a major element of the game: one must solve a number of compulsory puzzles and find a number of clues in order to progress the game's storyline. Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ...


Clues are found by searching crime scenes and areas in general, the first such scene being a trashed pet shop. Clues come in the form of items, photographs, personal interviews or unusual markings. One can also use the ESPER system, located in the police precinct and in McCoy's apartment, to enhance photos, potentially finding some crucial information.


Combat in Blade Runner is occasional and extremely simplistic. There is one weapon in the game; Ray's standard issue police pistol. However different varieties of ammunition are available. A Browning 9 millimeter Hi-Power Ordnance pistol of the French Navy, 19th century, using a Percussion cap mechanism Derringers were small and easily hidden. ... Boxes of ammunition clog a warehouse in Baghdad Ammunition is a generic military term meaning (the assembly of) a projectile and its propellant. ...


In 1997 when the game was released, Westwood promoted the game's then-unique "Real Time" system, which mainly comprises a series of scripted character paths and events; which should in theory add up to a highly replayable game. The game also includes considerable randomization of certain events, but ultimately these do not have a major effect. The alignment of certain characters (whether they are human or replicant) also varies between playthroughs, and an experienced player can tell what certain characters will be from the evidence collected - e.g. whether McCoy perceives a suspect as an expert or amateur bomber. The game includes thirteen different endings, some of which vary slightly depending on choice. Much akin to Philip K Dick's writing (or many crime novels), the game deceives and confuses the player intermittently, before eventually allowing them to witness Ray's destiny. Randomization is the process of making something random; this can mean: Generating a random permutation of a sequence (such as when shuffling cards). ... Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982), often known by his initials PKD, or by the pen name Richard Phillips, was an American science fiction writer and novelist who changed the genre profoundly. ...


Characters

Ray McCoy

Ray McCoy is the game's protagonist and a rookie police officer, with the badge number BR 61 661. He is younger and less experienced than his film counterpart Deckard, having been assigned to the Blade Runner unit (referred to also as Rep Detect). Other Runners often treat him with condescension (Crystal for example) or patronize him (like Gaff does). McCoy lives in an apartment building (apartment 88F) with his pet dog, Maggie, for whom he shows a great deal of affection. The main character is the central figure of a story. ... The Rookie: Norman Rockwells cover for The Saturday Evening Post Rookie is a term for a person who is in their first year of play of their sport and has little or no experience. ... Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog is a mammal in the order Carnivora. ...


During the course of the game Ray investigates several crimes, including animal murders (a serious crime in the dystopian world of Blade Runner), homicide or illegal weapons selling.Eventually, he is framed for murder of Izo, a black market gun runner, by his superior, lieutenant Guzza, who considers him dangerous to his business at the police station, which involves deals with black market providers or silencing of witnesses. Forced to hide, McCoy explores the dark, decrepit underworld of 2019 Los Angeles, which allows him to make contact with the Twins Luther and Lance, former Tyrell employees, and break into the Tyrell Corporation pyramids, to steal the basic DNA sequence for the NEXUS-6 replicant series. When twins are given this data, they reward McCoy with a detailed report containing all evidence of Guzza's crimes, which McCoy uses to blackmail his former superior and force him to set his falsified record straight, and to set up a meeting in the kipple, where Guzza used to meet his black market contacts. It is during this face-off that Guzza is wounded by Sadik's pulse rifle, and the decision as to what to do with him (the player can either run off from the scene or perform a coup de grace on the lieutenant). This decision affects the game's ending. Blade Runner is an influential 1982 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. ... Etymology: Latin homicidium, from homo- human being + caedere- to cut, kill Homicide refers to the act of killing another human being. ... The terms pulse rifle and pulse pistol refer to various science fiction weapons. ... Coup de Grace was a a multimedia project under which Michael Moynihan released recordings and print. ...


McCoy wears a light brown lounge suit, a dark tie and a brown trenchcoat, looking similar to Deckard. He uses a standard issue .45 blaster as his sidearm. Suits from the 1937 Chicago Woolen Mills catalog A suit, also known as a business suit or lounge suit or three-piece suit, comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of: a coat (commonly known as a jacket) a waistcoat (optional) (USA vest) — without this it is know as a... For the Walt Disney Company film, see Trenchcoat (movie). ... ball and hollowpoint . ...


Roy McCoy is voiced by Mark Benninghofen.


Crystal Steele

Crystal Steele, badge number BR 61 354, is one of the most effective police officers in the LAPD Blade Runner unit. She is an excellent marksman, setting nearly a perfect score on the police shooting range, and also an exceptional undercover cop. She refers to replicants as skin-jobs and is very much in favour of their extermination. She also has rather unconventional methods of interrogating suspects, as evidenced by her questioning of Spencer Grigorian, who at first refused to give details about suspicious individuals in his group. However, in the second part of the same interview, he hastily describes them, and he is clearly shaken. In regards to Roy McCoy, she is playful, with a considerable amount of condescension towards the rookie. The Los Angeles Police Department (usually known as the LAPD) is the police department of the City of Los Angeles, California. ... A marksman is mostly to be found in a military context. ...


Her cases often intersect with McCoy's, such as the aforementioned Tyrell manufacturing plant bombing, carried out by Sadik, one of the replicants involved in Izo's black market trade. Crystal also saves McCoy's life before he can be executed by two cops sent by Guzza to silence him. Shortly thereafter he is marked as a suspect and an APB is put out on him, but Steele lets him go, stating that he's "not on her list". Her fate in the game is ultimately tied to the player's actions, and she can either die (killed by the player or in an explosion set up by Sadik) or survive and pair up with McCoy following the retirement of Clovis, the rogue replicants' leader, in the Moonbus. APB is an acronym used in American law enforcement to mean All Points Bulletin - that is, a bulletin broadcast to all parties, often with information about a suspect who is to be detained. ...


Crystal is voiced by Lisa Edelstein. Lisa Edelstein (born May 21, 1966) is an award-winning American actress. ...


Gaff

Gaff is a character originally presented in the film. He is a competent, veteran cop who appears at various intervals to give advice to McCoy, who he seems to see as young and thus unpredictable. He taunts "You killed anyone yet?" in a semi-playful, semi-serious attempt to coax McCoy into a response. He shares Crystal's view on replicants, though to a lesser, more casual extent. A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ...


Lt. Guzza

Lt. Guzza is the boorish, overweight superior to McCoy and overall commander-in-chief of the Blade Runner unit following Bryant's leave. Guzza is rather unkempt and asocial, remaining in Bryant's office for most of Blade Runner's duration, appearing briefly in the Hawker's circle in the Animoid Row, where he is photographed by Izo, talking to a policeman looking strikingly similiar to the one who later arrests and interrogates McCoy.


The arrest was set up by Guzza, who has framed McCoy for murder; McCoy was coming too close to discovering Guzza's illegal operations. These included dealing with replicants (despite his apparent hatred for them) and selling police grade weaponry on the black market. With use of incept photos provided by Clovis, Guzza marks Ray McCoy as a replicant, hoping that he will be removed. However, the framed blade runner manages to procure a detailed report of Guzza's illegal activities. Using this information, he eventually forces Guzza to dismiss the charges and clear his file, and makes him meet with McCoy deep underneath Los Angeles. Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...


Guzza's most probable fate is to be killed during the meeting in the kipple surrounding Los Angeles, and his body to disappear in the extremely toxic waste flowing beneath the city.


The character is voiced by Jeff Garlin. Jeff Garlin (born June 5, 1962 in Chicago, Illinois) is a comedic actor best known for his role as Jeff Greene, Larry Davids manager on the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm. ...


Clovis

The leader of the renegade replicants on Earth, Clovis is a man of mystery - on one hand, he appears as a peaceful, highly educated man, eloquent and elegant, on the other he is sometimes a ruthless brute, capable of inhuman acts of aggression, as evidenced by his attack on Runciter's animals. He led the hijacking of the Moonbus, which allowed him and his followers to arrive on Earth, seeking a way to extend their four year lifespan. He also wanted to see the serene and beautiful planet he learned about from books. The disappointment of seeing it devastated by the Terran war might have added to his determination. This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Throughout the course of the game, he works to acquire different elements of replicant DNA in order to fulfill the goal of living and manages to coerce two siamese twins, Luther and Lance, to bypass the virii encoded in the DNA and prolong the lifespan. The search for DNA would take him to Los Angeles DNA row, where Tyrell subcontractors work, without the corporation's security. Contacted contractors icluded Moraji, who designed the skin (leaving him to die with an explosive charge planted by Sadik next to him) and J.F. Sebastian, the nervous system designer. The search would even take Clovis to Tyrell's headquarters, where he confronted the doctor himself, almost killing him before the security intervened and forced him to jump through the window. The structure of part of a DNA double helix. ... Groups I: dsDNA viruses II: ssDNA viruses III: dsRNA viruses IV: (+)ssRNA viruses V: (-)ssRNA viruses VI: ssRNA-RT viruses VII: dsDNA-RT viruses A virus (Latin, poison) is a microscopic particle that can infect the cells of a biological organism. ...


Clovis was an extremely intelligent man, similar to Roy Batty, who would carefully plan and execute those plans. When he struck a bargain with Guzza, which included false evidence to frame McCoy, he intended to coerce the detective into acquiring DNA data for him and eventually make him join the replicants.


His ultimate fate is highly dependant on the player's actions - if he chooses to ally with the replicants by shooting Guzza in the sewers, he can either make his way to the Moonbus and leave with him and Sadik, or, if he spared one of his potential love interests (Dektora or Lucy) he can leave with them via the ruined tunnel beneath Crazy Legs Larry's car dealership. In the former ending, Clovis survives and leads the replicants off-world, while in the latter he is shot on-board the Moonbus by Gaff. If the player chooses to side with the police, he assists Steele in killing the remaining renegade replicants, eventually confronting the resigned Clovis.


Clovis is voiced by Mark Rolston. Mark Rolston (R) in Aliens Mark Rolston (December 7, 1956 - ) an American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland. ...


Sadik, Zuben, Dektora, Luther & Lance (the twins) and Gordo Frizz are the game's remaining replicants. Their characters develop in cut-scenes and player's interactions with them. Their main goal is to evade "retirement", and to acquire the DNA sequences used to create them, which would allow them to live longer. They would then escape Earth on a hijacked moonbus. Some are neither aggressive or hateful towards human beings (Clovis and Sadik being exceptions on several occasions). The replicants are extremely wary of their status as fugitives. Some of the replicants hold down jobs: Zuben works in a Chinese restaurant as a chef; Dektora is a model/exotic dancer; and the twins are recently dismissed employees of the Tyrell corporation turned wheeler dealers, mostly in the business of passing artificial animals off as the genuine article; and Gordo Frizz is a comedian. It should be noted that Sadik, Dektora and Gordo may or may not be replicants, depending on how the plot unfolds. Clovis, Zuben and the twins are the only characters in the game who are guaranteed to be replicants on every playthrough. A moonbus is a small, light-duty VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) spaceship designed primarily for short-range low-altitude point-to-point ferrying of people and supplies on a moon. ... A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ... The Fugitives were a group of poets and literary scholars who came together at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee around 1920. ... A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ... Cooks in training in Paris Chef is a term commonly used to refer to an individual who cooks professionally. ... A comedian, or comic, is an entertainer who amuses an audience by making them laugh. ...


Eldon Tyrell is another character originally presented in the film, the founder, CEO and owner of the Tyrell Corporation. He is a remarkable genius, being responsible for developing the basic DNA sequence for the NEXUS-6 series of replicants. He is good friends with Dr. Marcus Eisenduller, a gravity expert, and J.F. Sebastian, a DNA designer living in the Bradbury building in DNA Row in Los Angeles. Front entrance of Bradbury The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. ...


As he is not yet deceased, one assumes the game is set shortly after the beginning of the film. Tyrell owns an artificial owl, which is very rare, as owls were one of the first species to become extinct following World War III. Families Strigidae Tytonidae Ogygoptyngidae (fossil) Palaeoglaucidae (fossil) Protostrigidae (fossil) Sophiornithidae (fossil) Synonyms Strigidae sensu Sibley & Ahlquist Owls are solitary, mainly nocturnal birds of prey. ... It has been suggested that World War IV be merged into this article or section. ...


Lucy is a teenager of about 14 who is unsure whether she is a replicant or a human, and is very concerned as to which she truly is. The extent to which she can appear in the game depends on the player's actions. If she comes to interact with Ray, she grows very fond of him, seeing him as a dependable figure. Lucy may or may not be a replicant, but within the game is more often than not identified as human, via the Voight-Kampff test.


Rachel is Tyrell's secretary, and as with Rachel in the film is a replicant who mimics humanity extremely well; she is modeled after Tyrell's niece. She is very attractive, well spoken, and brusque, and appears only briefly within the game. As she has not yet paired with Deckard, one again assumes the game is set shortly after the beginning of the movie. Her status as a confirmed replicant is not revealed in the game. A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ...


J.F Sebastian is also similar to his film counterpart, a reclusive loner residing in the enormous, bleak and dilapidated Bradbury Building, accompanied only by his eerie robotic puppets. He owns several futuristic devices, such as a synthetic egg creator. He is one of the chief scientists who assisted in the creation of the Nexus 6 replicant models. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Front entrance of Bradbury The Bradbury Building is an architectural landmark in Los Angeles, California, in the United States. ... In practical usage, a robot is a mechanical device which performs automated tasks, either according to direct human supervision, a pre-defined program or, a set of general guidelines, using artificial intelligence techniques. ... A puppet is any controlled character, whether formed by a shadow, strings, by the use of a glove, by direct mechanical contrivance (for example a cable-controlled figure for film or TV) or electronic guidance (such as a radio or infrared remote controller). ...


Chew is another scientist who assisted the Tyrell corporation in the creation of replicants, unlike J.F Sebastian, his speciality is eyes. He is much like the Chew we see in the motion picture; highly intelligent, but at the same time a wary, eccentric and cautious person. He conducts his work in a small laboratory opposite the twins' apartment. A replicant is a bioengineered or biorobotic being created in the film Blade Runner. ... A human eye. ... Intelligence is a property of mind that encompasses many related mental abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn. ... In popular usage, eccentricity refers to unusual or odd behavior on the part of an individual. ...


Bryant is the police captain of the precinct, but is supposedly absent from the game due to sick leave. His stand-in is Lieutenant Guzza.


Izo is a gun dealer of seemingly Asian descent specializing in the dealing of rare, high specification automatic guns. He supplies these weapons to the replicants and sympathizes with their cause. He also owns a Samurai sword, and when cornered he becomes highly aggressive. Prior to becoming a felon, he was a member of a fledgling replicant sympathizer group. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asian people. ... Japanese samurai in armour, 1860s. ... Diagram showing the parts of a katana Katana (刀) is the word for sword in the Japanese language. ...


Bob is a grizzled veteran of World War III (which appears to have been a pivotal event a decade or so prior to 2019). He mentions that he served for around three and a half years. He owns the gunshop across the street from Animoid Row, and seems to be suffering from some physical disabilities. He appears to despise replicants even more than Crystal, though when a Voight-Kampff test is administered his result is almost always inconclusive. When he does receive a definitive result, it is almost always "human". Bob is the only character with whom the player's tampering with the Voight-Kampff test can alter the result; this allows the player to decide whether he is human or replicant, and therefore whether he can be killed by the player without any fear of repercussion. Former crewmembers of the battleship Missouri pose for photos shortly after the Anniversary of the End of World War II ceremony, held aboard the famous ship. ... It has been suggested that World War IV be merged into this article or section. ... Voight-Kampff Originating as a fictional tool in Philip K Dicks novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Voight-Kampff machine or device (spelled Voigt-Kampff in the book) also appeared in the books screen adaptation, the 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner. ...


Minor characters

Other more minor characters include the police station cops, whom you may interact with at certain crime scenes. The precinct's forensic examiner named Dino Klein. Mia and Murray, the elderly couple selling grilled tofu on Animoid Row. Howie Lee, the owner of a restaurant bearing his name in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles. The various storekeepers seen throughout the game, and "Crazy Legs Larry" a quick talking, paraplegic car salesman and the owner of a car salesroom on Animoid row. Forensics or forensic science is the application of science to questions which are of interest to the legal system. ... TOFU can also be a military slang acronym, see FUBAR; it is also used as an acronym for top-posting Tofu, also called Doufu (often in Chinese recipes) or bean curd (literal translation), is a food of Chinese origin, made by coagulating soy milk, and then pressing the resulting curds... This article is about sections of an urban area associated with a large number of Chinese residents or commercial activities. ... Paraplegia is a condition in which the lower part of a persons body is paralyzed and cannot willfully function. ...


The Game Engine

The game engine was innovative for its time (1997), and many gaming magazines (notably PC Gamer) were raving about it thinking it was the future. For the first time ever you had a real-time 3D game that didn't require or use the still very rare and expensive 3D graphics accelerators.


It achieved this through a self-developed technology based on "voxels" (pixels with width, height and depth). Examples of voxels are the static "sprites" in Duke Nukem 3D that turn when you turn, so that they always follow your orientation and face directly into the camera. They went with that idea and expanded it, calling it "Voxels Plus".


The polygon data of every model was there in the game just like in games today, but it was not rendered as a 3D accelerator would, instead they developed an advanced voxel-based technology so that they could escape the need for a 3D accelerator displaying the polygon geometry. Basically, instead of just having one two-dimensional voxel (sprite), they used dozens of rotating voxels in the shape and depth of the actual polygon model data, making it true real-time 3D without requiring 3D hardware.


In laymans term, it was piecing together flat "picture panels", rotating and positioning them in 3D-space so that they gave the illusion of a 3D object. This must still be called 3D, and not 2D as many people keep insisting (for their lack of better knowledge).


It was a great accomplishment, but it wasn't without its share of flaws. The technology made the 3D models look quite rough due to the low amount of voxels used to display them, and if they had gone any higher to increase the detail it would have become too slow to play. With the level of detail they settled on, the game still ran at a minimum of 15 fps even on slow systems.


And even though it was groundbreaking, it ended up being the only "Voxel Plus" game ever released due to the fact that 3D accelerators became more common around that time. Therefore the need for this complex "workaround"-technology faded fast which meant that ultimately they had released their technology too late.


For a deeper history on the development there's an interview with one of the Westwood developers.[1]


Trivia

  • In the arcade called Hysteria Hall, Westwood Studios' Command and Conquer: Red Alert can be seen as an arcade machine. The screen is presumably in attract mode, and repeats a scene from some FMV in the game, depicting a jet flying through a canyon.
  • Luther and Lance are listening to music during a cut-scene and argue over what to listen to. The music Lance switches to is 'Mechanical Man', a song from the soundtrack of another Westwood Studios release, Command and Conquer.

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References

  1. ^ Westwood developer interview from PC-GAMER Vol. 4 No. 9 September 1997

External links

The Blade Runner series
Films Blade RunnerSoldier
Novels Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?The Edge of HumanReplicant NightEye and Talon
Games/comics The Blade Runner videogameA Marvel Comics Super Special: Blade Runner
Characters Rick DeckardEldon TyrellGaffRachaelRoy BattyLeon KowalskiPrisZhoraJ.F. Sebastian
Locations Tyrell CorporationBradbury BuildingTannhauser Gate
Cast Harrison FordRutger HauerSean YoungEdward James OlmosDaryl Hannah
Crew Ridley ScottHampton FancherMichael DeeleyDavid Peoples
Other topics Philip K. DickVangelisSoundtrackThemesReplicants • Voight-Kampff machine • Spinner
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