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Encyclopedia > Midtown Madness
Midtown Madness
Developer Microsoft Game Studios and Angel Studios (Now Rockstar San Diego)
Publisher Microsoft
Released April 30, 1999
Genre Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Platform(s) Windows
Media CD-ROM
System requirements Pentium 166mhz, 32mb RAM, 300mb hard drive space, 4mb graphics card, DirectX 6.x or higher

Midtown Madness is a free roam racing/arcade game, first in the Midtown Madness series, developed by Microsoft Game Studios and Angel Studios (now Rockstar San Diego). The game features a range of vehicles which can be driven around Chicago. Midtown Madness is a series of racing games set in famous cities around the world. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video games. ... Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), branded with current logo and moniker in 2002 (formerly the Microsoft Game Division or Microsoft Games), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. ... Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angel Studios) is one of the development studios under the Rockstar Games umbrella. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Video games are categorized into genres based on their gameplay. ... A racing game is any game that involves competing in races through a surrogate playing piece or vehicle, either getting it from one point to another or completing a number of circuits in the shortest time. ... 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. ... Online gaming redirects here. ... In computing, a platform describes some sort of framework, either in hardware or software, which allows software to run. ... “Windows” redirects here. ... 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. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Look up RAM, Ram, ram in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Typical hard drives of the mid-1990s. ... A graphics/video/display card/board/adapter is a computer component designed to convert the logical representation of visual information into a signal that can be used as input for a display medium. ... Microsoft DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces for handling tasks related to multimedia, especially game programming and video, on Microsoft platforms. ... Midtown Madness is a series of racing games set in famous cities around the world. ... Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), branded with current logo and moniker in 2002 (formerly the Microsoft Game Division or Microsoft Games), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. ... Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angel Studios) is one of the development studios under the Rockstar Games umbrella. ... Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angel Studios) is one of the development studios under the Rockstar Games umbrella. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...

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Race modes

The game features Blitz, Checkpoint, Circuit and Cruise modes. Winning Blitz, Checkpoint and Circuit races allows you to unlock new vehicles. The Cruise mode lets you roam freely around Chicago. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Players can change variables which affect the vehicle's performance and visual appearance of the game before starting a race, such as the weather and time of day. Additionally, police vehicle frequency can be modified, as with the amount of traffic and pedestrians. Ford Crown Victoria police car of the United States Federal Protective Service. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Look up Pedestrian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Available cities

Chicago is available as a free roaming, yet dimensionally limited, city locale in the game. It represents the innermost areas of the real life city, although is significantly less detailed than in real life. Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Available vehicles

There are a wide variety of famous vehicles to choose from, such as the Ford Mustang, and the Panoz AIV Roadster. Many fans of the game have created their own vehicles, based on other popular real life vehicles. Each vehicle includes a number of unique paint jobs. Vehicles are available for selection via a screen detailing each vehicle's specifications, and allowing for mild manipulation of physics attributes. For other Ford Mustang models and concepts, see Ford Mustang Variants. ... The Panoz AIV Roadster is a front-engine, front open-wheeled, two-seat, V8 roadster built by the Panoz Motor Company. ...


Initially unlocked vehicles

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Locked vehicles

Multiplayer options

Support for multiplayer gaming via IP address, serial cable, and analog modem is built-in. Additionally, the game's multiplayer menu includes a link to the MSN Gaming Zone, which offered Midtown Madness lobbies until 19th June, 2006. Similar online gaming sites still support multiplayer gaming, such as GameSpy, IGZones.com and SlideGamers, and also through instant messenger clients, such as XFire. Multiplayer clients use Midtown Madness's built-in DirectPlay support to launch and manage multiplayer sessions. Online gaming redirects here. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Serial Cables are typically used for RS-232 communication. ... For other uses, see Modem (disambiguation). ... The MSN Gaming Zone was once a popular website that hosted online gameplay, much akin to the GameSpy arcade of today. ... GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game Web sites and provides online video game-related services and software. ... A screenshot of PowWow, one of the first instant messengers with a graphical user interface An instant messenger is a client which allows instant text communication between two or more people through a network such as the Internet. ... For the web service tool, see Codehaus XFire . ... DirectPlay is part of Microsofts DirectX API. DirectPlay is a network communication library intended for computer game development, although its general nature certainly allows it to be used for other purposes. ...


Modifications

Many areas of the game are open to modification. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

  • New vehicles can be added to the game. These are generally formed by fans producing models from scratch, with real life textures applied. The game's vehicle AI (such as traffic and police vehicles) can also be redesigned. Angel Studios released an incomplete development kit, which helped begin the initial wave of vehicle modifications.
  • New locales (cities) can also be added to the game, however Chicago cannot be modified.

Rockstar San Diego (formerly Angel Studios) is one of the development studios under the Rockstar Games umbrella. ...

External links

  • Official Midtown Madness 1 website
  • Midtown Madness 1 Database (Cars, tracks and files)
  • Midtown Madness at MobyGames

  Results from FactBites:
 
Midtown Madness 3 for Xbox Review - Xbox Midtown Madness 3 Review (1402 words)
This new, third entry in the Midtown Madness series is exclusive to the Xbox and has been developed by DICE, the company behind another successful Xbox driving game, Rallisport Challenge.
Midtown Madness 3's online mode has been designed with ease of use in mind.
The other one-player modes are a little more in line with the Midtown Madness legacy, offering the ability to cruise the streets aimlessly, to participate in checkpoint races against the AI, or to engage in blitz races, which are checkpoint races against the clock.
The Sports Gaming Network - Racing: Midtown Madness (PC) Review (1708 words)
With Midtown Madness (developed by Angel Studios) Microsoft has published the most innovative and fascinating racer I've seen in years.
Midtown Madness is not as close to photo-realistic as Need for Speed, but this was a conscious design choice, I don't consider it a flaw.
Midtown Madness is an excellent buy, one of the most innovative and fun arcade racers to come along in some time.
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