Graphics chip boosts Videologic

VIDEOLOGIC, the computer chip designer, is confident that it will be able to license its new graphics chip to several personal computer manufacturers early next year.

Television Reviews: Beat Route and Body Story

"WHY DO SOVIET leaders only drink herbal tea? Because proper tea is theft," said Jools Holland in a sculpture park filled with redundant Soviet statuary on the outskirts of Budapest in Beat Route (BBC2) last night. Which brought to mind another thought: What's worse than Jools Holland? Jools Holland telling jokes as faded in the memory as the Evil Empire itself. Or, as the split-screen opening sequence made clear, what's worse than Jools Holland? Two Jools Hollands.

Design: action replay

From the early abstractions of Pac-Man and Tetris to the hyper- real alternative universes of Lara Croft and Tekken, computer games have always had a distinctive, hugely influential visual style. The games industry is now bigger than Hollywood. About time, then, for an official history. By Jessica Cargill Thompson

Choosing the best graphics card for the job

Whether you are thinking of buying a new PC or upgrading your existing one, the graphics card is a key component. It is driven by instructions from the host CPU, and its job is to convert these instructions into signals that drive the display device.

Graphics deal boosts VideoLogic

Graphics deal boosts VideoLogic

In pursuit of the Holy Grail

CD-Rom games

An automatic congratulating machine

Roger Trapp on the software that sends a nice message if you're doing well

I want to be a ghoul

Can't decide between the Morticia face paint and the Horror Flesh? Monique Roffey took some make-up lessons from the pros in preparation for the witching hour

I wish I'd never opened that damned Window

Some may hail Microsoft's latest product as the best thing since sliced bread, but so far all it has done is ruin Clive Parish's sanity

DNA test on Jesse James to settle row

Jesse James, the bank-robbing outlaw of legend, is to be exhumed from his supposed grave in Kearney, Montana, to settle a dispute among hundreds of people who claim to be his descendants. A team of scientists from the George Washington University has until the end of July to determine whether the grave is really that of James and to perform a new autopsy.

Virtual relaunch at Planetarium

A 3D computer graphic of the sun rising over Stonehenge appears to move across the famous dome towards you. Then a human figure emerges from the dark sky, and suddenly you are hurtling at break-neck speed down the optic nerve into the brain. The London Planetarium has changed its image, writes David Lister.

FILM / NEVERENDING STORY III

The Neverending Story III is...well, never ending. It's also a contradiction in terms. It's a movie that genuflects to the magic of books yet is overloaded with special effects (all the better to distract from the storyline) and the sort of rapid cuttingthat assumes little moppets can't be trusted to concentrate for more than, say, 60 seconds at a stretch. As a defence of its own argument for reading more - The Neverending Story III makes a great prosecution.

Planetarium to get new star show

Londoners will be able to journey through the universe with the aid of the world's most advanced star projector when it is installed in the London Planetarium. The acquisition of the Digistar Mark 2 projector is part of a planned pounds 4.5m redevelopment of the planetarium.

VIDEO GAMES / Sound and vision: CD-i technology promises to outclass old cartridge-based software. Rupert Goodwins waits to be suitably impressed

It looks like a video recorder, but a small plastic mushroom sprouts from the remote control. It hooks into the TV, but swallows and disgorges CDs instead of video cassettes. It lets you play with Mario but it plays Sharon Stone as well. This strange chimera is CD-i, the home entertainment concept that Philips hope will be clasped to the joystick-calloused bosoms of the nations of the world.

Travel: Watch this space

The London Planetarium (071-486 1121) will shortly acquire a Digistar Mark 2 projector, capable of generating 3D graphics. The Planetarium will close for six months on 31 October while the system is plumbed in.
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