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Dennou Senki Net Merc

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Dennou Senki Net Merc
System(s): Sega Model 1
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Genre: Shoot-'em-up






























Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Arcade (Model 1)
JP
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Dennou Senki Net Merc[1] is a Sega Model 1 arcade game developed by Sega with assistance from UK-based Virtuality.

Dennou Senki Net Merc was unique in that uses the "Sega Net Merc" system, comprised of a Sega VR virtual reality headset ( the MVD or Mega Visor Display[2], similar to those found in the VR-1) connected to a 3SPACE ISOTRAK II[3] Head & Motion Tracker manufactured by Polhemus Inc.[4] (demonstrated at Sega DevCon '96[5]Media:DevelopMental US 0306.pdf[6] in Santa Clara), a high-technology company specialized in motion tracking technology, founded in 1969 by Bill Polhemus[7] (as Polhemus Navigation Sciences[8]) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, moving in early 1971 to the town of Colchester, Vermont, and a specialised cabinet, allowing players to explore a virtual world and shoot enemies. For a brief period the project was known as TecWar, but changed its name to avoid potential conflicts with William Shatner's TekWar novels (and subsequent video game).

It first appeared at the Amusement Machine Show 1994 (as TecWar),More...[9] before re-appearing at AOU Show 1995. However, the relatively simplistic graphics generated by the Model 1 board (compared to say, the Sega Model 2 game Sega Rally Championship which was also on show at AOU 1995) were seemingly not well received.More...[10]

The project was developed in the offices of Sega AM3, with two programmers (Andy Reece and Stephen Northcott, a former programmer at Incentive Software) and two artists from Virtuality in the UK. Roughly 70 units made it into production, the vast majority of which never left Japan.

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