Dennou Senki Net Merc
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|Dennou Senki Net Merc|
|System(s): Sega Model 1|
|Number of players: 1|
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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, similar to those found in the VR-1) connected to a 3SPACE ISOTRAK II Head & Motion Tracker manufactured by Polhemus Inc. (demonstrated at Sega DevCon '96 in Santa Clara), a high-technology company specialized in motion tracking technology, founded in 1969 by Bill Polhemus (as Polhemus Navigation Sciences) 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), 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.
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.
- Main article: Dennou Senki Net Merc/Magazine articles.
Polhemus 3SPACE ISOTRAK II Dual Receiver Motion Tracker Front
Polhemus 3SPACE ISOTRAK II Dual Receiver Motion Tracker Back
- File:Becoming Virtual - Bodies, Technologies, Worlds (Thesis by Nicola Green, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1999).pdf, page 75
- File:Becoming Virtual - Bodies, Technologies, Worlds (Thesis by Nicola Green, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1999).pdf, page 183
- http://www.polhemus.com:80/isotrkds.htm (archived: 1997-03-30 14:09)
- Press Release: 1996-08-05: Sega Selects Polhemus to Develop Next Generation Motion Capture System
- File:DevelopMental US 0306.pdf, page 5
- http://www.polhemus.com:80/AboutUs.htm (archived: 2004-08-06 14:05)
- w_/http://www.polhemus.com:80/genfaq.htm (archived: 1998-07-04 01:50)
- Edge, "December 1994" (UK; 1994-10-27), page 12
- Edge, "May 1995" (UK; 1995-03-20), page 17
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