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DirectX8 in Linux platform


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TransGaming Technologies brings DirectX 8 Compatibility to Linux
Issued on Tuesday February 19, 2002
Ottawa/Toronto, Canada. Breakthrough developments on TransGaming's incredible WineX portability technology have for the first time enabled a DirectX® 8-based game title, Max Payne, to operate on the Linux platform.

TransGaming's engineering team has been hard at work upgrading TransGaming's WineX software to be compatible with games written for Microsoft's® latest version of the DirectX® API.

Max Payne is the first major DirectX® 8-based game that the updated WineX software is able to run. Developed by Remedy Enterprises and released last year, Max Payne is a third person action thriller featuring a gripping storyline, impressive graphics, bullet-time action and dynamic sound made for the XBoxTM, PS 2 and PC markets.

In broadening WineX to support DirectX® 8, TransGaming's work was independent of the game developers themselves with no input from Remedy Entertainment nor any access to the Max Payne source code.

"We're very excited about these advances and the ability for a game the calibre of Max Payne to function on Linux, " explains TransGaming's CEO and CTO Gavriel State. "While the game isn't 100 percent yet, these developments demonstrate how rapidly our team is able to add support for new multimedia APIs. As we refine our technology, gamers can expect to be able to play more and more top-rated games on Linux."

TransGaming's WineX software currently supports running dozens of different Windows® games on users' Linux systems - right out of the box. WineX is currently available for download by subscribers from TransGaming's web site, www.transgaming.com. TransGaming expects an updated WineX release fully compatible with Max Payne to be available in the next few weeks.

"It was TransGaming's subscribers who told us to make this happen," remarks State. Subscribers select the titles and technologies they want TransGaming to work on, and we do our best to oblige them. Our subscribers asked us for Direct® X 8 compatibility, and recently released, triple 'A' game, Max Payne is the first game that works with this support. Work on supporting DirectX® 8 had been underway since just this past December.

TransGaming has demonstrated the tremendous power of WineX previously. In September 2001, TransGaming licensed the world's top selling game, Electronic Art's The SimsTM, and shipped an optimized Linux version just eight weeks later. The MandrakeSoft "Gaming Edition", featuring The SimsTM on Linux and MandrakeLinux 8.1 is available in stores across North America and the UK.

About TransGaming Technologies:
TransGaming Technologies was founded in 2000 with offices in Toronto and Ottawa. TransGaming develops unique software portability solutions that seamlessly allow high demand games to operate on the Linux platform. Coupled with additional products and services that cater to both the avid gamer and the casual-to-sophisticated Linux user, TransGaming's objective is to deliver the highest-quality, highest-demand gaming titles to the Linux community.


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