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NVIDIA Gets "Abducted" at E3


New PC Game from Contraband Entertainment Takes Advantage of NVIDIA GeForce FX GPUs to Deliver a True Cinematic Gaming Experience

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NVIDIA Corporation
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ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (E3)—LOS ANGELES, CA—MAY 14, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, and Contraband Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled Abducted, a new PC game that wraps cutting-edge technology around a harrowing science fiction storyline to deliver an engaging cinematic gaming experience. Debuting at this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Abducted takes advantage of the ultimate gaming platform—PCs powered by NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX 5900 graphics and NVIDIA nForce™2 Ultra 400 platform processors—to achieve dramatic Hollywood-quality visual effects and character animations, the hallmark of future-generation gaming experiences.

Abducted relies on technology features and effects enabled by the GeForce FX family of GPUs to engulf gamers in a dark and mysterious alien world. Based on a proprietary 3D engine developed by Contraband Entertainment, Abducted harnesses the rich feature set and raw performance of GeForce FX and the Cg high-level shader language to create state-of-the-art real-time lighting, dynamic shadowing, and advanced rendering techniques never before seen.

“NVIDIA’s UltraShadow technology enabled by GeForce FX GPUs has allowed us to create the look and feel of Abducted exactly how we envisioned it,” said Bill Heineman, principal of Contraband Entertainment. “We’re pleased to have teamed with NVIDIA to mark the first public showing of Abducted.”

“We’ve been working closely with the team at Contraband to ensure they are able to achieve their artistic vision for Abducted and have been wowed by the results,” said Bill Rehbock, director of developer relations at NVIDIA. “With GeForce FX and software tools such as Cg, developers are able to create intense visual effects unique for PC gaming and catapult us into the new cinematic gaming era.”

Abducted is currently on display this week in the NVIDIA booth (South Hall 1636) at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. A publisher for the title has not yet been announced. For more information about Abducted, log on to
About Contraband Entertainment
Contraband Entertainment, Inc. creates interactive entertainment software for a variety of hardware platforms. The Company was formed by a group of experienced game development professionals and has gathered some of the best game designers, artists, and programmers to develop original game titles, including Abducted, Monster Hunter, and the Activision Anthology. Starting from a blank page, Contraband is experienced at developing new games from internal designs and external concepts. Attention to detail, careful planning, and passion for the game concept lead to well designed, fun games that beat the trend of poorly planned, over-late, and over-budget creations.

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