Auran, NVIDIA and Chronic Logic Cross New Boundaries with Bridge It

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 -- Game developer and publisher Auran Games (www.auran.com), in conjunction with NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, and Chronic Logic, the creator of the original award winning game Pontifex II, today announced Bridge It, an addictive PC game that uses cutting-edge 3D technology to immerse players in the challenging world of bridge building.  A public demo of Bridge It can be downloaded today exclusively at www.nvidia.com/nzone.

Set in the picturesque surroundings of colorful deserts and dense forests, Bridge It challenges players to strategically design and construct a variety of engineering masterpieces. Once a bridge is built, players watch in eager anticipation as the game tests the soundness of their designs as unsuspecting motorists, heavy freight trains, and tourist riverboats approach their bridge. Will the bridge hold or come crashing down? Adding to the challenge are environmental effects, such as earthquakes, and an intelligent scoring system that rewards players both for strength in design and for watching their budgets!

“With Bridge It we have created a game that will surely become a favorite to many for its hard-to-master gameplay and superb graphics. Using the Auran Jet® 3D engine and running on NVIDIA’s latest GeForce™ FX hardware, we have also been able to create a host of real time effects that surpass many pre-rendered scenes," said Andrew Edelsten, Producer of Bridge It.

Bridge It takes full advantage of the newest NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs) to achieve a new level of visual quality in simulation gaming.  Designed with the newest software tools and graphics hardware, Bridge It is one of the first games of its kind to incorporate cinematic shading and lighting effects to create a realistic 3D world.

Bridge It is one of those truly unique games that will keep you glued to your chair for hours on end,” commented Keith Galocy, developer relations manager at NVIDIA.  “While Chronic Logic nailed down the gameplay, NVIDIA and Auran worked closely to bring the 3D world of Bridge It to life.  The end result is a stunning use of 3D technology that we can’t wait for consumers to experience.”

Chronic Logic’s Josiah Pisciotta commented, “With the game being based on Chronic Logic’s recent Independent Games Festival 2003 winner Pontifex II, and utilizing the power of the GeForce FX family of GPUs, Bridge It is sure to capture the attention of gamers worldwide. Bridge It is easy to learn and will appeal to all types of gamers with its clever design and fiendish puzzles."

A demo of Bridge It can be downloaded from www.nvidia.com/nzone. Full versions of the game will initially be sold online on Auran’s website (www.auran.com/bridgeit) and then at retail outlets once publishers for various territories are secured.

About Auran
Auran® is an innovative firm dedicated to providing high quality computer games and 3D technology. Auran's philosophy "Don't predict it, Create it" is reflected in our products and services and has led to Auran becoming one of Australia's most exciting interactive entertainment companies. Auran is best known for its acclaimed 3D game engine Auran Jet (www.auranjet.com), and for its international hit computer game Dark Reign: The Future of War.

NVIDIA Corporation is a market leader in visual computing technology dedicated to creating products that enhance the interactive experience on consumer and professional computing platforms. Its graphics and communications processors have broad market reach and are incorporated into a wide variety of computing platforms, including consumer digital-media PCs, enterprise PCs, professional workstations, digital content creation systems, notebook PCs, military navigation systems and video game consoles. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and employs more than 1,700 people worldwide.  For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

About Chronic Logic
Located in Santa Cruz, California, Chronic Logic LLC was founded in 2001 and incorporated in 2003. Its premise is that a small development team can make games that are original, dynamic and fun. Chronic Logic has continued to make fun and original games such as Bridge Construction Set, Triptych, and Word Peace. For more information, visit www.chroniclogic.com.

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