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Q: What is the Singularity, anyway?

A: The version we are talking about here is the concept of the technological singularity, a term first coined by computer scientist and author Vernor Vinge. Here is the Wikipedia entry. Basically it's the idea that at some point, artificial intelligence will surpass the human ability to comprehend it.

Q: When will the game be released?

A: Beta 2 is out now. Define "released", please.

Q: Who is developing the game?

A: Cm4msaa7 Games, an independent developer. In fact, it's currently a one man shop. This will be changing soon--see the company website for details on contract work currently available if you are a professional developer. Or, buy the beta version and become an Early Adopter and potentially contribute to the game yourself!

Q: What are the system requirements for the game?

A: As fast a machine with the best video card possible. You will want at least a high end P4 3 ghz or the equivalent. I'll be posting some benchmarks, soon.

The game does run on my old Athlon 2700+ with various recent Nvidia cards, with a lowest framerate in the 20-30 range. Some people consider that acceptable, but I am not one of them.

Interestingly, the game does not use a ton of ram. About 180 MB on my high end machine, and until recently the same on my old one. I crossed some kind of threshold recently and suddenly the old machine is using half a gig. Texture memory? I'm really not sure. But a gig of RAM should be plenty.

My development philosophy is to use the power we are given, and to develop on the high end, since by the time the thing is done that should be the new mid-range. I DO NOT try to develop for low end hardware--it's just not my thing at the moment.

Q: What engine are you using?

A: Torque Game Engine 1.5. If you have any interest in making games, it's an excellent place to start.

Sincerely, Rasto

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