Researchers at Cambridge University, with funding from Microsoft, are modifying Quake II to be used by architects for simulating building designs. For significantly less cost than mainstream architectural design programs, the game provides an extremely interactive environment for experiencing and visualizing building plans. Others have expressed interest in the project and the Japanese Institute for Architects is planning to modify the project for Sony’s PlayStation2. Designers have faced some special problems, however, including lethal elevators and unexpected falls from stairs without rails.
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