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From Darkstar to Wonderland

Kevin Roebuck
Director, Digital Experience

With the great news today from Chris at GDC that Project Darkstar has gone GPL and Project Wonderland for MUVE environments announced too, our Digital Hollywood University Project collaborators can now move forward immediately with the launch for community development for use case, art design and serious game development for e-Learning.  We already have an island in Second Life called "university project" to experiment with and $25,000 in initial Sun gear and consulting to partner with a University on a technology development plan. We'll host a special reception with ClearInk to kick it all off in June in sunny Santa Monica. Plus, a whole Army of Campus Ambassadors evangelizing Solaris at the best engineering schools in the world as the platform to power it all. Cool. And, don't forget Curriki for free and open content. Game on.

 

 Sun Microsystems Also Launches Program to Support
Development of Online Video Games; Game Developer NCsoft Voices Support of Project Darkstar
Platform

SAN FRANCISCO, March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun Microsystems, Inc.
(Nasdaq: SUNW) announced plans today at the 2007 Game Developers Conference
in San Francisco to open source Project Darkstar, a ground-breaking online
game server platform written entirely in Java(TM) technology, at the 2007
Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The company also announced the
opening of registration for the Darkstar Playground, which will enable
developers to create a wide variety of games that can be provisioned
through a single server platform. Information on these and demonstrations
of games running on the Darkstar platform will be on display at Sun's booth
#738 in Moscone Center.
"Project Darkstar is proving to be an important technology foundation
in the exploding multiplayer online game marketplace," said Chris
Melissinos, chief gaming officer, Sun Microsystems. "By open sourcing
Darkstar technology, we will help enable the widest possible market for
online game developers and remove their burden of having to build
enterprise-grade server solutions, leaving them to do what they do
best-build great game experiences."
Game developers can download the latest version of Project Darkstar at
http://www.projectdarkstar.com. This new release of Project Darkstar features a
simpler programming interface for increased productivity; plug-in APIs to
facilitate integration of third party extensions; and enhancements for
scalability, robust performance, and fault-tolerant operation. The source
code for Project Darkstar will become available under a GPL license in the
coming months, and further details will be provided at Sun's JavaOne
conference May 9 in San Francisco.
Leading MMORGP Developer NCsoft Validates Sun Technology
Validating the strength of the Project Darkstar technology, NCsoft, the
leader in the worldwide Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game
Platform (MMORGP) market, is currently prototyping new games on the
Darkstar platform. "Project Darkstar was instrumental in helping us
initiate prototyping of a new online game project internally at NCsoft,"
said Chris Mayer, vice president of product development for NCsoft North
America. "The Darkstar technology team proved very supportive and we were
up and running quickly. We very much appreciate Sun's initial efforts in
developing the kind of server technologies needed to jump-start online
projects."
Sun's Darkstar Playground
In conjunction with the latest release of Project Darkstar, Sun also
initiated the Darkstar Playground which will allow approved developers to
gain access to server resources-provided and operated by Sun-to start
developing their online games. Developers interested in participating in
the Darkstar Playground are encouraged to visit Sun's booth or
http://www.projectdarkstar.com to apply and learn more about the program. The
playground will be live at JavaOne '07 in May.
About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
A singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer"(TM) -- Sun in the
development of technologies that power the world's most important markets.
Sun's philosophy of sharing innovation and building communities is at the
forefront of the next wave of computing: the Participation Age. Sun can be
found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at sun.com.

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