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AMD and Microsoft send The Vanishing Point Game winner to space
Posted on 13-Feb-2007 09:33 | Tags Filed under: News

AMD and Microsoft send The Vanishing Point Game winner to space
William Temple of Sacramento, Calif., will be traveling to space as one of the winners of “Vanishing Point,” an interactive puzzle game from Microsoft Corp. and AMD to celebrate the recent consumer release of the Windows Vista operating system.

Temple was awarded the prize by Aaron Coldiron, lead communications manager for Microsoft, Teresa de Onis, marketing manager, Advanced Marketing Group for AMD, and Randy Brinkley, president of Rocketplane Kistler at the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat, Okla.

The winner came out of 87,000 registered players of the alternate reality game, which mixed on-line and real life experiences, with displays and clues scatehred around the world.

The online community has been abuzz about “Vanishing Point,”: solving a series of online puzzles that led to a corresponding real-world event. The sweepstakes kicked off 8th January 2007 with a custom light show in the fountain of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The week following the launch event, people around the world discovered a new round of clues in the form of skywriting. On 20th January 2007, significant global structures, including the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the National Gallery in London, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the Victoria Theatre in Singapore, were “painted” in light, revealing clues about historic figures and times.

To cap off the real-world activities, on 27 January 2007, Microsoft and AMD conducted a fireworks finale on Seattle’s Lake Union, drawing hundreds of people to learn more about the identity of the mysterious Microsoft Puzzle Master.

Temple will visit space in the Rocketplane XP, a four-seat, fighter-sized vehicle fitted with a delta wing and a V-tail providing good flight characteristics both subsonically and supersonically. The vehicle is powered by turbojet engines and a rocket engine, allowing it to accelerate to speeds of more than 3,500 feet per second (2,386 miles per hour) and reach altitudes in excess of 330,000 feet (60 miles), providing the sensation of weightlessness for three to four minutes. Rocketplane Limited is a subsidiary of Rocketplane Kistler.

The grand prize package includes a Windows Vista-based, AMD-powered Dell desktop PC; a 24-inch widescreen monitor; a Zune digital media player; an Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system; three Games for Windows game titles; a Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 webcam; Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007; and $50,000 cash.

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