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Houdini Apprentice HD

Version 9.5 of indie-orientated modelling package launched, complete with Torque Exporter.

For Immediate Release

Eugene, OR, June 12, 2008 -- Side Effects Software and GarageGames announced today the availability of Houdini Apprentice HD 9.5 with Torque Exporter for $99 from GarageGames.com. This full-featured solution lets independent game developers develop, then export next-gen quality art content directly into the Torque line of game engines. Houdini Apprentice HD offers the same indie friendly licensing that is currently available with the Torque line of game engines. The exporter is also included with Houdini Escape and Houdini Master versions 9.5 for commercial game development.

"From the very first conversation, we felt that Side Effects really understood the indie philosophy of providing professional quality tools to the masses," said Derek Bronson, 3rd Party Development Manager for GarageGames. "GarageGames is always looking for ways to improve its art pipeline and the Houdini exporter opens the door for artists to use an incredible tool at a very affordable price."

Houdini offers game developers a wide range of artist-friendly modeling, animation, lighting, rendering, character and effects tools. But it is Houdini's procedural node-based solutions that will make it easier to populate games with high quality next-gen content. The exporter supports the output of meshes, nodes, animation, bone animation, level of detail, textures, UV coordinates and more to the Torque line of game engines. Houdini 9.5 is available for the Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.

About GarageGames

GarageGames is located in Eugene, Oregon and on the web at www.garagegames.com. As the makers of Torque Game Builder, Torque Game Engine, Torque Game Engine Advanced and Torque X, they have been providing game development tools and technology at an affordable price since 2000. The Torque Technologies line of game engines have been used to develop hits such as Marble Blast Ultra, Fallen Empire: Legions, Penny Arcade Adventures, Screwjumper, Rocketmen and countless other titles on Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360 and GarageGames' own InstantAction web-based gaming service.

About Side Effects Software

Established in 1987, Side Effects Software is a world leader in the development of advanced 3D animation and special effects software for use in film. Side Effects Software leads the field of procedural animation with its unique, award-winning, Houdini technology. Houdini is used by numerous digital content creation leaders including: EA, Disney Feature Animation, PSYOP, Framestore-CFC, Asylum FX, The Mill, Method Studios, C.O.R.E., Digital Domain, Rhythm and Hues, and Sony Pictures Imageworks among others.

GarageGames, Inc.

245 W 5th Ave

Eugene, OR 97401



Derek Bronson



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