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Vicious Engine

To be used by students at Austin Community College.

MORRISVILLE, N.C. - Sept. 30, 2008

Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., a premier developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced that it will be offering Vicious Engine, its comprehensive suite of middleware software, to the students of Austin Community College’s video game development program. Access to Vicious Engine will provide aspiring game developers at Austin Community College with a versatile tool that is currently in use by a wide variety of industry professionals. Designed to make time-consuming processes such as rendering, scripting, debugging, and AI development easier and more streamlined, Vicious Engine will prove to be an invaluable tool for student developers to efficiently prototype and test their games.

“We believe that introducing students to Vicious Engine will give them a distinct advantage,” said Garry Gaber, Associate Professor, Visual Communications Department Full-Time Faculty, Game Development Institute and founder of Escape Hatch Entertainment. “Utilizing the Vicious Engine will allow them to enhance and develop their skills and build quality games to include in their portfolios, and for that reason it will be a perfect addition to our curriculum.“

“Vicious Engine is an ideal teaching tool because it gives students the control they need to build games without being forced to dedicate significant time to actual engine development,” said Eric Peterson, president and CEO of Vicious Cycle Software, Inc. “There are talented students at Austin Community College, and we look forward to seeing their creative minds at work.”

Game Development Institute at Austin Community College

The Game Development Institute (GDI) is a multidisciplinary program that offers associate degree tracks in computer science and visual communications with three specializations: Game Programming, Game Design and Game Art. The mission of Game Development Institute is to bring together students, faculty, and game development professionals to create a world class educational program that assists students in achieving their professional goals of working in the video game industry.

About Austin Community College

Austin Community College (ACC) is one of 50 community college districts in Texas that provides access to high-quality education at affordable tuition rates. A two-year institution, ACC provides nearly 200 associates degrees and technical certificates, as well as university transfer programs, continuing education, developmental education, and English as a Second Language courses. ACC provides instruction at seven campuses, nine evening centers, and a variety of business and community locations. ACC is also the primary trainer of the Central Texas workforce, and is the eighth-largest single-college, multi-campus community college district in the nation. For more information, please visit www.austincc.edu

About Vicious Engine

The Vicious Engine provides a comprehensive, easy-access suite of development tools that are accessible to all members of a software development team—from artists, to designers, to engineers. The Vicious Engine helps developers and publishers concentrate on game content rather than core technology.

Vicious Cycle Software recently announced a new version of the company’s proven game engine, Ve2. Ve2 offers a suite of new and improved features on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, including an updated lighting engine, an animation blending component, and modern pixel shader technology, all optimized for current platforms. Ve2 will be widely available to developers in 2008, but the company is currently looking for early adopters who are interested in evaluating Ve2. Interested parties are encouraged to contact licensing@viciousengine.com.

More information about the Vicious Engine is available at www.viciousengine.com.

About Vicious Cycle Software

Vicious Cycle Software, Inc., based in Morrisville, NC, is a premier developer of interactive entertainment software across all platforms. Founded in 2000, the company blazed onto the gaming scene with its debut title Robotech: Battlecry and continues to create compelling titles for all age groups based on licensed and original content. Vicious Cycle is the developer and licensor of the Vicious Engine, a comprehensive and fully portable middleware solution for personal computers, consoles, and handheld systems. Recently, the company announced Vicious Engine 2 (Ve2) which offers a suite of new and improved game development features on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. For more information, please visit the company's web sites at www.viciouscycleinc.com and www.viciousengine.com. Vicious Cycle is a D3Publisher development studio.

Rannie Yoo, TriplePoint



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