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Nov. 18: Media Advisory: Entertainment Technology Center Presents Building Virtual Worlds Show


Eric Sloss                          

Byron Spice

Media Advisory:
Entertainment Technology Center Presents Building Virtual Worlds Show

Fun Begins Early: Students to Test Concept For "In-Line" Entertainment

Event: Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) presents its free, annual Building Virtual Worlds Show, showcasing a collection of interactive virtual worlds created by interdisciplinary student teams. Each world was constructed over a two- to three-week period as part of the Building Virtual Worlds course, founded by the late Randy Pausch and currently taught by renowned game design specialist Jesse Schell. During the show creators will "perform" their worlds, which span a vast array of stories, ideas and ingenuity.

The fun will begin early this year as ETC students take advantage of the long line that forms two hours before the show to test their concept called "Get In Line." A combination of videos and interactive videogames, Get In Line is designed both to heighten the experience of the Building Virtual Worlds show and encourage people to socialize in line. Using ordinary cell phones as controllers, people in the "queue-munity" will play videogames that require that they cooperate or compete with others in line.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis and fill quickly, so please arrive early. Overflow guests will be seated in Rangos Hall to view a simulcast of the show, which also will be broadcast live on the Internet at For more information, please visit
When: 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.), Dec. 3. "Get In Line" programming will begin at 3:30 p.m.

McConomy Auditorium in the University Center, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213