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wondertouch and Art Institute of California - LA Launch Game Center

particleIllusion Software Application to Serve as Key Educational Tool for Game Developers and Enthusiasts (January 23, 2006)

wondertouch(TM), a leading software developer of high performance particle effects creation tools, today announced it has joined as a partner in the new Game Center at The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles. The Game Center will be open to (IGDA) International Game Developer Assn. members, professionals in the fields of game development and animation, members of the media and students of game art to examine the latest state-of-the-art game development tools and software. wondertouch particleIllusion(TM), now serving as an important particle effects software application at leading game development studios around the world, among them Radical Entertainment, Rainbow Studios and Electronic Arts, will be featured at the Game Center alongside other industry leading game development applications.

wondertouch will also participate in the Game Center grand opening ceremony and EXPO taking place at the The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles on Thursday, January 26, 2006. Demonstrations of the particleIllusion product line will take place from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (Editors' note: for further details on the opening celebration and EXPO, please visit,

The Game Center will be located at The Art Institute's campus in Santa Monica and provide access to game center workstations, the hottest new video games, a motion-capture system and related educational and informational material including books, board games, magazines and DVDs. According to Bijan Tehrani, industry liaison to The Art Institute of California - Los Angeles, the Game Center will serve as an enhancement to the Art Institute's Game Development degree program as well as a vital game development resource for students and the game development community at large.

About particleIllusion 
particleIllusion is a standalone particle effects application designed as an easy-to-use, low-cost, high performance tool to quickly and simply add particle effects to any image, animation, or video footage. particleIllusion features an ever-growing collection of over 1400 preset effects such as smoke, fire, explosions, water effects, sparkles, colorful motion graphics effects, and many others. particleIllusion features OpenGL hardware acceleration to provide real-time (or near real-time) previews of most effects and ultra-fast rendering of final output.

About wondertouch
 wondertouch, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., is an award-winning software developer specializing in particle effects for the visual effects industry. The company's flagship product particleIllusion, a sprite-based particle effects application, is designed to provide the most comprehensive effects creation tool and efficient workflow. Considered one of the most popular solutions for effects creation, particleIllusion is now used worldwide by creative professionals working in film post-production and pre-visualization, standard and HD video, commercial broadcast, motion graphics and game content creation.

A spectrum of recent entertainment projects shaped by the software include feature films "North Country," "Stealth," "Wedding Crashers," "Sin City," "The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl in 3D," and "Fantastic Four;" the hit soap opera, "Passions;" syndicated entertainment news program "Access Hollywood;" interactive game titles "Crash Tag Team Racing," and "MX vs. ATV Unleashed;" episodic television series' "Battlestar Galactica," "JAG," and "Navy/NCIS;" various sports programs including: "NBA on TNT", "NASCAR on TNT;" national commercials including Kellogg Company, NAMCO and Cadillac/Saab (GM); music video projects for Dave Matthews Band, and many others.

wondertouch software products are available directly from wondertouch. Additional information on wondertouch can be obtained on the Web at

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