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In Multimedia Memoriam

This week in Multimedia News -- "The Wall: A Living Memorial," "Demolition Man," and "Night Trap" made news the week of November 25, 1994

The sobering list of the dead that graces the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will become an even more vivid testament in The Wall: A Living Memorial, a CD-ROM due by February from Magnet Interactive. Virtual visitors will be able to explore a computer-animated model of the 492-foot-long wall and locate any of the more than 58,000 names engraved on its black granite face. Call up a name and you'll see a short bio of that soldier.

The program will also include a catalog of personal artifacts left at the wall by friends and family members, including letters, poems, and childhood toys. ''These items really bring the memorial alive,'' says Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. ''This CD-ROM captures that, which is important for the children of today who may be called upon to serve their country in a difficult period.''

Coming this Christmas to small screens near you: Demolition Man for the 3DO system, starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. Virgin Interactive's game features nearly 25 minutes of just-for-3DO footage, marking the first time top stars have shot a movie and an interactive tie-in at the same time.

Armed with a new M rating (mature audiences only), Digital Pictures will reintroduce Night Trap for the Sega CD in January. Sega pulled the game from the market after it was singled out for its graphic violence and sexually charged atmosphere, a move that drove the price for scarce copies as high as $200. In the reissue, which will sell for about $40, not one bit of the soft-core carnage has been removed or toned down, including the scene in which a group of ghouls capture a scantily clad sorority sister and drain her blood with a neck-drilling device.

Originally posted Nov 25, 1994 Published in issue #250 Nov 25, 1994 Order article reprints