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PGA Championship Golf
2000 (PC) Interview
Our Lee Crawford
recently had a chance to interview Vance Cook, Founder and President of Headgate Studios.
1) What was the main focus for PGA 2000? What did you most seek to improve
upon over PGA Championship Golf 1999?
The main focus for PGA Championship Golf 2000 was to hone and
perfect an already great game, as well as to add a few major features. PGA
Championship Golf 1999 was a major advancement for the franchise, taking a
couple years and a significant budget to complete. In 1999, we focused on
significant technology advancements. For the 2000 version, we added the
For PGA Championship Golf 2000, we also sought to significantly improve upon
our offline play against computer opponents. PGA Championship Golf 1999
added a great new capability of creating computer opponents by entering real
statistics. You could play against large lists of the computer opponents
but it was organized into season or career play. PGA Championship Golf 2000
ships with the ability to organize a tour of players and events, and then
compete against them over an entire season. Statistics are also tracked
over a player's career.
2) Although the course architect for PGA Championship Golf 1999 was
well liked for its full-land plot capability and panoramic views, course
designers criticized it for problems with "point-density." What, exactly, is
"point-density" and how has this problem been solved in PGA 2001?
The PGA Championship Golf 2000 Course Architect uses dynamic detail
to model a course. It allows a lot of detail to be placed in the areas most
needed like greens and bunkers, and it allows less detail to be added where
it is less necessary like between holes and out of bounds areas. This
allows courses to be created with great detail without taking up 100 MB on
your hard drive. PGA Championship Golf 1999 shifted some of the
responsibility of managing this detail to the designer. It was also a bit
slow and had some point limits that designers were bumping into. PGA
Championship Golf 2000 removed the limits, sped up the processes, placed
detail more efficiently, and took back the responsibility of managing the
detail. It is now transparent to the designer unless he/she wishes to make
some manual adjustments.
3) Will courses from PGA Championship Golf 1999 be compatible with PGA
Championship Golf 2000 and, if so, will the older courses benefit,
graphically, from the upgrade?
We re-shipped all of the courses from PGA Championship Golf 1999
with PGA Championship Golf 2000 and added five new courses for a total of
thirteen courses. All of the previous courses except Jocassee Shoals were
given graphical overhauls. We also made many improvements to our rendering
engine for a more realistic look.
4) True Swing seemed to be the best/most popular feature of PGA Championship
Golf 1999. How has True Swing been improved to further enhance the feeling
of swinging a real club?
TrueSwing 3 now detects whether you are using good pace and tempo in
your swing, and rewards or penalizes your shot accordingly. This parallels
a real golf swing, but also penalizes some of the unusual swings you
occasionally see players use. TrueSwing also requires a longer mouse motion
that results in a more realistic feel. Lastly, it is now "smart" in that it
monitors your swinging tendencies for a swinging experience that is unique
to each person.
5) Is a "click" swing meter still available and what, if any,
improvements have been made to it?
The Tri-Click swing meter is still available and it is essentially
the same as in PGA Championship Golf 1999.
6) What is being done to improve Tournament mode in PGA Championship
We have added season and career play modes to offline tournaments
that are described in my answer to question 1. Aside from this, the
galleries are graphically and functionally improved, and the TV announcers
are smarter. They have also gained many new comments.
7) Aside from Tom Lehman, are there any other PGA Professionals signed
on for PGA Championship Golf 2000?
PGA Championship Golf 2000 does not have any specific players
signed, but it does benefit greatly from its license with the PGA of
America. Some of our customers have created lists of tour players using
their statistics from the current tour. If you want to play against these
pros, you can get this list from one of their web sites and play the whole
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