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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.
8) What resolutions are supported with PGA Championship Golf 2000 and
must the player still set the resolution from their desktop or can it be
changed from within the game?
PGA Championship Golf 2000 will play in any resolution you can put
your computer into. If you can get to 2048 X 1536, you play it that way.
You do still have to change your desktop resolution if you want to play in a
different resolution that you normally run your computer in.
9) What improvements have been made to the course architect?
The most major improvements to the Course Architect are in the point
density, but there are a few others. We've added a few new libraries of
structures including many more bridges, walls, and buildings. We've also
added some new libraries of trees, textures, objects, and panoramas.
10) Are there any new course architect tools?
There are no new course architect tools.
11) Are there any new camera views, like the popular "ball cam" of Tiger
PGA Championship Golf 2000 now ships with three SnapCams. If you
choose, the camera will snap during the ball flight to the landing area, pin
view, or hole view. This allows you to see the action near the landing area
each shot without selecting a replay.
12) What about ball physics? What's been done to increase the realism of how
the ball interacts with the terrain?
The ball physics have received a lot of attention in PGA
Championship Golf 2000. The ball collisions with the turf have been
reworked to allow a realistic backing up of the ball. You can now see the
ball bounce forward once or twice and then spin back when appropriate.
Also, we've always used a real-world physics model, but now you can see it
better than ever. The golf ball is now a real 3D ball with writing and a
logo that you can see. You can watch a ball come into the green spinning,
and then reverse its spin and release forward or continue to spin back. Now
there is nothing like watching the ball roll toward the hole and slow down
just as it drops in the cup.
13) What courses will be included with the game?
PGA Championship Golf 2000 shipped with the eight original courses and
five new courses. The original courses include Sahalee Country Club, site
of the 1998 PGA Championship; The Royal Birkdale Golf Club, site of the 1998
British Open Championship; Black Diamond Ranch; Coeur d'Alene; Pasatiempo
Golf Club; Pete Dye Golf Club; Princeville Resorts and Jocassee Shoals.
Players can also take the ultimate desert-style golf challenge on Cabo del
Diablo created by Brian Copfer of Headgate Studios. Other
professionally-created courses included in PGA Championship Golf 2000 are
Glouchester Golf and Hunt Club, Canaveral Dunes, Whisperwood Golf Club and
Monterey Shores Country Club.
14) Many golf sim gamers are very loyal to their favorite game. How would
you hope to attract players of Links, Nicklaus or Tiger Woods 2000 to PGA
Championship Golf 2000? And what would you say to someone looking to buy his
or her first golf sim? Why should they choose PGA 2000 over the others?
There is one very good reason to buy PGA Championship Golf 2000 over
the competition, and we hear it over and over again from our customers and
reviewers. It is fun and addictive to play. I think the heart of the
reason for this is that we use a mouse swing that controls a golfer at the
same time you move the mouse. When you pull back, the golfer pulls back,
when you push forward, the golfer pushes forward and the ball instantly
takes off according to your swing. The golfer is an extension of your mouse
and you feel very connected to it. It feels like you playing and it's
addictive. The connection and fun go away when you swing with a mechanical
meter while the golfer stands still, and then the golfer swings and hits
while you fold your arms. There are certainly many other reasons, but the
game has a great deal of quality and depth that make it very enjoyable.
We would like to thank Vance Cook as well as Lee Crawford
part in the interview.
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