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Computer Games Showing Off at Software 97

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MORRISVILLE — Employees at a Morrisville company areworking around the clock on what could be some of the hottest new computergames ever, but Interactive Magic isn't the only software developer in theTriangle with its eyes on the prize this holiday season.

Some of the holiday's hottest new games are being tested at InteractiveMagic in Morrisville as an army of employees works on developing itsnewest computer games.

Now the company is testing these games right before the holidayshoppingseason, but it still expects it will be able to get them on the storeshelves right around thanksgiving. Lynne Beaman, media spokesperson forInteractive Magic, says there is still work to be done on the newproducts.

Games aren't the only software hitting the shelves. Dozens of newprograms were on display at Software 97, an annual event for startups inthe Triangle.

Jeff Barber is the president of the Council for EntrepreneurialDevelopment. He says this is the only conference of its kind that he knowsof.

One participating company is about to have its software tested byMicrosoft and Compaq. Intrasoft makes a product that simplifies themanagement of settings for a whole network of computers.

Leonard Homer, vice president for development at Intrasoft, saysnetworking is also an issue at the conference.

You can bet there are other success stories waiting to happen amongthis year's 28 Software 97 participants.

The Triangle's Council for Entrepreneurial Development says thesoftware business in North Carolina is a $3 billion a yearindustry.

Photographer:Greg Clark

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