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Russell Sheldon
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Scalextric has announced the Scalextric Sport World System, which is a combination of hardware and software that will allow racers from all over the world to compete against each other by connecting their layouts to the internet via a PC.

The Scalextric Sport World System consists of a control unit fitted with a LCD screen that allows racers to choose from one of nine race modes. It will also offer an unrivalled level of race management variables, including the ability to tune cars, 3-D circuit design and variable race conditions such as pit stop strategy and weather conditions.

The special Scalextric internet server gives access to a world of on-line racing. There will be a wide choice of races to compete in, be it one-off challenges, or leagues and championships and every level of ability will be catered for as invitation only races can also be set up.

The website will integrate the position of all of the on-line racers on a single virtual race track with detailed graphics of each car. It will also allow spectators from around the world to follow the progress of any race with virtual coverage on screen.
 

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Thanks for the info Russell!

An excellent concept, running along the lines of popular online multi user gaming that has been growing and advancing steadily since the early 90's.

I look forward to having a look though I expect it will also be prone to the usual online gaming problems of connection, lag and differing connection speeds.
It might be more problematic in that sense because it is so reliant on split second timing.
However the idea is more than sound and raises the bar yet again on what is possible !
 

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The one and only time I have raced (UK wars via SCI- I won beating inte, moped, BSN and Adria Norman (my one and only lot car claim to fame) it was good fun although it involved racing blind with you never being sure how you were doing until after the race. This if it works could provide real time remote racing which in my books is good.

Now just have to get a perm broadband connection installed in my cellar!

Matt
 

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by how many points did you win by though? and who was drinking?


mind you thats the only time I raced too, I thinks we need to do it all over again

Rob.
 

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We can set up something for you if you want guys, just ask.
 

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Here is the complete announcement as made to The London Stock Exchange by Hornby:-

The information on this page is updated via a feed from the London Stock Exchange's Regulatory News Service.

Hornby PLC - Product Launch

RNS Number:9839T
Hornby PLC
08 January 2004

HORNBY ANNOUNCES MAJOR SCALEXTRIC
PRODUCT LAUNCHES

Hornby Plc ("Hornby"), the models and collectables group, has announced that it
will be unveiling two new products at the London Toy Fair later this month, that
upgrade its Scalextric slot car racing system significantly. These products have
been included in Hornby's latest catalogue that was published earlier this week.

Scalextric Sport Digital System

Hornby has launched the Scalextric Sport Digital System, a revolutionary control
system that allows racers to perform real overtaking manoeuvres. The system
combines sensitive digitally controlled power with optical sensors and cars
controlled by microchips. The Sport Digital System enables up to six cars to
race on a single Scalextric lane and allows the cars to have a real overtaking
ability on specialised bend sections of the track. The system is fully
compatible with existing Scalextric track.

The Scalextric Sport Digital system can also be connected to a PC to give
enhanced race management systems that brings an added authenticity to the racing
experience.

Scalextric Sport World System

Hornby has also launched the Scalextric Sport World System. The system is a
combination of hardware and software that will allow racers from all over the
world to compete against each other by connecting their layouts to the internet
via a PC. The revolutionary Scalextric Sport World System consists of a control
unit fitted with a LCD screen that allows racers to choose from one of nine race
modes. It will also offer an unrivalled level of race management variables,
including the ability to tune cars, 3-D circuit design and variable race
conditions such as pit stop strategy and weather conditions.

The special Scalextric internet server gives access to a world of on-line
racing. There will be a wide choice of races to compete in, be it one-off
challenges, or leagues and championships and every level of ability will be
catered for as invitation only races can also be set up.

The website will integrate the position of all of the on-line racers on a single
virtual race track with detailed graphics of each car. It will also allow
spectators from around the world to follow the progress of any race with virtual
coverage on screen.

This link between actual Scalextric layouts and PC software follows Hornby's
success with the popular Hornby Virtual Railway software and the Scalextric Race
Management System, which are available on CD-ROM.

Frank Martin, Chief Executive of Hornby commented,

" The development of Scalextric Sport Digital and Sport World confirms our
commitment to enhancing the Scalextric racing experience. Our market research
has demonstrated that there is a significant demand for more authenticity. We
are confident that by combining interactive technology and actual track layouts,
that we will start to develop an active community of keen Scalextric racers and
enthusiasts, who are able to race against each other all over the world in
virtual reality. We are confident that many existing Scalextric racers will
upgrade to the new systems.

" The Scalextric Sport Digital System and Scalextric Sport World System will be
available in the Autumn of 2004. We will be showcasing these new products at the
forthcoming international Toy Fairs. We are confident that they will be received
well and early indications from our retail customers are very encouraging.
However, we regard the developments as an investment in brand building for the
future and they are not expected to contribute materially to earnings in the
year to 31 March 2005."

As in previous years, Hornby will make a Trading Statement in the first week of
February giving details of the company's trading over the Christmas period.

-ends-

Date: 8 January 2004
For further information contact:

Hornby Plc City Profile Group
Frank Martin, Chief Executive Simon Courtenay
John Stansfield, Finance Director 020-7448-3244
01843-233500

This information is provided by RNS
The company news service from the London Stock Exchange

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Well for once I am speechless.

Integrale, blheems. mtucker666, Adrian Norman, myself, BritSlotNut and others who have had a go with get togethers in chat rooms found it to be great fun.

Totally gobsmacked by this!


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Moped, the idea is ok. BUT there are better ways like making a patch for RMS so that dudes can link up and chat in RMS and race each other that way on a real track! I see this as simply see this as another computer game, what is the point of having a video game if you can race real time using a little bit of technology!

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Have you ever visited the Yahoo on-line gaming site?

The folk there are constantly chatting while they are playing or watching. I cannot keep the Mini Mopeds away!


That type of software for servers is easy peezy.

You just click on a name and have a private chat while you are playing.

Its Scalextric who have the rocket science and the patents.

How would you fancy being the "Scalextric World Champion"?


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As some one who spends the other half of their considerable online time playing Age or Empires I dont think technology or connection will be serious issue for Scaley to get over.

I have mixed views on this development for Scaley however, look at Lego. Lego progressively developed more and more specialised sets until you are at the stage where there only decent sets use CD-Roms and online instructions, which developed in Computer Games. I am not involved in the toy industry but as a high street Joe Bloggs the number of shops stocking Lego has plumeted in the last ten years, when you see Lego software in a Computer shop it is always marked down.

Essentially what I am saying is stick to what you are good at and dont stray too far. Pcs and online functionality is often seen as a way forward by the board room boys in the fear that their traditional products get left behind, however as Lego and other examples have shown it is not always for the best.

I am interested to see how it turns out as long as it is not at the expense of their current product lines and natural developments like increased range / type of cars, track and add-ons etc.

A slightly concerned Scaley Newbie.

PS Lego now sell kids clothes!
 

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Thanx Tropi.

I swear I honestly did not see the Lego news story today before my post!

Pity they didn't talk to me a couple of years ago


PS I was a legohead when I was a kid, that's why I never had Scaley, more and more Lego every Christmas and Birthday - biggest regret was selling it all
highly collectable now.
 

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Bah, humbug.

To me, slot cars are a social thing, that's why I despise Dullenger or Chullenger, or whatever it is called. It might be families playing, it might be friends from across the street or it might be a whoop of grown men gathering in a cold village hall in Oxfordshire and fighting a knackered circuit - it's social. Sitting in a room on me ownsome, racing some dude down-under that I never get to meet in person and attempt to nerf off... that ain't what it is about for me.

You virtual fellas go buy this stuff and have a ball. I'll go and make real friends and pray that it doesn't hammer Hornby in a Lego style.
 

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Wankel and I should form a mutual fan club!


Challenger can be a social thing. It also adds to the experiance when you cannot always socialise. It can be all things to all men.

Yahoo Games normally have in excess of 100000 players on a good night playing chess or draughts or dominos or whatever yet nobody suggests that chess or draughts is not a social game and it does not stop people playing this at school or in the pub or wherever.

See it as another option.


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QUOTE nobody suggests that chess or draughts is not a social game
They most certainly do!
I enjoy both, but neither is a social game.
You might as well say black is just a darker shade of white.
Socializing necessarily involves GROUPS of people physically interacting with each other. It is the very opposite of one person sitting alone in his room with a telephone or computer as the only means of communication. The whole point of providing such computer connectivity is as a SUBSTITUTE for socialisation!
Which one might PREFER is completely immaterial, but they are completely different.
 

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QUOTE The whole point of providing such computer connectivity is as a SUBSTITUTE for socialisation!

Amen - and slot racing's chance lies precisely in being an antidote
 
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