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Oldfield had been working on the idea of melding virtual reality and music throughout the 1990s. Oldfield worked with programmer Colin Dooley, an employee at Silicon Graphics, and graphic artist Nick Catcheside.
2002 saw the release of Oldfield's first new album of the Millennium, entitled Tres Lunas. This was also the first publicly released MusicVR game, also titled Tres Lunas. A demo version of the game came on a second CD packaged with the album, with the full version available for purchase from Oldfield's website. The game has since become available for free. The game featured segments of music from the album Tres Lunas, along with especially composed music. In the game you can fly around the world, collecting a maximum of 7 gold rings, which change the music which you hear. You can also study or manipulate many objects, with various consequences.
By the time of the first release, Oldfield had also expressed the desire for people to share their game with others, and thus the game became a multiplayer game, with people connecting to the game world via the Internet. Each person could have their own avatar, which they would use to fly around the virtual worlds. A maximum of 13 avatars can be in use at any one time, with others being observers, all having the ability to chat. Oldfield would log in from time to time in order to chat with his fans live. Oldfield was interviewed about the game and his faith on the BBC show Heaven and Earth.
The Newlook and Modelworks software packages were used in the creation of the game.
A second game called Maestro was released in 2004.
Both games are available for free download from Tubular.net.
- ↑ MusicVR (German). Tubular World. Retrieved on 2008-08-31.
- ↑ Behind the scenes of MusicVR. Tubular.net. Retrieved on 2010-03-15.
- ↑ Interview with Mike Oldfield from BBC 1's Heaven and Earth programme (2002-08-25). Retrieved on 2008-08-31.
- ↑ One Track a Day. Tubular.net/Fanny Oldfield. Retrieved on 2010-03-11.
- ↑ Tubular.net Maestro and Tres Lunas game downloads. Retrieved on 2010-01-27.