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For Immediate Release

NewMedia INVISION 98 Award Winners Announced

San Francisco, CA -- The world's best digital creations were honored last night when the NewMedia INVISION 98 award winners were announced at a gala awards presentation, held at the Argent Hotel in downtown San Francisco. Established in 1993, the annual awards recognize excellence in digital work from around the globe. The awards presentation was held on the second night of the NewMedia INVISION 98 Awards Festival, running Nov. 11 - 13 in San Francisco.

The evening's surprise came when two Best of Show winners were announced. Ceremony of Innocence: The Mysterious Correspondence of Griffin and Sabine was honored with Best of Show, along with an Award of Excellence and a Gold award in the category of General Interest Adult. Based on Nick Bantock's best-selling Griffin and Sabine book series, the CD-ROM features the voices of Isabella Rossellini, Ben Kingsley, and Paul McGann. It was produced by Gerrie Villon and creative director Alex Mayhew for Real World MultiMedia.

Sharing the Best of Show honors was The X-Files Game, produced by HyperBole Studios. In the interactive game, players assume the role of an FBI agent searching for missing agents Mulder and Scully. The game allows players to select the ambience of a scene and shift perspective from first to third person. The X-Files Game also received an Award of Excellence, a Gold award in the category of Best Digital Storytelling, and Silver award in the category of Best Video.

"The NewMedia INVISION Awards represent the very best digital work produced today in the world," says executive director Hal Josephson. "This year, with creative and technical boundaries pushed further than ever and a record number of entries, the competition for the INVISION Awards of Excellence was stronger than ever."

This year, 1,080 entrants vied for the prestigious awards across 40 categories, with Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners announced. At the awards gala, nine Awards of Excellence were presented, along with Best of Show(s) and Best of Web awards.

Best of Web was awarded to Taz for The MediaBoy Website (www.mediaboy.net), a dense and compelling experiment in pushing the limits of web design. The site also received an Award of Excellence, and a Gold award in the category of Personal Web Site.

Other NewMedia INVISION 98 Award of Excellence winners are DroidWorks (Lucas Learning); HotBot (Wired Digital); ODE Architect (Intellipro); The Apple Store (Adgacency); A-Klasse, Ein Starkes Stčeck Zukuft (Scholz & Volkmer GmbH); Chroniques de l'Afrique Sauvage (Montparnasse Multimedia).

The NewMedia INVISION Awards are part of the annual NewMedia INVISION Awards Festival, a three-day celebration of digital excellence featuring the NewMedia INVISION Awards presentation, the INSIGHT conference for digital professionals, and the popular PlayLand Gallery, an interactive showcase of work by award winners and finalists.

The NewMedia INVISION 98 Awards Festival is a production of Hypermedia Communications (PSE:HPR), publishers of NewMedia magazine. NewMedia magazine delivers an innovative editorial package designed to serve the information needs of senior managers and other professionals responsible for driving Internet content and e-business strategy within their organizations. NewMedia covers the most important products and ideas shaping the digital market, and features comprehensive, comparative product reviews backed by the authority of the NewMedia Lab, a state-of-the-art digital product testing studio.

The NewMedia INVISION 99 Awards Festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 10 - 13, 1999 in San Francisco.

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