Projects Tagged: 'The Palace Inc.'

Palace Utilities

ThePalace was (and still is) an amazing piece of social software: a Palace site is a programmable, graphical chat room - complete with avatars, cartoon balloons, games and animations - which can be used to simlate entire virtual worlds. AIP began designing Palace sites way back in the beta days of 1996. Over the next several years we created various Palace-related gizmos & doodads, many of which eventually found their way to this page.


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The Worlds of Comedy Central

In March 2000, Comedy Central expanded the World of South Park site to include additional programs. The site was redesigned to accomodate the browser-based "Viewer" version of the Palace software, and over the next 9 months more than a dozen rooms were added to the site. The new rooms represented two new series airing on Comedy Central (now cancelled): The Upright Citizens Brigade and Strip Mall starring Julie Brown.

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ELIPTZA : The Iptscrae Eliza

ELIPTZA is my Iptscrae version of the famous ELIZA; arguably the first "ChatBot" ever written. Originally intended to simulate a psychotherapy session, the bot responds to most statements by inverting the speaker's sentences and handing them back in the form of a question, asking you to elucidate or clarify your opinion. This approach, while occassionally annoying, does a pretty good job of keeping the conversation going for a while. Many people will talk with Eliptza for several minutes before they realize she is a bot.

ELIPTZA is a complex script, divided among multiple SPOTs. For this reason, the script is presented here as an entire Palace ROOM (with the default background "clouds.gif". To use the script, simply plug the entire room into your Pserver.pat file (making sure you don't use a room number that already exists in your Palace). You'll also have to provide your own graphic for Eliptza herself; to do this, make a new SPOT with the graphic of your choice, and move it into position so that her mouth is located in the middle of the room. Happy chatting!
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The World of South Park

The World of South Park (aka "The South Park Palace") came online in 1997 as part of the Comedy Central website, launching simultaneously with the television debut of the soon-to-be hit series. Beginning with a mere 30 sets and a fanbase of zero, the award-winning site grew over the next three years to include over 200 graphical locations from America's favorite Colorado mountain town.

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Macy Gray's 'We Ours Club'

Designed as an online hangout for fans of Sony recording artist Macy Gray, the We Ours club was a 24-hour online groove spot where you could chill with your best friends, meet new ones, or just hang out in the corner, people-watching (avatar-watching) all night long. Featuring samples from Macy Gray's smash hit debut album 'On How Life Is', with Art Direction by Fullerene and 'Freaky' Avatars by Phillip Gibson.

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