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MOVE OVER, JIMMY JOHNSON

GET READY, SPORTS FANS, for a new type of video game to try out at your local bar. Sport Active Football gives players the opportunity--almost--to coach teams of real athletes and watch them compete on TV before a stadium filled with cheering spectators. There's even running commentary from a pair of sportscasters--and, of course, paid advertisements.

Sport Active Inc., in Calgary, Alta., has come up with a method for stitching together seamlessly prerecorded video clips and, in essence, synthesizing a realistic football game on the fly. Its $26,000 machine uses 44 gigabytes of hard-disk capacity to store 4,500 different football plays, or 30 hours' worth of video. Two teams of virtually pro-quality athletes were employed to film the footage of gridiron action.

Bar patrons will pay $3 for 35 minutes of playtime. They'll use a small keyboard to choose each play: run, pass, or kick, with five variations available in each category. They can compete against the machine itself, against others at the next table, or--via modem and telephone line--against people in other bars. The first half-dozen units are scheduled to be installed at Jillian's, a sports complex in Boston.

EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY


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