Edge writes: "The middleware business is a tough game, as proved by the potted history of Irish physics company Havok.
If dog years are worth seven of our human ones, how do the years of a middleware company correspond? It's more than just an idle thought, as one of the sector's most mature vendors, Irish physics specialist Havok, prepares to notch up a decade (a lifetime?) in the business.
Founded by Steve Collins and Hugh Reynolds, two academics from Trinity College, Dublin, Havok was originally spun out of publicly funded research into the rather clunkily entitled subject of Real-time Physically-Based Animation for Educational Multimedia. As Collins noted: 'At the time, games was not a valid academic term.'"