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Kinetica

Kinetica is a video game development engine created by Sony Computer Entertainment. It was made to harness the power of the PlayStation 2's hardware capabilities and deliver visually impressive games with advanced graphical effects such as detailed character models, complex animations, and realistic physics. The engine's name comes from its ability to create an illusion of motion at rest, a reference to kinetic art. Its initial showcase was with the release of Kinetica in 2001 — a futuristic racing game highlighting the potential for high-speed action and dynamic environments that developers could achieve using this new technology. While the platform may have been more prominent right after its launch, it has since evolved into other engines used for gaming on PlayStations past PS2 (PS3 & PSP) where its real-time physics remain one of its strongest features.

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