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Title: US4445187: Video games with voice dialog
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Best, Robert M.; Seattle, WA 98155

Assignee: None

Published / Filed: 1984-04-24 / 1982-05-13

Application Number: US1982000377861

IPC Code: Advanced: A63F 13/00; G06F 3/16; G09B 7/04; G10L 21/06; G11B 17/00; G11B 27/10; H04N 5/00;
IPC-7: G06F 15/44; G10L 1/00; G11B 31/00;

ECLA Code: H04N21/43S1; A63F13/00; G06F3/16; G09B7/04; G11B17/00A; G11B27/10; G11B27/10A1; H04N5/00; K63F300/10V; K63F300/63; K63F300/63B; K63F300/80R; S10L21/10L; S11B220/20; S11B220/25D6; K63F300/60S;

U.S. Class: Current: 463/031; 345/473; 348/096; 348/E05.001; 352/005; 434/323; 463/035; 704/246; 704/258; 704/E21.02; 715/716; 715/810; 715/978; G9B/017.001; G9B/027.017; G9B/027.019;
Original: 364/521; 340/725; 352/005; 358/102; 358/903; 364/410; 434/323; 381/043;

Field of Search: 364/415,521,900,410 340/148,725 358/093,102,103 352/005 360/72.2 381/042,43,51

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1982-05-13  US1982000377861
1979-02-05  US1979000009533

Abstract:     A video game system by which human viewers conduct simulated voice conversations with game characters or cartoon characters in a branching story game shown on a television screen. The characters and cartoons reply responsively with lip-sync sound to words input by viewers. Different audio and video frames are generated from data memory and video disc to provide one of several alternative replies or alternative actions at each branch point in the game, depending on which words are selected by the viewer. A menu of prompting words is displayed to inform viewers of what words they can use at each branch point. Viewers can input questions or make other remarks by pressing a button next to one of the displayed sentences which causes a recording of the displayed sentence to be played or speech synthesized in lieu of a viewer speaking it. Viewers can chat with simulated images of famous people, call the plays in a ball game, make executive decisions as a king or general, and participate in simulated adventures with interesting game characters who respond to each viewer's words and answer back responsively.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Graybeal & Cullom ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Gruber, Felix D.;

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Related Applications: Go to Result Set: 1 patent(s) that list this one as related
Application Number Filed Patent Pub. Date  Title
US1980000159141 1980-06-13    1982-06-01  TV Movies that talk back
US1980000136100 1980-03-31    1981-12-08  Dialog between TV movies and human viewers
US1979000009533 1979-02-05       


       
Parent Case:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS
    This is a continuation of copending application Ser. No. 159,141 filed June 13, 1980 now U.S. Pat. No. 4,333,152, which is a continuation-in-part of Ser. No. 136,100 filed Mar. 31, 1980 now U.S. Pat. No. 4,305,131, which is a continuation of Ser. No. 009,533 filed Feb. 5, 1979, abandoned.

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I claim the following:     1. A video apparatus for simulating a voice conversation between a human viewer of the apparatus and a talking video character, the apparatus comprising:
  • first means for reading video frames from a record carrier means to provide a first video frame sequence associated with a plurality of alternative second video frame sequences;
  • second means for reading video frames from a record carrier means to provide access to at least one of said alternative second video frame sequences before the end of said first video frame sequence;
  • means for displaying said first and second video frame sequences including a simulated image of said talking character accompanied by corresponding voice sounds, thereby providing one side of a simulated voice conversation;
  • means for communicating to said human viewer during said first video frame sequence a plurality of alternative verbal responses corresponding to said alternative second video frame sequences;
  • means for receiving from said human viewer a response signal corresponding to a selected verbal response in said plurality of alternative verbal responses, thereby selecting a corresponding secod video frame sequence;
  • means for generating voice sounds electronically including words in said selected verbal response, thereby simulating the viewer's side of the voice conversation; and
  • means for switching at the end of said first video frame sequence between the video frames from said first reading means to the video frames from said second reading means to provide said selected second video frame sequence accompanied by voice sounds corresponding to said selected second video frame sequence, thereby simulating a voice conversation between the talking character and the human viewer.


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Other References:
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