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Presto Vets Donate  Journeyman 's Chameleon Suit To UC San Diego
Presto Vets Donate Journeyman's Chameleon Suit To UC San Diego
January 13, 2009 | By Eric Caoili

January 13, 2009 | By Eric Caoili
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Veterans of developer Presto Studio, who also happen to be UC San Diego alumni, have donated the original Chameleon JumpSuit costume, the iconic green and silver outfit from the classic Journeyman Project adventure games, to UC San Diego's Science & Engineering Library.

Presented by Michel Kripalani, Greg Uhler, and Farshid Almassizadeh -- all former UC San Diego students -- the life-size jumpsuit was featured not only in the Journeyman Project games' cutscenes, but as a significant in-game device that allowed players to record and adopt the appearance of any people they came across.

Phil Saunders, Prestos' creative director at the time, designed the Chameleon Jumpsuit, which was constructed by Emmy award-winning special effects artist Don Pennington. Saunders went on to contribute to several designs for hit films, including Spiderman 3, Zathura, and Iron Man.

Dormant and no longer designing games since 2002, Presto Studios was responsible for a number of acclaimed PC titles, which aside from its Journeyman Project releases, includes Myst III: Exile. The company currently remains as a corporate entity.

"We are thrilled to have found an ideal home for the Chameleon JumpSuit from our The Journeyman Project: Legacy of Time video game," says Kripalani, Presto Studios' CEO and president, currently director of Business Development for Autodesk Media and Entertainment.

"This is our way of giving something back to UC San Diego, as a way to thank the university for helping us develop the skills that we needed to launch and run a successful, independent video game studio," he continues.

"We hope that students visiting the UCSD Science & Engineering Library will be inspired by the suit, and will be motivated to reach their creative and professional goals."


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