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« on: August 13, 2004, 02:24:31 PM »

Other than the 'nifty-neato' factor, I don't see the point.  Do you actually LOOK at the keys as you use em?  I can see the people that do...they are dead at my feet.  Anyway....


Ideazon Introduces Ultimate DOOM 3TM Weapon To Gamers

New DOOM 3TM Limited Edition Keyset for ZboardTM delivers deadly action at blazing speeds

London, UK (August 11, 2004) - Ideazon Inc., designer and developer of the ZboardTM, the world's first keyboard designed for PC gamers, today announced its much-anticipated new DOOM 3TM Limited Edition Keyset for Zboard.

The DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard is designed to unleash the power of the Plasma Gun or the devastation of the BFG in an instant, thanks to a keypad layout that gives gamers the ultimate in speed, action and control - something you simply can't get with a traditional keyboard.

"Working with id Software Inc. to create the ultimate gaming keyboard for DOOM 3 was awesome and gamers are going to love what we came up with," said Nir Shafrir, CEO of Ideazon Inc. "When you're trapped in a life-or-death situation that calls for fast action, the DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard delivers instant response and incredible control that raises the action to a new level of excitement. DOOM 3 is changing the gaming industry and Zboard is right there to make sure it's the ultimate gaming experience for gamers."

Zboard has engineered an unstoppable keyset that was built by gamers for gamers. Zboard's custom-labelled commands make the instantaneous weapon changes and complex moves required for DOOM 3 completely effortless. As the action unfolds in the blink of an eye, with the DOOM 3 keyset and Zboard, gamers will always come out on top.

"The unparalleled atmosphere, sound and visual quality of DOOM 3 draws you into the experience like never before, and the DOOM 3 Keyset for Zboard offers quick and easy access to not only the control keys, but also special keys like the Flashlight and Soul Cube," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. "The DOOM 3 Keyset provides a natural and responsive interface for the intense action of DOOM 3, and the special DOOM 3 art on the Keyset adds a Hellish flair to your desktop."

The DOOM 3 Limited Edition Keyset for Zboard let's gamers take advantage of many enhanced features including:

# Weapons labelled on the keys for instantaneous access to your arsenal;

# Ability to accept up to seven simultaneous key presses for maximum speed
and unparalleled gaming control; and

# Vivid colour graphics straight from the game - the Hellknight never looked so deadly!

The Zboard Gaming Keyboard comes equipped with the following components and features:

# Gaming keyset for FPS and Action games;

# 15 common shooter and action commands labelled on keys;

# Eight distinct "command zones" for ease of use;

# "Butterfly" directional keys for maximum comfort;

# Instant remapping capabilities;

# Standard keyset with Windows & Internet Explorer commands labelled on keys; and

# USB base with two extra USB peripheral ports.

For a limited time, the DOOM 3 Limited Edition Keyset is free with the purchase of DOOM 3 and the Zboard on special promotion from PC World for a price of £69.99 and £14.99 for the Doom 3 limited edition Keyset.


About Ideazon, Inc.
North American-based Ideazon Inc. develops manufactures and markets the next generation of computer keyboard technologies that enable a new level of interaction between end-users and their computers. The ZboardTM enhances the gaming experience, accelerates gamers through the initial stages of a new game and ultimately improves gamer satisfaction.

About id Software
id - Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth - has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software forged such frenetic titles as Wolfenstein 3D®, DOOM®, DOOM II®, QUAKE® and QUAKE II®.
With intense graphics and mind-blowing action, id's games have helped redefine the modern video game, continually setting industry standards for technology and gameplay. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software has amplified the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the release of
their latest action titles, QUAKE III Arena®, QUAKE III: Team ArenaTM, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein®. id Software's advanced DOOM 3TM engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games. Check out more about DOOM 3 and id Software at or

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Ideazon Europe is located in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, contact the company on +32 (0)3 444 05 87 or visit the web site at

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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2004, 08:53:41 PM »

That's a waste of money if you ask me.  I don't really need a whole separate keyboard just to play Doom, mine does just fine.

I'm so used to using the basic FPS layout on normal keyboards, I think the ZBoard would just mess me up.

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« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2004, 12:39:13 AM »

They had a big display for those by the Doom3 game at CompUSA.  I thought it looked alright (though totally unnecessary).  The price was steep at $50, plus another $25 for the overlay.  If you are really looking for a bargain, CompUSA has a bundle with Doom 3, the zboard, and the overlay for $105.  I think I'll pass since I already have a keyboard and know how to remap the keys.  If I wanted something similar I would buy some stickers and put them on the keys.

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