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April 29, 2006

Mastiff Ships Paramount Pictures' Top Gun for Nintendo DS

SAN FRANCISCO, CA-April 28, 2006-Video Game publisher Mastiff today announced that Paramount Pictures' Top Gun for Nintendo DS(tm), under license from Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, has shipped to retail. An action-packed tribute to the blockbuster movie hit of 1986, Top Gun takes advantage of the unique Nintendo DS interface for high octane mastery of the sky.

Top Gun for Nintendo DS takes a look at the danger and excitement that awaits every pilot at the Navy's prestigious fighter weapons school. Top Gun players enter as rookie pilots, selected along with a handful of other pilots for elite training at the US Navy's Fighter Weapons School. To become the best fighter pilot in the world players must to go head to head with the best of enemy fighter pilots.

Top Gun puts the player in the cockpit of a heavily armed jetfighter plane. The game includes 10 single player missions (plus 2 unlockable secret missions) such as high altitude dogfights, escort missions, and protecting airspace, over a variety of terrain with dramatic weather and visual effects. Top Gun also features head to head play for two, three or four players. High quality sound effects take advantage of the Nintendo DS's ability to deliver virtual surround-sound.

Top Gun features include:
" Top Gun Competition Campaign includes elite training and realistic combat
" Choose different fighter planes, each with different handling characteristics
" 10 (+2 unlockable) diverse missions across arctic, ocean, forest and desert zones
" Weapons include machine gun, fire-and-forget missiles, homing missiles
" Multiplayer dogfight for 2-4 players
" Stunning visual effects include explosions, water splashes, smoke, and gun/rocket trails
" Challenging weather effects include sun, rain, animated clouds, and snow
" Pulse-pounding music reminiscent of the movie soundtrack


About Mastiff
Mastiff is a publisher of interactive entertainment with offices in Tokyo, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Recent titles from Mastiff include Dr. Sudoku for the Game Boy® Advance and La Pucelle: Tactics, which was recently awarded an Editor's Choice Award from leading gaming website, IGN.com, and a "Must Buy" from the top PlayStation 2 publication, PSM. Please visit www.mastiff-games.com for more information.

About Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) manages the merchandise licensing, home video, music, book and interactive software businesses for Nickelodeon brands and characters as well as the properties of Comedy Central, Spike TV and MTV Networks International. In addition, NVCP manages the merchandise, interactive, book, and wireless licensing for Paramount Pictures properties. Nickelodeon, MTV Networks, Comedy Central and Spike TV are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.


Top Gun © 2006 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

April 28, 2006

Ryu has a new nemesis: Stewie Griffin

Ottawa, April 27, 2006: After avenging his master’s death and defeating Akuma, Ryu faces his biggest challenge to date: an infant hell-bent on world domination. To promote the release of Fox Home Entertainment’s American Dad Volume One DVD Collection on April 25, Fuel Industries partnered with Capcom® Entertainment to create American Dad vs. Family Guy Kung Fu, a Street Fighter®-style game that pits the characters of both shows against each other in no-holds barred battles. In order to win, you must prove you’re kung fu worthy by facing off against the ultimate boss – Ryu.

In the most anticipated television cross over since Urkel showed up on Full House, American Dad vs. Family Guy Kung Fu allows fans to play as any of six characters from either of the shows, plus two mystery characters that will launch next week, each with up to four special combos and their own deadly finishing moves, including Stan’s Heart of Justice, where he stabs opponents with the American Flag. The arcade version of the game also has a secret unlockable, allowing players to fight as Ryu himself.

“When we first started conceptualizing this, we started from an idea that we all loved, and basically tried to push it as far as we could,” says Mike Burns, CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Fuel Industries. “When the idea of making Ryu the big boss came up, we were on the phone with Capcom within about five minutes.”

A truly transmedia campaign, American Dad vs. Family Guy Kung Fu brings together gaming, television and the Web seamlessly. From Roger’s girlish outfit to Peter’s vomiting finishing move, the game incorporates the twisted humor that has made both shows famous.

“From the beginning we knew that there were going to be hardcore American Dad and Family Guy fans playing this and that if we didn’t make the game live up to their expectations, that they would tear it apart,” says Burns. “There’s a lot of detail in the game that I think real fans will appreciate.”

Fuel and Fox intend to expand the game in the coming months to add new characters, special moves and easter eggs to the game.

“The game is a lot of fun, and we want people to keep coming back to it,” says Burns. “It’s exactly what an advergame campaign should be – fun, addictive, and what the fans want to see.”

Fans can play the game at http://www.americandadvsfamilyguy.com/. The American Dad Volume One DVD Collection will be available in the U.S. and Canada on April 25, 2006.

Characters and Special Moves:

Stan Smith – All-American CIA Operative and Dad
Special Move: Gun Attack Finishing Move: Heart of Justice

Hayley Smith – Stan’s liberal daughter
Special Move: Burning Bra Attack Finishing move: Molotov Cocktail

Roger – the Smith’s resident alcoholic extra-terrestrial
Special Move: Smoke Ring Finishing move: Ooze Explosion

Peter Griffin – Fat, lovable oaf and head of the Griffin household
Special Move: The Gaslight Finishing move: Ipecac Vomit

Lois Griffin – Peter’s domestic better half
Special Move: Triple Sword Attack Finishing move: Special Move: Katana Scalp

Stewie Griffin – Peter and Lois’ baby boy, hell-bent on world domination
Special Move: Chain Gun Attack Finishing move: Diaper Bomb

EA MARKS RELEASE OF 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP™ GAME AND ANNOUNCES RENEWED PARTNERSHIP WITH FIFA

Redwood City, Calif., April 27, 2006 – The chance to play with your heroes for soccer’s most important trophy became a reality this week after Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) started to ship the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ game to stores around the world. The event’s only officially licensed videogame has developed enhanced gameplay attributes and stunning graphics that bring to life close to 100 superstars, and captures all of the spirit and pageantry of the real-world tournament. It is the closest fans can come to experiencing 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ without playing in it.

Along with the release of 2006 FIFA World Cup, EA and FIFA announced the extension of their long-term partnership, making EA the worldwide and exclusive FIFA Licensee for soccer action simulation, manager and arcade-style games across all console platforms, PC, handheld platforms, mobile phones and online formats. The on-going partnership will allow EA to continue to bring the most genuine soccer gaming experiences to consumers with the authenticity of the FIFA soccer world, and includes games for the future FIFA World Cups in 2010 and 2014. Working together, EA and FIFA will continue to bring their combined passion for interactive sports entertainment to millions of sports fans around the world for years to come.

“Renewing our strategic partnership with FIFA will enable us to continue to deliver the most authentic football titles to fans who have helped to make our FIFA games the most successful football videogame franchise in the world,” said EA’s Gerhard Florin, Executive Vice President and General Manager for International Publishing.

In 2006 FIFA World Cup, users step into the heart of the action as they play their favorite team or most loathed opponent. Featuring stunning visual representations of the world’s superstar players, gamers experience the 12 official stadiums as they take their team from qualification to glory. In addition to taking control of one of 127 national teams, players will enjoy groundbreaking new play modes. Global Challenge tests even the biggest soccer fanatic by recreating classic moments in FIFA World Cup history with modern teams. True champions can challenge their friends in eight-way multiplayer matches and take advantage of tremendous in-game un-lockable content such as legendary players and exclusive licensed football apparel.

2006 FIFA World Cup, developed by EA Canada under the EA SPORTS™ brand, ships today in North America and on April 28 in Europe and Asia on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, and Game Boy® Advance, PC and mobile. It will ship on the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system in May. The game is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB and has a PEGI rating of 3+.

Learn more about the game at: http://www.easports2006fifaworldcup.com/

EA DRAFTS HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER REGGIE BUSH AS COVER ATHLETE FOR NCAA FOOTBALL 07 VIDEO GAME

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 28, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that former University of Southern California All-American running back and 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy® Award winner Reggie Bush will appear on the cover of NCAA® Football 07, the newest iteration of EA SPORTS™ best-selling college football video game franchise.

“This has been an amazing year for me and being chosen for the cover of NCAA Football 07 is a great way to end my college career,” said Bush. “I’ve grown up playing EA SPORTS games and never imagined I would see myself on the cover of one.”

Bush, who is expected to be one of the top picks in the NFL Draft this weekend, also won the Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year), Doak Walker Award (Best Collegiate Running Back), 2005 Associated Press Player of the Year Award and The Sporting News Player of the Year Award. Starting all 13 games for the Trojans in 2005, Bush led the nation in all-purpose yards per game (222.3) and yards per rush (8.7), guiding USC to its third straight appearance in the national championship game.

NCAA Football 07 is all about turning the tide and features an all-new momentum system where big plays, defensive stops, and special teams keep you in constant struggle for momentum and can change the game at any time. Unprecedented graphics produce living stadiums that capture every moment in complete detail, including the authentic stadiums, mascots, and marching bands, making NCAA Football 07 the most realistic college football gaming experience ever.

Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, NCAA Football 07 will be available in July on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Xbox® video game system from Microsoft. It will also be available for the first time on the Xbox 360™ and the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. The game’s official website is www.ncaafootball07.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

Earache Extreme Metal Racing

Stourbridge, England, April, 28th, 2006 - Metro 3D Publishing, Earache Records and games developer Data Design Interactive unveil the pack shot for the all-action packed racing game ‘EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING’ for PlayStation2, PC and PSP all formats which will be due for shipping on 7th July 2006.

EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING will feature ten evil Earache racing teams burning a lot more than rubber through hell and other wastelands. Along with themed tracks from the combatants on the starting grid there’ll also be a plethora of extreme Earache classics making up the soundtrack of the game from such luminaries as Napalm Death, At The Gates, Cathedral, The Haunted, Hate Eternal, Cult Of Luna, Beecher, Urkraft, Anata, Mistress, Severe Torture and many others.


EARACHE ARTISTS CONFIRMED AS RACING 'TEAMS' :

Mortiis

Deicide

Morbid Angel

Akercocke
Decapitated

Biomechanical
Municipal Waste

The Berzerker

Linea 77

Society 1


Ashley Mortimer, Marketing Manager, Earache Records says:

"Earache prides itself on innovation. As an independent label we've been on the cutting edge of unique and groundbreaking music for 15 years and we relish every opportunity, particularly a new or unusual one. We don't know of any other labels who have released their own game and the cross-marketing possibilities are really exciting. Culturally we don't think music and gaming are so far apart, many music fans play computer games, and nearly all gamers listen to music so we have teamed up with DDI and Metro3D to produce Earache Extreme Metal Racing. Your car shreds the opposition, the soundtrack shreds your ears - what a great combination!"


EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING uniquely was conceived and created by 16 year old Gothic metaller Sky Nash and all started as a possible way to not only keep her amused but potentially to dissuade her from following her overworked father into a gaming career.


Frazer Nash of Frazer Nash Communications describes how his daughter created the game during work experience at developer, DDI: “Sky, then just 15, was given a huge responsibility to design her own (tongue in cheek) game. By the end of the first week, she had created a Gothic-looking game, complete with drafted levels and an awesome soundtrack. 12 months on and with professional development courtesy of Sam King and Mike Rooker (art), Mark Gemmell (production), Karl White and Julian Salter (Programming) at DDI. Aimed to appeal to Goth / Rock music fans the world over, Metro 3D have created EARACHE EXTREME METAL RACING - a monster of a game.”


Stewart Green MD of Metro 3D says:

“In a very male dominated industry you tend to think in stereotypes so when I heard that Sky, our latest girl on work experience had some design ideas to improve an off road racing game. I initially thought I was going to hear ‘make it pink with rainbows’ but I was very pleasantly surprised to hear she thought we needed the ability to mow down zombies, more carnage with chainsaws and metal spikes, and it just had to have an extreme thumping heavy metal sound track… and so Earache Extreme Metal Racing was born”

“The game is frantic, mad as hell fun, oh and in the end there was some pink … on the headless corpse bride! We have been working with Sky for the past year and the school has already booked her back for next year - to work on the sequel.”

E3EXPO, AIAS AND LACMA ANNOUNCE ART SELECTED FOR 3RD ANNUAL INTO THE PIXEL

LOS ANGELES--April 28, 2006--The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), and the Prints & Drawings Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) today announced 16 works of art from video games selected for the 2006 Into the Pixel exhibition. Now in its third year, Into the Pixel (ITP) is the world's only juried art exhibition that brings together curators from world-renowned museums, cutting-edge galleries, and the interactive entertainment industry to explore the art of the video game. The 2006 ITP art exhibition will take place May 10-12 in the Concourse Foyer of the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3Expo, the world's premier interactive entertainment trade event for computer and video games and related products.
"The Academy is thrilled to provide a platform that demonstrates its members talents, and the artistry that is now a driving force behind today's compelling interactive experiences," said Joseph Olin, president, The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. "There could be no better venue to celebrate these great works than E3Expo."
The 2006 ITP Collection includes 16 pieces of art selected from a field of more than 150 submissions that spanned the globe. The jury's selections showcase game artists' work from the US, UK, Japan, Poland, Germany, France and Canada. Art in this year's Collection features a breadth of genres, including single-figure character art, landscapes, and fantasy -- as well as art that is influenced by traditional Japanese art, panoramic paintings, line art, "woodblock," and much more. For more information about Into the Pixel art, artists and jurors, please refer to www.IntoThePixel.com.
ITP has established itself as the one annual opportunity for computer and video game artists to receive critical review of their creative achievements by peers in the both digital art world and traditional fine art experts. All 16 works of art that make up the Into the Pixel Collection are printed by a master printer, then framed and hung in the ITP Gallery at E3Expo. This year's Gallery opening is sponsored by GameTap.
"Into the Pixel has established itself as the interactive entertainment industry's most prestigious opportunity to showcase the art of the game, and celebrate the artists whose talent creates these stunning images," says Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade association representing U.S. computer and video game publishers and the owner of E3Expo. "Through the unique partnership between E3Expo, the Academy and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Into the Pixel has pioneered the digital game art exhibition and continues to facilitate this valuable conversation between the traditional and digital art worlds."
Interest in Into the Pixel has spurred requests from around the world to host the Collection. Over the past year, the ITP Collection has been on exhibit at E3Expo, the Tech Museum in San Jose, the Academy's D.I.C.E. Summit conference in Las Vegas, and a private showing in Los Angeles. In October, ITP will make its European debut at GameCity in Nottingham, England. Additional venues are in the process of being finalized.

Into the Pixel: Selected Artworks & Artists

Winning
Artwork Title Artist Company Game Title Country
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Aegan Landfall Elveon / An
Radoslav Elvish
Javor 10TACLE Studios Action Epic Slovakia

Alin Glass Big Huge Rise of
Desert Dylan Cole Games/Microsoft Legends USA

Chicago Train Stephan
Graveyard Martiniere Midway Games Stranglehold USA

Damascus Souk Nicolas
Bouvier and
Patrick Project
Desgreniers Ubisoft Assassin Canada

Darkness FreeStyleGames/Sony
Computer
Entertainment
Brian Dugan Europe B-Boy UK

Eyes Gerald
Obringer
and Pierre Evidence -
Guillaume The Last
Baret Lexis Numerique Ritual France

Floating
Mosque Daniel Dociu Arenanet Guildwars USA

In the Garden Metal Gear
of Eva Yuji Konami Digital Solid 3:
Shinkawa Entertainment Subsistence Japan

Into the Fray Daryl
Mandryk Buena Vista Games Turok Canada

Monster House Monster
Toy Room Donald Caron THQ House USA

Rooftop The
Godfather
Tyler West Electronic Arts The Game USA

Rooftops Daniel Dociu Arenanet Guildwars USA

Screen_000027 Chris Davie Project
and PGR3 Bizarre Gotham
Art Team Creations/Microsoft Racing 3 UK

The Road Damian
Bajowski CD Projekt RED The Witcher Poland

The Sphere Ashley Welch Human Head Studios Prey USA

Titan's Head Sony Computer
Eduardo Entertainment
Gonzalez America God of War USA


ITP 2006 Jurors:

-- Kevin Salatino - Lead Juror, LACMA: Curator and Department
Head, Prints and Drawings

-- Cynthia Burlingham - Hammer Museum: Deputy Director of
Collections

-- Ryan Church - Freelance Concept Artist

-- Caryn Coleman - LA gallery sixspace / art.blogging.la:
Co-owner and Director

-- Tim Langdell - University of Southern California: Professor /
EDGE Games: Chairman

-- Lorne Lanning - Oddworld Inhabitants: President/Creative
Director

-- Louis Marchesano - Getty Research Institute: Collections
Curator, Prints and Drawings


Sponsors:

Into the Pixel is presented by GameTap, with a major contribution from GameCity.

About E3Expo

E3Expo is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show, now in its twelfth year, is owned by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the U.S.association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies, publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.e3expo.com or www.theesa.com.

About the Prints & Drawings Council of LACMA

The Prints and Drawings Council (formerly the Graphic Arts
Council) is a nonprofit organization which supports LACMA's Department of Prints and Drawings and encourages the appreciation of original works on paper. The Council raises acquisition funds for the Department of Prints and Drawings through membership dues and fundraising activities. Established as an independent institution in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, the museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Los Angeles. LACMA offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs and world-class musical events. Call 323-857-6000, or visit our web site at www.lacma.org for more
information.

About the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences:

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences(R) (AIAS) was founded in 1996 as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts. The Academy's mission is to promote and advance common interests in the worldwide interactive entertainment community; recognize outstanding achievements in the interactive arts and sciences; and conduct an annual awards show (Interactive Achievement Awards) to enhance awareness of the interactive art form. The Academy also strives to provide a voice for individuals in the interactive entertainment community. In 2002 the Academy created the D.I.C.E. (Design, Innovate, Communicate, Entertain) Summit, a once yearly conference dedicated to exploring approaches to the creative process and artistic expression as they uniquely apply to the development of interactive entertainment. The Academy has over 10,000 members, with the board composed of senior executives from the major videogame companies including Bioware/Pandemic, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony and Ubisoft. More information on AIAS and the D.I.C.E. Summit can be found at http://www.interactive.org and http://www.dicesummit.org

April 27, 2006

OVER 140 MARVEL CHARACTERS COME TOGETHER IN ACTIVISION'S NEW MARVEL: ULTIMATE ALLIANCE GAME

Santa Monica, CA – April 27, 2006 – Over 140 Marvel characters come together in Activision, Inc’s. (Nasdaq: ATVI) Marvel™: Ultimate Alliance, an all-new action/RPG that features the largest roster of comic book characters ever seen in a video game. Players assume the roles of more than 20 Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Captain America, and through their actions determine the fate of both planet Earth and the Marvel universe – revealed in one of multiple epilogues.

“Marvel: Ultimate Alliance delivers a new twist on action/RPGs where players’ actions and choices ultimately determine what happens to the Marvel universe,” states Will Kassoy, Vice President of Global Brand Management for Activision. “This coupled with the game’s enormous character roster will deliver an action-packed experience that comic book fans have been waiting for.”

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a deep, rich gameplay experience by offering total team customization, where players create their own team name, icon and vehicle, as well as establish their team reputation as they play throughout the story. Gamers also have the option to level up each character individually to their liking, or all team members at the same time to keep their heroes balanced. With the game’s new combat system, players battle against the world’s most notorious Marvel Super Villains in the air, underwater, and on the ground, using grappling, blocking and dodging moves, by charging up their Super Hero powers before unleashing them, and using environmental objects as one and two-handed weapons.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance features a unique storyline where the missions players accept, the objectives they complete, and their interactions with other characters throughout the game directly impact how the story plays out. The game also features a robust multiplayer component where fans can band together with friends as their favorite Marvel Super Heroes, and fight evil in both on and offline cooperative story modes. There’s also a Competitive Mode where the game tracks various in-game stats so players can see how well they stack up against one another – affecting the amount of experience points earned and how equipment is distributed.

Created by Raven Software and C.B. Cebulski, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance will be the first Super Hero game out for all next-gen gaming systems, and will also be available on current-gen, handheld and PC platforms. The game is currently rated RP (Rating Pending) by the ESRB and is planned to ship this fall.

About Marvel Entertainment, Inc.

With a library of over 5,000 characters, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel's operations are focused on utilizing its character franchises in licensing, entertainment, publishing and toys. Areas of emphasis include feature films, DVD/home video, consumer products, video games, action figures and role-playing toys, television and promotions. Rooted in the creative success of over sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel's strategy is to leverage its character franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. More information about Marvel can be found at www.marvel.com.

About Activision, Inc.

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.

You Wanna Rock? The “Be a Guitar Hero” II Competition Kicks Off

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 26, 2006 – Music game publisher RedOctane® today launched their worldwide search for the next guitar hero! The “Be a Guitar Hero” II competition offers independent musicians the opportunity to have their song featured in game play for the upcoming title “Guitar Hero II™” for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. “Guitar Hero II” is the follow-up title to 2005’s award-winning release, “Guitar Hero™, which rocked the game industry and garnered a stack of awards.

Independent artists are eligible to submit original music for inclusion in the sequel “Guitar Hero” videogame, scheduled for North American release in November 2006. Considered songs must fall in the ‘hard rock’ or ‘heavy metal’ genre with a featured lead guitar. RedOctane will accept music entries through their community website www.beaguitarhero.com and submissions must be completed by 11:59 p.m. PST on June 30, 2006. This newly launched website features an easy submission process so contestants can directly upload mp3’s for contest entry.

The grand prize winner will have their song featured in the top-secret track list for “Guitar Hero II” and is eligible for additional publicity through game launch promotions. Graveyard BBQ, the winner of the first “Be a Guitar Hero” competition, will rock live at the RedOctane booth (Kentia Hall #6521) during the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles next month. Their song “Cheat on the Church” is featured as an unlock song in “Guitar Hero”, currently on retail shelves nationwide.

Rock enthusiasts can visit the community website www.beaguitarhero.com to discuss music in the upcoming game and share game tips. A new photo gallery is now available where fans can upload photos of their favorite “Guitar Hero” moments and modded guitar controllers.

The game that has inspired a nation of wannabe rock stars to achieve videogame greatness is scheduled for a new US tour on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in November 2006. Musical giant Gibson Guitar is also expected to be on board. Like the original “Guitar Hero”, a selection of famous Gibson electric guitars will be available for characters to play.

To learn more about the “Be a Guitar Hero” II competition and to read contest rules please visit www.beaguitarhero.com


The grand prize winner will receive the following prizes:

- Epiphone G-400 Electric Guitar
- EMG Zakk Wylde pickup set
- Krank Distortus Maximus distortion pedal
- Pacific Drums and Percussion CX Drumset
- Morley Pedal Steve Vai Bad Horsie Wah pedal
- Copy of “Guitar Hero” and “Guitar Hero II” videogame
- Winner’s music track to be included in “Guitar Hero II”

Baseball Mogul 2007 Hits A Grand Slam For Charity

Thursday 27th April 2006 - Sports Mogul, the sports management specialists, are proud to announce that Baseball Mogul 2007 sold its 1,000th copy on 27 April 2006 -- less than one month after the initial release. . The Chicago-based studio, famed for its work on Baseball Mogul and Football Mogul announced that this was their best sales year to date thanks to the effort they put into making this the best Baseball Mogul yet.

In celebration of this milestone Sports Mogul has pledged to give one thousand dollars to fight hunger worldwide. "One thousand units is a big milestone for a company like us. Its only right that we give some of it back because of how lucky we are," said Clay Dreslough, CEO of Sports Mogul."Baseball Mogul has always been the best baseball simulation you could buy. This year’sversion is the best version ever and our sales reflect that fact,” commented Dreslough, Lead Developer of Baseball Mogul. “Being able to re-write huge sections of the game this year has allowed us to leapfrog past previous versions. The game engine now calculates the result of every pitch but does it even faster than our previous version. When you add in the new Live Play-By-Play mode, its the best baseball game you can buy for $19.99. Even I am blown away by the results. Baseball Mogul 2007 is by far the best version of the game we have ever developed."

Core game features

Manage your own baseball franchise

Set up the line-ups, your pitching staff and depth charts. Demote the struggling rookie, put the injured starter on the DL and trade for a backup catcher. Manage the 40-man roster and scout the upcoming rookie draft pool. In Baseball Mogul you can do almost anything a real life GM can do to guide your team to glory.

A realistic and accurate simulation engine

No baseball game is complete without stats and Baseball Mogul 2007 is king. In addition to the multitude of statistics, a fully flexible engine allows you to make all the calls pitch-by-pitch. The game is truly as real as it gets.

Customizable financial system

Featuring the most flexible financial system in any baseball simulation ever made, Basbeall Mogul 2007 lets you mirror existing intricacies or allows you to invent your own. The only restriction is your imagination.

Scouting and coaching staff at your disposal

All of the staff in your franchise have varying strengths, weaknesses, personalities and of course contract demands. Basbeall Mogul 2007 puts all of your management skills to the test; it’s in your hands!

Endless possibilities with historical and fictional leagues

Play the game with the real life setup of every major baseball league in the world and in addition, you can import every historical baseball season from 1900 to the present day. If that’s not enough simply create your own fictional baseball league.

Create or join an online league

Featuring a full online league mode, commissioners and multiple owners can battle it out against each other over the internet. Integrating seamlessly with FTP and HTML you can upload and download files and share them with friends.

Slick intuitive interface

Utilizing the technology and expertise of Sports Mogul, the game has a faster, smarter and slicker interface than ever before. What’s more, it’s fully skinable allowing you to change the game to suit your own personal tastes.

Sports Mogul Inc. is an electronic entertainment company that designs and develops computer-based General Manager sports simulations. The company's product line includes Baseball Mogul, Baseball Mogul Online, and Football Mogul. The Mogul series of games has received numerous accolades, including "Sports Game of the Year" from Computer Gaming World magazine and "Editor's Choice" from PC Gamer. Sports Mogul has a full-time staff of 2 and employs the services of more than 1,500 part-time researchers across the globe. The company's games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success. Further information on the company and its games is available from the Sports Mogul website, www.sportsmogul.com.

April 26, 2006

Guild Wars Factions Ships Worldwide

April 26, 2006 (BELLEVUE, WA) – ArenaNet®, developer of the award-winning online roleplaying game Guild Wars®, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, announce today that one of the year’s most-anticipated PC titles, Guild Wars Factions™, has officially shipped. For fans of the game that revolutionized online roleplaying, the wait is nearly over as Guild Wars Factions goes out today to retail stores worldwide.

Guild Wars Factions is the stand-alone follow-up to Guild Wars, the game that set new standards in online gaming with fresh design, innovative technology and no-subscription-fee pricing. With an expected retail price of $49.99, Guild Wars Factions will be available worldwide and servers supporting the new release will “go live” at 12:01 AM PDT /7:01 GMT on April 28, 2006.

Those who pre-ordered the game will be able to participate in the exclusive Guild Wars Factions Head Start Event beginning at 12:01 AM PDT/7:01 AM GMT on April 27, 2006. These lucky gamers will have access to the game for a total of 48 hours, including a full 24 hours before the game’s global release. During the first 24 hours of the Head Start Event, ArenaNet has planned an exclusive in-game event titled "Day of the Tengu," in which players will join one-day-only "Day of the Tengu" quests, and earn exclusive in-game rewards.

“New features in Guild Wars Factions such as guild scrimmages, alliance battles, ranked character titles, and some surprises still to come all resulted from our drive to create a truly unique gaming experience for existing and new fans of the Guild Wars universe,” says Mike O’Brien, co-founder of ArenaNet. “With a full year of development and a passionate design team, we think what we’ve created delivers on that and much, much more. Either played as a stand-alone game, or linked with your original Guild Wars account, Guild Wars Factions is a game we are thoroughly proud of—and still carries no subscription fee.”

Guild Wars Factions takes place on the Asian-inspired continent of Cantha, where players create a character from eight distinct professions—including the newly created Assassin and Ritualist—and join an epic quest that pits two warring factions, the Luxons and the Kurzicks, against an ancient evil, and against each other. As players become embroiled in this brutal war of conquest, new missions will provide both roleplaying fans and competitive PvP players the opportunity to help determine the fate of Cantha.

Guild Wars Factions is rated T for Teen. For more information, please visit www.guildwars.com



About ArenaNet
ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft Corporation. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and develops premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. ArenaNet’s first title, Guild Wars, is a global online roleplaying game that allows gamers to play with anyone, anytime and anywhere in the world. Its highly anticipated follow up, Guild Wars Factions, will be released spring 2006. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

About NCsoft Corporation

NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its AAA franchises that include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains™, Guild Wars/Guild Wars Factions and Auto Assault®. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.plaync.com.

Majesco Ships Guilty Gear Dust Strikers for Nintendo DS

EDISON, N.J., April 25, 2006 – Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL) announced today that Guilty Gear Dust Strikers for Nintendo DS™ has shipped nationwide. Developed by ARC System Works, Guilty Gear Dust Strikers features 21 franchise characters battling it out in vertical brawls that span both game screens.

“Guilty Gear Dust Strikers is designed to take advantage of the DS’ unique dual screen layout and touch screen mechanic,” said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. “As the first series offering for Nintendo DS™, Guilty Gear Dust Strikers will appeal to core franchise fans and portable gamers looking for a deep fighting experience they can enjoy with friends.”

Sol Badguy, Potemkin, I-No and Dizzy, along with 17 other character favorites return in Guilty Gear Dust Strikers. Players who master seven touch screen mini-games can unlock combo moves they can use to customize their character in the Robo-Ky Factory. In addition, up to four players can compete in wireless multi-player games where the last man standing wins.

Rated ‘T’ for Teen, Guilty Gear Dust Strikers is available exclusively for Nintendo DS™ for a suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information, please visit www.guiltygeards.com.

About Majesco Entertainment Company

Headquartered in Edison, NJ, Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL) is an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content, with a focus on publishing videogames for leading portable systems such as the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. Current product line highlights include Age of Empires: The Age of Kings® for the Nintendo DS™, Guilty Gear Judgment for the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system and JAWS™ Unleashed, as well as digital entertainment products like Frogger® TV Arcade. Majesco now offers Game Boy® Advance Video versions of the beloved DreamWorks Animation movies Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shark Tale. More information about Majesco can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com.

KONAMI TO SPONSOR NASPE EVENT AND SHOWCASE DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION AT THE 2006 AAHPERD CONVENTION

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 26, 2006 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced its participation at this year’s AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) Convention. With its groundbreaking game series, Dance Dance Revolution® (DDR), Konami has created a fun and healthy way for children and adults to become more active and realize the benefits of physical activity. DDR will be prominently featured at the 2006 AAHPERD trade show (booth # 1634). This year’s AAHPERD convention is scheduled to be held from April 26th through April 28th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The AAHPERD convention is one of the largest gatherings of health and physical educators in the nation.

Throughout the convention, Konami will be instructing our nation’s physical education teachers on the associated health benefits of DDR and ways to incorporate the game into their Physical Education curriculum. The company will highlight its recently signed three-year partnership with the State of West Virginia that brings DDR into the physical education or health related curriculum based programs in all of the state’s 765 K-12 public schools. Additionally, Konami will discuss other case studies from across the country of how teachers have incorporated DDR into their PE curriculum, as well as success stories about people who have found health benefits from using DDR.

Complete with a special dance pad that plugs directly into the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft or the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, DDR delivers a healthy workout to people of all ages. For those ready to take their exercise experience to an even greater level, DDR comes with a built-in workout mode that allows players to track how many calories they burn as they play. At the booth, Konami will encourage convention visitors to show off their moves on DDR and even compete with others to win their very own copy of the game.

In addition to the activities at the booth, Konami is also sponsoring a NASPE (National Association for Sports and Physical Education) seminar entitled “Interactive Video Games in K-12.” Moderated by Josh M. Trout of California State University, Chico, the seminar will discuss how new interactive video games can actually help increase physical activity levels as well as help students learn about the physiological functions of their bodies.

“DDR has been proven to be an extremely effective way of promoting weight loss among today’s young people and the game fits in perfectly as part of the physical education curriculum in our nation’s schools,” said Clara Gilbert, Director of Business Partnerships, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “DDR is one of the most innovative video game concepts ever, and it is a fun and entertaining way for kids and adults to develop healthy habits and a fitness-oriented lifestyle.”

Konami will be exhibiting its newest iteration of the game, Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX3 for Xbox, at the AAHPERD show in booth # 1634. Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX3 is rated “E10+” for Everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is available for an SRP of $39.99 for the standalone video game and $64.99 for the dance mat and video game bundle. To learn more about Dance Dance Revolution ULTRAMIX3 and the DDR franchise, please go to: www.konami.com/gs


About Konami
Konami is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami’s titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/gs

Madden07.com kicks off an exclusive Matt Leinart blog today!

Check out the blog at http://www.easports.com/madden07/index.jsp as expected top draft pick Matt Leinart takes us through his week leading up to the 2006 NFL Draft. How is he preparing for the draft? Where will he be selected? How hectic is his schedule leading up to the event? Find out the answers to these and more, as Leinart takes us behind the scenes of the NFL Draft from the point of a view of a top-five pick.

In addition, check out Madden07.com during the NFL Draft on April 29th to see Madden NFL 07 screenshots of the first round draft picks in their new NFL uniforms!

“Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” Gets Gold-Plating

The epic battle between technology and magic is about to begin – “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” for Windows has gone gold and is in position to ambush North American retail stores on May 9.

“Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” morphs the real-time strategy (RTS) genre into the fantasy space, allowing gamers to rampage through towering cities, flame-swept deserts and brutal ice plains in battles filled with mystic creatures, fantastic machines and stunning acts of magic.

The RTS gameplay of “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” has been improved for a more rewarding experience – gamers have the choice of drawing out battles for multiple hours for the classic RTS feel or focusing on shorter, 20-minute, campaigns.

As the second installment of the “Rise of Nations” franchise, “Rise of Legends” also extends the gaming experience using a 3-D engine with dynamic lighting, deformable terrain, destructible buildings, ground-rattling earthquakes and massive armies locked in enormous strategic battles. “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” combines cutting-edge, industry-leading technology with awe-inspiring art design to create environments unlike anything ever seen.

Developed by Big Huge Games, “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” continues the innovative gameplay tradition established by the critically acclaimed and best-selling, “Rise of Nations,” the best-selling RTS released in 2003 that garnered numerous Game of the Year awards, including GameSpot’s Best PC Game of 2003 and PC Gamer’s Best RTS of 2003.

In addition to being able to lead vast fantasy armies into strategic battles, “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends” introduces a host of gameplay innovations that are unique to the RTS genre. Additionally, the popular Conquer the World (CTW) Campaign returns with fresh concepts that make each strategic decision critical to eventual victory over a constantly adapting enemy. The revamped and improved CTW Campaign immerses players in a land of magical armies and never before seen technologies in an epic battle to save the world against an ominous evil force.

About Big Huge Games

Big Huge Games was founded in February 2000 by four veteran game developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman and Brian Reynolds. These founding partners, who together have brought strategy gamers such classic hits as “Civilization II®,” “Colonization®” and “Alpha Centauri®,” share a common vision that they believe will enable them to surpass even these outstanding achievements.

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game systems, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as “Age of Empires®,” “Flight Simulator” and “Zoo Tycoon®;” Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming “Gears of War” and franchises such as “Halo®,” “Fable®,” “Project Gotham Racing®” and “Forza Motorsport™”; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as “Bejeweled” and “Hexic®.”

April 25, 2006

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES SHIPS ACE COMBAT ZERO™: THE BELKAN WAR

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 25, 2006) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that the next installment of its top-selling Ace Combat franchise, Ace Combat Zero™: The Belkan War for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system flies onto store shelves today.

“Ace Combat Zero’s elite new features such as the innovative Ace style gauge system where the game changes based on the player’s style, and its increased wingman command, all help to meld Ace Combat Zero into the best yet in the series,” said Yoshi Niki, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.’s Business Unit Director. “We are thrilled to have this superior action title hit stores today.”

A prequel to Ace Combat™ 5: The Unsung War, Ace Combat Zero takes players 15 years into the past and enmeshes them in the turbulent events that led to the Belkan War. Players assume the role of a mercenary pilot hired to fly for Ustio, a small country invaded by its militaristic neighbor Belka. Flying authentic licensed aircrafts such as the F-15 Eagle or F/A-18 Hornet, players fly through 18 realistic missions as they face off against combat-hardened pilots.

Exciting features of Ace Combat Zero include:

§ Advanced AI Changes the Action: Innovative Ace Style Gauge System factors the player’s style of flying and changes different facets of the game accordingly.

§ Personalized Communications: Linked with the Ace Style Gauge System, the Radio Transmission System changes radio communications in real-time according to a player’s reputation. In-game messages from allies and opponents acknowledge the skill level of the player.

§ Individualized Enemy Pilots: Brand new to the series, rival ace pilots give players a run for their money with individual flying styles and tactics that require players to elevate their skills to new heights.

§ Enhanced Wingman Command: Wingman commands are now more advanced than ever as players coordinate battle tactics with their wingman.

§ Retrospective Interviews: Cut-scene interviews of rival pilots comment on their encounters with the player, providing an in depth look into the enemy’s tactical mindset.

§ VS Mode: Players dog-fight in head-to-head action against their friends to prove who is the true Ace in the group.

Fly high with Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War as it hits store shelves nationwide today. For more action-packed screens and inside information on the game check out the NAMCO BANDAI Games official site at www.namcobandaigames.com

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in Cypress, CA.

On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.

The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.

As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry’s top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®, Pac-Man® World™, Digimon®, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT®. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

Press Release © 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

Award-Winning Independent Developer Three Rings Announces Public Beta for Bang! Howdy

San Francisco, CA - April 25, 2006 - Three Rings Design, Inc., a premier developer of multiplayer online casual games, announced today that the public beta for "Bang! Howdy," a multiplayer online tactical strategy game for the PC, will commence in May 2006. Players face off in the steam-powered Wild West, using casual strategy game mechanics in a variety of gameplay modes like Claim Jumping, Cattle Herding and Steam Mustang Hockey!

This follows upon the company's success with "Puzzle Pirates," an internationally acclaimed massively multiplayer online game that TIME Magazine called "addictive." Like "Puzzle Pirates," "Bang! Howdy" will be distributed online and will be free to play, with optional purchase of micro-currency to obtain upgrades and additional content.

"The 'free to play, pay for items' business model has proven very successful in the Korean market with games like 'Kart Rider.' And we have seen similar success with our recent strategic shift to its implementation within 'Puzzle Pirates' which is approaching sales of over five million Doubloons," said Daniel James, Three Rings' CEO.

"Bang! Howdy" is a hybrid between turn-based and real-time strategy gameplay, and is played in short fast-paced rounds. As the player progresses through five unique Wild West settings, new units, gameplay scenarios, arenas, customizations and game features are introduced. Players can customize their in-game avatars with a wide array of Western clothing and accessories.

"We've had all hands and the cook at work down here at the Triple-O ranch,"said Michael Bayne, project lead for "Bang! Howdy" and Three Rings' CTO. "We're pleased as punch to be able to show y'all our new product and mighty excited for ya to get yer hands on it."

Powerful trends in digital entertainment - the popularity of casual games, a move towards the massively multiplayer, and the ascent of digital downloads - have been driving forces for Three Rings. The Company recently became cash-flow positive and funds the distribution and development of its games internally.

Y'all mosey on down to http://www.banghowdy.com for more information and we look forward to testing your mettle in our public beta.

NIKO PARTNERS RELEASES CHINA VIDEOGAME MARKET FORECAST

San Jose, CA – April 25, 2006 – Niko Partners, a leading research and consultancy firm on the Chinese gaming market, today announced results from its latest report showing impressive growth for the Chinese videogame market in 2005. According to Niko’s fourth annual report on the market, 29 percent of China’s 27 million gamers played games more than 60 hours per month, which helped contribute to a 23.6 percent growth rate in China’s videogame market from 2004 to 2005. The Chinese market, of which 84 percent is comprised of online games, now stands at $683 million. The market is forecast to enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 24 percent for the period 2005-2010, climbing to $2.1 billion.

“Chinese gamers’ passion for massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) has extended to the casual and premium casual segments,” said Lisa Cosmas Hanson, managing partner of Niko Partners. “Premium casual games provide new gamers greater access to the online game market and open up an alternate source of entertainment for hardcore gamers.” Niko Partners projects that premium casual games will gain in popularity comparable to MMORPGs over the next several years, achieving 40 percent of all online revenue by 2010.

Other key findings related to overall China videogame market growth
include:

• Internet Cafés: Gamers access the online gaming universe an average of 4 hours per day through the estimated 20 million PCs in China’s 265,000 officially licensed and unlicensed Internet cafés, almost all of which have broadband access and regularly maintained PCs.

• Adoption of Broadband in Homes: One factor contributing to the rise in gamers is faster adoption of broadband in homes, which enabled more gamers to access online games.

• Increase in Casual Gaming: Casual games, including puzzle, board and advanced casual games, comprised 20 percent of the online market in 2005 and should rise to nearly 40 percent in 2010.

• Hard-Core Gamers: 29 percent of all gamers were classified as hardcore in 2005, up from 20 percent in 2004. The definition is based on more than 60 hours of online game play per month.

Social and Cultural Preferences

There are different preferences held by gamers in China, Niko Partners reports. In particular, gamers enjoy softer graphics and brighter colors of the games. Socializing and competing with friends while gaming are primary factors in the popularity of Internet cafés. When next-generation consoles legally launch in China in the next 1-2 years, their online functionality will allow gamers to continue these social and competitive aspects.

“Not only is it imperative for a foreign videogame company to understand the preferences and demands of Chinese gamers, they must also strive to develop games that fit the restrictive regulations of the Chinese government,” continued Ms. Hanson. “The Chinese market is different than other global markets, and it will take perseverance as well as innovation in business models for foreign companies to succeed there.”

The 2006 Chinese Videogame Market Study by Niko Partners is a comprehensive review and forecast of the 2005-2010 Online, PC, Console and Handheld games market. It was written based on more than 36,000 points of data collected by Niko Partners in 10 Chinese cities.

ABOUT NIKO PARTNERS
Niko Partners was founded in 2001 as an international business expansion consulting services firm for the multimedia software industry. Since 2003, we have conducted and published primary market research on the China digital entertainment market, both in the form of syndicated reports and as custom research studies. We also execute market-entry strategy projects using research and our extensive Niko Network of associates throughout China. The goal of the research and strategic advisory services is to help digital entertainment industry clients understand the market, strategically enter or expand market share, and continue to profitably grow within China. The company is based in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Beijing.

April 21, 2006

EIDOS CONFIRMS URBAN CHAOS: RIOT RESPONSE RELEASE DATE AND RELEASES NEW TRAILER

San Francisco, CA (April 21, 2006) -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announced that URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response will be released in North America on June 13, 2006 on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Developed by London-based Rocksteady Studios, URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response gives gamers the opportunity to step into the shoes of a real urban superhero. Play as Nick Mason, an ex-US marine and leading member of T-Zero - an elite police counter-gang unit. Specially trained in all areas of urban combat and armed with the very latest high-tech weaponry, T-Zero – the last line in urban defense - teams-up with Emergency Services groups including firefighters, paramedics and police to save the city and combat multiple threats including bombings and hostage scenarios.

“URBAN CHAOS is one of the most anticipated games of 2006 and offers a unique experience right at the heart of a full scale riot,” said Helen Clark, Brand Manager, “for fans of the FPS genre, this will be a highly original and intense challenge.”

URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response offers gamers the latest in gaming advancements including realistic and dynamic city environments where all sorts of extreme action takes place, progressive fire effect technology and fully interactive environments, using Havok 3 technology. Players can utilize members of the Emergency Services to progress through levels and save civilians and partner with the riot shield and use it as a weapon or for protection. In hostage scenarios, gamers go head to head with a twisted enemy to save innocent bystanders. Players are tasked to be the hero the city needs... don’t back down in the face of true Urban Chaos!

To download the new Trailer, please visit: http://www.eidosinteractive.com/downloads/search.html?gmid=162.

NFL MVP SHAUN ALEXANDER SELECTED FOR COVER OF EA's MADDEN NFL 07

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 20, 2006 – Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that NFL MVP and NFC Champion running back Shaun Alexander will appear on the cover of Madden NFL 07, the newest iteration of the EA SPORTS™ best-selling football franchise with the official videogame license of the NFL and its players. With this year’s focus on the running game, Alexander is the perfect representative for the cover of the most popular football videogame franchise. Last year Madden NFL 06 sold more than six million copies.

“To be on the cover of Madden NFL 07 is a big milestone in my career since I have always been a huge fan of this franchise,” said Alexander. “EA SPORTS is focusing on the running game in this year’s version, so I was honored when I was chosen to be on the cover to represent the improved running game.”

Alexander, who was named the NFL MVP and selected for his third consecutive Pro Bowl this past season, is the hottest running back in the NFL. He has rushed for over 1,150 yards in each of the last five seasons. As the most valuable player in the NFL he rushed for a league-high 1,880 yards and 27 touchdowns on 370 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 78 yards and one touchdown, scoring an NFL-record 28 touchdowns, setting a new single-season rushing touchdown record. In addition, he extended his NFL-record number of seasons with at least 15 touchdowns to five. During the season Alexander became the Seahawks career leader in rushing yards (7,817) attempts (1,717) and 100-yard games (33).


Coming into its 17th year and with more than 51 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay. Developed in Orlando, FL by EA Tiburon Madden NFL 07 will be available in August on Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™, PC, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and Game Boy® Advance. For more information check out www.madden07.com.

EIDOS INTERACTIVE LAUNCHES WWW.URBANCHAOSGAME.COM, THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR URBAN CHAOS: RIOT RESPONSE!

San Francisco, CA (April 20, 2006) -- Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, today announces a new website for its urban superhero action game Urban Chaos: Riot Response.

Visit the site and tune in to Channel 7, the up-to-the-minute news station at the centre of the action in Eidos’ new high velocity shooter, Urban Chaos: Riot Response. Fronted by intrepid news reporter Lani York, Channel 7 offers a stylized and a fully interactive news service featuring studio news desk feeds and live at-the-scene reporting. Find full detailed briefs and videos on each member of the Emergency Service Team in the Technology today section as well as a complete de-brief on the elite counter-gang unit T-Zero – the last line of urban defense. The new site also offers the Lonely Hearts Club that ensures you always find the perfect match online and never face inferior opposition and all the extras you’ve come to expect including downloadable screenshots, videos, trailers, wallpapers, and email tags.

Urban Chaos: Riot Response lets you fight alongside the brave men and women of law enforcement, the fire department, and Emergency Medical services to take the city back by any means necessary. Play as Nick Mason, a hometown hero and key member of T-Zero, the elite counter-gang unit. Specially trained in all areas of urban combat and armed with the very latest high-tech weaponry, T-Zero is all that stands in the way of total anarchy. The city needs a superhero – and that’s you.

URBAN CHAOS: Riot Response will be available in Spring 2006.

NINTENDO AND AOL.COM SEEK THE FIRST CONSUMER TO PLAY REVOLUTION

REDMOND, Wash., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo and AOL.com are in hot pursuit to pick one lucky video game fan to fly to Los Angeles to be the first in the world to play Nintendo's next home console, code-named Revolution.
After signing up at www.aol.com/nintendo-first-to-play, three finalists for Nintendo's First-to-Play Sweepstakes will attend Nintendo's international media briefing on May 9 prior to the start of the Electronics Entertainment Expo, the most important video game industry event of the year. The winner will appear on stage to experience the new console in front of thousands of top industry insiders and reporters.
"No consumer has ever played this new Nintendo system before," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "But more importantly, no one has ever interacted with video games in this way before. Our next home console will revolutionize how people play and experience video games."
The new Nintendo console will open the world of video games to new audiences through the use of its innovative controller. Shaped like a remote control, it allows users to direct the action on the television screen through the motion of the controller itself.
"As one of the leading game destinations on the Web, we are thrilled to partner with Nintendo to give our AOL Games community the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be the very first person to play the highly anticipated Revolution console," said Ralph Rivera, Vice President & General Manager, AOL Games.

People can enter the sweepstakes between April 21 and April 28 by registering at www.aol.com/nintendo-first-to-play. Entrants do not need to be members of AOL. Three finalists chosen at random will fly with one guest each for a two-night stay in Los Angeles. The three finalists will enjoy VIP seating at Nintendo's media briefing in Hollywood at the Kodak Theatre, home to the Oscars. One of the finalists will be selected at random to step onto the stage and usher in the new era of video games. Entrants must be 18 or older. For more information about Nintendo's First to Play Sweepstakes, visit www.aol.com/nintendo-first-to-play.

Three Rings to Give Away 18th Century Authentic Gold Doubloon for In-Game Five Millionth Doubloon Purchase

San Francisco, CA - April 21, 2006 - Three Rings Design, Inc., a premier developer of multi-player online casual games, announced today that it will give away a 1787 Spanish Gold Escudo Doubloon, rescued from pirate loot, to the player that purchases the five millionth doubloon for their popular online game "Puzzle Pirates."

The company expects to reach the five millionth sale mark later this week and will announce the winner shortly after. In light of some strong market trends, the company recently shifted its strategy from subscription pricing to a "free-to-play" model that includes the option of purchasing micro-currency. Players can then spend their micro-currency on in-game upgrades and additional content.

The sale of five million doubloons is an important milestone for the company and points to the broad acceptance of that model. In fact, the company is launching a new game "Bang! Howdy," a multiplayer online tactical strategy game for the PC which uses the same payment structure and online distribution model.

"Three Rings has led the charge for micro-currency in the US market, and the success of 'Puzzle Pirates' doubloons has convinced us that it represents the future for online entertainment," said Daniel James, Three Rings' CEO. "We were inspired by the Korean market, where 'free to play, pay for item' is the ubiquitous business model for online games. As the US market matures to meet Korea, we intend to keep leading the way."

The company is riding some powerful trends in digital entertainment - the popularity of casual games, a move towards the massively multiplayer, and the ascent of digital downloads. With the shift to "freemium" pricing, the company recently became cash-flow positive and funds the distribution and development of its games internally. To date, over 1.5mm individuals have downloaded Puzzle Pirates.

To learn more about Three Rings and or Puzzle Pirates, please visit their site at: http://www.puzzlepirates.com for more information.

About Three Rings
Three Rings is a premier developer of multi-player online casual games.Since launching "Puzzle Pirates" to international acclaim in 2004, the company has quickly become one of the most popular and well-respected makers of online games. The games are free to play and have virtual economies with unique micro-currencies. The company's games are currently played in more than 50 countries. More information on Three Rings can be found at http://threerings.net/ and "Puzzle Pirates" can be found at
http://www.PuzzlePirates.com/

New “Kameo: Elements of Power Design Your Skin Contest” Challenges Fans To Unleash Their Inner Artist

Since the very first onscreen pixel, fans have dreamed of creating their own original art designs for their favorite video game characters. Now Microsoft Game Studios and Rare Ltd are giving Xbox 360 fans a chance to unleash their inner artist and make the dream a reality with the “Kameo: Elements of Power Design Your Skin Contest.”

From April 19 to May 24, 2006, aspiring artists can visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/k/kameo/designskincontest.htm to get more information and electronically submit a unique, originally designed “skin” of one of the elemental warriors or Kameo herself from “Kameo: Elements of Power.” Designers will enter for a chance to have the whole world play their designs when they are made publicly available at a later time.

The contest is open to aspiring artists 13 years of age or older. Entries must consist of an original design of either Kameo or one of the elemental warriors, a title (example: “Roller Ninja Pummelweed”) and a brief description. Finalists will be judged by a panel of Xbox and Rare team members on the basis of creativity and feasibility for the team to reproduce as downloadable content. One winner for Kameo and each of her warriors will be chosen for a total of 11 winning entries. For a complete set of rules, please visit http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/k/kameo/designskincontest.htm.

From renowned game developer Rare, "Kameo: Elements of Power," grants players the ability to morph into unique and incredible warriors allowing the main character Kameo to search out and battle ever-present evil. Boasting impeccable next-generation graphics and innovative gameplay, "Kameo: Elements of Power" shines as a giant leap in game development. Continuing its legacy of creating dynamic puzzles, immersive combat and enormous environments, Rare fuses multiple genres to create a strikingly fun gaming experience destined for widespread appeal. For up-to-date information on "Kameo: Elements of Power," visit the official expanded site at http://www.kameo.com.

About Rare

United Kingdom-based Rare, one of the world’s leading video game developers, was founded in 1985 by Chris and Tim Stamper. Rare has been the mastermind behind some of the most popular video games in history, including such global multimillion sellers as GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark.

About Microsoft Game Studios

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game systems, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as “Age of Empires®,” “Flight Simulator” and “Zoo Tycoon®;” Xbox and Xbox 360 (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as the upcoming “Gears of War” and franchises such as “Halo®,” “Fable®,” “Project Gotham Racing®” and “Forza Motorsport™”; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as “Bejeweled” and “Hexic®.”

The Adventure Company Announces Safecracker

April 20, 2006 – The Adventure Company, a leading publisher of PC adventure games is pleased to announce Safecracker, a unique puzzle adventure game with 35 unique safes to crack.

Storyline:

You are hired by the wealthy family of a recently deceased billionaire to search for the last will and testament of their late relative, Duncan Walter Adams, who was “eccentric” to say the least. He has hidden the deed to his riches in one of the safes scattered in his magnificent mansion. The deceased billionaire also happened to be an avid safe collector and you have been hired to crack all 35 of them! The stakes are high and the clues are scarce. You will need your experience, wits, deductive reasoning and puzzle solving skills to earn your pay check.

Features:

· A challenging puzzle adventure game with 35 unique safes to crack

· Explore 40 lavish and intriguing rooms of an extravagant mansion created in great detail

· Decipher unexpected clues inside each safe that will help you open the others ultimately leading you to the master safe

· The ultimate challenge for puzzle enthusiasts and wanna-be safecrackers

· From the developers of Return to Mysterious Island

Safecracker is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2006 with an anticipated ESRB rating of ‘E’ for Everyone and PEGI rating of 3+

Special Abilities of Gunnar Displayed in the Latest Gameplay Video for Rogue Trooper!

Rogue Trooper, the upcoming third person sci-fi action shooter game based off of the popular comic book series from 2000 AD, puts you in the shoes of the last survivor of the Genetic Infantrymen who were set up and brutally massacred. Rogue sets off alone on a mission for revenge as he fights his way through platoons of soldiers to search for the traitor responsible for the death of his comrades. Though alone on the battlefield, the bio-chips containing the genetic information of his fallen comrades Gunnar, Bagman and Helm, have been implanted in his gear, which allows their personalities and abilities to come to life a second time.

Download the new video now at: http://www.eidosinteractive.com/downloads/search.html?gmid=161!

The latest gameplay video released for Rogue Trooper puts Gunnar in the spotlight, showcasing the abilities that he is more than willing to bring to the fight. In addition to the variety of upgradeable weaponry add-ons and assisted targeting abilities, Rogue is also able to set Gunnar down as a turret, allowing Gunnar to target enemies on his own. This unique ability is perfect for setting up ambushes or providing cover fire for Rogue as he moves to a more strategic position, adding a new element of strategy and tactics uncommon in normal action games.

April 20, 2006

Baseball Mogul 2006 Free Demo

The Free Demo for Baseball Mogul 2007 is now available at http://downloads.sportsmogul.com/demo/Baseball-Mogul-2007-Demo-Setup-v916.exe.

Baseball Mogul 2006 Features:

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NEW Animated Play-By-Play! All-new in-game Manager Mode lets you call plays and make substitutions as if you were in the dugout. Or retire to the owner's box and let your coaches and players control the action. It's up to you!
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NEW Pitch-By-Pitch Mode! Fully interactive pitch-by-pitch mode puts you in complete control of the game. New graphical batting and pitching interface gives you pinpoint control over each pitch. Brush back the batter with an inside fastball, then put him away with a splitter in the dirt.
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NEW Custom Pitcher Database! Sports Mogul unveils a 30,000 line database with data for over 1,200 pitchers that you can't find anywhere else. Includes individually researched ratings for every pitch in each pitcher's arsenal, going back to 1901. From Gaylord Perry's spitball to Daisuke Matsuzaka's "Gyroball", Baseball Mogul 2007 is the most complete baseball simulation you can buy.
* NEW Lefty-Righty Stats! Baseball Mogul 2007 tracks every match-up. Whether you are pinch-hitting in the 9th or trading for someone to platoon with your left-handed outfielder, Baseball Mogul 2007 puts all the data at your fingertips. Every scouting report includes lefty/righty splits, plus a skill breakdown against each type of pitcher (or hitter).

* NEW "Live Coverage"! New play settings let you "cut to the action" in the middle of games. You choose the situations (such as a tight game against a division rival) and Baseball Mogul lets you switch over to Play-By-Play Mode with one click.

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NEW "Tradezilla" Redesigned aritificial intelligence built with evolutionary algorithms. Smarter computer opponents and 'Trading Block' features give you the same challenges as a major league General Manager.

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NEW Batter Rating System! Travis Hafner's ability to get around on the game's best fastballs. Manny Ramirez feasting on curveballs. Baseball Mogul 2007 features new scouting data for every better to create maximum realism and strategy.

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NEW Minor League Simulation Engine! Every pitch from AAA to High School is realistically simulated for the entire league. New research for this year includes improved player development and aging algorithms. A "career graph" for every player tracking their major-league equivalent progress from draft-day until retirement.

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NEW 11-Point Personality Profiles for every player and every team. Each profile affects contract negotiations. And, as an optional setting, personalities can impact on-field performance and team chemistry.
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NEW 2006 Rosters! Off-season moves, free agent signings and trades. Detailed career stats, ratings, contracts and projections as of Opening Day. Plus personalized data for over 1,500 minor leaguers. Free updated rosters available during the season.
* NEW Roster Tools! Baseball Mogul 2007 includes new tools for creating, editing and tweaking your own custom rosters. Cut-and-paste players from any season. Add players from your favorite college and high school teams. Mogul makes it easy to customize your baseball universe to run a league or just to share with friends.

* Exclusive Licensee of the Sean Lahman Baseball Database! Includes more than 10,000 players from 1901 to 2006. You can play as any team in any year, with a revamped pitch-by-pitch simulation engine accurately modelling each historical era.

* Faster Simulation Speed! It wouldn't be Baseball Mogul if you had to take a bathroom break while the season progressed. Baseball Mogul 2007 can play a full season, including all computer trades and roster moves, in under 30 seconds.

April 19, 2006

EA SPORTS 2006 MADDEN BOWL ON ESPN TONIGHT!

Tune in to ESPN this Thursday, April 20th at 9:30 pm EST for a special presentation of the 2006 EA SPORTS Madden Bowl, filmed on location at the Colony Club in Detroit during the week of Super Bowl XL. Hosted by Trey Wingo of ESPN, the 12th annual EA Sports Madden Bowl pits the top 8 Madden gamers in the NFL against each other in a sudden death tournament to determine the best in the league. The finale of this two-part special airs Thursday, April 27th at 9:30pm.

NFL players competing for bragging rights and the Madden Bowl trophy:

* Willis McGahee (Buffalo Bills)
* Marcus Trufant (Seattle Seahawks)
* Edgerrin James (Arizona Cardinals)
* Chad Johnson (Cincinnati Bengals)
* Alex Smith (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
* Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers)
* Mark Clayton (Baltimore Ravens)
* Santana Moss (Washington Redskins)

Full Madden Bowl air schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 (all times EST):

ESPN THU 4/20/2006 09:30PM Episode 1

ESPN THU 4/27/2006 09:30PM Episode 2

ESPN FRI 4/28/2006 01:00PM Episode 1

ESPN FRI 4/28/2006 01:30PM Episode 2

ESPN THU 5/11/2006 01:00PM Episode 1

ESPN THU 5/18/2006 01:00PM Episode 2

ESPN2 THU 4/27/2006 10:00PM Episode 1

ESPN2 THU 4/27/2006 10:30PM Episode 2

ESPN2 FRI 4/28/2006 12:00AM Episode 1

ESPN2 FRI 4/28/2006 12:30AM Episode 2

ESPN2 SUN 4/30/2006 12:30AM Episode 1

ESPN2 SUN 4/30/2006 01:00AM Episode 2

ESPN and ESPN2 are currently re-airing the first season of Madden Nation. The air schedule on ESPN and ESPN2 (all times EST):

ESPN2 WED 4/26/2006 12:00AM

ESPN2 WED 4/26/2006 12:30AM

ESPN2 SUN 4/30/2006 01:30AM

ESPN2 SUN 4/30/2006 02:00AM

ESPN2 SUN 4/30/2006 02:30AM

ESPN2 WED 5/3/2006 12:00AM

ESPN2 WED 5/3/2006 12:30AM

ESPN THU 5/4/2006 01:00PM

ESPN2 WED 5/10/2006 12:00AM

ESPN2 WED 5/10/2006 12:30AM

ESPN2 WED 5/17/2006 12:00AM

ESPN2 WED 5/17/2006 12:30AM

SCEA Media Bulletin: PlayStation Family Continues to Lead Videogame Industry

In the month of March, Sony Computer Entertainment America continued to lead the videogame industry, with PlayStation 2 and the PSP(PlayStation Portable) leading the pack as the top selling hardware and portable
platforms in North America, and PlayStation 2 leading software and accessory sales, according to data released by the NPD Group.

Consumer demand for the PlayStation 2 remains strong, March NPD data showed that PlayStation 2 was the top selling hardware platform selling close to 277K units compared to Microsoft's Xbox 360 which sold fewer
than 192K units and Xbox which sold close to 83K units, and Nintendo's GameCube which sold almost 63K units.

On the portable gaming front, in March PSP sold close to 186K units, making it the best-selling portable in terms of dollar sales. Following a record-setting launch last March, the PSP has quickly become a cultural icon and a market-altering force with more than 4.5 million units sold in North America.

NPD data also showed that PlayStation 2 led March sales on the software front, selling more than 6 million units, while software for Microsoft's Xbox sold close to 2.2 million units and Xbox 360 sold more than 1.6 million units, software for Nintendo's GameCube sold close to 1.5 million units. To date more than 345 million units of PlayStation 2 software have been sold in the U.S.

There were 104 new games introduced in March, selling more than 4.2 million units. The best selling new game in March was Square-Enix's Kingdom Hearts II for PlayStation 2, which sold more than 614K units. The top selling new game for PSP was Sony Computer Entertainment America's MLB 06: The Show which sold almost 69K units.

With more than 1.3 million units sold, PlayStation 2 also sold the most accessory units and generated the most revenue in March according to NPD.

Project Gotham Racing 3 Barrels onto Xbox Live Marketplace with the Downloadable Speed Pack

The “PGR 3” Speed Pack is now available and offers gamers and racing aficionados access to new super cars and innovative gameplay enhancements. Sleek new vehicles will take gamers from zero-to-170 in the blink of an eye.

In addition to the added ability for hosts to take players to the lobby during playtime races, new Xbox Live Achievements, rotating car classes for Career Championships, Gamertags displayed during in-game conversation, savable custom routes once raced over Xbox Live and additional online and offline enhancements are also included in the heart-stopping package.

The Speed Pack will debut for a total of 400 Microsoft Points, though gamers can also choose to purchase the vehicles a la carte for a nominal fee. The twelve new cars include:

• Audi RS 4

• Chevrolet Corvette Z06

• Dodge Viper SRT-10 Coupe

• Lamborghini Gallardo SE

• Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII FQ-400

• Nissan NISMO R34GT-R Z-Tune

• Pontiac GTO

• Radical SR8

• RUF RT12

• Saleen S7 Twin Turbo

• Ferrari 612 Scaglietti

• Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The action doesn’t stop there; gamers should also keep their eyes out for more thrilling content – such as the upcoming Cadillac V-Series Collection, including several of the hottest and fastest Cadillacs in existence – available in the near future.

And for those gamers who have yet to register for the non-stop, no-brakes “PGR 3 Global Tournament,” registration is now open to all challengers until April 28. The exciting competition promises legendary, speed-breaking match-ups between the best of the best across the globe with the top 12 racers winning a chance to compete for the championship crown at the Lamborghini factory in Italy. For more information and details about the tournament be sure to visit www.pgr3tournament.com and find out how you can become the number one PGR 3 racer.

“PGR 3” is the next-generation debut of the best-selling “Project Gotham Racing” franchise for Xbox. Gamers take the driver’s seat in some of the fastest cars ever created by manufacturers such as Ferrari and Lamborghini. “PGR 3” boasts jaw-dropping visuals generated by the horsepower of the Xbox 360 and thrusts gamers into spectacularly-detailed courses throughout several of the world’s largest cities including New York, Tokyo, Las Vegas and London. Racers can define their own style, in their own car, and take down opponents both on and offline.

Xbox Live is the first and only unified online entertainment network seamlessly integrated throughout the entire console experience, making it easy to find the friends, games and entertainment people want from the moment they power on their Xbox 360 system. Xbox Live connects more than two million members across more than 24 countries together to enjoy hundreds of multiplayer games, free playable game demos, music videos and movie trailers, as well as new game levels, characters and vehicles for all their favorite retail games. More information can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/en-us/live.

Bizarre Creations is an independent developer, based in Liverpool, UK. Established in 1994, the company is famed for such high profile franchises as “Formula 1”, “Fur Fighters” and “Project Gotham Racing”. Bizarre prides itself on providing high-quality next-generation gaming experiences that excel in gameplay, graphics, audio and technology. Find them on the web at www.bizarreonline.net or www.bizarrecreations.com.

SEGA ANNOUNCES PHANTASY STAR UNIVERSE COMING TO XBOX 360 CONSOLE

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (April 19, 2006) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that Phantasy Star™ Universe will be available on the Xbox 360™. Scheduled for release in Fall 2006, the highly-anticipated role playing game (RPG) will release on multiple platforms including the PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system and PC. Phantasy Star Universe offers two complete RPG experiences – a single-player action adventure spanning multiple planets, and a robust online multiplayer component that will support Xbox Live®.

Since its humble beginnings in 1988, Phantasy Star has revolutionized the RPG genre by creating new standards through innovative gameplay and online capability. Phantasy Star Universe offers a compelling story, both offline and online, that rebuilds the foundation of role-playing games with stunning cut scenes, sharply drawn personalities, and a cohesive narrative. This game revitalizes the Phantasy Star brand heritage while staying true to its roots.

"The reinvigoration of this beloved franchise on the Xbox 360 signifies another step for SEGA towards next-gen leadership," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "Phantasy Star has a rich history, and now with Phantasy Star Universe in support of the Xbox 360 and Xbox Live, gamers can enjoy a fantasy role-playing experience of unprecedented depth both online with their friends, and offline in the robust single-player game."

Developed by SEGA Studios, Phantasy Star Universe offers long-time fans the single-player experience they have been clamoring for. The solo adventure features more than 40 hours of gameplay, an emotionally engaging story, stunning cut scenes, and a strong cast of characters with very distinctive personalities. The title's hero is Ethan Waber, a 17-year old cadet who begins his epic journey by first rescuing his sister at the GUARDIANS, a colony under siege by mysterious life forms known as THE SEED.

In Online Mode, players are given the opportunity to create their own characters from a range of races, as they explore all three planets in the Gurhal system. Fans can travel with their friends as a squad of six adventurers, enter urban sprawls teeming with hundreds of other players, and build their avatars into powerful warriors.

Phantasy Star Universe will offer a rich and constantly evolving world that will provide months of entertainment to fans of the series and RPG enthusiasts. The game is slated to ship in Fall 2006.
Key Product Features:

• Epic Story: Phantasy Star Universe offers a suspenseful single player adventure that fans have been clamoring for.
• Phantasy Star Brand Heritage: Since 1988, the franchise has evolved, and produced seven series to date – building itself as one of the most well established RPG franchises.
• Real-time battles where players choose their own strategies: Choose from over 200 weapon variations in over 20 weapon categories for melee, technique, or ranged-type combat. Players can also select numerous Photon Arts to defeat enemies.
• World Class Score: Soundtrack produced by premier orchestras and vocals from Poland, Hollywood, and New York.
• Online Gameplay: Offering the Best of Both Worlds
- Multiplayer: Create a squad of up to six players to explore the universe and conquer quests.
- Endless gameplay: In addition to over 40 hours of offline gameplay, gamers can spend endless hours online customizing characters, searching for rare items, leveling up, and joining friends for exhilarating new quests.
• Variety in transportation: Player-controlled vehicles offer a new type of gameplay for the Phantasy Star franchise.
• Character Customization: Go beyond standard customization for your character with precise measurements, an endless color palette, and outlandish outfits.
• Massive enemies: Over 20 unique enemy species, totaling over 200 enemy variations.

About SEGA® of America, Inc.
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. The SEGA® of America, Inc. Web site is located at www.SEGA.com.

About SEGA® Europe Ltd.
SEGA® Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. The SEGA® Europe Ltd. Web site is located at www.sega-europe.com.

Latest Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Gaming News

As the industry gears up for E3, Microsoft is preparing to unveil the next wave of premium game content and online gaming services for Xbox 360, and there are more surprises just around the corner.

The World Embraces Xbox 360

The worldwide Xbox 360 launch was met with great success and fanfare in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore on March 16 and Australia and New Zealand on March 23, successfully placing the console around the world.

The launch “down under” was the highest grossing entertainment launch in Australian history – grossing more than the Harry Potter books or the Lord of the Rings movies. More than 350 stores opened in Australia and New Zealand at midnight and the console availability may have temporarily impacted the region’s productivity: more than half of customers who preordered a console said they intended to take a day off from work to play their new consoles. More than 30,000 consoles sold in the first four days, making Xbox 360 the fastest-selling console launch in Australian history.

The excitement continues on April 22 when Australia aims to break records again, this time with the world’s largest water balloon fight. The water balloon event ties into the console’s “Jump In” brand advertising tagline, which has heralded the next generation of gaming (check out the ad online at xbox.com.au/waterballoon). The event takes place at Coogee Beach, one of Australia’s iconic beaches. Thousands of gamers from all over the world will launch more than 50,000 water balloons at each other.

Australia isn’t the only country stepping up the fun. In a news conference in Tokyo on April 6, Takashi Sensui, the new general manager of the Japanese Xbox division, announced that 15 more games would be added to the Japanese lineup by summer, bringing the total to 40 – a number that is expected to double by the end of the year. Also announced was the “Blue Limited Edition” Xbox 360 model themed after the FIFA World Cup, of which Xbox 360 is the official games console. A special blue faceplate included in this model matches Japan’s national soccer team’s color. Other Japanese-exclusive content includes an online “Mobile Suit Gundam” game from Namco/Bandai, SquareEnix’ exclusive “Project Sylph,” a secret RPG developed by TriAce, downloadable anime episodes through Xbox Live Marketplace, and the upcoming RPGs “Lost Odyssey” and “Blue Dragon.”

In an effort to meet the unwavering demand for Xbox 360 across the world, Microsoft is now shipping two to three times the number of consoles that had previously been shipped to retailers each week. This keeps us firmly on track to meet forecast of 4.5 to 5.5 million units worldwide by the end of June 2006.

Xbox 360 Games: Topping the Charts

Xbox 360 is setting the bar for high definition gaming. Both “Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter” (Ubisoft) and “Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (Bethesda) exploded software sales in March. Bethesda announced “Oblivion” shipped more than 1.7 million copies on the Xbox 360 and Windows platforms between its launch on March 20 and April 7, making it one of the fastest-selling RPGs ever. “Oblivion” has been receiving accolades from nearly every game reviewer, and has been hailed by some as “one of the best RPGs ever made.” In Europe, “Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter” topped the all-formats sales charts the week it released – replaced only by “Oblivion” two weeks later.

Of the 80 high-definition games scheduled for release by June, games being released in April include:

o “FIFA World Cup™” (EA SPORTS)
o “FINAL FANTASY® XI” (Square Enix, Inc.)
o “Top Spin 2“ (2K Sports)
o “Major League Baseball 2K6” (2K Sports)
o “Battlefield 2: Modern Combat™” (Electronic Arts)
o “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend” (Eidos)

Xbox Live Marketplace and Xbox Live Arcade: The Digital Trendsetters

There is incredible momentum behind the Xbox Live Marketplace digital distribution center. More than 10 million pieces of content have been downloaded from Marketplace since launch. In addition to high-definition movie trailers, games and demos, more than three million of the downloads were Xbox Live Arcade game titles. The ability to “try Arcade titles before you buy” is a big hit, with an average 20 percent trial-to-purchase conversion rate (39 percent for the most popular Arcade game, “Geometry Wars.”)

Gamers can also expand their gaming experience by downloading new content from Xbox Live Marketplace. Three new content packs for “Kameo: Elements of Power” introduced entirely new gaming features such as online cooperative gameplay. Kameo and her warriors received digital makeovers with a slew of new skins and costumes available online. Kameo players will also have a chance to leave their own personalized mark on the game with the “Kameo: Elements of Power Design Your Skin Contest.” Users will submit their own creative skin designs, with the winner’s skin available to the community after the contest concludes.

In “Perfect Dark Zero,” Joanna Dark fans will enjoy new maps in which to play and new gameplay functions in the coming months to expand this best-selling Xbox 360 title.

The downloadable “Project Gotham Racing 3” Speed Pack gives racers access to new gameplay upgrades including new cars. “Project Gotham Racing 3” also kicked off its first major tournament on April 17. When users register for the event, their game becomes tournament-enabled with the most recent update, and then they compete with other speed demons from around the world in a variety of events. Qualifiers and single-elimination tournaments culminate in a race for the gold at the Lamborghini Factory in Italy in June. Registration for the tournament closes on April 28.

In Game With Fame (GWF) news, Xbox Live gamers got a chance to participate in a special GWF session on April 5. Featuring R&B artist Chris Brown challenging opponents to a game of “Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter,” the session also included an auction for various prizes including signed CDs. The proceeds from winning bids went to Habitat for Humanity’s New Orleans relief efforts.

Exclusive Entertainment on Xbox Live

Xbox Live users can now download exclusive content from Epic records to enhance their entertainment experience. Announced last month, the exclusive Epic Records Artist of the Month program brings the hottest music to Xbox Live users, absolutely free. Each month, Epic features songs in 5.1 digital and high-definition videos from a new artist, starting with British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield whose video “Unwritten” is available through April 30. Artists of the Month will also participate in the “Game with Fame” program on Xbox Live Arcade, giving fans a chance to test their mettle against their favorite musicians.

Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend: Everyone Jumps In

If the ability to demo games converts to sales, then what about the ability to demo the entire Xbox Live Gold service? That was the philosophy behind the incredibly successful Free Xbox Live Gold Weekend, presented courtesy of Verizon from March 31 through April 2, 2006. Xbox 360 gamers connected to Xbox Live enjoyed all the services of gold membership, free of charge.

Gamers rocked the Xbox Live world during the Free Gold Weekend in a series of events representing the largest multiplayer games programming effort ever. Events included Xbox Live Arcade leaderboard tournaments, a series of Play and Win contests, and a mentorship program where “veterans” helped “newbies” get acquainted with the service.

Viva Piñata: The Next Big Thing

On March 15, Microsoft Game Studios and 4Kids Entertainment announced the introduction of “Viva Piñata,” a mass entertainment property created by Rare that features a vibrant world of living piñata animals. 4Kids Entertainment are known for powerhouse properties like Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokemon, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

This fall, a Viva Piñata television show debuts on 4Kids TV on Fox, followed by an Xbox 360-exclusive game in the 2006 holiday season. The customizable and immersive game allows players to create their own unique Piñata-filled adventures.

When Celebrities Play

April 8 saw the first “Settle the Score” event, a new program where celebrities go head to head on the Xbox to see who’s really #1. Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers defeated Corey Maggette of the LA Clippers in a game of NBA 2K6 for bragging rights – and an Xbox 360 for each of Kobe’s teammates. Future events featuring celebrity rivals are already in the works.

The Envelope Please…

We are proud to announce that the recently-redesigned Xbox.com website was nominated for a Webby Award for Community. The Webby Awards – considered the Oscars for websites – recognize the best online design and content, and by extension, recognize the growing gaming community at Xbox.com, fueled in no small part by the surge in Xbox Live members with the release of Xbox 360.

Games for Windows: A Legendary Rise

One of the most anticipated real-time strategy games will hit the Windows platform next month: “Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends.” This fantasy title has been building buzz online for some time, and fans are ready to roll up their sleeves and pit magic against technology in this epic strategy game.

Additionally, Zoo Tycoon fans will want to visit the completely redesigned Web site for “Zoo Tycoon,” launched on April 3. Fans of the franchise can visit ZooTycoon.com for the latest zoo news, downloadable wallpapers, coloring book pages, ring tones and much more.

Microsoft Gaming: Accolades Abound

Next-gen.biz recently named a list of Top 100 game developers for next-generation consoles, and 15 of those 100 developers are members of the Microsoft Game Studios team. In alphabetical order, the designers honored include: Cliff Bleszinki, Martyn Chudley, Denis Dyack, David Jones, Jason Jones, Tetsuya Mizuguchi, Peter Molyneux, Dr Ray Muzyak, Dr Greg Zeschuk, Okomoto-san, Alexey Pajitnov, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Bruce Shelley, Tim Stamper and Chris Stamper.

Additionally, IGN recently compiled metrics on gaming in 2006 with three major Xbox 360 titles making the “most anticipated original IP” list: “Gears of War” (Epic), “Prey” (Venom Games and 3D Realms), and “Ninety-Nine Nights” (Q Entertainment). Epic Games and Bungie Studios are among the top 5 Developers of 2006.

The Family Grows

A major partner joined the Microsoft Game Studios family this month: Lionhead Studios, makers of the revolutionary “Fable” and “Black & White.” Helmed by founder and legendary game designer Peter Molyneux, Lionhead will now produce content exclusively for the Xbox 360 and Windows gaming platforms.

Availability Means Attachment

With increased supply hitting retail shelves, gamers are gobbling up the next generation of games. Xbox 360 had 3 of the 10 best-selling titles across all video game platforms. “Ghost Recon: Advanced War Fighter” was the #2 title, “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” was #3, and “Fight Night: Round 3” was the #9 title. “Oblivion” scored the #3 spot despite being on the market for only a few days in March.

“Fight Night: Round 3” experienced its best sales since launch on Xbox 360. Gamers are clearly looking for a high-definition, next-generation gaming experience now. With Xbox Live giving gamers the opportunity to download the demo and try the game, “Fight Night: Round 3” has become one of the best-attached boxing games in console history.

Top 5 selling Xbox 360 titles for March:

1. “Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter” (Ubisoft)

2. “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion” (Bethesda)

3. “Fight Night: Round 3” (EA)

4. “Burnout: Revenge” (EA)

5. “The Outfit” (THQ)

The Launch-to-date attach rate for games increased to a record 4.5 games per console in North America, fueled by the desire to jump into the next generation of high-definition entertainment and the increased availability of Xbox 360 in retail channels. The attach rate for Xbox 360 accessories broke its own record, at 3.0 per console in North America.

As E3 draws ever closer, get ready for the next chapter in the Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business story!

April 18, 2006

Gameloft Gets Down with Paris Hilton; Exclusive Multiyear Licensing Agreement to Produce Mobile Games Based on Heiress Extraordinaire

NEW YORK – Gameloft, a leading developer and publisher of mobile games, is delighted to announce a long term licensing agreement with Paris Hilton Entertainment Inc. to develop, publish and distribute mobile games based on heiress and pop culture icon, Paris Hilton.

As part of this agreement, Gameloft will develop and produce a series of mobile games featuring Paris Hilton and her likeness. The first title in the series will be geared to tweens/teens and fans of Paris Hilton. Additional games scheduled for production will be aimed at both male and female fans of Ms. Hilton whose diverse fan base complements Gameloft’s catalogue of wide ranging games.

“Gameloft is dedicated to increasing mobile game offerings to female and casual gamers and we are thrilled to have Paris Hilton on board,” said Michel Guillemot, president, Gameloft. “She is a model, a fashionista, an actress, an entrepreneur and a pop culture force of nature whose appeal is recognized the world over. Mobile games based on such a significant personality as Paris Hilton will be an excellent addition to our diverse slate of games,” added Guillemot. “She is a universal brand that surpasses all boundaries.”

“I’m excited to collaborate with Gameloft to bring the Paris Hilton brand and the glamour of young Hollywood to the cell phones of all my fans around the world,” said Paris Hilton. “My phone has become an all in one entertainment device and mobile games are an integral part of that. Mobile gaming is really hot right now and I’m excited to be part of this project.”

Gameloft’s experience in bringing branded entertainment personalities to the mobile space includes baseball star Derek Jeter, golf pro Vijay Singh and European soccer star Djibril Cisse.

The first mobile game based on Paris Hilton is scheduled for release worldwide in summer of 2006.


About Gameloft
Gameloft is a leading international publisher and developer of video games for mobile phones. Established in 1999, it has emerged as one of the top innovators in its field. The company creates games for mobile handsets equipped with Java, Brew or Symbian technology. The total number of games-enabled handsets is anticipated to exceed two billion units in 2008.

Partnership agreements with leading licensors and sports personalities such as Ubisoft Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Viacom, Warner Bros., FifPro, Lamborghini, Vans, Derek Jeter, Vijay Singh and Geoff Rowley allow Gameloft to form strong relationships with international brands. In addition to the partnerships, Gameloft owns and operates titles such as Block Breaker Deluxe, Asphalt: Urban GT and New York Nights.

Through agreements with major telephone wireless carriers, handset manufacturers, specialized distributors and its online shop, Gameloft has a distribution network in over 65 countries.

Gameloft has worldwide offices in New York, San Francisco, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Paris, London, Duesseldorf, Milan, Barcelona, New Delhi, Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Gameloft is listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN: FR0000079600, Bloomberg: GFT FP, Reuters: GLFT.PA)

For more information visit www.gameloft.com.

About Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton can next be seen starring in “The Simple Life 4,” which will air on E! Entertainment. The show also stars Nicole Ritchie, and follows the girls as they leave behind the comforts of life in Beverly Hills and hit the road working odd jobs along the way. Paris’ other television credits include: “The O.C.,” “Las Vegas,” “Veronica Mars,” and “The George Lopez Show.”

Segueing between the big and small screen, Paris was last seen on the big screen the Warner Bros. film “The House of Wax,” starring alongside Chad Michael Murray for producer Joel Silver. Additional film credits include: “Raising Helen,” “Zoolander,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “Wonderland.”

Paris’ career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. This fall Paris will release her first untitled album produced by Scott Storche for Warner Bros. Records. Her first single is set to be released In early June. She just released her second book, “Confess it all to Me,” following her New York Best Seller, “Confessions of an Heiress,” for Simon and Shuster in September 2004. She is currently at work on her third fragrance under the Paris Hilton Brand.

Paris enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets and is actively involved in numerous and various animal advocacy organizations.

Paris resides in Los Angeles.

ALL-STAR CAST SECURED FOR SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME FROM EA AND WARNER BROS.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 18, 2006 – Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS) and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today they have secured an all-star cast for the voices in SUPERMAN RETURNS™: THE VIDEOGAME. The game will feature the voice and likeness of Brandon Routh (Superman/Clark Kent) as well as the voices of Kevin Spacey (Lex Luthor), Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane), Parker Posey (Kitty Kowalski) and Sam Huntington (Jimmy Olsen), all reprising their roles from the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Bryan Singer.

Launching with the film this summer on June 28, SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME allows players to experience a real sense of flying, and master Superman's unrivaled powers in order to save Metropolis. Based on the classic DC Comics books as well as the upcoming motion picture, SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME draws from more than 60 years of comic lore to create the ultimate open-world super hero experience.



SUPERMAN RETURNS: THE VIDEOGAME is currently in development by EA Tiburon in Orlando, Fla. and will be released on the Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as current generation platforms and handheld game systems. More information can be found at www.besuperman.com.

"Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT" Ships for PlayStation(R)2

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Newport Beach, Calif.-April 18, 2006-Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced they have shipped the next installment in the popular street racing series, Tokyo Xtreme Racer DRIFT for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system. With an incredibly low SRP of $14.99, longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike can enjoy exhilarating street racing without a huge price tag.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT takes the adrenaline of street racing into the mountains and onto very demanding courses. Race genuine production cars on real mountain courses. Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more are all there to be tested on some of Japan's toughest terrain in Iroha, Haruna, Rokko and Hakone. State-of-the-art data recording techniques ensure that the courses look, feel and race just like the real thing.

Tokyo Extreme Racer DRIFT has two distinct racing challenges. As a race car driver, you take part in official mountain races during the daytime and then race for pride (and car upgrades and parts) at night. The idea is to earn money from day races to enhance your car and then bet car parts in night races. Sponsors will further enhance your income if you are successful. There are uphill and downhill races, day and night time races, challenging weather and season conditions and a nerve-ending one on one rival racing battle system.

"TXR DRIFT still has the elements TXR fans expect," said PSM 100% Independent PlayStation 2 Magazine. "The driving feels as tight as ever, and the new drift mechanics are enjoyable to master."
"There's a lot of drift-oriented racers out there now, but this is the first one that made me feel as if I was barreling down a mountain road," said GotNext.com.

Game features include:
o Drive and compete in licensed cars from Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Mini, Volkswagen and more.
o Customize your cars in endless combinations.
o Master the driving art of "Drift" and earn respect and victories.
o Race in the picturesque and authentic mountain sides of Japan.
o Compete in official day and unofficial night races.
o Winding hills, changing weather and grueling environments affect the race course and test your driving skill.
o Multiplayer competition with rival races.

About Crave Entertainment
Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube™, the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

Maelstrom’s factions revealed - the human race divided and the new alien threat

New York (April 18, 2006) – Coming late September, exclusively for Windows PC, Maelstrom is an action strategy game where Hollywood sci-fi meets groundbreaking RTS gameplay.

Set against the violent ecological meltdown of Earth, players will be able to unleash a tide of carnage with colossal transforming robots, crush enemies by raining down fire, level entire mountains and freeze the oceans.

In this ravaged world, water has become the most valuable of resources and has divided what remains of mankind in two: the urban freedom fighting ‘Remnants’ and the technologically advanced ‘Ascension.’ Now, these two groups must wage war against a new threat, the invasion of a savage alien race, the Hai-Genti resulting in a desperate struggle for supremacy and survival.

The Remnants, Ascension and Hai-Genti comprise Maelstrom’s three playable factions, and each is superbly different in terms of theme and play strategy.

The Remnants

* Led by ex-US military General James Buchanan, players can take charge with the heroic Remnants, as they modify their units on the fly to deal with the situation.
* Use stealth to infiltrate enemy lines and guerrilla tactics to devise lethal traps involving napalm, proximity mines, bomb cluster chains and devastating nuclear weapons.
* Turn enemy units against their masters, as players hack into and control the Ascension’s ruthless transforming tech, the Mechamorphs.


The Ascension

* Dominate with the insidious Ascension, headed by Arlan Khan, as players command the all-powerful Mechmorphs with their transforming technology.
* Fear no one with advanced technology and shielded units, with their laser weaponry, cryogen rays and orbital weapon platforms, which strike down death from above.
* It’s not just the Ascension’s weaponry that can transform; if players need to relocate their base or buildings, these too can be transformed and moved on.


The Hai-Genti

* Attack the human factions and command the full strike force of the invading Hai-Genti.
* Take on an altogether alien strategy and fire down spores from the skies to grow an army of vicious bloodthirsty beasts.
* Launch surprise attacks and tear the humans limb from limb to feed ravenous spores, the literal hearts of players’ campaigns.
* Sacrifice own units to produce even more vicious and deadly mutated monsters. After all, they’re only fodder for the cause.


Complete with the ability to terraform landscapes and transform units, Maelstrom will provide strategy gamers with the power to harness the forces of nature in the most frantic, destructive, action-packed RTS game yet.

Based on an original concept by Codemasters and KDV Games, the Russian team behind the critically acclaimed Perimeter, and wrapped in a gripping science fiction scenario devised by screenwriter James Swallow, Maelstrom will launch in late September exclusively for PC. For all the latest information and to sign up for exclusive faction newsletters, visit http://www.codemasters.com/maelstrom.

2K SPORTS ANNOUNCES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K6 FOR PSP SYSTEM NOW AVAILABLE

NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Major League Baseball® 2K6 for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system is now available in stores across North America.

“We are thrilled to bring Major League Baseball 2K6, the most authentic and feature-rich MLB® video game available, to the PSP system,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Baseball fans will now be able to have the ultimate MLB experience wherever they go. Not only will gamers enjoy a bevy of exciting features found in the other versions of the game, but a PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Career Mode as well.”

Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system incorporates many of the features included in the console versions, such as A.I. powered by Inside Edge™ technology; intuitive Swing Stick™ control; the all-new Payoff Pitching™ system; World Baseball Classic Mode; and commentary from Jon Miller and Hall of Fame legend Joe Morgan. In addition to these stellar features, Major League Baseball 2K6 for the PSP system debuts the PSP system-exclusive Home Run Derby Mode, a tag team-style hitting match, pitting gamers against the best sluggers in baseball to achieve home run career supremacy. Lastly, online play – both ad-hoc and infrastructure – are supported to deliver seamless online play on the go.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is rated “E” for Everyone and is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game that will be available on every major gaming console, including Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Nintendo GameCube™. The PSP system version is available now for a suggested retail price of $39.99; with the Xbox 360 version available for $59.99; and the PlayStation 2 and Xbox titles available for $39.99.


For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

2K Sports Announces World Poker Tour® for PSP™ System Now Available in North America

NEW YORK, NY – April 18, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that World Poker Tour® for PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, is now available in stores across North America. World Poker Tour for the PSP system, based on the highly popular World Poker Tour television poker series, delivers a bevy of new, entertaining features, allowing gamers to experience the exciting world of poker wherever they go.

“World Poker Tour pioneered televised poker, creating unprecedented interest in the card game and a true cultural phenomenon,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Now available on the PSP system, World Poker Tour delivers a wealth of awesome features, including prominent poker venues, comprehensive player customization, unparalleled A.I. logic, as well as unique online play. It is by far the most complete poker game for the PSP system.”

Poker buffs test their luck and skills in World Poker Tour for PSP system, as they can create and customize their own characters to play against the virtual equivalents of real World Poker Tour pros such as Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Phil “Unabomber” Laak.

World Poker Tour for the PSP system includes a completely revamped and more intuitive A.I. system allowing gamers to play against more than 1,200 different characters, all with their own unique playing styles and behavior, in some of the world’s most prestigious poker tournaments. As players increase their career earnings, they can unlock PSP system-exclusive custom clothes and events.

With over 4,000 custom variations of poker, gamers can challenge computer opponents or take their custom poker game online to make their mark as poker masters. With online play connectivity, users can connect wirelessly with other PSP systems, and/or PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems. World Poker Tour for the PSP system features exclusive tournament and “final table” venues that PSP system players can host online for both PSP system and

PlayStation 2 World Poker Tour players!

World Poker Tour for the PSP system is rated “T” for Teen and is available at the suggested retail price of $29.99. World Poker Tour is also available for the PlayStation 2, Xbox® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.

For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is an integrated global developer, marketer, distributor and publisher of interactive entertainment software games and accessories for the PC, PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube™, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. The Company publishes and develops products through its wholly owned labels Rockstar Games, 2K Games, 2K Sports and Global Star Software; and distributes products in North America through its Jack of All Games subsidiary. Take-Two also manufactures and markets video game accessories in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region through its Joytech subsidiary. The Company maintains sales and marketing offices in Cincinnati, New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Munich, Madrid, Vienna, Milan, Sydney, Breda (Netherlands), Auckland, Shanghai and Tokyo. Take-Two's common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at www.take2games.com.

All trademarks and copyrights contained herein are the property of their respective holders.

"PSP" is a trademark and "PlayStation" and the "PS" Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Memory Stick Duo™ may be required (sold separately).

Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox Live are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Nintendo GameCube is a trademark of Nintendo.

About WPTE

WPT Enterprises, Inc. is a company engaged in the creation of internationally branded entertainment and consumer products driven by the development, production, and marketing of televised programming based on gaming themes. WPTE is the creator of the WORLD POKER TOUR®, a television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments that airs on the Travel Channel in the United States and more than 147 countries and territories globally. WPT Enterprises currently licenses its brand to companies in the business of poker equipment and instruction, apparel, publishing, electronic and wireless entertainment, DVD/home entertainment, casino games, and giftware. For show information, tools for improving poker play, and other WPT news, fans may log on to www.worldpokertour.com. The company is also engaged in the sale of corporate sponsorships. WPT Enterprises, Inc. is a majority owned subsidiary of Lakes Entertainment, Inc. Photos and media information can be found online at: www.worldpokertour.com/media.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-looking statements made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The statements contained herein which are not historical facts are considered forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs of our management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to them. The Company has no obligation to update such forward-looking statements. Actual results may vary significantly from these forward-looking statements based on a variety of factors. These important factors are described in the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2006 in the section entitled "Cautionary Statement and Risk Factors".

Namco Bandai Ships World Rally Championship for PSP

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 18, 2006) – Get ready for a heart-pounding, adrenaline-rushing thrill of a lifetime as leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that World Rally Championship (WRC) for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system has shipped. Rated ‘E’ for Everyone by the ESRB, WRC is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

“WRC is the perfect pick-up-and-play racing game for a handheld system, “said Jeff Lujan, Business Director at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “As the only official game of the FIA World Rally Championship, fans of the franchise can play online and race friends on their portable gaming console anytime; anywhere.”

WRC offers a complete World Rally Championship season across five continents and 16 countries, and includes a vast array of wild terrains and surfaces including such first-time locations as the streets of Japan and the hills of Mexico.

WRC is based around the 2005 season and features 30 official and fully deformable 2005 WRC, Evolution, and Extreme spec cars from leading manufacturers such as Ford, Subaru and Mitsubishi, as well as all 36 official WRC 2005 drivers and co-drivers.

Offering 64 Super Specials Stages on gravel, tarmac and snow, WRC incorporates six exciting game modes encompassing single and multiplayer levels, including Quick Rally, Time Trial, Single Rally, World Championship, Head-to-Head Wireless and Turn-based Multiplayer, as well as Wireless Multiplayer (Ad-Hoc) for up to eight players.

For more information on WRC and all of NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.’s products please visit www.namcobandaigames.com.



About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. is an interactive entertainment software publisher and developer based in Santa Clara, CA. The company is a subsidiary of the newly formed NAMCO BANDAI Holdings (USA) Inc. based in Cypress, CA.

On September 29, 2005, Bandai Co., Ltd. and NAMCO LIMITED implemented a management integration to form NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc. This step was taken to compete more effectively on the global stage in the fast-changing entertainment industry and to deliver further growth.

The resulting BANDAI NAMCO Group is a global entertainment group involved in business fields ranging from toys, amusement facilities, video game software and visual software, to apparel, sundries and network content.

As previous separate entities (Namco Hometek Inc. and Bandai Games Inc.) the companies were each known for creating some of the industry’s top video game franchises including: Tamagotchi®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, Dead to Rights®,

Pac-Man® World™, Digimon®, Ridge Racer®, Time Crisis® and ACECOMBAT®. For more information about NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. and its products log onto www.namcobandaigames.com.

Press Release © 2006 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a LarryBoy game!

Newport Beach, Calif.--April 17, 2006--Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced they have signed an agreement with Big Idea, Inc to publish the first VeggieTales interactive title for videogame consoles, LarryBoy and the Bad Apple. The action-adventure game features LarryBoy, the popular plunger-headed crime-fighting cucumber featured in several best-selling videos, in his quest to save the citizens of Bumblyburg from temptation.

"The VeggieTales stories are a big hit with children and adults alike," said Rob Dyer, COO of Crave Entertainment. "This agreement supports our continuing commitment to providing quality, family-friendly interactive entertainment that appeals to a wide audience."

The world needs a hero and LarryBoy is that hero! When trouble appears, the citizens of Bumblyburg call world-famous crime fighter LarryBoy! Aided only by his trusted butler Alfred (played with zest by Archibald Asparagus), plunger-headed LarryBoy is everything that his alter-ego Larry the Cucumber is not: bold… confident… relentlessly driven… brazenly heroic. Well, actually, that's not entirely true. While he tries to create this impression, inside, LarryBoy is still plain-old Larry. LarryBoy attempts to save the day with clever use of his super-suction ears and the many features of the Larry-Mobile. Call him a kinder, gentler, slightly slower superhero!

The game is expected to be available in late Summer 2006 for the PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system and Game Boy(r) Advance handheld system for an MSRP of $19.99.


About Big Idea Productions
Big Idea, Inc., a subsidiary of Classic Media LLC, is committed to providing entertaining stories that help parents teach children important life lessons in a delightfully wacky way. Big Idea is best known for its award-winning VeggieTales animated series, which has sold over 42 million videos and over five million albums of chart-topping audio since 1993. In addition to extending the property into licensing, publishing and live entertainment arenas, the company released its first-ever feature film, Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie, in 2002 grossing over $25 million at the domestic box office. Big Idea is recognized as the leading producer and creator of values-based product reflecting a Judeo-Christian worldview in the family entertainment industry. For more information on Big Idea, visit www.bigidea.com.

About Crave Entertainment
Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Company. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP™ (PlayStation Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube™, the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

For Those About to Rock With Guitar Hero II, We Salute You! RedOctane Announces Fall US Tour Date

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 17, 2006 – Get ready for a rock encore! RedOctane® announced today that Johnny Napalm and friends will begin touring the US again this Fall in the new videogame “Guitar Hero II™”. Picking up where Guitar Hero™ left off, Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes – including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead or bass guitar.

“Guitar Hero has proved phenomenally successful! Guitar Hero veterans will be able to plug in their Guitar Hero SG Controllers and rock GH II straight out of the box,” said Kelly Sumner, CEO of RedOctane. “We will really push the envelope with Guitar Hero II. Despite the fact there are many months until release, we’re already implementing exciting features and innovations. This fall we’re going to rock everyone’s world all over again.”

The top-secret sequel song list remains firmly in the rock domain, pulling from a mix of classic rock, ‘hair’ metal, heavy metal, modern rock, and alternative titles. More than 55 songs will be featured in the next installment.

Veteran music videogame developer Harmonix® Music Systems has been busy in-studio, enriching this rockstar experience with more features and multiplayer modes. In addition to the traditional head-to-head competition, Multiplayer Co-op Mode allows players to collaborate in order to beat songs, with each guitarist playing a separate guitar track. Available guitar tracks include lead, rhythm or bass tracks, depending upon the song. The Guitar Hero SG Controller used in the first installment will also be compatible with the new game.

Guitar Hero II is the follow-up to 2005’s award-winning release, “Guitar Hero,” which rocked the game industry and garnered a stack of awards including: “Best Offline Multiplayer Game 2005” and “Music Game of the Year 2005” from IGN.com, and “Best Soundtrack 2005” at the Spike TV Videogames Awards. Recently, it picked up five awards at the D.I.C.E. Summit's Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming and Family Game of the Year.

RedOctane has confirmed an early glimpse of the upcoming game will be available during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles next month.


The game that has inspired a nation of wannabe rock stars to achieve video game greatness is scheduled for a new US tour on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system in November 2006.

April 17, 2006

Total Hunting Channel Offers Sneak Peek of its New Online Reality Game Programming

New York (April 12, 2006) – Kuma Reality Games, the company that creates episodic, television-like video games, is one step closer to unveiling its newest project, DinoHunters. Kuma has released a series of machinima videos, giving audiences a sneak peek into its quirky and outrageous new DinoHunters online gaming reality series, The first episode of the DinoHunters game is scheduled to premiere on the fictional Total Hunting Channel this month. The videos are now available for download at www.thedinohunters.com.

DinoHunters is a comedic first-person shooter involving the wanton and bloody destruction of dinosaurs for a fictional sports broadcast style-hunting show. This wild action comedy stars three dysfunctional celebrities, a sexy producer, a one-of-a-kind time-travel premise and numerous mean-spirited, hungry, yet soon-to-be extinct giant reptiles.

Watch out dinosaurs: washed up celebrities are coming for you! Stay tuned to the Total Hunting Channel for more details (www.thetotalhuntingchannel.com).

About Kuma
TV for a generation raised on interactive games

KUMA, LLC. is the industry leader in the new market for Episodic Video Games – rich, 3D, immersive game experiences delivered to PCs and consoles in monthly episodes. Episodic games are the game industry’s analog for broadcast television. Using their pioneering methodology and technology, Kuma develops and delivers games with unprecedented speed, making game episodes that can reflect just-released TV shows or films, real world events, or present standalone ‘appointment gaming’ experiences. These thoroughly unique user experiences present powerful advertiser opportunities with unique audience characteristics. Kuma Reality Games, headquartered in New York, New York, is a privately held company. For more information on Kuma, visit www.kumarealitygames.com.

Win a Copy of Battlefield 2142 in Fabulous Free Competition

Five people are set to win free copies of the much anticipated action game, Battlefield 2142, in a competition being run by an online forum dedicated to the game.

(PRWEB) April 17, 2006 -- Five people are set to win free copies of the much anticipated action game, Battlefield 2142, in a competition being run by an online forum dedicated to the game.

Set in the year 2142, when much of Earth has been covered in a new ice age and the human race must fight for possession of the last remaining pieces of land, the game in the latest in the popular Battlefield series from EA Games, and is due to be released in October 2006.

Until then, all members of the Battlefield 2142 community at www.bf2142.us have to do to win a free copy is to tell the forum administrator why they think they deserve one – and to clock up 500 posts before the official release date of the game.

"The closing date for the competition is May 30th, but we're giving members up until the game is released to make their 500 posts," commented an administrator. "The competition has already attracted the interest of our members, and we're sure that interest will grow as more details are released about Battlefield 2142.

"The winners will have their copies of the games shipped out to them as soon as it is released, so if anyone would like to play Battlefield 2142, I'd urge them to head over to www.bf2142.us, tell us why they deserve to win, and get posting!"

Battlefield 2142 allows up to 64 players to join in combat on the field, or work behind the scenes. It’s launch has been greatly anticipated by the gaming community, and www.bf2142.us are amongst the first to publish news and developments as the game nears completion.

New Nintendo Software Lets Players Exercise Their Brains

REDMOND, Wash., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo's ability to appeal to younger generations with innovative, imaginative and inspired video games takes a mature twist today, as the company launches its creative vision for consumers of all ages. Brain Age(TM): Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS(TM) is designed to keep people's minds active with fun mental workouts that incorporate the user-friendly voice-command and touch-screen capabilities of Nintendo DS. Brain Age also includes more than 100 sudoku puzzles.
"Adults with little or no video gaming experience don't have to worry about complicated button mashing," says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales & marketing, whose Brain Age is 30. "Brain Age is just the latest example of Nintendo's commitment to creating software for a broad range of consumers with varying levels of experience."
Brain Age is the U.S. version of the popular brain-training software in Japan that already has sold more than 2 million units. The title provides an entertaining and engaging way for Nintendo to reach out to a broad audience, including seniors and baby boomers (who began turning 60 in January).
Brain Age can be a part of an overall regimen for keeping the brain active, says Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski, dean and executive director of Leonard Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. "Nintendo's Brain Age should be just one element of an active lifestyle that includes mental stimulation, exercise and a good diet," Zelinski says. "Brain Age is a great way for people to keep challenging themselves." Brain Age challenges cognitive abilities with exercises like memorizing words, counting and tracking people as they enter and exit a house, and drawing lines to connect letters and numbers in alphabetical and numeric order.
Nintendo continues to push the boundaries of video games. The company broke new ground with noncompetitive game play in Nintendogs(TM), fused music and art with Electroplankton(TM) and now introduces brain-training exercises with Brain Age, which appeals to consumers of all ages. Launching April 17, Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day is rated E for Everyone and is expected to be priced as low as $20 at retailers throughout the United States.
For more information about the title, visit www.brainage.com.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy(R) Advance SP, Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games and more than 360 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.
For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.

April 13, 2006

Crave Entertainment Gives PSP(tm) System Owners Reason to Flip with Dave Mirra

Newport Beach, Calif.--April 13, 2006--Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console videogames, today announced a brand new installment in the popular BMX Franchise, Dave Mirra BMX Challenge for the PSP(tm) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system.

"Dave Mirra is the king of BMX, widely recognized and admired in the action sports lifestyle community," says Jim Flaharty, senior vice president of Crave Studios. "His enthusiasm for his sport and videogames make him a great partner and an invaluable contributor to the development process."

Dave Mirra for PSP system features 17 levels with 9 different environments and 9 bikes from which to choose. Up to 4 players can compete via ad hoc wireless play. Player characters are customizable, and Dave is the featured rider.

The game is expected to be available in October 2006 for an MSRP of $29.99.

Dave Mirra is listed as one of the most recognizable names in sports today, an honor he shares with the likes of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. He currently holds more Gold Medals than any other competitor in the history of the X Games. Dave has "placed" in more than 50 action/extreme sports competition, such as "Action Sports Athlete of the Year" at the 2005 ESPYs, and a Gold Medal in Bike Park at the 2005 X Games.

About Crave Entertainment
Based in Newport Beach, California, Crave Entertainment is a subsidiary of Handleman Corp. Crave, a publisher of videogame entertainment products creates games for the major console platforms including PSP(tm) (PlayStation(r)Portable) system, Nintendo DS(tm), Game Boy® Advance, Nintendo GameCube(tm), the PlayStation® game console, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and the Xbox® video game system and the Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.. For more information about Crave Entertainment, please visit www.cravegames.com.

ABANDON MOBILE AND NBC SPORTS TEAM UP WITH VERIZON WIRELESS TO DELIVER NBC SPORTS HEADS-UP POKER

BEDMINSTER, NJ and NEW YORK--April 13, 2006--Verizon Wireless, Abandon Mobile and NBC Sports announced today that NBC Sports Heads-up Poker mobile game will be available exclusively to Verizon Wireless Get it Now® customers through May 31, 2006. The mobile game, NBC Sports Heads-Up Poker, will be promoted on-screen during the 2006 Championship from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that is scheduled to air nationwide on NBC Sports April 16, 23 and 30 and on May 7 and 14. All television coverage begins at noon EDT; the two-hour championship telecast will take place at 1:00 p.m. EDT on May 21.

Based on the popular card game Texas Hold'em, NBC Sports Heads-Up Poker brings all the excitement of the National Heads-up Poker Championship to Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers. With NBC Sports Heads-Up Poker mobile game, there's no need to put on a poker face as players go one-on-one against the world's best in a single elimination competition in tournament mode, or play one game with an opponent of their choosing. In Texas Hold'em mode, players can also challenge all of the opponents at one table for a game in Texas Hold'em format.

The National Heads-Up Poker Championship features the world's best players in single elimination competition for $1.5 million in prize money. Competitors include defending champion Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer, Ted Forrest, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson among virtually all of professional poker's big name players.

The high-quality graphics and animation provide spectacular gameplay on a variety of Verizon Wireless Get It Now-enabled handsets, and the simple interface and competitive AI reflect all kinds of different poker playing styles. Verizon Wireless Get It Now customers can find NBC Sports Heads-Up Poker in the What's New shopping aisle of the Get It Now virtual store on more than 30 handsets for $2.99 monthly access or $7.49 for unlimited use purchase. Download charges for Get It Now applications vary and airtime charges apply when browsing, downloading and using certain applications. Customers need a Get It Now-enabled phone and Verizon Wireless digital service to access the Get It Now virtual store.

For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT DEBUTS NEW 3D MOBILE TITLES

LOS ANGELES, CALIF--APRIL 12, 2006--Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that the company has debuted three brand-new, highly addictive 3D mobile games. Balz 3D, Push-It, and Cubic are now available across several North American carriers and portals.

In Balz 3D players must keep the ball rolling without falling over the edge of the track while avoiding the traps. It doesn't matter which path you use, so find a shortcut or detour to shorten the time score! Net ranking and new road courses downloads will be available.

The colorful and whimsical game Push It! challenges players to create a safe course by maneuvering boxes into open areas in the path. Be careful not to disturb certain objects along the way. Caution: addiction rate is high!

Cubic is a challenging strategy game played over all sides of a 3D polygon cube. Choose your color and go! Reverse pieces are made by sandwiching in your opponent vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The player who has the most pieces wins!

About Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM (NYSE: KNM). Details of the mobile products published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/mo.

NCsoft Launches Auto Assault

AUSTIN, Texas, April 13, 2006—NCsoft® North America announced today that Auto Assault® launched commercial service in North America, Europe and other select markets worldwide. Developed by Colorado-based developer, NetDevil®, LTD, Auto Assault is the first massively multiplayer online (MMO) game set in a post-apocalyptic world featuring vehicle combat on an epic scale and fully destructible environments.

Auto Assault is available at retailers in North America at an expected price of US$49.99. The Limited Edition, which includes a headset to utilize the game’s voice chat system and a game soundtrack CD, will be available for an expected price of US$59.99. Both the standard and Limited editions of the game include the first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.99. Sixty-day game time cards will also be available at many North American retailers for an expected price of US$29.99.

In Auto Assault, players choose from three races and venture into a post-apocalyptic Earth wreaking havoc and vying for control over the few resources left. Players can design their characters and customize many different vehicle chassis to make their own unique fleet of death machines. Players may go on missions with others or on their own, craft unique items, and participate in player-versus-player combat via the arena system and contested outpost battles. No matter what they are doing, players are encouraged to interact with the game world by blasting through buildings, leveling towns and destroying just about everything they see.

“Auto Assault is a truly unique game, and a fantastic addition to our catalog,” said Robert Garriott, CEO of NCsoft North America. “There is nothing like it in the MMO game space – it is easy to play, fast, and very fun. Auto Assault gives players the best of action games, the best of role-playing games and a super-cool world to discover and destroy.”

The release of Auto Assault represents both a continuation of NCsoft’s efforts to provide gamers many compelling products to play online, and the beginning of another great service with free content updates and expansions in the years to come. Additionally, a veteran rewards program has been put in place for players who subscribe to Auto Assault within the first thirty days of service. A detailed description of the veteran rewards is available on the Auto Assault website (www.autoassault.com/gameinfo/vetawards.html).

“Compelling characters, tricked-out vehicles, crazy-fast combat and full-blown destruction make Auto Assault a blast,” said Scott Brown, president of NetDevil, LTD. “This is the game we’ve wanted to play for years; it feels good to launch commercial service. Now the real work starts – today marks the beginning of our ideas for the product and we look forward to rolling out new content for players to enjoy.”

Auto Assault is rated T for teen. For more information about Auto Assault go to: www.autoassault.com.

UBISOFT TAKES A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE WITH OPEN SEASON

SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 13, 2006 Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that the Open Season video game, based on Sony Pictures Animation's first feature-length CG animated film, will be shipping mid- September 2006 on all available video game platforms, two weeks prior to the movie's September 29 release. Developed by Ubisoft's award-winning Montreal studio, Open Season will allow gamers to relive the humor and adventure of the movie by creating a fun and immersive interactive world that conveys the same comedic storyline, zany characters and artistic images projected in the animated film.

"We have been working hand-in-hand with Ubisoft's team to create a game that captures all the fun of Open Season," said Mark Caplan, executive director, interactive at Sony Pictures Consumer Products. "Sony Pictures'™ leadership in digital entertainment coupled with Ubisoft's award-winning development team is a great partnership that brings innovation to both the film and video game businesses."

"Ubisoft is thrilled to be collaborating with the movie production team of Open Season to bring the humorous adventures of Boog and Elliot to the interactive world," said Tony Key, vice president of marketing at Ubisoft. "Ubisoft is committed to making the best movie-based video games in the industry. We do this by partnering closely with our licensing partners and movie makers to create an experience that remains true to the spirit of the film but expands it far beyond the theater."

Open Season is a riotous romp in the great outdoors, where the rowdy brood of forest animals turns the tables on a bunch of unsuspecting hunters. When a domesticated grizzly named Boog gets lured into leaving the creature comforts of home by a fast-talking mule deer named Elliot, he finds himself lost in the woods just three days before hunting season. Forced to "rough it" in the great outdoors, Boog goes native, rallying all the forest animals to take back their home and send the hunters packing. The Open Season video game will allow player to relive the movie experience by playing as Boog and Elliot. Game features include:
• Interaction with Beth, Shaw and all of the animal favorites from the Open Season film.
• Throwing skunk bombs, hurling rabbits, using acorn-firing squirrels and pulling outrageous woodland pranks to scare the pants off the
hunters.
• Rolling in a giant snowball, riding the rapids on a floating outhouse, zipping through tunnels in a crazy mine cart ride and taking on more madcap adventures as Boog discovers how to go from mild to wild.
• Ability to challenge friends or team up in hilarious four-player mini-games.

About Open Season the Movie:
In Columbia Pictures' new action-adventure comedy OPEN SEASON, the first feature-length animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Boog (Martin Lawrence), a grizzly bear with no survival skills, has his perfect world in the tranquil town of Timberline turned upside-down when he meets Elliot (Ashton Kutcher), a scrawny, fast-talking wild mule deer. Open Season is based on the humor of cartoonist Steve Moore (In The Bleachers), who also serves as Executive Producer with John Carls. The film is being directed by Roger Allers (director of The Lion King) and Jill Culton (credits include Monsters, Inc., and Toy Story 2). The co-director is Anthony Stacchi (credits include Antz). The producer is Michelle Murdocca (credits include Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2). OPEN SEASON is scheduled for theatrical release on September 29, 2006.

About Sony Pictures Animation:
Sony Pictures Animation is a division of Sony Pictures Digital. Under the leadership of executives Sandra Rabins and Penney Finkelman Cox, the division identifies and nurtures fresh voices and dynamic visions for the world of CG animated features for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

About Ubisoft:
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified lineup of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge videogame titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.

April 12, 2006

"Ultimate Baseball Online 2006" Announced for the PC

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (April 12, 2006) - Netamin® Communication Corporation today announced the latest edition of the world's first massive multi-player online baseball game - Ultimate Baseball Online(tm) 2006.

Coming on the heels of the first-ever World Baseball Classic(tm), Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 gives players the opportunity to play sports gamers from other countries in virtual competition. Ultimate Baseball Online is currently played world wide, with large fan bases not only in the U.S., but also in Canada, Japan, Korea, England, Germany, Australia, and numerous other countries. Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 (UBO 2006) can be downloaded and played for free at www.ultimatebaseballonline.com.

Ultimate Baseball Online 2006 is a technological innovation which lets sports fans and gamers play a virtual version of baseball in a real-time environment on any PC with a broadband connection. UBO delivers a first-person perspective online sports experience as human players form team to compete against other teams in real-time. UBO players can compete in tournaments to win cash and other valuable prizes.

In Ultimate Baseball Online, players create their own characters, and gain experience for every game they play. When their character "levels up," they get points that they can use to increase their character's abilities in areas such as running speed, throwing power, batting power, etc. Unlike traditional baseball video games, UBO lets players play with teammates - everyone sees the game from their own character's first-person perspective. And just as in baseball, team communication (team chat) is essential for success on the field.

"Ultimate Baseball Online brings the 'team experience' to the sports gaming experience," said Andy Wang, president of Netamin. "A team of people playing against another team of real people is a much different experience than one person sitting alone in front of a console game playing against a computer."

To ensure a true baseball player experience, Darrell Evans, a two-time Major League All-Star ('73 & '74) and World Series winner (1985), serves as UBO's principle baseball consultant. "Ultimate Baseball Online, for me, is the closest thing to being back on the playing field," said Darrell Evans. "The mental part of baseball has finally been captured. UBO will give players a great appreciation for the fine points of each position, as well as an understanding of the teamwork that is involved in playing the sport of baseball successfully."


About Netamin (UBO)
Netamin Corporation, a pioneer in Massive Multiplayer Online Sports Games (MMOSG), is headquartered in Diamond Bar, California with additional operations in Korea. The company's first title, Ultimate Baseball Online, can be accessed through the game website www.ultimatebaseballonline.com . Founded in 1998, Netamin is a privately held corporation aiming to provide an online virtual playing field for team sports. For more information, please visit www.Netamin.com.

PARAMOUNT PICTURES’ FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PROGRAM WITH XBOX INTEGRATES MOVIE CONTENT WITHIN THE GAMING ENVIRONMENT

HOLLYWOOD, CA, April 11, 2006…… Paramount Pictures and Xbox have pioneered the first-ever Xbox Movie Showcase cross-platform marketing program between a movie studio and Microsoft’s Xbox Live. Launching tomorrow (April 12, 2006), the Xbox Movie Showcase will feature free, high-definition, downloadable content from two of the most highly anticipated films of the summer: the action-thriller “Mission: Impossible III,” starring Tom Cruise and directed by J.J. Abrams (the creator of “Lost” and “Alias”), hitting theaters May 5, and “Nacho Libre,” a comedy starring Jack Black and directed by Jared Hess, the director of “Napoleon Dynamite,” in theaters June 16.

The Xbox Movie Showcase content includes HD movie trailers, exclusive theme packs, and graphics allowing Xbox gamers to customize their gaming experiences, theming their Xbox Live experience to “M:i:III” and “Nacho Libre.” In addition, as part of this first-of-its kind agreement, stars of Paramount films, including Jack Black, will participate in Xbox’s “Game with Fame,” where gamers can enter for a chance to play a game online against their favorite celebrities. Taking the program off-line, Paramount’s DVDs will be featured in a Digital Entertainment Lifestyle video promoted across Xbox kiosks in 30,000 retail stores worldwide.
Commenting on the announcement, Gerry Rich, president of worldwide motion picture marketing, said, “This ground-breaking agreement takes interactive marketing and digital entertainment to new heights, representing the perfect match between gamers and the summer movies they can’t wait to see.”
“Paramount shares our commitment to providing an entertaining and meaningful gaming experience for Xbox gamers,” said Aaron Greenberg, Group Marketing Manager, Xbox Live. “We’re excited to be starting out on this multi-picture campaign and look forward to continuing to provide compelling entertainment experiences to gamers everywhere.”
Xbox Live momentum has accelerated since Xbox 360 was launched, with more than half of all Xbox 360 owners connecting with the online games and entertainment service, which boasts a worldwide community of more than 2 million members. Xbox Live has grown into a social community with 600,000 text messages sent every day between members and its Marketplace has reached over 10 million downloads.

Paramount’s relationship with Xbox began in December with the unveiling of the HD teaser trailer for “Mission: Impossible III.”

UBISOFT UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE NINTENDO REVOLUTION TITL E: RED STEEL

SAN FRANCISCO APRIL 11, 2006 Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced the development of Red Steel, an exclusive first-person action title for the Nintendo Revolution (working name of the new Nintendo platform). Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan. Players will master both the ancient art of the katana and the sophisticated technology of modern firearms taking advantage of the emotion and immersive gameplay possible only with the Revolution's remarkable controller.

"We're honored to announce this exciting new franchise and we're confident that Red Steel will be the must-have title for the Revolution when it launches," said Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer at Ubisoft. "We have been working closely with Nintendo to take full advantage of the innovative controller to create a thrilling experience that can only exist on the Revolution."

Red Steel will make its worldwide debut in May 2006 at E3 in Los Angeles. With the style and flair of a contemporary action movie, Red Steel will appeal to gamers who thirst for a new video game experience, as well as those who may have not previously considered picking up a controller.

"Nintendo is excited to have Ubisoft bring Red Steel to the Revolution launch lineup," said Reggie Fils-Aime, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nintendo of America. "Ubisoft makes some of the most innovative and critically acclaimed games in the industry and from what we have seen from Red Steel it is going to be a standout exclusive title on the Revolution."

Ubisoft has a strong history of creating some of the industry's top-selling video game franchises. To date, the Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell® and Rayman® franchises have each sold more than 15 million units worldwide and the Prince of Persia® franchise alone has sold more than eight million units worldwide. The Red Steel brand will reflect this expertise and build upon Ubisoft's past to invigorate the future experience allowed within the Revolution platform.

Ubisoft will disclose more specific information on Red Steel in the coming months and Nintendo will reveal more information about the Revolution and its unique controller at E3.

For more information on Ubisoft's Red Steel, check out the worldwide exclusive article in the May issue of Game Informer Magazine.

For more information about Ubisoft, please visit www.ubi.com.

April 11, 2006

Tantalus and Kemco Announce Top Gear for Nintendo DS

Tantalus Interactive is happy to announce its partnership with Japanese publisher Kemco to develop an innovative new racing title for the DS platform. The two companies collaborated in 2003 to produce the award winning Top Gear Rally on GBA, a game ultimately published by Nintendo. This extension of the relationship will see the creation of an original racing title for the DS, leveraging Kemco’s popular Top Gear brand. The new game, Top Gear: Downforce, will ship late in 2006 and will be the second DS release for Tantalus, following on from the hugely popular SpongeBob SquarePants: The Yellow Avenger.

Tantalus CEO Tom Crago said the company was happy to have the opportunity to develop another title in the Top Gear franchise. “We loved the original Top Gear on N64, and of course our rally title on GBA was a big success. This time around we’re attempting something completely different. We want to create a racing game that feels perfectly at home on the DS platform, something built from the ground up to exploit the cool features of the hardware.”

Kemco President Masakatsu Hirose shared Crago’s enthusiasm. “Top Gear Rally on GBA rates among Kemco’s most successful releases. Many people enjoyed this title, and we know that with Tantalus we can create a new game within the franchise that will be just as popular.”

Top Gear: Downforce will be a ‘top-down’ style racer, boasting 3D models, robust vehicle physics, and the ability to place hazards on the track surface using the touch screen of the DS. The game will also allow for wireless multiplayer races and data sharing between players.

More details about Top Gear: Downforce will be available at E3 in May.


Contact Information:

For more information about Tantalus, visit the Tantalus website at www.tantalus.com.au
For more information about Kemco, visit the Kemco website at www.kemcogames.com

The ‘Kids Are Back!

LOS ANGELES – April 11, 2006 – Just in time for Spring, the Cabbage Patch Kids® are back on the scene and finding their way into the hands of Game Boy® Advance players. D3Publisher of America (D3PA), a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment software, announced today the release of Cabbage Patch Kids: The Patch Puppy Rescue for Game Boy® Advance, where players can help rescue the mischievous puppies that have escaped from the Babyland Playroom.

“Two generations later, Cabbage Patch Kids are still one of the most beloved and popular children’s products of all time,” said Careen Yapp, vice president of licensing and business development for D3PA. “We are proud to introduce a new generation of children to the fun and adventures of the ‘Kids in a whole new way on Game Boy® Advance.”

While seeking out the lost puppies, players may choose from a randomly generated selection and play as a unique Cabbage Patch Kid. Players will have the ability to help fellow ‘Kids find their puppies, each into their own mischief, while encountering different events in town. By helping friends, players will be given hints to the whereabouts of the puppies. All environments and puppies are interactive and there is a variety of exciting, unlockable content, including hidden story elements, characters and cool mini games.

Since the birth of Cabbage Patch Kids in 1983, more than 100 million one-of-a-kind ‘Kids have been “adopted" throughout the world. Now in the 21st century, this must-have toy of the 1980's has found a new home, inside a video game, the new trend of entertainment. Cabbage Patch Kids: The Patch Puppy Rescue for Game Boy® Advance is now available with an MSRP of $19.99.

Namco Bandai's Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave Scheduled for Lift Off This Fall

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (April 11, 2006) - Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that "Eureka Seven(TM) Vol 1: The New Wave," an exciting mecha combat adventure for the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, is scheduled to ship this fall. A prequel to the anime series from Bandai Entertainment, "Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave" promises an intense action-based storyline rife with stunning aerial boarding and thrilling robot battles.

Featuring transformable mechas called LFO (Light Finding Operation), "Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave" introduces Sumner Sturgeon, a budding LFO pilot trainee on a lush, futuristic planet whose primary energy source are "trapars" - invisible energy particles that provides lift for aerial travel. An aspiring elite military officer, Sumner can transform his LFO into its humanoid form to surf the skies on a ref board or remain in vehicle mode to participate in exhilarating high-speed chases. "Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave" offers a variety of gameplay modes as the gamer can switch from playing the character and controlling the LFO mechas in real time. With customizable mechas, this upcoming title guarantees an intriguing storyline and exciting combat in an unforgettable sci-fi world.

More information about "Eureka Seven Vol. 1: The New Wave" is available at www.namcobandaigames.com.

IEMA AND VSDA TO MERGE

ENCINO, CA/WILTON, CT (April 11, 2006) … The Boards of Directors of the Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) and the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) have voted to merge into a single trade association to represent the retailers and distributors of video and video game products. The announcement of the impending merger was made jointly today by VSDA Chairman Bob Geistman and IEMA Chairman Rick Vergara.

The merger will bring together mass merchants, video specialty stores, video game specialty retailers, online merchants, electronics retailers, entertainment combo stores, and others that retail and wholesale DVDs, console video games, and computer video games. The combined trade association, whose name will be announced later, will provide its members with knowledge-sharing forums, networking opportunities, legislative and legal advocacy, research services, and other trade association offerings.

“This is a great development for both the video and video game industries,” said IEMA Chairman Rick Vergara. “The merger will create a more efficient and influential organization to serve the needs of video and video game retailers and distributors. The interests of the membership of the two associations are so closely aligned that we expect a seamless integration.”

“By coming together in one organization, the retailers and distributors of DVDs and video games will increase their collective power and benefit from the business acumen and product knowledge of one another,” declared VSDA Chairman Bob Geistman. “We are convinced that one association can accomplish even more than two working separately.”


About the IEMA:
The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) is the non-profit trade association dedicated to serving the business interests of leading retailers that sell interactive entertainment software (including video and computer games, multimedia entertainment, peripherals and other software). Member companies of the IEMA collectively account for approximately seventy-five percent of the $10 billion annual interactive entertainment business in the United States. [http://www.iema.org]

Established in 1981, the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) is the not-for-profit international trade association for the $24 billion home entertainment industry. VSDA represents more than 1,000 companies throughout the United States, Canada, and other nations. Its members operate more than 12,500 retail outlets in the U.S. that sell and/or rent DVDs, VHS cassettes, and console video games. Membership comprises the full spectrum of video retailers (from single-store operators to large chains), video distributors, the home video divisions of major and independent motion picture studios, and other related businesses that constitute and support the home video entertainment industry.

2K SPORTS ANNOUNCES MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2K6 FOR XBOX 360 NOW AVAILABLE

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2006 – 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that Major League Baseball® 2K6 for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the only official MLB® video game for the platform, is now available in stores across North America.

“The Major League Baseball season has now begun for Xbox 360 consumers,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. “Our goal for Major League Baseball 2K6 for Xbox 360 was to deliver next generation visual details with a full suite of enhanced gameplay features. We’ve accomplished this and more, giving Xbox 360 gamers the excitement, challenge and delight of the most authentic video game baseball experience ever created.”

Major League Baseball 2K6 includes several original and exclusive features, including astounding A.I. powered by Inside Edge™ technology, innovative Swing Stick™ controls, hundreds of new animations based on Pure Motion Physics™, and the all-new Payoff Pitching™ system. Jon Miller and Hall of Fame legend Joe Morgan bring their distinctive style and wit to the world-class commentary, adding wonderful atmosphere to every game. The World Baseball Classic™ debuts exclusively on Major League Baseball 2K6, adding an exciting international flavor of baseball.

Through the power of Xbox 360, Major League Baseball 2K6 features new visual high-definition details of cloth physics, real-time lighting, high-resolution textures, and 3D interactive crowds. Additionally, every MLB ballpark has been completely redesigned to deliver a vivid and authentic baseball atmosphere.

Major League Baseball 2K6 is rated “E” for Everyone and is the only officially licensed Major League Baseball video game that will be available on every major gaming console, including Xbox 360™ and Xbox® video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system, and the Nintendo GameCube™. The Xbox 360 version is available now for a suggested retail price of $59.99; with the PlayStation 2 and Xbox titles available for $39.99.


For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com

The Adventure Company Releases Playable Demo for KEEPSAKE

April 10, 2006 – The Adventure Company is please to announce that a new playable demo for Keepsake is now available.

Enhancements include the following as well as many others to enrich the gameplay experience:

· New voiceovers for various characters including: Mustavio, Celeste, young Celeste, Elvander, and Zak

· The addition of an in-game map

· Fine-tuned dialogue to minimize repetitive scripts

· Enlarged ‘hotspots’ making navigation more fluid and intuitive

· Improved pathfinding with Zak and Lydia

Playing the role of Lydia, a young girl headed to Dragonvale Academy to become an apprentice, you will discover that something is terribly amiss upon your arrival. Where there should be hundreds of scholars none can be found. While exploring the Academy’s vast structures, Lydia discovers a doll she had given her best friend Celeste many years ago. As she picks it up images of Celeste fill her mind…

Accompanied by a charmed dragon named Zak, you will solve puzzles, explore beautiful surroundings, and uncover the secrets of the Academy until you solve the mystery behind Celeste’s disappearance and the beloved keepsake…

Keepsake has received an ESRB rating of ‘E’ for Everyone and is available at retail stores across North America. For more information, please visit the official website www.KeepsakeGame.com

April 10, 2006

Nintendo DS Focuses on Gray Matters with Sudoku and a New Brain Game

Big Brain Academy(TM) is the second game in the record-breaking brain-training series taking Japan by storm. In Big Brain Academy, players perform a series of fun and mentally stimulating mini-games. The game then assigns them a letter grade and cites a famous person or profession with a similar set of skills. This graphically appealing title measures skills like thinking, memorization, analysis, identification and computation. Big Brain Academy, Rated E for Everyone, launches May 29.
A month later, sudoku fans will find themselves in number-crunching heaven as Sudoku Gridmaster makes its way to Nintendo DS on June 26. The system's touch screen makes choosing or writing numbers easy. Players will find more than 400 puzzles, all of which were selected by the original creators of sudoku.
Sudoku is the most popular puzzle game in the world right now, and Sudoku Gridmaster puts hundreds of puzzles in portable form, just in time for the summer travel season. To satisfy novices and sudoku experts alike, the puzzles come in four difficulty settings: practice, easy, normal and hard. Sudoku Gridmaster is Rated E for Everyone.

For more information about Big Brain Academy or Sudoku Gridmaster, please visit www.nintendo.com

2K SPORTS ANNOUNCES WORLD POKER TOUR® FOR THE SONY PSP™ HAS GONE GOLD

World Poker Tour for PSP allows gamers to take a seat at the world’s most prestigious poker tournaments and make their mark in the virtual poker arena. The game will feature the virtual equivalents of real pros such as Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, Erick Lindgren, Evelyn Ng, Lyle Berman, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi and Phil “Unabomber” Laak. World Poker Tour for the PSP also allows gamers to create and customize their own characters.

The features of the PSP version of the game include:

· A completely revamped and innovative artificial intelligence system allows gamers to challenge more than 1,200 different characters, all with their own unique playing styles and behaviors;

· Gamers are able to bump up their career earnings and unlock custom clothes and invitational events found only in the PSP version;

· Players can create more than 4,000 custom variations of poker, and choose to play against computer opponents or take their custom poker game online to battle for poker supremacy;

· With online play connectivity, gamers can connect wirelessly with other PSP systems or online to compete against players across the country on both the PSP and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system;

· The PSP version of World Poker Tour features exclusive tournament and “final table” venues that PSP players can host online for both PSP and PS2 players of World Poker Tour!

World Poker Tour for the PSP with these features and more is rated T for teen and will be available at the MSRP of $29.99 on April 18, 2006.

For more information click on www.2ksports.com

Official TV Commercial Released for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend!

Lara Croft is known for traveling the world, however tomorrow it is her new adventure, Tomb Raider: Legend, which is taking a journey as it is set to ship to retailers on April 11th! The wait is over, and the time has come for celebration. What better way to mark the occasion than to deliver you a copy of the official television commercial which you can expect to see on some popular channels soon! Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend marks the return of Lara Croft to the tombs, and with the highly detailed interactive environments, it is definitely a game that you do not want to miss! Lara Croft moves with beautiful fluid movement, and her new acrobatic moves coupled with the gaming dynamics brought by gear such as the magnetic grapple make this the most intense tomb raiding experience to date! The commercial features some great action adventure sequences, along with a lot of the stellar praise that Tomb Raider: Legend has been receiving from the press!

Here's the Ad.

Seeing is believing, so be sure to take a look for yourself once it makes it’s way to a retailer near you on April 11th 2006, for the Xbox360, PS2, Xbox and PC, with the PSP version to follow shortly after!

Odama

Score: 4 out of 5
Published by Nintendo
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Odama is one of those games that's so different from everything else that it's hard to know what to do with it. It's a pinball game that also requires you to move a bell and some troops across the board. It sounds crazy and it is, although it's not really a thrill a minute. The reward takes longer to earn and you have to think about it.

The Odama is really a huge pinball that rolls across the battlefield destroying anything that it rolls over. The Odama gets launched into the battlefield where you can tilt the surface left, right, up or down. There are also two big flippers at the bottom of the screen that you use to send the Odama back into the battlefield when it settles down. In between the flippers emerges a small army and some big men carrying a bell. Your job is to get the bell and the soldiers through the gate on the other side of the battlefield. You do this by destroying enemy fortifications and clearing a path with the ball, and voice command for the soldiers and the men carrying the bell.

Hold down X to use the Nintendo GameCube Mic and issue voice commands to your troops. There are a number of commands. March Left, March Right, Advance, Press Forward, all do what you think they would do. There are some nuances to transporting the bell. You can roll over a heart and then bank the ball off the bell to turn the ball green and convert enemy troops to your side. Also, and this is my favorite, smash the bell with the Odama and send a sound wave at the enemy that renders them confused and unable to defend themselves.

If this sounds simple, then I didn't explain it well enough. It's not simple at all. It's like playing pinball against moving targets and at the same time sending an object across the table with your voice. I really have to pay attention to this game. So it just sucks me in and then I finish a level and realize that I've been playing for half an hour. So either you'll get completely absorbed in the game or you'll think it's too complicated and won't get into it at all. I think it's worth the learning curve and recommend Odama. It's a fine example of the way that Nintendo continues to drive gaming forward through innovation.

DreamCatcher Games Releases a New Demo for Dungeon Lords Collector's Edition

April 10, 2006 - The Dungeon Lords Collector’s Edition includes numerous updates and enhancements to the original and best-selling RPG Dungeon Lords. In the Dungeon Lords Collector’s Edition, you’ll experience new quests, spells, heraldries, monsters and greater character customization than ever before!

The new demo lets you play 3 of the 7 available races in the game – each with its own unique characteristics and specializations. To survive this large and lengthy demo and defend yourself from the numerous enemies that you will encounter, you’ll be able to equip yourself with a wide array of weaponry and armor including swords, daggers, bows and much more. In addition, you’ll be able to utilize a number of magic spells from summoning the undead, locust and rats to fire bursts and frozen ice shards. Collect experience points as you progress and modify your character as you see fit.

In time only the best will survive, but only one can be Lord.

Good luck – and enjoy your journey.

The Dungeon Lords Collector’s Edition has received an ESRB rating of ‘T’ for Teen and is available at retail stores across North America. For more information, please visit the official website www.DungeonLords.com.

Happy downloads!

FORGET HYBRID CARS - NINTENDO INTRODUCES A HYBRID VIDEO GAME

REDMOND, Wash., April 10, 2006 -- Nintendo's Odama(TM) is the finest microphone-controlled Japanese feudal warrior pinball game you'll ever play. [Unlike all of the feudal warrior pinball games without a mic.] The one-of-a-kind game, which launches today exclusively for Nintendo GameCube(TM), represents just one more way that Nintendo is pushing the boundaries of what constitutes a video game.
"With all these different genres, Odama delivers a unique and compelling game-play experience," said Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo of America's vice president of marketing & corporate affairs. "Without playing it, it's not the easiest concept to grasp, but once you play, it's tremendously fun and easy to get into." [Not unlike a comfy pair of tennis shoes or a warm bubble bath ... Wait, what were we talking about?]
Odama lets users command an army of soldiers who are subject to the sometimes devastating power of the Odama, a massive pinball controlled by giant flippers. The Odama rolls over enemy troops and eliminates obstacles, though it also can crush a player's own soldiers if not aimed properly. [FYI, this part rocks. The little soldier guys scream when the ball rolls over them. They're all like "It ... hurts ... the horror!"]
Players can issue a variety of commands to soldiers on the battlefield simply by speaking into the included Nintendo GameCube Microphone. For instance, saying "press forward!" will cause your soldiers on the screen to make an aggressive push into enemy territory, while saying "rally!" will send a team of soldiers to gather in a certain location. The longer players play, the more voice commands they learn. [Now if only it had commands for "bring me a pizza" and "do my laundry."]
Odama appeals to a wide variety of gaming fans, from pinball enthusiasts to military gamers and strategy fans. [Not to mention cubicle dwellers who dream of one day mastering the ancient, sacred art of multitasking.] Odama, available now, is Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older.

The worldwide leader and innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its popular home and portable video game systems. Each year, hundreds of all-new titles for the best-selling Game Boy(R) Advance SP, Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems extend Nintendo's vast game library and continue the tradition of delivering a rich, diverse mix of quality video games for players of all ages. Since the release of its first home video game system in 1983, Nintendo has sold more than 2 billion video games and more than 360 million hardware units globally, creating enduring industry icons such as Mario(TM) and Donkey Kong(R) and launching popular culture franchise phenomena such as Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere.
For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.com.

April 7, 2006

Eidos Releases 6 Spectacular New Videos for Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend!

There are only a few days remaining until the North American launch of the most anticipated game in the Tomb Raider franchise yet! Since the day when you can finally make Tomb Raider: Legend your own is so near, it is time to overhaul you with media, as we are releasing 6 spectacular brand new videos! Tomb Raider: Legend features the return of Lara Croft to the tombs, and she has gained some brand new acrobatic moves and gadgets which make traversing the beautiful interactive environments pure joy. These new videos give you another sneak peak at some of the great new features of the game such as how Lara Croft can climb around with beautiful fluid movement, the new magnetic grapple gadget in action, and some of the deadly traps that she encounters in the tombs. On top of it all, we also are showing you a few cut-scenes which are displayed in true cinematic quality.

With Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend, seeing is believing, and soon you can see for yourself once the game ships on April 11th 2006, for the Xbox360, PS2, Xbox, and PC, with the PSP version to follow shortly after.
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PLAY BALL! ENLIGHT SHIPS BASEBALL MOGUL 2007

PARKVILLE, MD – April 6th, 2006 – Enlight Interactive, a leading software developer and publisher, announced today that Baseball Mogul 2007 will ship during the opening week of the MLB season. The award-winning baseball management simulation continues the series with a new title that gives prospective managers the chance to build their championship dynasty.

The latest chapter in the Baseball Mogul series allows gamers to participate in the ultimate managerial experience and build the ball club of their dreams. Players are given the exclusive opportunity to fill the shoes of a major league general manager and partake in the daily operations of running a team. From scouting potential talent, negotiating trades and even setting ticket prices, players can control all facets of the game in real-time or run an entire season at the touch of a button.

“Baseball Mogul 2007 is an entirely unique experience, taking control over every aspect of the game is every baseball fan’s dream,” said Paul Lombardi, CEO of Enlight Interactive USA. “Aspiring managers can determine the optimal mixture of character profiles, statistical performance and team chemistry to take their ball club to the championship.”

Features will include:

• As an exclusive licensee of the Sean Lahman Baseball Database, Baseball Mogul 2007 allows gamers to acquire hall of fame legends or the next budding superstar. Rosters can be filled with a wide variety of personalities, talent, and chemistry from as far back as 1901.

• Draft, Sign, or Trade your favorite players while using the updated Tradezilla; which features advanced artificial intelligence to challenge gamers in a world of unrivaled realism.

• Utilize the animated play-by-play mode to experience virtual decision making as if you were the manager. Call a hit and run, double steal, or a suicide squeeze to establish your place among the managing elite.

Baseball Mogul 2007 is now available for the PC, Rated E for Everybody by the ESRB and carries a suggested retail price of $19.95. To purchase a digital copy of the game, please visit: http://www.sportsmogul.com/Orders/orderbaseball2k7.htm

For more information on Baseball Mogul 2007, please visit http://www.sportsmogul.com/baseball2k7/

GameTap Media Alert – Capcom Week

This month, GameTap is featuring entire weeks devoted to some of the hottest publishers and successful series of all time, so who better to kick things off than Capcom!

Last week, three of Capcom’s most notable titles - DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors,, Ghosts’N Goblins, and Ghouls’N Ghosts – appeared on the network, but now 9 more arcade games* as part of Capcom Week make their debut, including:

- Street Fighter II Champion Edition

- 1941: Counter Attack

- Commando

- Exed Exes (Savage Bees)

- Knights of the Round

- Magic Sword - Heroic Fantasy

- Mega Twins / Chiki Chiki Boys

- Mercs / Commandos 2

- Trojan


In addition to these Capcom hits, GameTap - a first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System - delivers more than 400 of the greatest games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC for only $9.95 a month!

Since new games and original programming are added to the service each week, visit GameTap today at www.gametap.com.

Stay tuned - SNK week is coming up!

New "Zoo Tycoon" Web Site Roars to Life

Microsoft Game Studios announced today that the popular and best-selling “Zoo Tycoon” franchise is roaring to life with a new Web site. Fans of the franchise can visit http://www.ZooTycoon.com for the latest zoo news, downloadable wallpapers, coloring book pages, ring tones and much more. Gamers can fully immerse themselves in the new “Zoo Tycoon” world, which features an innovative design that is fun, user-friendly and allows fans to easily access information about current games, including “Zoo Tycoon 2” and “Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species,” and upcoming releases, such as “Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure,” “Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania” and “Zoo Tycoon 2: Dino Danger Pack.”

The Web site also introduces new community features with frequent postings. “Ask the Zookeeper” answers gamers’ questions about odd zoo topics and animals, such as “Why are flamingos pink?” In addition, roving rodent reporters, Zoey and Zeek the zoo mice, conduct animal interviews in the new column, “Animal Escapades.” Helpful game tips and behind the scenes developer diaries will also be available.

“Zoo Tycoon 2,” the sequel to the award-winning “Zoo Tycoon,” continues to provide the ultimate zoo experience, challenging gamers to design and build the most vibrant zoo possible while working to ensure animal happiness, customer satisfaction and profitability. With “Zoo Tycoon 2: Endangered Species” and the upcoming releases of “Zoo Tycoon 2: African Adventure” and “Zoo Tycoon 2: Marine Mania” E10+ rated expansion packs, and downloadable “Zoo Tycoon 2: Dino Danger Pack,” players can step directly into their zoo where they’ll be face-to-face with guests and exotic animals.



Since its launch in November 2004, “Zoo Tycoon 2” has continued the award-winning legacy of its predecessors and has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, Children’s Software & New Media Revue, and Scholastic Parent & Child.

April 4, 2006

NAMCO NETWORKS’ POOL PRO ONLINE REACHES 3.6 MILLION MARK

SAN JOSE, Calif. & CTIA in LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) – Wireless subscribers have played more than 3.6 million games of Pool Pro OnlineTM from Namco Networks a leading publisher and developer of wireless games and content. Contributing to this impressive statistic, the top record-setting player has played the real-time, head-to-head pool game more than 27,000 times.

The first multi-player pool game available from national wireless carriers, Namco Network’s Pool Pro Online presents the option for players to compete head-to-head online across carriers, or offline in single player mode and multiplayer hot-seat mode. Pool Pro Online features both 8- and 9-ball games, three difficulty settings for offline play, and a zoom-in feature that allows players to zoom-in on tricky shots and hit with precise aim. In online mode, players compete in real-time against thousands of competitors across the country. Scores are published on five leader boards – Most Wins, Best Win-Loss Ratio, Best Rating, Best 8-ball Player and Best 9-ball Player – allowing players to strategically choose their next competitor.

“Similar to how online games attracted PC gamers to the Internet, networked games are drawing social gamers to the mobile gaming space,” said Scott Rubin, vice president of sales and marketing for Namco Networks. “Knowing there is a person on the other end, not just a computer, increases the competitive nature of the game, making it a more enjoyable and interactive experience. We are thrilled by the success of this game and by the 3.6 million games that have played online. This proves to us that there is strong demand for network enabled game play on the wireless platform.”

Adding to the social aspect of the game, some carriers offer Pool Pro Online with a simulated chat function, allowing players to communicate with their competitors while playing online. The message swapping functionality allows players to send predefined messages to each other from a list that changes depending on the player’s current game situation. For example, if a player is ready to take a shot, he could send the message, “This one looks easy,” to his opponent. If he accidentally sinks the 8 ball, he can say “I let you win”.

Visit www.NamcoGames.com for information on how to download Pool Pro Online or other mobile game hits from Namco Networks.

About Namco Networks

Established January 1, 2006, Namco Networks America Inc is a subsidiary of Namco Bandai Holdings (USA) Inc., a Tokyo-based world leader in the high-tech entertainment industry. Namco uses cutting-edge technology to provide fun, quality entertainment to mobile consumers throughout the Americas. For more information about Namco’s mobile games, please visit: www.namcogames.com.

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. PARTNERS WITH PLAYFIRST TO BRING CASUAL GAMES TO CELL PHONES

LOS ANGELES - April 4, 2006 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced a partnership with PlayFirst, Inc. the leading full-service publisher of casual games, for the licensing, development and distribution of several PlayFirst titles for mobile. Together, Konami and PlayFirst are expanding the international market for casual games by bringing highly original content to cell phones worldwide.

"As a full-service publisher, maximizing the reach of our games is a top priority," said Rich Roberts, vice president of sales and business development, PlayFirst. "With Konami's deep experience in both mobile and the international market, this partnership will introduce the world's mobile audience to PlayFirst's high caliber games and further enable casual gamers to access our exciting titles wherever they play."

Under the terms of the agreement, Konami will manage the mobile publishing and distribution of popular PlayFirst games such as the award-winning Oasis(tm), developed by Mind Control Software and Egg vs. Chicken(tm), developed by Gamelab.

"We have recognized a tremendous demand for innovative, high quality casual games in the mobile space. We recognized PlayFirst and its unique portfolio of highly original IP as an ideal partner to expand our mobile entertainment product line and to feed the demand of top tier games," said Joe Morris, Vice President, Mobile Content, Konami Digital Entertainment.

About Konami Corporation
Konami Corporation is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties, specializing in the home video game market. Konami Corporation's action and adventure titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid®, Silent Hill® and Castlevania®, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. Konami Corporation is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the US and Konami of Europe in Frankfurt, Germany. Konami Corporation, the parent company of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM (NYSE: KNM). Details of the mobile products published by Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found at www.konami.com/mo.

About PlayFirst, Inc.
PlayFirst is the leading publisher of highly-original games made for casual gamers wherever they play. Committed to fostering creativity, PlayFirst works with talented internal and external developers to bring innovative games to multiple platforms, including PC, Mac and mobile. PlayFirst's portfolio of games includes the record-breaking hit Diner Dash, which has more than 100 million plays worldwide. Founded in 2004, PlayFirst is funded by Mayfield Fund, Trinity Ventures and Rustic Canyon Partners. For more information visit www.playfirst.com.

EA ShiPS From russia with love For the PSP

Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that From Russia With Love™ for the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system has shipped and is on store shelves. Making its debut as the first Bond game on the PSP system, From Russia With Love gives players the opportunity to experience the timeless fiction of the classic James Bond movie. Invest in your character and customize the ultimate Bond for a whole new level of gameplay options, including an all new single player mode consisting of 8 exciting missions, multiplayer mode with ad-hoc wireless, 16 new Bond challenges, several new unlockable Bond villains and classic Bond gadgets and weapons.

From Russia With LoveÔ is the first game to put PSP players in the universe of the classic James Bond films. Set in the original 60’s Bond era, the game features movie-based missions as well as original, action-intensive sequences, a broad and deep variety of gameplay, social multiplayer experiences, gorgeous women, and classic, upgradeable weapons and gadgetry with modern mechanics. Sean Connery, the original Bond, reprises his role as the dapper Mi6 agent in this innovative, retro-styled and highly anticipated console title from the infamous Bond franchise. The highly anticipated game currently is available on the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system from Microsoft, and the Nintendo GameCube™.

This game has been rated T (Teen) by the ESRB. More information on the game can be found on the official website at www.007.ea.com.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City , California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for videogame systems, personal computers, and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA™, EA SPORTS BIG™ and POGO™. In fiscal 2005, EA posted revenues of $3.1 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is www.ea.com.

About MGM Interactive

MGM Interactive, a unit of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., manages business development and production of interactive products for a variety of multimedia platforms, as well as talent and developer relationships. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC

EON Productions/Danjaq, LLC is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced twenty James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films, GOLDENEYE, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, and DIE ANOTHER DAY produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. EON Productions and Danjaq, LLC are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.

The Intense Stealth Combat Game Commandos Strike Force Ships to Stores Today!

Commandos Strike Force, the intense stealth combat game is on its way to retailers today, and tomorrow the Strike Force team will be waiting for your command. Commandos Strike Force fuses the first person action shooter genre with intense stealth combat to give you a brand new World War II experience unlike any other game. Using the unique skills and abilities of the three different members of your elite Strike Force team, infiltrate behind enemy lines and strike your foes when they least expect it.

The Green Beret, Francis O’Brien, specializes in offensive tactics, utilizing skills such as dual wielding his machine guns or getting up close and personal with his melee attacks. William Hawkins, the Sniper, brings the word precision to a new level as he can hold his breath to line up the perfect shot. The Spy, George Brown, is the epitome of stealth combat as he can use various disguises to sneak his way into enemy territory where he can set up a vicious strike. Switch-on-the-fly between the different commandos on your team and devise your own personal style of strategy and tactics to get the mission done. Commandos can do what armies cannot, and the choice will be in your hands tomorrow, April 5th 2006, when Commandos Strike Force will be waiting for you on the store shelves!

Majesco Ships Bust-a-Move Deluxe for the PSP

EDISON, N.J., April 4, 2006 – Addictive, bubble-bursting gameplay hits retailers across North America today as Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL) ships Bust-A-Move Deluxe for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. In this handheld iteration of the popular series, players fire bubbles from the launcher in an attempt to match and pop three bubbles before the allotted time is up. Bust-A-Move Deluxe is available for a suggested retail price of $39.99.

“Bust-A-Move Deluxe remains true to the series’ classic puzzle gameplay while adding new features exclusive to the PSP™ system,” said Ken Gold, vice president of Marketing for Majesco. “The 500+ puzzles in game offer a great deal of depth for players on the go.”

Offering addictive fun for both casual players and hardcore gamers, Bust-A-Move Deluxe includes four exclusive new modes and four new characters to the series. Whether playing solo or head-to-head with a friend in two multi-player modes, gamers will be challenged by more than 500 different puzzles in Bust-A-Move Deluxe.

Licensed through Taito and developed by Dreams, Bust-A-Move Deluxe is available now at retail outlets nationwide. More information can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com.

About Majesco Entertainment Company

Headquartered in Edison, NJ, Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL) is an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content, with a focus on publishing videogames for leading portable systems such as the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system, Nintendo DS™ and Game Boy® Advance. Current product line highlights include Age of Empires: The Age of Kings® for the Nintendo DS™, Guilty Gear Judgment for the

PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system and JAWS™ Unleashed, as well as digital entertainment products like Frogger® TV Arcade. Majesco now offers Game Boy® Advance Video versions of the beloved DreamWorks Animation movies Shrek, Shrek 2 and Shark Tale. More information about Majesco can be found online at www.majescoentertainment.com.

SEGA® ACQUIRES PREMIER U.K. DEVELOPER

LONDON (April 3, 2006) – SEGA Holdings Europe Ltd., today announced that it has acquired the multi award-winning development studio, Sports Interactive. Founded in 1994 by Paul and Oliver Collyer and operating from offices in Islington, North London, the brothers are the talented creators behind the hugely successful Football Managerä series. With only two titles from the franchise released so far, Football Managerä has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies to become the second fastest selling PC game of all time in the U.K.

This new deal highlights SEGA’s emphasis on Western development as part of its long-term strategic vision. In 2005, SEGA also purchased development studio The Creative Assembly.

“Football Manager is an extremely successful brand for SEGA and one of the most significant titles for our European line-up,” commented Naoya Tsurumi, CEO, SEGA Europe Ltd. & SEGA of America, Inc. “This acquisition illustrates that we are achieving our objectives and have our strategic planning up and running. Although we still have a lot more to do, we feel that this is yet another huge step towards strengthening our standing within the European market.”

“We acquired Sports Interactive because SEGA has the utmost respect for the Collyer’s, Miles Jacobson and the Sports Interactive team for what they have achieved. The company is built up of highly talented individuals that have and continue to produce award-winning titles,” commented Mike Hayes, President & COO of SEGA Europe Ltd. “Our objective, as with The Creative Assembly, is to work with the team and build upon their successes as we strive to produce the highest quality games for our consumers”.

Miles Jacobson, Managing Director of Sports Interactive adds, “From our first meeting with SEGA, it felt like “home”- they really understand development and it’s an honor to get to work with the overwhelming pool of talent from both the development and publishing side. The partnership was right for the next chapter in Sports Interactive’s history, with more releases from the studio this year than ever before. Myself, Ov, Paul and the SI team are all really excited about the future.”

The first titles to be released under the new partnership will be Football Managerä 2006 for Xbox 360™ and Football Manager Handheld for the PSP™ portable entertainment system, both out for release on April 13, 2006.

About SEGA® Holdings Europe Ltd.:

SEGA Holdings Europe Ltd. is the holding company for the European arms of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. Subsidiaries of SEGA Holdings Europe include SEGA Europe Ltd.


About SEGA® Europe Ltd:

SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe’s web site is located at www.sega-europe.com


About Sports Interactive:

Sports Interactive (SI), is the world’s leading developer of sports management simulations for home computers. SI’s pillar titles cover a range of sports, including football (the Football Manager series), ice hockey (the NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager series) and baseball (Out of the Park Baseball). Founded in 1994 and based in Islington, North London. The company’s games have enjoyed an unparalleled history of commercial and critical success, with five of its creations among the UK's Top 20 best-selling PC games of all time. In 2004 SI signed an exclusive five-year agreement with SEGA which will see all games it produces within that period published by the global computer and video games giant. Further information on the company and its games is available from the SI website, www.sigames.com.

Sony Online Entertainment and Planetwide Games Join Forces to Bring Innovative New Service to Online Gamers

SAN DIEGO, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), a global leader in the online games industry, and Planetwide Games announced today that a web version of Planetwide's Comic Book Creator(TM) is under development for subscribers of SOE's Station Players(TM) service. Additionally, the Comic Book Creator software and special SOE game-themed art packs will soon be available for digital purchase from SOE. The web version is expected to be added to Station Players this fall, while the digital version is expected to be available for purchase through SOE's Station.com Store this summer.

"SOE continues to offer industry-leading innovations in the realm of ancillary service offerings for online game subscribers," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "We're always looking for unique ways to both enrich the online gaming experience as well as offer our subscribers services that extend beyond our game worlds. Comic Book Creator provides additional value for our online communities with its unique features, allowing players to strengthen their connection to their avatars and social groups in a whole new way."

"We see this strategic relationship with Sony Online Entertainment as the innovative way to empower video gamers, who live through their virtual online identities and who want to share their heroic feats and epic victories from their online gameplay," said Kevin Donovan, president of Planetwide Games. "What better way to extend some of the industry's greatest games to this incredibly dynamic community, than to join forces with SOE, a company with a stellar reputation for quality interactive entertainment, who continues to lead this exceptional growth."

Comic Book Creator allows consumers to take game screenshots, DVD movies, digital photos or art assets and create personalized comic books and comic strips. Fans of Sony Online Entertainment's highly acclaimed Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games EverQuest(R), EverQuest(R) II and PlanetSide(R) will soon be able to share their online experiences with fellow guild members and friends by creating personalized digital comic books starring their online avatars using Comic Book Creator.

SOE has entered into a licensing agreement with Planetwide Games that will make Comic Book Creator available to SOE's hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Planetwide Games and SOE are developing a web-enabled version of Comic Book Creator for subscribers of the Station Players service. This new web version will be available to SOE players, on an exclusive basis, for one year after commercial release. Station Players is the official online service that connects players to the EverQuest and EverQuest II communities. This web-based suite offers an array of features that give players incredible access to their characters and guilds by merging the game world with the world wide web. Station Players features include Guild web sites and tools, character profiles, personal images, screen shot galleries, leader boards and advanced game data.

The agreement also allows SOE to bundle their MMO games with Comic Book Creator software, as well as sell a downloadable version through the Station.com Store. These versions of Comic Book Creator will include customizable digital art assets from SOE games. Supplementary art packs themed around SOE games will be available for separate purchase.

For more information on the Station Players service, visit www.stationplayers.com.

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest(R), EverQuest(R) II, Champions of Norrath(R), Untold Legends(TM), and PlanetSide(R), as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies(TM): An Empire Divided(TM), SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.

EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. SOE, the SOE logo and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. Untold Legends is a trademark of Sony Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

About Planetwide Games

Based in Orange County, CA, Planetwide Games, Inc. is a provider of innovative games and application software. The Company's games and applications easily integrate with portals and major game developers, or can be sold separately through digital downloads and box sales at retail locations. Planetwide Games develops proprietary online technology and software products and is building a worldwide network of affiliates. Visit http://www.PlanetwideGames.com, http://www.MyComicBookCreator.com and http://www.ComicBookSociety.net.

Comic Book Creator is a registered trademark of Planetwide Games, Inc. The Comic Book Creator logo and Planetwide Games logo are registered trademarks of Planetwide Games, Inc.

April 3, 2006

EIDOS BRINGS YOU THE HOT NEW LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER:LEGEND PC DEMO

The gaming world’s sexiest and most intrepid adventurer makes her triumphant return in Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend! Follow the link to download the hot new PC Demo and get a preview of the action.
http://www.tombraiderlegenddemo.com

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is almost here, as it is set to ship April 11th 2006 in North America for the Xbox360, PS2, Xbox, and PC, with the PSP version to follow shortly after.

Half a Million Gamers Played More Than Three Million Hours in Guild Wars Landmark Weekend Event

April 3, 2006 (BELLEVUE, WA): ArenaNet®, developer of the award-winning online roleplaying game Guild Wars®, and NCsoft® Corporation, the world’s leading developer and publisher of online computer games, opened the virtual door for a weekend-long sneak peek at its new game Guild Wars Factions™, and players around the world responded in record numbers. From 12:01 am on Friday, March 24 until 11:59 pm on March 26, more than 500,000 players participated in the invitation-only preview event and cumulatively spent more than three million hours online, making the Guild Wars Factions Preview Event (FPE) one of the largest preview events in gaming history. Guild Wars Factions is set to hit store shelves April 28, 2006 with an estimated retail price of $49.99 (US).

“We knew that by focusing on new ways to play and new things to do within the game, such as the 12x12 Alliance Battles, which were extremely popular with both PvP and roleplaying gamers, that fans would respond enthusiastically,” says Jeff Strain, co-founder of ArenaNet. “This weekend reinforced that we are on the right track with Guild Wars Factions and are making a game that rises to the challenge to be innovative and ever-compelling for its fans.”

The extraordinary weekend is just the latest success for Guild Wars, the wildly popular game that continues to redefine the online roleplaying experience. The Guild Wars Factions pre-order pack offered a key code for access into the FPE, driving gamers to their local game stores and driving sales of the pre-order pack into weekly Top 10 lists alongside full retail titles at stores and chains around the world.

“Guild Wars continues to set new standards for online roleplaying alongside some heavyweight competition,” says Bob McKenzie, Senior VP of Merchandising, GameStop, Inc. “The combination of a unique pre-order pack for retail, an exciting live preview event for players, and a high level of anticipation for Guild Wars Factions has helped to create one of the best pre-sale campaigns for GameStop and EBGames. We get the impression this is only the beginning of a very exciting year for the Guild Wars franchise, and we look forward to the April 28 release date of Guild Wars Factions.”

Guild Wars Factions is the highly anticipated stand-alone follow up to the critically acclaimed game Guild Wars, an online roleplaying game in which players explore a rich fantasy world, acquire skills, build personalized characters, and compete in head-to-head battles with players from around the world. ArenaNet attributes the success of Guild Wars to compelling game design, innovative technology that offers a unique online gameplay experience, and a revolutionary business model with no monthly subscription fees charged to users.

About GameStop Corp.

Headquartered in Grapevine, TX, GameStop Corp. (NYSE:GME)(NYSE:GME.B) is the world's largest video game and entertainment software retailer. The company operates 4,490 retail stores across the United States and in fourteen countries worldwide. The company also owns two e-commerce sites, GameStop.com and EBgames.com, and Game Informer(R) magazine, a leading video and computer game publication. GameStop Corp. sells the most popular new software, hardware and game accessories for the PC and next generation video game systems from Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. In addition, the company sells computer and video game magazines and strategy guides, action figures, and other related merchandise. General information on GameStop Corp. can be obtained at the company's corporate Website: http://www.gamestop.com/investor-relations/.

About ArenaNet
ArenaNet, located in Bellevue, Washington, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NCsoft Corporation. ArenaNet has built a state-of-the-art, interactive game network and develops premier multiplayer online games for dedicated game players. ArenaNet’s first title, Guild Wars, is a global online roleplaying game that allows gamers to play with anyone, anytime and anywhere in the world. Its highly anticipated follow up, Guild Wars Factions, will be released spring 2006. More information about ArenaNet can be found at www.arena.net.

About NCsoft Corporation
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft Corporation is the world’s leading developer and publisher of online games. Founded in 1997, NCsoft is home to Lineage®, the world’s most successful online roleplaying game. NCsoft has joint venture offices located in Japan, Taiwan, and China, as well as branches in North America and the United Kingdom. In fiscal year 2005, NCsoft posted revenues of KRW (Korean Won) 338 billion or approximately US$346 million. More information about NCsoft can be found at www.plaync.com.

GameTap Monthly Update for March/April 2006

GameTap’s network continues to expand with new games, shows, channels, controls, visuals and price!

Since Turner Broadcasting’s GameTap launched with 300 games, new content has been added every week with a record-setting catalogue now exceeding 400 titles! In addition, GameTap just launched GameTap TV with five new channels to choose from and more than 250 original and popular shows aimed at fans of the video game lifestyle. And that’s not all - As part of GameTap’s evolution, we now have controller mapping, so you can set your controls to whatever keys or buttons you want. Did we mention that this is all at a new subscription rate of $9.95!

Among March’s notable game additions are Baldur’s Gate (Vivendi Universal) for PC, Crazy Taxi (SEGA) for Dreamcast, Virtua Fighter (SEGA) for SEGA 32X, Populous: The Beginning (Electronic Arts) for PC, Golden Axe (SEGA) for the Genesis, and a number of arcade favorites, including Ghosts 'n Goblins (Capcom) and its sequel Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Capcom), Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (Capcom), and Baseball Stars Professional (SNK Playmore).

March’s Top 10 Most Played List:

1. 1942

2. Age of Wonders II: The Wizard’s Throne

3. Quest for Glory I: So You Want To Be A Hero

4. Sim Safari

5. Warlords Battlecry II

6. Heroes of Might and Magic IV

7. Pac-Man

8. Empire Earth

9. Sonic the Hedgehog 2

10. Railroad Tycoon 3

This month, GameTap is highlighting some of the hottest publishers and successful series with their own special weeks. That’s right, entire weeks will be devoted to new content from Capcom, SNK, the King’s Quest franchise, and the big daddy of them all - Street Fighter! Each week will feature five to a dozen games related to its focus.

On the original programming front, we just announced that GameTap TV now boasts more than 250 videos on demand! Among the new channels that Game Tap subscribers will experience for the first time are:

· OnTap channel: This guide keeps you looped in with the latest programs on the GameTap service

· GameTap Originals channel: All of the GameTap original programs are housed here in their entirety

· Music channel: This channel brings top musical artists to the network, including music videos, “GamePads,” a show about celebrities and how games have impacted their lives, and this month’s debut of “GameTap 10,” a celebrity-driven top 10 favorite video games countdown show, featuring segments with Fall Out Boy and Dem Franchize Boyz, among others

· Animation channel: Debuting later this spring, the channel will kick-off with an original series of animated shorts

· Games channel: With a mind boggling 400+ games, this channel lets subscribers preview games in the network prior to selecting what they want to play

GameTap is a first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network that delivers hundreds of the greatest games-on-demand plus original programming via a broadband-connected PC. Be sure to check out the latest and greatest games and original programming at www.gametap.com.

Stay tuned for all of the latest news in games and programming!

* All release dates subject to change

April 2, 2006

Pursuit Force

Score: 3.5 out of 5
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Rated "T" for Teen

Pursuit Force is a combination racing and combat game that offers enough variation in game play to keep you on your toes. Nothing about it is all that special, but it's good for some entertainment.

As a member of the Pursuit Force, you are assigned to bring some law and order to Capital City by taking out five criminal gangs who have overrun the city. The gangs found in the game range from the Capellis, your typical mafia crime family, to the Vixens, a group of scantily clad high tech thieves. Most of the game is centered around pursuing these gangs using various vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, speedboats, and a heavily armed helicopter. A small portion also involves some on-foot action, but those segments are few and far between. Chasing down enemy cars sounds like any pursuit game, but it gets better - you can actually lean out of your moving vehicle with a weapon to inflict some damage, and most importantly, abandon the vehicle entirely and leap onto another. The best is when you can jump out of your vehicle and onto the enemy's, all the while shooting at them in a glorified slo-mo. It reminds me a little of Mad Max, especially The Road Warrior where he's driving the truck at the end and all the bad guys are fighting with him. After grabbing onto the roof or hood of an enemy's ride, you need to work to shoot down the driver and possibly a heavily armed passenger or two to regain control, all while trying not to be shot or tossed off. The fence swings both ways though, and you may find a gang member on your hood trying to commandeer your vehicle as well. If you successfully bring criminals to justice lawfully, it will boost the "Justice Bar". Once activated, you can then slow down time during vehicle jumps, shoot at enemies in mid-air, and even restore player and vehicle health. It sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of the controls it isn't too bad.

Overall, vehicle control is just what you'd expect, except that the boats are too sluggish and the motorcycles too flighty. Smashing into other vehicles and obstacles won't destroy your car, at least right away, but they will slow you down and sometimes spin you around and put you out of the race. There are about 30 missions overall, grouped by the five gangs you need to take down. The missions range from eliminating a series of gang members in an alotted time to taking control of a bus while keeping its speed over 100 mph (how original!). BigBig does a good job of keeping the game play varied but consistent so it keep you on your toes. You always start off in your vehicle (boat, car, motorcycle), then jump to the perp's vehicles, overpower them and use their vehicle. So there's lots of changes but overall the game play is similar enough that you don't have to spend too much time trying to figure out what's going on. Each mission gives you the ability to unlock better weapons, more missions, better cars, etc. In addition to the missions there are time trials and racing levels. My guess is that it would take about 15 hours to master this game and complete all the levels.

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Pursuit Force looks and sounds good. The graphics have a strong style about them. They're not the best, but they look very good. The frame rate is smooth and consistent, although the backgrounds are a little boring and repetitive. The animations get a little repetitive, too. How many times to I have to watch my car explode in exactly the same way? I have to give Pursuit Force props for the way that the car chases are "filmed". They do a great job capturing the speed and the hectic nature of the chase, and it is plain old exciting to jump from car to car.

There are a few weird things about the game. Firstly, at the beginning of the Time Trials they say, "3-1-2" the first time and then after that it is the usual "3-2-1". Also, you can't put the PSP into sleep mode while you're in a menu; you have to be playing the game in order to go into sleep mode. That's a big deal for we gamers on the go.

Pursuit Force is more than just a racing game and with its multiple modes it's sure to entertain.

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