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Humongous Releases Backyard Baseball 2007


No. 1 Kids Baseball Video Game=
Hits Grand Slam with All New Graphics, Gameplay, and Major League Pros as =
Kids =0A=0A =0A=0A NEW YORK, NY =96 March 13, 2007=97Humongous, Inc. ann=
ounced today that Backyard Baseball 2007 is shipping to retail stores natio=
nwide. Backyard Baseball, now in its fifth iteration, is the best selling=
youth baseball video game of all time, and the only title to hold the cove=
ted Major League Baseball=AE (MLB) and Major League Baseball Players Associ=
ation (MLBPA) licenses. =0A=0A =0A=0A =93As a top quality producer of base=
ball video games, Humongous continues to release the most exciting and inno=
vative MLB-themed titles tailored to today=92s youth,=94 said Howard Smith,=
Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball Properties. =93Th=
is new version provides a real-time baseball experience along with cutting-=
edge graphics and a simplicity that will allow our next generation of fans =
to easily engage in playing Backyard Baseball 2007.=94=0A=0A =0A=0A The 10-=
year old Backyard Baseball game franchise, which stars animated versions ML=
B pros as kids, has undergone a major transformation since its last release=
two years ago. Backyard and MLB pro characters have evolved into older, e=
dgier, more believable athletes playing within graphically rich, dramatic a=
nd interactive environments. What=92s more, the physics of the game are fi=
nely tuned for more precise, authentic gameplay. =0A=0A =0A=0A =93The 5 to =
10 year old audience is much more sophisticated than even a few years ago--=
many kids have been playing baseball and video games for years and their ex=
pectations for quality and realism are high,=94 says Lauren Schechtman Alle=
n, Humongous Co-President. =93Backyard Baseball 2007 provides that authent=
ic baseball experience on a level appropriate for a child. That means addi=
ng lots of humor, increasing the action and pace of the game, and making it=
easy to jump into the game without complex directions. We=92ve also inclu=
ded multiple levels of difficulty so even seasoned veterans will find it co=
mpelling and challenging.=94 =0A=0A =0A=0A World Series=AE heavy hitter Alb=
ert Pujols happens to be one of those =93seasoned veterans=94 who is a fan =
of Backyard Baseball 2007. Pujols, six-time MLB All Star and one of the bes=
t players in the game, not only plays the game with his son but stars on it=
s cover alongside his Backyard kid alter ego.=0A=0A =0A=0A =93Backyard Bas=
eball really lets kids see what it=92s like to play Major League baseball,=
=94 said Pujols. =93It teaches kids the rules of the game, and helps them =
understand real baseball strategies, like when it=92s the right time to ste=
al, what pitches to hit, or when to try for a double play=94. =0A=0A =0A=0A=
Along with Pujols, Backyard Baseball 2007 features many other top MLB hero=
es such as Alex Rodriguez, Ichiro Suzuki, Lance Berkman, David Ortiz, and V=
ladimir Guerrero, to name a few. The game includes all 30 MLB teams, unifo=
rms, and logos. It offers single pick-up games, homerun derby, or season =
play (with all the stats) and varying levels of difficulty. In addition, th=
e game=92s kid-friendly, non-violent format, and high level of cultural div=
ersity makes it especially popular with parents. =0A=0A =0A=0A Backyard Ba=
seball 2007 is rated =93E=94 (Everyone) by ESRB and has an MSRP of $29.99 f=
or the PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube=99, and Game Boy=AE Advance $19.99 =
for WINDOWS. Backyard Baseball 2007 GBA, PS2, and PC will be on shelf thi=
s week with the GameCube titles shipping next month.=0A=0A =0A=0A Backyard =
Baseball 2007 is the latest entry in the Backyard Sports series, the best s=
elling sports video gaming franchise for kids and the only game brand licen=
sed by ALL professional US sports leagues: Major League Baseball, Major Lea=
gue Baseball Players Association, National Football League, NFL Players Inc=
., National Basketball Association, Major League Soccer, and National Hocke=
y League. Since 1996 the franchise has sold over 10 million units and has =
received over a hundred awards. What=92s more, according to an independent=
study, 15 percent of boys in the United States ages five to 10 own at leas=
t one Backyard Sports game.=0A=0A =0A=0A About Humongous Inc: Humongous, I=
nc. publishes the award-winning Backyard Sports video games series=97the be=
st selling sports gaming franchise for kids. Founded in 1992, Humongous (f=
ormerly Humongous Entertainment) is owned by France-based Infogrames Entert=
ainment SA, the largest video games publisher in Europe, and parent company=
to Atari. Along with Backyard Sports, Humongous is recognized for high-qua=
lity, animated CD-ROMs starring original characters. For more information:=
www.backyardsports.com =0A=0A =0A=0A =A9 MLBPA-Official Licensee, Major Le=
ague Baseball Players Association. Visit www.MLBPLAYERS.com, the Players C=
hoice on the web.

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