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June 25, 2008

Midway Announces Mortal Kombat vs DCU Comic-Con Panel With Ed Boon and Jimmy Palmiotti

Today, Midway announced they'll be hosting a Mortal Kombat vs. DC
Universe panel with MK co-creator Ed Boon and comic scribe Jimmy
Palmiotti on Friday, July 25 at Comic-Con 2008.

Worlds Collide: The Making of Midway's Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe -
Ed Boon (Mortal Kombat) and Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane) discuss
how two billion-dollar entertainment franchises collide as Mortal Kombat
warriors battle DC superheroes for the first time ever in this highly
anticipated video game. Join Ed Boon and Jimmy Palmiotti for an
exclusive look at never-before-seen gameplay, the unveiling of key
characters on the game's roster, as well as a Q&A session for Mortal
Kombat vs. DC Universe! All panel attendees will receive an exclusive,
limited edition Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Comic-con 2008 poster.
Friday, July 25th 11:15AM - 12:15PM, Room 6B

First-ever Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe screenshots and character
renders now available:














For additional game information visit www.worldscollide.com
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About Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
For the first time ever Scorpion, Sub-Zero and the Mortal Kombat
warriors battle with Batman, Superman and other popular DC Universe
Super Heroes. Choose your side and challenge your opponents with a new
fighting system including Freefall Kombat and Klose Kombat along with
dynamic multi-tiered environments. Plus, pick your favorite character
from MK or DCU and pursue a fighting adventure in the new single player
mode with an intertwined storyline and two unique perspectives.

June 23, 2008

Wii-kly Update

Everybody loves a classic battle between good and evil. With the latest additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel, your greatest challenge will be choosing where to wipe out the bad guys—in deep space, on mean city streets or in a monster-ridden fantasy world. Whatever the venue, be ready for outrageous enemies and memorable missions you’ll relish from beginning to end.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare™

Gyrostarr™ (High Voltage Software, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points): Gyrostarr challenges you and up to three additional players to pilot your ships through a series of twisting, turning technoplasma tracks while battling a variety of deadly alien foes at ever-increasing speeds. While fighting and maneuvering, you must collect enough energy to activate the ancient warpgate at the end of each track. Succeed, and you can journey to the next, even deadlier track. Fail, and the gate will slam shut, destroying your ship. Enhance your ship with weapon pickups, coordinate attacks with your friends to fire powerful combined blasts and use your grapple to snag energy and pickups in the midst of combat. Control your ship with the Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller or Classic Controller™, or use the “paired” control system that allows two players to use a connected Wii Remote and Nunchuk or Classic Controller at the same time. Offering 50 levels of intense action, powerful pickups, high-speed bonus levels and mayhem for up to four players, Gyrostarr is a killer arcade challenge.

Virtual Console™

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): In this platformer from the 1980s, you’re Alex Kidd, looking for your lost brother Egle. In order to find your brother, you’ll have to contend with the evil Janken the Great, who will send his henchmen and monsters at you to thwart your progress. One aspect of this adventure is that you’ll have to play the classic game of “rock, paper, scissors” against the henchmen in order to defeat them. With 16 different levels to conquer in order to save Egle, this classic is sure to test your skills and your wits at the same time.

BURNING FIGHT (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1991 by SNK, BURNING FIGHT is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game. In pursuit of Casterora, leader of a huge syndicate that has escaped from New York to Osaka, the protagonists are three detectives: Duke, Ryu and Billy. Each character fights using a combination of punches, kicks and jumps, plus his own particular special move, activated by simultaneously pressing the jump and attack buttons. These lethal techniques have enormous destructive force, but they also consume a great deal of energy. For this reason, players must use their special moves with skillful timing. Luckily for the detectives, new weapons and additional health can be found by breaking things like phone booths and street signs along the way. A boss, who must be defeated in order to continue the mission, awaits players at the end of each stage. You can also take on the gang with a friend, but beware—attacks by one player can damage the other, so keep an eye on where your partner is in the heat of the battle. End Casterora’s reign of terror once and for all.

ACTIVISION’S GUITAR HERO®: ON TOUR FOR NINTENDO DS™ TAKES THE SHOW ON THE ROAD TO RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDE

SANTA MONICA, CA – June 23, 2008 – After playing to sold-out crowds in living rooms around the world, the blockbuster video game Guitar Hero is hitting the road with Guitar Hero®: On Tour for Nintendo DS™, Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced. Available now at retail outlets nationwide, Guitar Hero: On Tour brings a new dimension to handheld gaming and gives fans the ability to shred along to their favorite tunes with complete portability.

Packaged with the revolutionary Guitar Hero™ Guitar Grip™ peripheral that fits snugly into Nintendo DS, and a unique Guitar Hero pick-stylus, Guitar Hero: On Tour delivers a unique experience by challenging handheld gamers to rock out and prove their shredding skills on one of the most diverse set lists ever offered in a Guitar Hero game, including master track hits from Nirvana, OK Go, No Doubt, blink-182 and Bloc Party.

“Guitar Hero: On Tour offers handheld gamers an all-new Guitar Hero experience letting them unleash their inner rock star anywhere, anytime,” said Dusty Welch, Head of Publishing for RedOctane. “Utilizing the innovative Guitar Hero Guitar Grip peripheral and Guitar Hero pick-stylus, and taking full advantage of the unique voice and touch abilities of Nintendo DS, Guitar Hero: On Tour is going to again redefine how fans can experience music.”

Designed from the ground up specifically for Nintendo DS, the game continues to build on the franchise’s signature easy-to-play, yet difficult to master addictive gameplay, and now lets players take their experience wherever they go. Players use the Guitar Hero Guitar Grip, which mimics a guitar fret board, and the Guitar Hero pick-stylus on the touch screen to strum their favorite tunes and create their rock ‘n’ roll legacy in career mode. Fans can also join together to play co-op mode using a local wireless connection, or battle each other in a Guitar Duel using new Battle Items unique to Nintendo DS.

Guitar Hero: On Tour is developed by Vicarious Visions, is rated “E 10+” (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB and is available now at retailers nationwide. For more information about Guitar Hero: On Tour, visit www.GuitarHeroOnTour.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 $2.9 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 .

Activision maintains operations in the U.S. , Canada , the United Kingdom , France , Germany , Ireland , Italy , Sweden , Spain , the Netherlands , Australia , Japan and South Korea . More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.

June 20, 2008

Derek Jeter Pro Baseball 2008

A few weeks ago Gameloft was kind enough to take me to watch the Yankees beat Seattle. I also got a chance to play the new Derek Jeter Pro Baseball for mobile phones. I was actually pretty impressed with it and found it very playable. Graphics are getting better on mobile all the time and I thought this looked like it could be PS-One quality, but a lot smaller than a typical TV. That's really neither here nor there but I just thought that I would point it out because I'm usually a little bit too much of a snob to say that a mobile game is good.

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The lowdown on the game is that it is fun to play and a pretty good baseball game. Baseball fans will be pleased to see batting and pitching statistics for every team. There are also little Derek Jeter moments where you can learn some tips and some stuff about the life of a big time ball player.

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There's some skill required for hitting and pitching but it was easy to pick up. The controls are pretty standard. Gameplay is fluid and smooth, and as usual, I didn't like fielding. There are a bunch of game modes such as home run derby, single game, and season.

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MORE THAN 250,000 CREATURES CREATED AND SHARED IN THE SPORE CREATURE CREATOR

Redwood City, CA – June 18, 2008 – We’re not alone in the galaxy! Maxis, an Electronic Arts Inc (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio, today announced that Spore™ fans and the creatively curious have designed and shared more than 250,000 new alien life forms since yesterday’s launch of the Spore Creature Creator – currently more than two creatures are being shared every second! Anyone can download their own copy of the Spore Creature Creator or check out thousands of amazing creations from around the world in the Sporepedia at www.spore.com.

“The response to the Spore Creature Creator has been overwhelming,” said Lucy Bradshaw, executive producer of Spore at Maxis. “The creativity and passion that the community is putting into their creatures is spectacular. The development team has spent the last 24 hours checking out the amazing creations racing in from all corners of the globe – with peak volume hitting more than 1,000 creatures being shared a minute.”

The Spore Creature Creator is a stand-alone product and creativity toy box where players create their own unique creatures, bring them to life with entertaining animations, and share them online with friends around the world. The full version of the Spore Creature Creator will be available for $9.99 at retail stores or by visiting www.spore.com. A free trial version of the Spore Creature Creator is also available today at www.spore.com. The trial version features 25% of the creature-making parts from Spore and lets players shape, paint and play with their custom-created creatures. Creatures made in the Spore Creature Creator can also be imported into the full Spore game, allowing players to populate their own galaxies when the game ships worldwide later this year.

The Spore Creature Creator lets players create their own creatures, take them on a test drive, snap pictures, and make movies of them. Sharing pictures or videos with friends is as easy as the click of a button. Players can also share their creations with others by uploading to the Sporepedia™ at www.Spore.com. The Sporepedia is an extraordinarily vast online destination where people worldwide can search for and share Spore creations, comment on other player’s designs, check out celebrity creature creations and much more.

The Spore Creature Creator is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB. The downloadable demo version is free. The complete version has an MSRP of $9.99 in North America . Spore ships for the PC, Mac, Nintendo DS™ and mobile phones on September 5, 2008 in Europe and September 7, 2008 in North America and Asia . Visit www.Spore.com to download a free version of the Spore Creature Creator, sign up for the Spore newsletter or check out all-new screenshots and videos from the game.

Legendary Games Reimagined: SPACE INVADERS EXTREME and ARKANOID DS Launch Today

LOS ANGELES (June 17, 2008) – TAITO Corporation (TAITO™), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd., announced that SPACE INVADERS EXTREME™ and ARKANOID™ DS were shipped to North American retailers today.

These highly anticipated releases are legendary titles reimagined for the 21st century. SPACE INVADERS®, a worldwide sensation since its original release in 1978, has been reborn as SPACE INVADERS EXTREME for Nintendo DS™ and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, SPACE INVADERS is as addictive as ever, with this new edition carrying on the classic gameplay experience while adding fast-paced new twists.

Meanwhile, the 1986 blockbuster hit ARKANOID comes exclusively to Nintendo DS with multiple modes and playful new backgrounds. With ARKANOID DS, players can test their skills against other DS users through the multiplayer option.

Loved around the globe for generations, these milestone titles in computer game history are simply timeless. Both SPACE INVADERS EXTREME and ARKANOID DS were developed to appeal to fans of the original titles and a new generation of players alike. The exhilarating arcade experience is now portable and available on store shelves today.

Features: SPACE INVADERS EXTREME

* New Look: The classic design of the original SPACE INVADERS, now with revamped graphics and new background movies that add to the game’s excitement.
* New Music: Get in the groove with upbeat techno tunes that are synched to gameplay.
* New Mini-Games: Experience varied gameplay with mini-games (Rounds) that are launched mid-game – they add to the fun, and are a good way to rack up points.
* New Twists: Discover exciting twists to the classic game that provide exciting, fast-paced game play.
* New Functionalities:
o DS Version
+ Worldwide (Japan, North America and Europe) two player competitive play and score ranking available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.
+ Two player wireless competitive play and game sharing available
+ Compatible with Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS™ Lite Rumble Pak
o PSP system Version
+ Two player competitive play available via ad hoc wireless connection

Features: ARKANOID DS

* Explore three game modes that offer varied gameplay designed for a wide range of users.
* Compete against two to four players via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and enter high scores in the ranking system.
* Decorate ARKANOID DS with colorful designs by trading points gained through gameplay for fun backgrounds and icons.
* Rock to an irresistible soundtrack produced by Zuntata, TAITO’s award-winning sound team.

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME is rated E (Everyone). ARKANOID DS is rated E (Everyone). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

SPACE INVADERS EXTREME will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD). The official website can be found at http://www.taito.com/csm/title/2008/sie/index.html.

ARKANOID DS will be available at North American retailers for the suggested retail price of $19.99 (USD). The official website can be found at http://www.taito.com/csm/title/2008/arkanoid_ds/index.html.

About TAITO Corporation

TAITO Corp. (TAITO) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. With headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, TAITO operates core businesses such as game arcade operations, coin-operated game machines, and mobile phone content services. A seminal part of gaming history, TAITO caused a worldwide sensation with its arcade legend, SPACE INVADERS, and developed such fan favorites as EXIT™ and ARKANOID. Today, TAITO continues to thrill game lovers of all generations by offering both classic and new family-oriented titles on the latest gaming platforms. TAITO delivers a wide range of entertainment experiences with the goal of providing consumers with fresh surprises and new discoveries. More information on TAITO can be found on the Internet at http://www.taito.co.jp/english.

About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc.

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling franchises – FINAL FANTASY®, which has sold over 80 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 43 million units worldwide – under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd. with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North America, including development, localization, marketing and publishing of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com.

FATAL INERTIA®EX AVAILABLE NOW EXCLUSIVELY ON PLAYSTATION® NETWORK

Burlingame, CA - June 20, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that Fatal Inertia®EX for PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system is available today, and only on PLAYSTATION® Network. A free demo of Fatal Inertia EX which includes an online multiplayer mode is also out now.

For more information, visit the official website and developer blog at www.fatalinertia.com.

ABOUT FATAL INERTIA®EX FOR PLAYSTATION®3
Set in the middle of the 22nd century, Fatal Inertia EX is an evolutionary sporting event that draws from the combined disciplines of rally racing, demolition derby, and tactical air warfare. In this brave new world of combat racing, players pilot their gravity-defying machines through the untamed wilderness, while unconventional weapons move and react to realistic principles of physics and magnetism rather than follow pre-scripted motions.

Fatal Inertia EX features a never-before-seen environment exclusive to the PLAYSTATION 3 system. Situated amidst scorching desert dunes, the Fatal Inertia Proving Grounds is a mecca for aspiring flight jocks driven to prepare themselves for the mental and physical punishment of low-altitude combat maneuvering. Along with offering a restructured training curriculum, the Proving Grounds are also home to the game's eight new tracks.

A re-tuned flight model improves handling and achieves higher speeds than previously seen. Flight controls take advantage of the DUALSHOCK®3 wireless controller and the option of using SIXAXIS™ motion sensing technology. The game's newly-added "Master" level Quick Races will push the fastest men and women to their limit.

Fatal Inertia EX delivers heightened visuals which include new weather effects, significant scenery enhancements, and an overhauled garage for racecraft customization. Spread across 59 courses in seven exotic high-definition environments including lush rainforests, massive glacier fields, and canyons of razor-sharp rock, the beauty of Fatal Inertia EX could easily mask the harrowing thrills in this high-speed contest of champions.

Developed by KOEI CANADA, Fatal Inertia EX provides a glimpse into the future of racing in stunning 720p HDTV and in-game Dolby® Digital audio. Multiplayer features include split-screen two-player races, online and LAN races for up to eight players, plus leaderboards. This game is rated "E10+" (Everyone 10 and older - Fantasy Violence) by the ESRB. Fatal Inertia EX has an MSRP of $29.99.
About KOEI Corporation
Based in Burlingame, California, KOEI Corporation established operations in 1988 as the North American subsidiary of KOEI Co., Ltd. of Japan. KOEI is respected worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and simulation games, and is the innovator of the Tactical Action genre. The company's Warriors series of games have generated a combined 18 million units in global sales.

KOEI develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software for video game systems and personal computers. For fiscal 2007, KOEI posted worldwide revenues of $256 million. KOEI maintains operations in Japan, the U.S., the UK, France, Canada, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and Lithuania. More information about KOEI and its products can be found at www.koei.com.

Wii WANNA ROCK!

Cambridge, MA – June 20, 2008-- Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), announced that Rock Band™ Special Edition Bundle for the Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo is shipping to retail stores across America and Canada, available starting Sunday, June 22nd for the suggested retail price of $169.99.

Rock Band for Wii features over 60 songs ranging across all genres of rock, including five extra bonus tracks exclusive to the disc for Wii gamers! Rock Band Special Edition Bundle for Wii includes game software, wireless drums, drum sticks, microphone, guitar strap and a wireless guitar. Standalone instruments and software are also available.

“The addictive fun of Rock Band and the social phenomenon of Wii combine to make this release an essential addition to the family entertainment collection,” stated Bob Picunko, Vice President of Electronic Games and Interactive Products, MTV. “Mark your calendars because “Family Rock Band Nite” is going to replace the traditional board game and movie night starting June 22nd.”

In addition, Rock Band Track Pack Volume 1 for Wii and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system will be shipping to retail on July 15, 2008, for a MSRP of $29.99. The 20-song pack features an electrifying mix of classic hits and current favorites, including songs by Boston, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots, and 30 Seconds to Mars.

Rock Band is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, Rock Band includes tracks that span every genre of rock ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk. Rock Band has garnered more than 40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007 and three awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.

Rock Band is rated “T” for Teen (lyrics, mild suggestive themes) by the ESRB.

Rock Band is also currently available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft®, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation 2 system.

EA is the exclusive distribution and marketing partner for Rock Band.

For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

June 16, 2008

EA SPORTS FANTASY FOOTBALL DELIVERS INNOVATIVE CONSOLE-BASED TOOLS AND IN GAME INTEGRATION WITH MADDEN NFL 09

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., - June 16, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that EA SPORTS™ Fantasy Football will be launching a new website, fantasy.EASPORTS.com and will have fantasy football applications specific to the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system and PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system later this summer. The web-based service of EA SPORTS Fantasy Football is free, while members of Xbox LIVE or PLAYSTATION 3 Network will have the opportunity to download the innovative fantasy football applications for a fee. In addition, for the first time ever, gamers will have the ability to play their fantasy football squad in Madden NFL 09. EA Experts, a team of internal fantasy football gurus, returns and serves as a go-to source for all fantasy football information.

“EA SPORTS Fantasy Football this year takes fantasy football leagues to the next level,” said EA SPORTS Fantasy Football Executive Producer Jeremy Strauser. “Through our draft day and live scoring applications we have made fantasy football a truly interactive and innovative experience. In addition, we have created integration between our EA SPORTS Fantasy Football product and Madden NFL 09 which gives the football gamer the complete football gaming experience.”

Exclusive to EA SPORTS Fantasy Football customers, gamers will have the ability to download the EA SPORTS Fantasy Football Live Draft Tracker application and experience a fantasy draft that includes all of the fanfare and presentation of an authentic professional football draft on their Xbox 360 or PLAYSTATION 3. The days of paper draft boards are over and gamers can view video clips and hear the EA Experts team provide commentary on top players. Moreover, gamers will be able to track their EA SPORTS Fantasy Football teams and leagues through the EA SPORTS Fantasy Football Live Score Tracker application, which is also available via download from Xbox LIVE or PLAYSTATION 3 Network. The fantasy scores can be viewed in two ways: full screen mode with complete rosters and details or picture-in-picture mode which allows gamers to keep an eye on scoring updates while watching live football action.

If you’ve ever wanted to test your fantasy team against others in the Madden NFL franchise, EA SPORTS Fantasy Football now gives you the opportunity. Through the website, players designate which fantasy team will be imported into Madden NFL 09. This fantasy team is a fully-functional created team and can be played in all areas available to created teams, including online head-to-head games, providing the ultimate football gaming experience.

EA SPORTS Fantasy Football is an officially licensed product of NFL PLAYERS, the licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association.

EA SPORTS Fantasy Football is developed in Orlando, Florida by the award-winning EA Tiburon studio, which also produces Madden NFL 09, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.

EA SPORTS™ is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL®, NBA LIVE, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.

POP CUTIE! STREET FASHION SIMULATION™ BRINGS STREET STYLE TO THE NINTENDO DS

Burlingame, CA -- June 16, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and simulation games, announced today that the company is preparing to bring POP CUTIE! Street Fashion Simulation™ to North America this September 2008. The game will be available exclusively for the Nintendo DS.

"POP CUTIE! Street Fashion Simulation brings together an eclectic mix of Tokyo street style, cosplay (costume play), fashion design and trend hunting to create a game that's part retail management simulation and part style exploration," said Amos Ip, Senior Vice President for KOEI Corporation. "As the game's shop owner you'll compete against rival designers, hire models and staff, design new items, all in search of the ultimate fashion trend."

About POP CUTIE! Street Fashion Simulation
POP CUTIE! Street Fashion Simulation is a game where players manage the day-to-day happenings of their very own fashion boutique. They'll hire models and assistants, choose the look and music for their shop, run the cash register and even place magazine ads. Best of all, they'll take to the streets and meet different characters in search of up-and-coming trends. Players will then use this inspiration in their studios where they'll create new clothes, accessories and even hairstyles. However, other shop owners are also prowling the streets looking for the next big thing.

Players will start the game as an independent designer with a small shop at a flea market. As players progress, they'll move into larger boutiques. The competition against rival shop owners culminates in a 'Fashion Battle,' where a panel of judges will decide if a player's style has enough cute or enough cool to become all the rage.

By gathering 'images' from people on the street and combining them, players will create clothing lines ranging from the conventional to the most outrageous trends from the streets of Tokyo. A simple touch interface allows players to consider color and shape combinations on the bottom screen while reviewing the actual design on the upper screen. Using Nintendo DS Multi-Card Wireless Play, up to two friends can challenge each other in fabulous Fashion Battles.

Developed by KOEI Co., Ltd, POP CUTIE! Street Fashion Simulation is for 1 to 2 players. This game is not yet rated by the ESRB.

June 10, 2008

Square Enix Annunces RPG Line-up for Xbox 360

*/Global Releases to bring the Next Generation of Square Enix RPGs
to Players Worldwide /*

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*LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2008) *� Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of
Square Enix� interactive entertainment products in North America,
announced three new RPG titles for Microsoft Xbox 360� system that will
be released in North America, beginning with INFINITE UNDISCOVERY�
followed by THE LAST REMNANT� and STAR OCEAN�: The Last Hope�. All three
RPGs will be developed for global releases in 2008-2009.

�Square Enix is expanding on its commitment to deliver exciting gaming
experiences to our fans all around the world,� said John Yamamoto,
president and chief executive officer of Square Enix, Inc. and Square
Enix, Ltd. �INFINITE UNDISCOVERY, THE LAST REMNANT and STAR OCEAN: The
Last Hope represent significant steps in bringing our titles to a global
audience and to make each new release a global event.�

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*INFINITE UNDISCOVERY*

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Developer: tri-Ace Inc.

Platform: Xbox 360 Exclusive

Genre: RPG

ESRB: Not Yet Rated

Ship Date: September 2, 2008

INFINITE UNDISCOVERY is a collaborative project with fan favorite
development studio tri-Ace Inc. (STAR OCEAN and VALKYRIE PROFILE�). The
game will be released worldwide in September with the North American
version shipping on September 2^nd , available across Europe and other
PAL territories on September 5^th and released in Japan on September 11^th .

*THE LAST REMNANT *

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Developer: Square Enix Co., Ltd.

Platform: Xbox 360 / PLAYSTATION�3 computer entertainment system

Genre: RPG

ESRB: Not Yet Rated

Ship Date: (Xbox 360) This Winter / (PLAYSTATION�3) TBA

THE LAST REMNANT is the first RPG in a new series brought to you by
Square Enix�s next-generation creators, scheduled for a global release
this winter on Xbox 360.

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*STAR OCEAN: The Last Hope*

Publisher: Square Enix, Inc.

Developer: tri-Ace Inc.

Platform: Xbox 360

Genre: RPG

ESRB: Not Yet Rated

Ship Date: Scheduled for 2009

STAR OCEAN: The Last Hope is the latest entry in the futuristic space
opera RPG series STAR OCEAN. The game is scheduled for a global release
in 2009.

*/_About Square Enix Co., Ltd. and Square Enix, Inc. _/*

Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix), with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan,
develops, publishes and distributes entertainment content including
interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North
America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan's best-selling
franchises - FINAL FANTASY�, which has sold over 80 million units
worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST�, which has sold over 43 million units
worldwide - under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential
providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to
push the boundaries of creativity and innovation.

Square Enix, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Co., Ltd.
with offices in Los Angeles, California. It handles operations in North
America, including development, localization, marketing, and publishing
of Square Enix titles. More information on Square Enix can be found on
the Internet at http://www.square-enix.com .

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DION PHANEUF NAMED WORLDWIDE COVER ATHLETE OF EA'S NHL 09

DION PHANEUF NAMED WORLDWIDE COVER ATHLETE OF EA'S NHL 09
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> NHL Stars Alexander Ovechkin and Daniel Alfredsson Featured on Packaging
> in Russia and Sweden Respectively
>
> Redwood City, Calif. - Monday, June 9, 2008 - Electronic Arts Inc.
> (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Calgary Flames defenseman Dion
> Phaneuf will be the cover athlete and spokesman for NHL(r) 09. With just
> three NHL seasons under his belt, Dion Phaneuf has been nominated for
> the 2007-2008 Norris Trophy, is a two-time All-Star, and has put up 159
> points thus far in his short NHL career. Phaneuf is joined by some of
> the NHL's biggest international stars on packaging across Europe,
> including Alexander Ovechkin (Russia) and Daniel Alfredsson (Sweden).
> NHL 09 is being developed under the EA SPORTS(tm) brand by EA Canada in
> Vancouver, B.C and will be available worldwide this September.
>
> "It is an incredible honor to be named to the cover of NHL 09," said
> Phaneuf. "I've been a really big fan of the franchise for as long as I
> can remember and am looking forward to being the face of the game this
> year, particularly because of the significant improvements that have
> been made to the defensive game and the new checking engine."
>
> Player Territory Team
> Dion Phaneuf Worldwide* Calgary Flames
> Alexander Ovechkin Russia Washington Capitals
> Daniel Alfredsson Sweden Ottawa Senators
> *with the exception of the countries named below
> As the successor to the critically acclaimed NHL 08, winner of seven
> sports game of the year awards, NHL 09 builds on the momentum of last
> year, with innovative controls, added depth and new features designed to
> help newcomers jump into the series.
> The revolutionary Skill Stick System evolves to bring an unparalleled
> level of control to the defensive side of the puck. The all new
> Defensive Skill Stick gives you the ability to sweep your stick to block
> passing lanes and lift an opponent's stick to prevent one-timers. Take
> your game online with 6 vs.6 team play, where 12 people can play
> together on 12 different consoles around the world. With new teams from
> the Russian, Czech Republic and German Elite leagues, NHL 09 connects
> hockey fans around the globe like never before.
> Players new to the series can now shoot, pass and check with ease. NHL
> 09 features Be A Pro, a game mode that will put you on the ice with a
> dynamic new 3rd person camera that allows you to play the role of one
> player. With a performance tracker grading your progress in more than 50
> categories, you will know exactly where you need to improve to become
> the next NHL superstar.
> The EA SPORTS NHL franchise is the #1 selling hockey game and the #1
> selling sports game in Canada**. The game will be available for the
> PLAYSTATION(r)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(r)2 computer
> entertainment system, Xbox 360(tm) video game system from Microsoft, and
> PC. For more information, log onto www.easports.com/nhl09.

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June 9, 2008

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*SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT ARTISTS FEATURED IN ANNUAL EXPOS DIGITAL ART
BOOK*

**

*SAN DIEGO, CA ? June 9, 2008* ? Six original pieces of artwork
showcasing the epic fantasy characters from the /EverQuest^ /franchise
online trading card game /Legends of Norrath/? are featured in the
prestigious EXPOS 6 digital art book hitting store shelves this week,
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced.

The illustrations by multiple distinguished SOE artists will be included
in the video game section of the latest EXPOS book. The annual
compilation showcases the finest digital art in a variety of fields,
including games, digital illustration, television and 3D.

The included SOE art pieces were selected from thousands of entries by
an international committee of artists with professional backgrounds in a
variety of disciplines.

Joe Shoopack, director of Artistic Development, Sony Online
Entertainment, said the company?s artistic talent is reflected in the
fact that no other video game company has more pieces of art featured in
the book. ?We are flattered that some of our art is being viewed as some
of the world?s best,? Shoopack said.

The selected SOE pieces are:

* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Mayong Mistmoore? by Derek Herring
* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Oathbound?/ /by Clint Langley, Rob Tepper,
Deanna Dolph and Lagi Apostolou
* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Gnoll High Shaman? by Patrick Ho
* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Play Dead? by Roel Jovellanos
* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Queen Cristanos Thex? by Derek Herring
* /Legends of Norrath/ ?Ariseph, Mistress of Verse? by Derek Herring

?The EXPOS series is an annual snapshot of the world?s best digital
art, and we?re very grateful that companies like Sony Online
Entertainment allow their artists to promote their amazing work in our
books,? said Daniel P. Wade, co-publisher of Ballistic Media. ?The
standard of entries for EXPOS 6 was exceptionally high, and it?s a
testament to Sony Online Entertainment that so many of its artists were
featured this year.?

EXPOS 6 can be ordered online at
http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/books/expose/expose_6/ or purchased
at select retail store locations found at
http://www.ballisticpublishing.com/locations/usa.php.

*About Sony Online Entertainment*

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) 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, EverQuest II, Champions of Norrath,
Untold Legends?, and PlanetSide, as well as for developing Star Wars
Galaxies?, 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, Denver, CO,
and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

/ /

/SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks
of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath
are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks
and trade names are properties of their respective owners./

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June 6, 2008

TOYS"R"US STORES NATIONWIDE HOST "FIRST TO PLAY" EVENT FOR ACTIVISION'S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GUITAR HERO: ON TOUR

Sneak Preview of First Portable Entry in the Guitar Hero Franchise to
> Take Place on June 14
>
>
>
> New York, NY (June 6, 2008) - Fans eagerly waiting to play the first
> portable version of Guitar Hero(r) will finally get the chance to rock
> out with a sneak preview of Guitar Hero(r): On Tour for Nintendo DS(tm)
> on June 14 at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide. During this exclusive "First
> to Play" event, gamers visiting Toys"R"Us stores from 12 noon - 4 pm
> will have a chance to try out the new game one full week before its
> official release in North America on June 22, 2008.
>
>
>
> "There is no better place to introduce Guitar Hero: On Tour than
> Toys"R"Us," said Karen Dodge, Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising
> Officer Toys"R"Us, U.S. "Millions of kids are looking forward to jamming
> with their friends while playing the first portable version of Guitar
> Hero, and we're thrilled that Activision is partnering with Toys"R"Us to
> bring this special sneak peek experience to our customers."
>
>
>
> For the first time, handheld gamers have the freedom to unleash their
> inner rock star anytime, anywhere with Guitar Hero: On Tour. Utilizing
> the revolutionary Guitar Hero(tm) Guitar Grip(tm) peripheral that fits
> snugly into the Nintendo DS and a unique Guitar Hero pick-stylus, Guitar
> Hero: On Tour brings a new dimension to handheld gaming and gives fans
> the ability to shred along with their favorite tunes with complete
> portability. The game delivers a unique experience by challenging
> handheld gamers to rock out and prove their shredding skills on the most
> diverse set list of master tracks ever offered in a Guitar Hero game,
> including classic rock, alternative and pop favorites.
>
>
>
> Anyone visiting a Toys"R"Us store to sample Guitar Hero: On Tour during
> the "First to Play" event will receive a complimentary Guitar Hero
> sticker, dog tag, and temporary tattoo, while supplies last.
> Additionally, during the event, customers who reserve a copy of Guitar
> Hero: On Tour will receive a limited edition Guitar Hero pick-stylus.
>
>
>
> About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
>
> Toys"R"Us, Inc. is the world's leading dedicated toy and baby products
> retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1500 stores,
> including 584 Toys"R"Us stores and 261 Babies"R"Us stores in the U.S.,
> more than 687 international stores in 33 countries, which includes
> licensed and franchise stores, and through its Internet site at
> www.Toysrus.com .
>
>
> About Activision:
>
> 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 $2.9 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008.
>
>
>
> Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom,
> France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands,
> Australia, Japan and South Korea. More information about Activision and
> its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com.

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1C LAUNCHES CONSOLE DEVELOPMENT, Announces 2 new titles


/Unveils First Two Titles for 2008 - 2009 Line Up/

***MOSCOW**, Russia** - June 5, 2008 -* Leading Eastern and Central
European publisher 1C Company today announced the development of two
brand new console games to be released in 2008 - 2009. These titles mark
the first cross-platform games from 1C to be developed and published
worldwide - /Captain Blood/, a pirate adventure with combat on land and
the high-seas, and /IL-2: Sturmovik: Birds of Prey, /a brand new console
version of the critically acclaimed combat flight simulation.

"1C is using cutting-edge technology, including the amazing power of
modern consoles, to bring superior games to every market," said Nikolay
Baryshnikov, International Sales Director, 1C Company. "Our aim is to
bring our games to even more players and expand our vision with cross
platform development. We are embracing any new gaming technology that
will improve our products including digital downloads, consoles,
handheld gaming, Epic's Unreal 3 Engine, NVIDIA PhysX and DirectX 10."

1C's first internally developed console title is /Captain Blood (Xbox
360 and PC)/, an action/adventure game inspired by novels by Rafael
Sabatini which tells an alternative story of the famous captain's
adventures. The story unfolds in the world of noble robbers and the
golden age of piracy in the Caribbean. Ship boardings and fort assaults,
treasure hunts and fights against dishonorable villains - this is the
story of Captain Blood.

The second title brings 1C's best selling game of all time,
IL2-Sturmovik, to a new audience with all new graphics, missions,
physics and planes. /IL-2: Sturmovik: Birds of Prey (developed by
Gaijin Entertainment for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, by DiP Interactive
for Nintendo DS and by Beatshapers for PSP)/ includes large-scale aerial
combat and ground based military operations from World War II. Players
will participate in some of the war's most famous battles piloting
fighters, battle planes and heavy bombers across a range of thrilling
missions. There are five areas of war to engage in - The Battle of
Britain, Stalingrad, Berlin, Sicily and Korsun' representing the main
airborne battles of World War II in Europe. As well as advanced
environmental visuals enriching the game play, IL-2 also boasts an all
new damage effects engine. Players can see real time damage to the
aircraft such as holes in the wings and trail lines during dog fights.
Hundreds of airplanes will take part in air battle in /IL-2: Sturmovik:
Birds of Prey/ and the unique environmental engine produces highly
detailed, realistic landscapes that allows players to see breathtaking
ground support actions. The difficulty levels will range from arcade to
simulation.

*About 1C Company*

1C Company specializes in distribution, publishing and development of
mass market software. Founded in 1991, 1C has become the leading
publisher and distributor of computer games in Eastern and Central
Europe. 1C Company is widely acknowledged as a game developer and has
several internal studios. Internal developments of 1C include IL-2
Sturmovik, IL-2 Sturmovik: Forgotten Battles, Aces Expansion Pack,
Pacific Fighters and Theatre of War. 1C Company works as a publisher and
producer with over 30 independent development studios and has produced
over 100 projects for PC and consoles.

For more information on 1C please contact us at the numbers above or go
to our website at www.1cpublishing.com
.

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts
are "forward-looking statements." The Company cautions readers of this
press release that a number of important factors could cause the 1C
Company's actual future results to differ materially from those
expressed in any such forward-looking statements. 1C Company and 1C logo
are registered trademarks of the 1C Company. All other company names
mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Copyright 2008 1C Company, All Rights Reserved.

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June 5, 2008

The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes News from Legacy Interactive

*LOS ANGELES � June 5, 2008*/�/Legacy Interactive announces today that/
*The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes*/, their top selling downloadable
game for the PC, is now available at retail as a hybrid CD-ROM for the
PC and Mac. The game will also be available as a Mac download at
www.gametreeonline.com. TransGaming, Inc. (TSX-V: TNG) made the game Mac
compatible using their Cider Portability Engine.

As the first computer game officially licensed by the Conan Doyle
Estate,*/ The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes/* launches players into the
world of the eccentric and world-renowned detective. The game features
familiar personalities including Sherlock Holmes, Watson, Mycroft,
Inspector Lestrade and more than 100 historical characters.
*_
_*As part of the venerable team of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson,
gamers get to play through 16 individual mystery cases set in Victorian
London. Each case ties to the next, as an overall storyline is revealed
and a list of potential suspects is whittled down until the perpetrator
is ultimately exposed. Players journey to over 40 historically accurate
locales such as the British Museum, Big Ben, Kew Gardens, The Royal
Theater and others in search of clues that are then evaluated back at
221b Baker Street.

On their adventure, players will encounter over 100 puzzles of all
kinds--hidden object, Sudoku, find the difference, and picture memory
games. There are also additional puzzles and mini-games like anagrams,
cryptograms and jigsaw memory games, which are available at various
levels. Gamers can also take advantage of the fact that they can easily
begin their adventure where they just left off; there is no disruption
in game play.

�Casual gamers are embracing */The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes/*. It
has been a best-selling game on major game portals since we first
launched online. We are excited about bringing this great casual game to
retail and new platforms,� says Ariella Lehrer, CEO, Legacy Interactive.
�Now mystery and adventure lovers everywhere will have the opportunity
to play the game.�

*/The Lost Cases of Sherlock Holmes/* is available for purchase across
the U.S. and Canada at retailers including Best Buy, Fry�s and online at
Amazon.com for $19.95. The Mac downloadable version of the game is
available at www.gametreeonline.com and
the PC downloadable version is available at www.legacygames.com
.

*About Legacy Interactive
*Legacy Interactive (www.legacyinteractive.com
) is a leading developer and
publisher of casual games for people of all ages. Entertaining customers
since 1998, the company has built a reputation for developing
intelligent, realistic and engaging games for a broad audience. Located
in Los Angeles, Legacy is known for its TV-branded games, such as Law &
Order and The Apprentice, as well as for its popular simulation games
Pet Pals: Animal Doctor, Emergency Room and Zoo Vet. Through Legacy's
online casual game portal at www.legacygames.com, customers can download
and try more than 500 casual games plus read and write reviews and share
play lists of their favorite games. Legacy has ongoing distribution,
marketing and content strategic partnerships with a number of companies,
including Vivendi Games, Universal Studios, Ubisoft, Mindscape, Majesco
Entertainment, and Scholastic.

June 3, 2008

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*SAN DIEGO, CA ? June 2, 2008* ? The /EverQuest /^ franchise, the
groundbreaking, award-winning fantasy series that redefined massively
multiplayer online (MMO) video games for a generation of gamers around
the globe, is bringing a near decade of success back to millions of fans
with a new Living Legacy program from Sony Online Entertainment LLC,
which will feature in-game events, promotions, game updates and more.

Living Legacy, announced today, is a brand-new initiative aimed at the
millions of players who have experienced the vast, engaging online
worlds of /EverQuest ^ (EQ)/ and /EverQuest/^ /II /(/EQII/) since the
original /EQ/ game was launched in 1999. The celebration starts today
and continues through the end of September. As part of the promotion,
both /EQ/ and /EQII/ subscribers with inactive accounts who left in good
standing will be able to log back in to the games and play for free
until the end of July.^

^

?The /EverQuest/ franchise has touched so many lives since the launch of
/EverQuest/ in 1999, and with the 10^th anniversary of /EverQuest/ just
around the corner, we felt it was the best time to give back to all the
players who made it the cultural phenomenon it is today,? said John
Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment. ?We are grateful for
the continued support from our legions of fans and are extremely excited
about the groundswell of interest surrounding Living Legacy.?

While the Living Legacy program is aimed at former /EQ/ and /EQII/
players, the program also offers a perfect way for new players to
experience the world of Norrath. Nostalgic NPCs and group PvE
encounters, as well as brand new raid content, will commemorate /EQ?s
/hardcore heritage. The program features bonus XP weekends, several live
events, new content updates and the introduction of new zones all taking
place in /EQII. /Returning /EQII/ players will also be able to
experience /Rise of Kunark/, /EQII/?s fourth expansion, which just
became the game?s best-selling expansion of all time.

Key features of the Living Legacy program include:

* All qualified returning /EQ/ players will receive the /EverQuest
Secrets of Faydwer/ all-in-one compilation and bonus in-game items
at no additional cost.
* All qualified returning /EQII/ players will receive the /EverQuest
II Rise of Kunark/ all-in-one compilation and bonus in-game items
at no additional cost.
* All software provided during the promotional period will be
credited to any/ EQ/ or /EQII/ account that is converted to a
valid, paying monthly subscription.
* Current /EQII /players who recruit a friend to play the game who
converts to a valid subscription will receive free gameplay-time
added upon conclusion of their then-current subscription .

In the spirit of honoring the players, the Living Legacy program is
supported by an online and print advertising campaign that features real
/EQ/ and /EQII/ players.

For more information on the Living Legacy program or to reactivate your
account, log onto www.eqlivinglegacy.com .

*Checkout the Living Legacy promotional trailer **here*

*About Sony Online Entertainment*

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) 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, EverQuest II, Champions of Norrath,
Untold Legends?, and PlanetSide, as well as for developing Star Wars
Galaxies?, 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, Denver, CO,
and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development. SOE
is owned by Sony Pictures Digital and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

/ /

/SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks
of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath
are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks
and trade names are properties of their respective owners./

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June 2, 2008

Starz and Microsoft Launch Sweepstakes for Starz Channel on

*/Free Downloads Also Available /*Prizes Include Xbox 360 Consoles,
Games and DVDs;

*New York, NY June 2, 2008 * Xbox LIVE members can receive free
episodes of Starz original series *Martin Lawrence Presents: 1^st
Amendment Stand-Up* and *The Bronx Bunny Show,* starting today, as
part of a larger campaign aimed at promoting the new Starz storefront on
the Xbox LIVE Video Store. The co-marketing initiative was announced by
Mara Winokur, Starz Media vice president, digital media and business
development.

Launched in mid-May, the Starz channel on Xbox 360 features original
programming from Starz including* Martin Lawrence Presents: 1^st
Amendment Stand-Up,* *The Bronx Bunny Show,* and *Head Case,* as
well as the popular sci-fi animation series *Tripping the Rift.*
Additional seasons of these titles will be added in the next few months
as will other series such as *Painkiller Jane *and the highly
anticipated series *Crash, *based on the Best Picture Oscar^ -winning
movie.

The large, energized Xbox LIVE community is just the kind that will
enjoy our original programming, said Stephan Shelanski, executive vice
president, programming for Starz Entertainment. The Xbox LIVE platform
provides a unique opportunity for these programs to find new audiences,
who may not already subscribe to our premium television services, as
well as for fans to purchase and watch our programs in this new,
innovative way. //

* *

We are excited to be partnering with Starz Media to continue providing
consumers with the best entertainment content out there, said Scott
Nocas, global group marketing manager for Xbox LIVE. This partnership
serves as a great opportunity for us to offer Xbox LIVE members in the
U.S. the chance to download this great content free of charge, which is
something we know our community will be excited about.

The launch of the Starz channel on Xbox LIVE has once again shown us
that working with Xbox can be a win-win situation for both companies,
Winokur said. So it makes business sense for us to combine forces to
promote both our content and the Xbox 360 platform.

Consumers who log on to _www.StarzOnXbox.com
_ can download the free episodes and/or
enter the sweepstakes which runs through June 23. Three grand prize
winners will receive Xbox 360 Consoles and several video games; other
winners will receive DVDs from Starz Medias Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Xbox LIVE Video Store continues to grow as new partners and content are
added to the service. The service currently offers more than 5,000 hours
of premium entertainment content from 37 networks and studios, and is
the leading high-definition VOD service in the industry. //

Xbox LIVE Video Store content from Starz is available to all Xbox LIVE
members in the U.S. More information is available online at
_www.xbox.com/tvmovies_.

*About Starz Media*

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming, production and distribution company
operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay
Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated
and live-action programming including theatrical films and
programming created under contract for other media companies. It
distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside
producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters,
ad-supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless
video distributors in the U.S. and internationally. Starz Media is an
operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of
Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group,
www.starz.com
.


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Rock Band Goes to Japan

*Harmonix and MTV to Partner with Q Entertainment for Rock Band: Japan*
*CAMBRIDGE, Mass - June 2, 2008* Harmonix Music Systems, the leading
developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacoms MTV
Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced today that they will team up with
Q Entertainment, a leading Japanese music game designer, to bring the
best-selling music videogame */Rock Band/* to Japan. The two studios
will work together to develop the title, marking the first US-originated
rock music game to be heavily localized for the Japanese market. The
game will feature Japanese musical acts as well as other localized assets.
Rock Bands return to the birthplace of rhythm games will benefit from Q
Entertainments experience designing progressive and engaging games many
of which have a heavy focus on integrating music elements into gameplay.
Since its founding in 2003, Tokyo based Q Entertainment has become a
leader in rhythm oriented titles, including the critically acclaimed
music and luminary action puzzle game series */Lumines/*,and the
recently released Extend Every Extra Extreme (E4) and Rez HD for Xbox Live.
Todays announcement was also featured Saturday at the 2008 MTV Video
Music Awards - Japan, where a Rock Band trailer was presented. The
US-version of Rock Band was also prominently featured backstage and at
the afterparty, giving Japanese attendees a taste of whats to come in
the newly announced title.
*/Rock Band/*, which has sold over 3 million units in North America and
Europe, is an all-new platform for music fans and gamers to interact
with music. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour
for fame and fortune, mastering lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals.With
more master recordings than any other music game, */Rock Band/* features
some of the worlds biggest rock artists and spans every genre of rock
ranging from alternative and classic rock to heavy metal and punk.
*/Rock Band /*is a true music platform, with over 12 million songs sold
as downloadable content since its initial release. There are currently
over 140 songs available for download in the */Rock Band/* Music Store
and Harmonix continues to release new music every week.
Since its North American release in 2007, */Rock Band/*hasgarnered over
40 awards including Game Critics Award: Best of Show E3 2007and three
awards at The 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards including
Outstanding Innovation in Gaming, Family Game of the Year, and
Outstanding Achievement in Soundtrack.
For more information on */Rock Band/* and Harmonix Music Systems please
visit _www.rockband.com _ and
_www.harmonixmusic.com _.

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Wii-kly Update: Two WiiWare Games and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel

From family-friendly puzzles to crackling combat, this weeks additions
to the Wii Shop Channel offer a mix of downloadable delights. Fight fans
can even choose between futuristic space missions and retro-styled martial
arts battles. Take your pick and kick off the summer with an invigorating
dose of Wii action.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m.
Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet
connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be
purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This weeks new
games are:

WiiWare

Protthea (UbiSoft, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneFantasy
Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Protthea is a top-down scrolling shooter
game with free movement that puts players in complete control of a
last-generation spaceship. The mission is to destroy the asteroid called
Maqno 01 and finish with the plans of The Core. UbiSofts Protthea
introduces new concepts to a beloved, classic game style while mixing
genres and utilizing the full capabilities of the Wii console, from
graphics to controls. Players of all ages and experience levels will enjoy
taking command of their ship, blasting through four different worlds in 10
challenging missions. Use your weapons arsenal and the special bonus items
to help you accomplish your mission, and dont forget to slow down time
and take an edge over the enemy.

Toki Tori (Two Tribes, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii
Points): Toki Tori is his name, and collecting eggs is his game. In this
puzzle/platform game, players use a variety of items such as the Telewarp,
InstantRock and Slug Sucker. Clever use and combination of these items
are needed to solve all the games levels, of which there are more
than 70. Levels range from easy to brain-teasingly hard, resulting in
dozens of hours of puzzle play time. Toki Tori makes the most of what Wii
has to offer. It uses the Wii Remote for a unique control scheme, which
offers players a new and more relaxing play style. A second player can
help you out by drawing hints while you are playing. The game even uses
the Wii Message Board in a unique way.

Virtual Console

Ninja Combat (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and
OlderMild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released
in 1990, Ninja Combat is a side-scrolling combat-action game. Take control
of the ninjas Joe (one player) and Hayabusa (two players), and enter into
battle against a group of evil ninjas called the Kage Ichizoku. Make your
way into their home fortress, Ninja Tower, which dominates a big city of
the near future. Fight using normal attacks, jumps, special movements and
ninja materials that deliver damaging blows to all enemies on the screen.
In addition, youll find weapons and items to aid you along the way.
Even better, as you progress in the game, reliable allies such as Musashi,
Kagerow and Gembu will emerge to fight alongside you, allowing you to
choose a new character in each stage. Ninja Combat also supports
simultaneous play with two players, so you can grab a friend and defeat
the Kage Ichizoku together.


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