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Atari Wins Fans, Honors and Accolades at E3 2006

High Quality, Varied Line Up Attracts Critics' Praise at 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Test Drive Unlimited Playable Demo Cleans Up on Xbox 360 Marketplace for E3 Week





NEW YORK, May 25: Following a successful showing at the 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) received numerous accolades from key US websites and critics for its diverse line up. The full list of games on show and playable in Atari's arcade-style booth included Arthur and the Minimoys PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSPTM (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DSTM, Game Boy® Advance and Windows platform, BattleZone PSP system, DUNGEONS & DRAGONS®: TacticsTM PSP system, Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 PlayStation®2 and WiiTM, Earthworm Jim PSP system, HOT PXL PSP system, Neverwinter NightsTM 2 Windows, Super DBZ® PlayStation®2, Test Drive® Unlimited Xbox360, PSP system and Windows, and Age of Elements (working title) PSP system.

Alone in the Dark*, the ground-breaking, upcoming action-survival title in development by Eden Studios, was shown by appointment only and earned the Best Adventure Game award from TeamXbox.com.

Away from the show floor, Microsoft's initiative, "E3: Bringing It Home," brought gamers closer to the E3 experience with an offer of a weeklong free Xbox Live® Gold membership and resulted in phenomenal consumer response. The Test Drive Unlimited Xbox 360 playable demo was downloaded close to 200,000 times from Xbox Live® Marketplace in one short week, bringing the demo in third place overall amongst all downloads during the promotion. Players can view global rankings and give feedback on the demo exclusively at http://www.testdriveunlimited.com.

Atari's E3 2006 awards and nominations from key US websites are detailed below.

Alone in the Dark
(Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Windows)

Winner Team Xbox E3 2006 "Best Adventure Game" Award.
http://e3.teamxbox.com/2006/awards/

Arthur and the Minimoys (PlayStation®2, PSP system, Nintendo DSTM, Game Boy® Advance and Windows)

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PS2 Surprise" Award.
http://ps2.ign.com/articles/709/709253p7.html

Dungeons & Dragons: Tactics (PSP system)

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PSP Role-Playing Game" Award.
http://psp.ign.com/articles/709/709254p3.html

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PSP Strategy Game" Award.
http://psp.ign.com/articles/709/709254p4.html

Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
(PlayStation®2)

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PS2 Fighting Game" Award.
http://ps2.ign.com/articles/709/709253p2.html

Nominated for 1up E3 2006 "Best Fighting Game" Award.
http://www.1up.com/do/feature?cId=3150431

Earthworm Jim (PSP system)

Nominated for IGN E3 2006 "Biggest PSP Surprise" Award.
http://psp.ign.com/articles/709/709254p7.html

Neverwinter Nights 2
(Windows)

Winner GameSpot E3 2006 "Best Role Playing" Award
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6151435/p-17.html

Finalist for GameSpot E3 2006 "Best Stage Demo" Award
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6151435/p-4.html

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PC RPG" Award.
http://pc.ign.com/articles/709/709220p2.html

Nominated for IGN E3 2006 "Best Role-Playing Game" Award.
http://games.ign.com/articles/709/709355p3.html

Nominated for Game Critics E3 2006 "Best RPG" Award
http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/nom.html

Honored for GameDaily E3 2006 Nod Awards
http://www.gamedaily.com/Specials/GameDaily-Nod/?page=7

Super DBZ (PlayStation®2)

Runner-Up for IGN E3 2006 "Best PS2 Fighting Game" Award.
http://ps2.ign.com/articles/709/709253p2.html

Honored for GameDaily E3 2006 Nod Awards
http://www.gamedaily.com/Specials/GameDaily-Nod/?page=7

Test Drive Unlimited (Xbox360, PSP system and Windows)

Winner of Game Trailers E3 2006 "Best Racing Game" Award.
http://www.gametrailers.com/e32k6bestof.php

Finalist for GameSpot E3 2006 "Best Racing Game" Award.
http://www.gamespot.com/features/6151435/p-16.html

Runner-Up for Team Xbox "Best Racing Game" Award.
http://e3.teamxbox.com/2006/awards/

Nominated for Game Critics "Best Racing Game" Award.
http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/nom.html

Honored for GameDaily E3 2006 Nod Awards
http://www.gamedaily.com/Specials/GameDaily-Nod/?page=7

Age of Elements
(working title) (PSP system)

Nominated for IGN E3 2006 "Best PSP Fighting Game" Award.
http://psp.ign.com/articles/709/709254p1.html

For more information about Atari's entire product line up visit http://www.atari.com.

About Atari


New York-based Atari, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATAR) develops interactive games for all platforms and is one of the largest third-party publishers of interactive entertainment software in the U.S. The Company's 1,000+ titles include hard- core, genre-defining franchises such as DRIVERTM, The MatrixTM (Enter The Matrix and The Matrix: Path of Neo), and Test Drive®; and mass-market and children's franchises such as Nickelodeon's Blue's CluesTM and Dora the ExplorerTM, and Dragon Ball Z®. Atari, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of France-based Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext - ISIN: FR-0000052573), the largest interactive games publisher in Europe. For more information, visit http://www.atari.com.

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SOURCE Atari, Inc. -0- 05/25/2006 /CONTACT: Andrea Schneider for Atari, Inc., +1-212-726-4259/ /Web site: http://www.atari.com http://www.testdriveunlimited.com / (ATAR)
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