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Halo® 2 "Talk Show in Gamespace" Brings Exclusive Online Content to Spike TV's 2006 Video Game Awards

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NEW YORK, NY, December 11, 2006-Award-winning New York independent filmmaker Chris Burke, a finalist at the recent 2006 Machinima Film Festival, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, has once again been tapped to produce machinima content for Spike TV's Video Game Awards.

Using popular videogame Halo® 2 as the backdrop of "This Spartan Life," his "talk show in gamespace," Burke has created exclusive online-only segments featuring such guests as Jared Palomar of the rock band Augustana, Geoff Keighley, host of Spike TV's GameHead, Julian Gerighty, producer of the blockbuster game Splinter Cell: Double Agent, and Blizzard Entertainment's Tristan Pope and Terran Gregory, the duo behind the machinima for the World of Warcraft-themed 10th season premiere of South Park.

The first segment, highlighting all-female competitive gaming team The Frag Dolls, is already online, with the remaining spots to appear as part of the run-up to the show, which airs December 13th at 10PM with Samuel L. Jackson as the returning host and special appearances by Tenacious D, rockers AFI and 50 Cent.

For more information on the 2006 Video Game Awards and to watch the exclusive This Spartan Life segments, visit: http://www.spiketv.com/#events/vga2006/index.jhtml

About This Spartan Life

This Spartan Life, the brainchild of Brooklyn, NY-based filmmaker and sound designer Chris Burke, is a talk show in game space. Using Halo 2 as its backdrop, the show is the latest offering in the ever-growing machima movement, which combines traditional filmmaking and animation with the new worlds of videogames. With a talented team of writers, musicians and filmmakers both locally and around the world, This Spartan Life began as an underground sensation in 2005 and has since become a breakthrough hit, scoring glowing reviews in mainstream media outlets such as Wired Magazine, Reuters, Public Radio's Studio 360, BusinessWeek and Stuff, as well as major consumer videogames outlets like G4, Kotaku, Gamasutra, and Tips and Tricks Magazine. Described by Wired Magazine as "a mash-up of The Charlie Rose Show and Doom," This Spartan Life combines high-brow interviews with the likes of Sex Pistols manager and provocateur Malcolm McLaren with non-stop fragging, hilarious asides and slapstick comedy. For more information, visit: www.thisspartanlife.com.

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Bill Lessard

PRwithBrains for "This Spartan Life"

914.476.6089

wlessard@prwithbrains.com

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