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ATLANTA- December 7, 2005 - Thanks to a new gift card from GameTap, shoppers can avoid long lines and give the gift that keeps on giving--a subscription to the GameTap broadband entertainment network. The first-of-its-kind network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), GameTap offers access to over 300 of the greatest videogames, playable from a broadband connected PC. With enough challenges to battle around the clock - without shrink-wrap or shipping charges - GameTap has been heralded as the "#1 pick" in Electronic Gaming Monthly's Hot 10 list for January 2006.
GameTap gift cards in one- or three-month increments are available during the holiday season for a limited time on www.gametap.com. A one-month subscription is only $14.95. Three-month gift certificates are $39.95- a savings over the monthly price.
According to the National Retail Federation, this holiday season, almost half of consumers will purchase gifts online. "Critical mass of broadband has arrived with close to half of online households now connecting to the Internet via broadband," says GameTap General Manager Stuart Snyder. "This, combined with the growth of online shopping and the broad appeal of GameTap should help us bring GameTap into many homes over the holidays."
At well under $200 for a year-long subscription, GameTap only costs about half the price of a next-generation console, subscribers gain entry to an ever-expanding library of game content, including exclusive access to past consoles. Much more than just games, GameTap offers a diverse mix of original programming that evolves and grows with the service. For example, GameTap's celebrity lifestyle show, Fame and Game, peeks into the mansions, movie set trailers, tour buses, and recording studios to see where celebrities are playing video games and what they're playing.
With gift card in hand, game lovers just download the GameTap software, which acts as a gateway to the GameTap vault. The multi-level vault features a diverse mix of titles and platforms - something for everyone. These are organized in a series of game rings, including "hot picks" and user favorites, as well as games organized by game type (e.g., action, adventure, strategy, etc) and game system (e.g., Sega Dreamcast and Genesis, Atari 2600, PC games and more). Once a game is selected, each title displays an associated "InfoCard" that includes directions for playing, control options, and tips, as well as parental controls (the vault contains "E," "E10+" and "T" titles, only) and top scores from the GameTap community.
GameTap features everything from Pong®, Pac-Man® and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell®, to Sonic® and Myst®. Turner has licensed nearly 1,200 games from 24 publishers, including Activision, Atari, Capcom®, Cyan, Codemasters, Dreamcatcher Interactive, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, First Star Software, G-Mode, Intellivision Lives, Ironstone, Knowledge Adventure, Midway, Namco, SEGA, TAITO, Take-Two Interactive Software, Taurus Media, Team 17, Telegames, 3000AD, Ubisoft and Vivendi Universal Games.
Because games reside securely on the PC, not across a network, they play as if they were still on the console or at the arcade, with fast response times, 3D effects, and original colors and characters. GameTap supports navigation and game play using both a keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripheral game controllers. Like a premium channel, subscribers will pay a flat monthly fee for an "all-you-can-play" experience on up to two household PCs and also can have several sub accounts.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.
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