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ONE EXPERIENCE - THREE CITIES - 85,000 GAMERS

Lunar Tide partners with NBC5 Dallas Ft. Worth, NBC10 Philadelphia and NBC4 Washington, D.C. to host America's VideoGame Expo

PHILADELPHIA, June, 14 2005 - Lunar Tide announced today that it is partnering with NBC to host three America's VideoGame Expo (VGXPO) events in 2005. The events will take place in Dallas, TX (August 20 and 21), Washington D.C. (August 27 & 28) a nd Philadelphia, PA (November 13 & 14).

Formerly known as PhillyClassic, VGXPO is one of the longest running consumer videogame shows in the United States. "The NBC partnership provides us a unique opportunity to grow the expo," said Mark Wolfe, VGXPO Event Planner. "In the past six years, Ph illyClassic has been dedicated to bringing you the best of classic and modern gaming culture. America's VideoGame Expo will continue that tradition, while providing attendees with a much broader view of videogames, comics, animation, card gaming, high-t ech gadgets, sci-fi and related genres."

The relationship with NBC provides the VGXPO the opportunity to be featured on a national stage and is a focal point within NBC's community programs. Each year, NBC hosts a number of free events that highlight personal health and fitness, home and lifes tyles, or technology. This year NBC will partner with VGXPO to bring its high-tech gadgetry and gaming excitement to Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington.

"In the past, our event has garnered significant interest from all types of gamers," said Ed Fleming, VGXPO Coordinator. "Each year we attract more and more attendees ranging from casual to hard-core gamers. With NBC as a partner, we expect over 85,000 attendees to experience our events in 2005."

The VGXPO provides gamers with an opportunity to learn about new & classic games, emerging technologies, the history of the videogame industry, and new information on the latest in card gaming, sci-fi, comics and animation. Plans for VGXPO include a num ber of activities that will showcase Next Generation, Online, Arcade, PC and Retro games.

Some of the events and exhibits that VGXPO visitors will have the chance to experience include:

  • The VideoGame Museum
  • The 2005 American LAN Tournament
  • A Retro Arcade
  • Panels and Seminars on Game Design, Animation and Culture
  • The Classic VideoGame Challenge
  • VideoGame.Net Experience - Gaming & Education Center
  • VideoGame Dance & Music Tournament
  • Homebrew VideoGame & Animation Awards Festival
  • COSplay Costume Contest

"The VGXPO is the only event that provides you the opportunity to play, and buy, all the games you love," said Fleming. "Not only will you get to see some great products from our exhibitors, you also have the chance to compete in some fantastic contests and tournaments. If you are a gamer, VGXPO is a must attend event."

America's VideoGame Expo dates and locations:

VGXPO: Dallas - coinciding with NBC5's Home and Lifestyle Expo

August 20 and 21, 2005

Dallas Convention Center

VGXPO: Washington, D.C. - coinciding with NBC4's Digital Edge

August 27 and 28, 2005

Washington Convention Center

VGXPO: Philadelphia - coinciding with NBC10's Consumer Fest

November 12 and 13, 2005

Fort Washington Expo Center

Detailed information on attending (or exhibiting at) the 2005 America's VideoGame Expo can be found online at: www.VGXPO.com

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Lunar Tide, based in Philadelphia develops videogame related services for consumers and businesses. In addition to managing America's VideoGame Expo, the company also operates the VideoGame.Net Experience, an education service provider that works with universities to provide curriculum to teach students in third grade through graduate school how to make games. For more information on the company's products and services, please visit us on the web at www.VGXPO.com and www.VideoGame.Net

Contact:

Susan Conway Phone: 610-668-1636

Email: vgxpo-pr@vgxpo.com

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