Press Release: GAMETAP LAUNCHES MAC VERSION

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Bill Loguidice
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PRESS RELEASE:

GAMETAP LAUNCHES MAC VERSION

Intel Mac users gain access to hundreds of titles through TransGaming's Cider technology

ATLANTA – July 5, 2007 – GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) announced today that it is expanding its offerings to the Mac community. Intel-based Mac users now have access to GameTap’s Lite Player, which offers more than 500 titles to play from GameTap’s massive library of new and classic video games, as well as more than 600 streaming videos of original programming from GameTap TV.

“Mac users will now be able to enjoy hundreds of games that have never been playable on a Mac before,” said Stuart Snyder, Turner’s executive vice president and chief operating officer of Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media. “GameTap’s expansion into the Mac community reflects our commitment to being the premier destination for people who love to play games.”

This expansion to the Mac community comes on the heels of GameTap’s newly launched, free-to-play, ad supported service that allows players to sample a rotating selection of their favorite titles, and access to more than 600 streaming videos of original programming through GameTap TV.

Among the games that Mac users are now able to access are Metal Slug, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, Space Invaders, Neo Turf Masters, and King of Fighters ‘95. In addition, gamers can watch exclusive content from GameTap TV, including original streaming videos and interview segments with My Chemical Romance, Akon, Evanescence, Fall Out Boy, and GameTap’s Digital Downlow, their popular daily news show.

The availability of GameTap for the Mac is made possible through the use of TransGaming’s Cider portability engine, which enables PC games to run on Intel-based Macs. With TransGaming’s Cider technology, all of GameTap’s free and Gold level membership features will run on all Intel-based Macs including Mac Books and Mac Minis.

“The availability of GameTap on Mac represents an amazing inflection point for Mac gamers. GameTap is a great boon to the gaming world and it’s wonderful that GameTap is making their content available to the thriving Mac community,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and President of TransGaming. “We worked with GameTap to bring Myst Online: Uru Live to Mac players and we’re pleased to be working with GameTap on a larger scale to bring some of the greatest video games to the Mac.”

Later this summer, Mac users will receive access to GameTap’s Deluxe Player, which offers a richer game environment, with full-screen gameplay, customizable control settings, the ability to download games while playing another, and more. To experience GameTap for the Mac please visit www.gametap.com, and your first month of a Gold level membership is only 99 cents.

TransGaming is a leader in the development of unique software portability products that allow game developers and publishers to develop games for one system and deploy them across multiple platforms. Supported platforms range from Linux, Mac to consoles and next generation systems. TransGaming is a registered Microsoft Xbox developer and a licensed Sony PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable developer. TransGaming is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and maintains a research and development center in Ottawa, Canada. More information about the company can be obtained at www.transgaming.com.

GameTap (GameTap.com), a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is the leader in digital game distribution and broadband entertainment. Launched in 2005, GameTap delivers more than 900 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games, including original and exclusive episodic titles such as Myst Online: Uru Live, Sam & Max: Season 1, Galactic Command - Echo Squad, and American McGee’s Grimm. Visitors to GameTap.com can play free games on its ad-supported website, purchase top PC and catalog titles from its digital retail storefront, and tune into GameTap TV’s original programming that includes Retrospective documentaries and new Re\Visioned animated series. GameTap paid members receive unlimited access to its massive library titles, community and multiplayer features, original games, and content.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, 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.

CONTACT:

Beth Gardiner Wendy Rutherford
Access Communications for GameTap TBS PR
917-522-3522 404-827-5097
bgardiner@accesspr.com wendy.rutherford@turner.com

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tried out mac version too!

Tried out the Mac version too with the lite player. Works like a charm, evidence of a windows layer can be found when the mouse cursor changes to a white one similar to a windows mouse cursor.
The same thing can be observed when using Crossover - a program that enables intel Mac users to use and install windows applications on their mac without having to install windows!

The Gametap-service at the moment is more limited on Mac but it is a great start for Mac users.



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GameTap's European Critic - Appeased!
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Very cool news, GameTap is finally available to DUTCH users! I have upgraded to gold and I am downloading two saturn classics revolving around Panzer Dragoon. A cool game service worth my membership!



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I'm happy for you Mark! Hopefully you can spend a little more time with the service than I have to date.

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Gametap available to DUTCH users!

Very cool news, GameTap is finally available to DUTCH users! I have upgraded to gold and I am downloading two saturn classics revolving around Panzer Dragoon. A cool game service worth my membership!



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Matt Barton
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GameTap ain't all that
Mark Vergeer wrote:

In a way having this demo is even worse than not having access at all because it is like a carrot dangling in front of EU citizens - that are very similar to a starved goat in this respect!

LOL! I'm going to have that goat image in my head for some time now. ;-P

For all practical purposes, Gametap ultimately is just a convenience, and not all that great of one. I have experienced countless times when I'll download a game, play it for a long time, then run into a severe problem with corrupt data. The only solution will be to delete the game, re-download it, and hope to God I can restore my saved games. This happened to me repeatedly with Baldur's Gate II and Deus Ex.

It is also a simple matter to locate most of the better games elsewhere, and at least that way you have them forever rather than as long as you're willing to pay. It is inconvenient sometimes to have to run the Gametap client, because it won't connect 75% of the time if there's a torrent downloading on another computer on my LAN. I'm pretty much constantly downloading stuff, and I don't like the idea of these extra computers just sitting around as I'm playing a game on GameTap.

Finally, I'm sad to say I haven't found the TV-style programming very useful. It seems to be really poorly cached or something; even with nothing else running, the shows stutter really badly and are just about unwatchable. You really need a very fast, very stable connection to make good use of that aspect.

About the only really useful thing about GameTAp for me is having easy access to all those late 1990s, early 2000 PC games that I don't currently own, such as the aforementioned Deus Ex and Baldur's Gate series. These are a real pain to try to download, and even if you do, there's no guarantee you'll be able to get it working on your PC. With GameTap, it's just a matter of waiting for the game to download (pretty fast usually) and you're good to go.

As for playing arcade and 8-bit classics, well, chances are anyone really interested in such things has long ago downloaded MAME or the requisite emulator and ROMS. :-P

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Hmmm cool - bit I think it's Intel mac's only

Hmmm cool - but it should read 'US Mac Users' and it probably is limited to Intel users since transgaming seems to be involved (a company known for bringing windows games to Linux with help of Wine - a windows compatible Linux API). I doubt my trusty G4 will be able to use Gametap-Mac. Besides I am a non US world citizen so..... I am still keeping an eye out for a European paid service instead of the crippled demo they have on display now. In a way having this demo is even worse than not having access at all because it is like a carrot dangling in front of EU citizens - that are very similar to a starved goat in this respect!
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Matt Barton
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Wow

This is great news for Mac fans! Too bad I gave up and bootcamped my iMac! :-)

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