PR: GAMETAP APPROACHES 1000 GAMES IN SERVICE

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Bill Loguidice
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PRESS RELEASE:
GAMETAP APPROACHES 1000 GAMES IN SERVICE

Upcoming release schedule is highlighted by day-and-date offering of Clive Barker’s Jericho, new original game episodes and the arrival of Game 1000

ATLANTA – October 18, 2007 – With its 1000th game on the horizon, GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), announced today its upcoming video games on-demand offerings, including the October 23rd day-and-date release of Clive Barker’s Jericho, the premiere of Sam & Max Season Two, and the season finale of Myst Online: Uru Live. By championing original broadband episodic content and the day-and-date offerings of new games, while boasting the video game industry’s largest on-demand library of games, GameTap remains at the forefront of the digital distribution trend.

“GameTap is focused on providing our subscribers with new original games, as well as great partner titles like Clive Barker’s Jericho, that will premiere on GameTap the same day it hits retail stores,” said Ricardo Sanchez, vp of content and creative director for GameTap. “We are also excited to announce that on November 15th we will be setting an industry benchmark of 1000 video games on-demand, reinforcing our reputation as the leader in the space.”

The following are details regarding GameTap’s hottest upcoming video game offerings:

Clive Barker’s Jericho: As part of its groundbreaking distribution strategy, GameTap is making Clive Barker’s Jericho from Codemasters available to subscribers on October 23rd, the same day it arrives in retail stores. Written by legendary author Clive Barker, this game adds a new level of depth to the horror adventure genre by arming players with a squad of parapsychological soldiers, each with unique skills and abilities.

Myst Online: Uru Live: In the Season Finale of this GameTap Original title, players embark on an amazing adventure filled with new worlds to explore and captivating puzzles to solve. The episode begins on November 1st and features the release of new game areas and the climax of the current storyline.

Sam & Max Season Two: November 8th marks the premiere of the sequel to one of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2006. Sam & Max, stars of the industry’s first successful episodic game, return for a second season of hilarious adventures. The first episode, "Ice Station Santa,” pits the rabbity-thing and dog sleuth duo against a crazed Santa Claus. To get the party started early, GameTap is also now featuring Episode 4 from Season One “Abe Lincoln Must Die!” free to play exclusively at www.gametap.com/samandmax.

Game 1000: On November 15th, GameTap will further solidify its position as the leading provider of video games on demand by releasing its 1000th title. What will the milestone title be? With hundreds of games already available in the service and dozens available to play free, count on it to be from one of GameTap’s top publishing partners.

In addition to brand new games, GameTap is still continuing to add hit titles from the past, including Clockwork Knight, the SEGA Saturn side-scrolling classic, and Typing of the Dead, the SEGA Dreamcast-popularized game that introduced an entirely new keyboard-driven way to combat zombies.

To play the latest titles, Gold level subscription plans are currently available for as low as $5.00 per month and new subscribers can get their first month for only 99 cents. Gamers can also visit GameTap.com to check out the selection of more than 40 free games which are updated each week.

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 950 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games, including original and exclusive episodic titles such as Myst Online: Uru Live, Sam & Max: Seasons 1 and 2, 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:

Chase Wendy Rutherford

Access Communications for GameTap TBS PR

415-844-6289 404-827-5097

chase@accesspr.com wendy.rutherford@turner.com

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Mark Vergeer
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Didn't happen to me - wierd....



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Matt Barton
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No

Well, it happened on my desktop and my bootcamped mac, so can't be. It did happen mostly with CRPGs, though (baldur's gate, planescape), and Deus Ex.

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Bill Loguidice
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GameTap issues

I haven't had that issue, Matt. Perhaps it's something specific to your system?

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Matt Barton
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GameTap

Indeed, GameTap is a great service. I might note, however, that it's possible to find excellent deals on used software. For instance, I found a brand new copy of Psychonauts at Big Lots for only $4. ;-)

GameTap does have problems. One of the biggest is an odd problem with downloaded data--somehow, it doesn't dl right the first time, so you have to uninstall it, transfer your saved games, and re-download. With some of the bigger games, this can easily take 24 hours or more. I was playing Deus Ex and finally gave up because of this--just too big of a pain having to uninstall, dl, and transfer. Got to be an easier way!!

I notice that Steam has been, well, picking up steam, as well. Some people see it as a superior service, even though it doesn't have nearly the selection. I really don't know anything about it.

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Mark Vergeer
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And a fine service this is !

And I am a paying member. Love the service, the ease of use. I say it's a non brainer solution for people who want to play good solid PC-based games - and also some console games - especially when you're using Windows XP on a pentium4 single core-class machine.

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