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GameTap Adds Multiplayer Support

Product: GameTap

GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), is bringing social networking and multiplayer action to its online gaming arena. Unveiled today, the next generation of GameTap includes highly anticipated community features such head-to-head game play and Instant Messaging (IM). Online multiplayer capabilities have been added to a dozen games in GameTap's roster of 580 games, and new online multiplayer functionality and turn-based games will be added on a regular basis.

"GameTap is leading the industry in digital distribution with the most games and video on demand at an affordable price," said Stuart Snyder, GameTap's General Manager. "Beyond the largest games catalog and exclusive new content, we're looking for our community to help drive what's next."

Challenge Games

In order to foster a robust multi-player gaming community, GameTap will introduce a dozen online simultaneous and turn-play games. With GameTap's "Challenge Games," players can put their skills to the test against others by challenging them to some of the greatest turn-based and head-to-head games. Among the highlights are turn-based hits like Burger Time, Galaga, Zaxxon, and Pac-Man. Initial head-to-head games include such favorites as King of the Monsters, 1941: Counter Attack and Bust-A-Move.

"The only thing more fun than playing video games, is talking trash while you're playing," said David Reid, vice president of marketing at GameTap. "Whether you're cheering a teammate on or ribbing an opponent, gaming and chatting are a natural pair."

Communicate, Compete On GameTap

GameTap users now have multiple ways to communicate with each other from within the GameTap application. A GameTap branded Instant Messaging feature has been integrated into the service that allows users to easily chat with other users within the GameTap network. In addition, GameTap now features a dozen new chat lobbies centered around each of the new online Challenge Games to allow users to freely chat and challenge each other in a group setting. As an added convenience, the AIM service has also been seamlessly integrated into GameTap to allow existing and new AIM users to simultaneously access the AIM network with their AIM screenname and chat with their AIM buddies without having to leave GameTap.

-Starscream, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ricky Tucker

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