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Dallas Stars 'All-Star' goalie to be official spokesperson for 2K Sports' top-rated hockey video game
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 07, 2005 - 2K Sports, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTWO), is proud to announce that Dallas Stars All-Star goalie Marty Turco will be the new cover athlete and official spokesperson for NHL 2K6 Turco has earned great respect from players and fans for his superb talent, dedication, and winning attitude, making him the natural choice as cover athlete for the #1 rated and #1 selling NHL video game series**.
"Marty Turco is one of the most exciting goalies in the NHL," stated Erik Whiteford, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "Turco has proven that great discipline, hard work, and a winning approach leads to great success and he looks to make a bigger splash on the ice this season. Turco has contributed a great deal of his wisdom and knowledge to the development team, ensuring the most authentic video game hockey experience."
"As both a professional hockey player and gamer, I am thrilled to tie two of my favorite activities together," said Dallas Stars goalie Marty Turco. "My experience with NHL 2K6 and 2K Sports has been fantastic and it is an honor to represent the most cutting edge and best hockey video game series."
Before being drafted into the NHL in 1994, Marty Turco had established an illustrious college hockey career that includes two NCAA Championships in 1996 and 1998, four "Frozen Four" appearances, and the NCAA record for career victories (127). Turco made his NHL debut in 2000 and in 2001 he led the NHL with the lowest GAA (1.90) and best save percentage (.925). In his first two full seasons as the starting net-minder for the Dallas Stars, Turco was elected to the All-Star Game twice. Most recently, Marty Turco was invited to the 2005 Canadian Olympic camp and he looks to garner more achievements in the hockey seasons ahead.
NHL 2K6 is set to release in early Fall 2005 for PlayStation(r)2 computer entertainment system, Xbox(r) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360(tm) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
For more information, log onto http://www.2ksports.com
Game to Feature Realistic Experience of the World Series of Poker Tournament
Las Vegas, NV - July 7, 2005 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) will unveil a sneak preview of the highly anticipated World Series of Poker video game based on the widely popular World Series of Poker (WSOP) Tournament at this year's Lifestyle Show in Las Vegas on July 6 - 10.
Activision will develop and publish the World Series of Poker video game for PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system, PSP(tm) (PlayStation®Portable) system, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and PC featuring the likenesses of poker professionals participating in the 2005 WSOP Tournament. The game will offer players a truly unique experience unlike any other poker video game on the market today. The video game is expected to be available at retail stores nationwide later this summer.
"The World Series of Poker is the world's premiere poker event, drawing thousands of entrants and millions of viewers worldwide," said David Oxford of Activision, Inc. "So it's a perfect fit to preview this exciting video game to participants of the WSOP Tournament where it will deliver to consumers the same excitement and authenticity of pulling up a chair at the WSOP table and competing against players of this year's WSOP Tournament."
For the first time ever, the 2005 WSOP Tournament will be held at Harrah's Rio Suites in Las Vegas, the same location simulated in the video game and the location of this year's Lifestyle Show. ESPN has aired the WSOP seven times since introducing the sport to the network in 1994, and garnered a 1.2 overall rating with an average of more than one million viewing households during their 2004 presentation of poker's premiere event. The "World Series of Poker" video game will be featured in television spots on ESPN during the tournament.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products. Founded in 1979, Activision posted net revenues of $1.4 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005.
Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Scandinavia, Spain and the Netherlands. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's World Wide Web site, which is located at www.activision.com.
Roger Federer, Venus Williams, Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Lindsay Davenport Headline Pro Player Roster
SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (July 7, 2005) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced the roster of internationally-ranked tennis pros featured in SEGA's upcoming Virtua Tennis™: World Tour for the PSP™ (PlayStation®Portable) system. Three-time Wimbledon champions Roger Federer and Venus Williams headline the roster of tennis greats.
Other licensed pros to appear in Virtua Tennis: World Tour include Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Lleyton Hewitt, Lindsay Davenport, Tim Henman, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Tommy Haas, Sebastien Grosjean, David Nalbandian, Daniela Hantuchova, Amelie Mauresmo, and Nicole Vaidisova. The latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise also serves up a make-your-own player mode, exclusive mini-games, original courts, and up to four players via Wireless LAN.
"Players can now challenge the world's top tennis stars and Wimbledon champions, thanks to Virtua Tennis: World Tour and the PSP system," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Entertainment Marketing, SEGA of America, Inc. "The game offers a customizable, action-packed multi-player experience that is a must-have for gamers on the go."
In Exhibition Mode, step into the sneakers of a professional player and take advantage of their real-life strengths on the court. In World Tour Mode, customize your own player and progress through the ranks. In order to perfect your skills, there are four brand new mini-games – Blockbuster, Fruit Dash, Blocker, and Balloon Smash – exclusive to the PSP system.
Virtua Tennis: World Tour has received several accolades for its visual excellence and addictive gameplay including the E3 Game Critics Nomination for Best Sports Game, and the IGN Award for Best PSP Sports Game. Developed by the UK-based development team, SUMO Digital, Virtua Tennis: World Tour is challenging and fun whether you have just minutes or hours to play.
For screenshots and other game assets, visit the SEGA FTP site at: http://segapr.segaamerica.com (SEGA GAMES/Virtua Tennis).
About SEGA® of America
SEGA® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's Web site is located at sega.com.
About SEGA® Europe Ltd
SEGA Europe Ltd. is the European Publishing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. SEGA Europe's web site is located at sega-europe.com.
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"Turco has earned great respect from players and fans for his superb talent, dedication, and winning attitude, making him the natural choice as cover athlete for the #1 rated and #1 selling NHL video game series."
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"As you progress through the World Tour mode new cars and tracks are unlocked, and eventually their is quite a library of both of these unlockables. There are also other prizes to be won which we are not going to reveal."
New York – July 6, 2005 – Set to be the official game of the summer, it’s time to pad up and practice your spin drives and googlies with the PC demo of Brian Lara International Cricket, now available for download from www.codemasters.com/brianlara
Step up to the crease playing as England, Australia or the West Indies in a one-day warm-up of six overs played at world famous cricketing venue The Oval. Test your skills and try smashing the ball to all parts of the boundary like world-record holding batsman Brian Lara, or see if you can beat the Aussies again!
The demo is available in two download sizes. The full demo comes complete with atmospheric commentary from David Gower, Tony Greig, Jonathan Agnew, Ian Bishop, and Bill Lawry. Alternatively a 350Mb demo without commentary is also available.
In the full game you’ll be playing as some the most powerful international cricket professionals from every team in the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup 2003. The top-level batsmen all have their own signature shots featured in the game: including the stylish one-knee cover drive, the risky but hugely effective hook from outside off stump and Lara’s own signature pull shot, which continues to plunder runs from the world’s greatest bowlers.
As the game that gives everyone the chance to be the best in international cricket, Brian Lara International Cricket will hit you for six when it’s released on July 21st– the first day of the hugely anticipated Test Ashes series – by Codemasters for PC via www.codemasters.com.
Prepare for the arrival of the ultimate hit and run experience with the PC playable demo, now available for download from www.codemasters.com/brianlara
About Brian Lara International Cricket
Brian Lara International Cricket captures all the exciting, athletic, skilful and technical elements of the sport. In a tense battle between batting, bowling and fielding, its your chance to defend the honour of your chosen country in gripping One-Day Internationals, atmospheric Test Matches, fast Double Wicket games, challenging tournaments and even historic matches.
Step up to the crease and compete with the professionals in cricket’s most challenging tournaments including the ICC Cricket World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy. Featuring all the official ICC One-Day International teams, with 16 players per squad, and stadia from around the world, including The Oval, Newlands, and Edgbaston, Brian Lara International Cricket is a truly authentic experience and continues the series’ reputation as the sports game that makes the summer.
Codemasters is a global interactive entertainment company with offices in New York City, England, France, Spain, Holland and Germany. Founded in the UK in 1986, Codemasters publishes award-winning software for the PC, next generation video game consoles and online gaming. Codemasters develops original titles such as Operation Flashpoint (PC Game-of-the-year) and ToCA Race Driver, as well as games based on top licensed properties including American Idol, MTV Music Generator and IndyCar Series. Additional information about Codemasters and its products can be found at www.codemasters.com.
"We've played a bit of EA's Cricket 2005 and while Brian Lara isn't complete, this version of the game is already far more accessible and a lot more fun to play. The whole game has been put together with a lot of care and anyone with an interest in the sport should have some money put aside for Lara's return at the end of the month, which just so happens to coincide with the start of the Ashes."
"If only Juiced was released when it was originally supposed to it would have been a sure-fire hit. Instead the game is competing against some heavy hitters right now, so it will get lost in the shuffle."