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Thursday, October 5, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Oct. 5, 2006 @ 4:56 a.m. PDT

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

Desperate Housewives: The Game (PC)

Desperate Housewives: The Game is a lifestyle simulation Windows PC game inspired by the Golden Globe-winning ABC-TV series produced by Touchstone Television. In the game, the player takes on the role of a new housewife who moves to Wisteria Lane and unlocks the delicious scandals hidden in the seemingly "perfect" neighborhood.

"The global popularity and success of 'Desperate Housewives' is unsurpassed and provided the perfect inspiration for a Windows PC game that captures the essence of the series," said Graham Hopper, senior vice president and general manager, Buena Vista Games. "For the hours during the week between the Sunday night episode airings, Desperate Housewives: The Game is the ideal way for series fans to stay connected to the experience."

Desperate Housewives: The Game is a lifestyle simulation game with a 12-episode story. The game enables Windows PC users to customize a housewife and her family. The new housewife will move into a house on Wisteria Lane and uncover secrets from her past through interaction with her neighbors - including both characters from the TV series and all new characters. With a script from series writer Scott Sanford Tobis, the game is a new narrative that incorporates both drama and dark humor - a combination of characteristics familiar to fans of the show.

Brenda Strong reprises her role from the "Desperate Housewives" series as the voice of deceased housewife Mary Alice Young, who serves as the show's omniscient narrator in each episode.

Developed by Liquid Entertainment, Desperate Housewives: The Game is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and has a suggested retail price of $19.99.

Birth of America (PC)

“We are very excited about seeing Birth of America, our first Strategy game title, reaching the shelves and the North American gaming community.” says Philippe Thibaut, CEO of developer AGEOD SARL and lead designer of Birth of America.

Brock Beaubien, Producer for Strategy First Inc. says: "We’re very happy to announce that “Birth of America” is now available to North American customers in time for Thanksgiving. This game is a definite must have for any fan of addictive and challenging strategy games.”

The year 2005 marks the 250th anniversary of the start of the French & Indian Wars. Twenty years later, the America Revolutionary War erupted. These two events marked the real start of a new era in the America’s and the end of British Colonial rule.

In Birth of America, the player controls one of the major contenders of these 2 conflicts, trying to achieve military and political victory. It is a complete and detailed simulation of the two most important wars in Colonial America - from 1755 to 1783 Scope of the game covers all of North America, from Florida to Quebec and New England to Mississippi, from 1755 to 1783.

Control the military action of your nation. This includes such activities as drafting forces, building forts and depots, sieges and blockades, raiding enemy settlements and battles, both on land and at sea..

Naval units come in the form of warship squadrons and flotillas. You can also manage supply wagons, water transport, forts and depots. Wide diversity of troop types are implemented, including: light infantry; dragoons; siege artillery; rangers; Indian warriors; marines; militias; ships of the line; frigates and lake flotillas. There are more than ninety different models of units in all.

Game Features Include:

•18th century North American Map that covers 700 provinces, with diversity of terrain, climates and civilization levels.
•Dozens of unit models from the era
•Simple and intuitive handling
•Over 150 historical characters included 11 scenarios and 3 grand campaigns
•A very reactive AI
•Play by email option

“Birth of America” is now available at major retailers, such as Gamestop and EB, for a suggested retail price of $39.99. Birth of America is rated E for Everyone by ESRB.

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