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AOL Launches New Gaming Website

From AOL’s press release:

AOL for Broadband today unveiled a new gaming destination that features dozens of new Web-based and premium downloadable games from new partners GameHouse Studios and Funkitron in addition to its current selection of games from Pogo.com.

Concurrent with its expanded Web-based game offerings, AOL Games now also offers a new destination for consumers who love PC and console games. Featuring streaming video programs that take an entertaining look at today’s hottest games combined with extensive reviews, hints, cheats and news from partner GameSpot, the new destination provides members with a unique, comprehensive gaming experience.

Beginning later this month, special discounts for AOL members on both new and pre-played video games will be added through an arrangement with EBGames.com, the e-commerce Web site of Electronics Boutique, the world’s largest specialty retailer dedicated exclusively to video game hardware, software and PC entertainment software and accessories.

“The new games destination represents a major initiative by AOL to bring games – and entertainment based on games – to our growing broadband membership,” explained Matthew Bromberg, Vice President and General Manager, AOL Games. “In addition to our wide selection of the best games on the Web which appeal to the casual gamers, we’re also reaching fans of PC and console games by providing exciting entertainment programming unlike anything else that’s out there.”

New Original Broadband Programming

AOL for Broadband members will also get exclusive access to the new original streaming video program, “Face Off,” produced by g-Net media. “Face Off” showcases real competition on the latest PC and console games, with real AOL members “facing off” against expert gaming gladiators.

“Face Off” joins AOL Games’ four current original video programs available at AOL Keyword: Video Games: “First Tip” – a spotlight of hints and cheats for the newest PC and console games featuring narrated tips and animated graphics; “Phive” – video reviews of the must-have games each month; “V.I.P.” – interviews with hot celebrities appearing in new video games; and “Players Club” – a monthly spotlight on the best gamers from the AOL community.

“The original programs from AOL Games are just a couple of examples of the exciting content available only on AOL for Broadband,” said Shawn Hardin, Senior Vice President, Broadband Product & Programming. “They are exclusive and highly entertaining mini-shows that are unlike anything else on the Web. We’re confident that gaming fans will agree that the broadband content on the new AOL Games area delivers on our promise to bring them the best and most entertaining video games site online.”