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06/16/2006

First Time Game Developer RISKS it all in quest to Create the World’s LARGEST MMO Game

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 16, 2006 – IDG Entertainment (IDGE), the world's leading interactive entertainment–information provider, today announced the launch of an original, unscripted, reality-based video series called Creating Kaos. The first episode will go live on www.Games.Net today.

The San Francisco-based documentary follows the struggles and triumphs of Damon Grow, CEO of Shattered Reality Interactive, Inc.—a 40-person, all-volunteer game development company—and his fanatical dedication to building the world’s best massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) and, in the process, unseating the mega-popular World of Warcraft® (Blizzard Entertainment®).

“There’s a 1 in 100,000,000 chance you can beat World of Warcraft”, said John Romero, legendary designer of the Quake and Doom series, and on-camera commentator in the Creating Kaos series. “And if you’ve never designed a game before, no chance.”

However, despite losing his part-time job and his relationship with his wife and child in the process, the video series captures some significant successes in Damon’s quest, including news of a promising meeting with a major game developer in the Bay Area.

“There’s humor, real drama, and some amount of insanity,” said Wendy Chan, series director and video producer for IDG Entertainment. “But throughout it all, you can’t help being touched by Damon’s commitment and unwavering optimism.”

A new 3–5 minute episode will be posted on Games.Net every Friday. There are a total of 5 episodes already filmed and another 15 in production.

Creating Kaos is part of IDG Entertainment’s robust schedule of original video content specifically developed for the avid gaming enthusiasts who visit its online network, which includes these popular programs:

• Attack of the Factoids: A show that implements sarcastic, witty, and wacky insight into video-game footage via Pop-Up Video-style thought bubbles.

• Hi-5s: Short videos of five fun and exciting moments from the hottest new games.

• Video Net Ten: Video versions of the popular Games.net Net Tens that count down a top ten list from a fun gaming topic.

• Behind the Screens: A documentary-style look at what goes on behind the scenes of the most popular video games.

For more information go to http://www.games.net

About IDG Entertainment

For over 17 years, IDG Entertainment (IDGE) has led the industry by providing a portfolio of highly read multiplatform gaming magazines and web sites. Print products include GamePro magazine, Star Wars Insider magazine, Code Vault magazine, and the IDG Entertainment Industry White Paper. The IDG Entertainment Online Network, the third-largest gaming-information network worldwide with over 9 million unique visitors per month (comScore MMX, 12/05), includes Games.net, GamePro.com, GamerHelp.com, GameDownloads.com, BlogFaction.com, StarWars.com, Modojo.com, Savvy.com, WGWorld.com and MegaGames.com. The portfolio provides synergy between print and digital properties, reaching over 12 million consumers monthly. Information on all of IDGE’s properties is available at idg-entertainment.com.

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