GamePro’s 1999 Video and PC Games Holiday Shopping Guide Appears in the National Edition of USA Today

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (November 22, 1999)–IDG Games Media Group, the world’s largest interactive entertainment information provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts–publisher of GamePro magazine, the world’s largest multiplatform gaming magazine, and GameProWorld.com, the world’s premier entertainment destination–today announced the publication of GamePro's 1999 Video and PC Games Holiday Shopping Guide, inserted in today’s national edition of USA Today, the nation’s #1 daily newspaper.

For the second year in a row, GamePro has produced a one-of-a-kind guide that gives holiday shoppers the information they need to make the right game purchases, just in time for the busiest shopping day of the year. This exclusive 32-page color insert was inserted into 6 million copies of the Monday, November 22nd edition of USA Today.

"This Holiday Guide is yet another example of how the powerful GamePro brand is expanding the market for video and PC games," said John F. Rousseau, President/CEO of IDG Games Media Group and Publisher of GamePro magazine. "As the popularity of electronic gaming reaches an all time high, GamePro stands out as the most widely respected and trusted editorial resource for the mass market."

GamePro's 1999 Video and PC Games Holiday Shopping Guide rates and reviews the top five game titles in seven genres for the Sony PlayStation, Nintendo N64, Sega Dreamcast, handheld game systems (Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Color, and NeoGeo Pocket Color), and personal computers. GamePro’s seasoned editorial team delivers the low-down on the action, adventure, family fun, sports, racing, fighting and wrestling, and role-playing games that are worth the money–including hot prospects and best bargain titles. Every title is rated with GamePro’s exclusive four-category system, which ranks the quality of their graphics, sound, control, and overall fun factor.

"The launch of the Sega Dreamcast and the popularity of handheld games has resulted in even more choices for the game buyer this holiday season," said Wes Nihei, Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of GamePro magazine. "Our Holiday Guide helps parents and gamers wade through the clutter and find the games that will bring them and their loved ones hours of fun."

GamePro's 1999 Video and PC Games Holiday Shopping Guide also features a complete review of the latest gaming consoles and hardware. In addition, each game review includes the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) age level rating to help consumers make the right purchases for the younger gamers in their lives.

Advertisers supporting this year’s Holiday Guide include Target Stores, Nintendo of America, Vatical Entertainment, SQUARESOFT, Infogrames, Eidos Interactive, Electronics Boutique, InterAct Accessories Inc., Best Buy, Ubi Soft Entertainment, The 3DO Company, SNK Corporation of America, Midway Home Entertainment Inc., and GameProSuperStore.com.

About IDG Games Media Group:

IDG Games Media Group, located in San Francisco, CA, is the world’s largest interactive entertainment provider for multiplatform gaming enthusiasts and produces GamePro magazine, GameProWorld.com, and the IDG Games Media Group Industry White Paper. The IDG Games Media Group is a division of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading information technology media and research company.

About IDG:

Headquartered in Boston, International Data Group (IDG) informs more people worldwide about information technology than any other company in the world. With annual revenues of $2.35 billion, IDG is the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions. IDG publishes more than 290 computer newspapers and magazines and 700 book titles in 75 countries, led by Computerworld/InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, PC World, Channel World, and the "…For Dummies" global product lines. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 250 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions in 35 countries, and its research arm, International Data Corporation (IDC), provides computer industry research and analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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