Gaming Area Returns to Macworld With Best New Games For 2004

FRAMINGHAM, MA – DECEMBER 10, 2003 – IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets around the globe, today announced that the Macintosh Gaming Area at the upcoming Macworld Conference & Expo® in San Francisco will provide the year’s first look at the best new games coming to the Mac in 2004. Located on the Macworld exhibit floor, the Macintosh Gaming Area will highlight new games showcased by top game publishers such as Aspyr and MacSoft, as well as popular AAA game titles.

Now in its 20th year, Macworld Conference & Expo will take place January 5-9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

In addition to exhibits by top game publishers, the Macintosh Gaming Area will feature an all-new Mac Gaming Arcade, sponsored by Apple and equipped with the newest Power Mac G5s and 17” iMacs. In the Arcade, Macworld attendees will be able to experience top AAA game titles first-hand. Featured games will include Halo, Unreal Tournament, Age of Mythology, Indiana Jones, Splinter Cell, Tron 2.0, Ghost Master, Republic and many more.

For gaming buffs interested in creating their own games for the Mac, Macworld Conference & Expo features a two-day Power Tools Conference on Game Development, which runs Wednesday, January 7 and Thursday, January 8. Led by conference chair Jeannie Novack, founder and CEO of Indiespace, this conference teaches the basics of game development, including platforms, genres, applications, story and character development, gameplay, design, art and sound. Sessions will cover:

• Historical elements: How did we get here?

• Player elements: Who plays and why?

• Game elements: What makes a great game?

• Game concept development

• Level and user interface design

• The development cycle: Planning, prototyping and playtesting

• The business cycle: Maintenance, management and models

• Game art: Tools and techniques

• Game audio: Music and sound design

• The future of game development

For more information or to register for the event, please visit www.macworldexpo.com.

About Macworld Conference & Expo

Owned and produced by Framingham Mass.-based IDG World Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo is the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event. Macworld Conference & Expo showcases products and services for professionals involved in media and creative content development for corporate and home applications, as well as consumers using the Mac at home. Macworld Conference & Expo brings together the loyal base of Mac OS audiences in creative services, education, application development, entertainment, small office/home office and Internet-based environments. Macworld Conference & Expo offers professionals and consumers alike the opportunity to discover the latest developments and hottest products these markets offer. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.macworldexpo.com.

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) produces technology-focused tradeshows, conferences and events for professionals seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. As the leading technology event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its experience and knowledge of technology-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Bio•IT World Conference + Expo, Health•IT World Conference + Expo™, COMNET Conference & Expo, BiometricsWorld Global SeriesTM and Portable Power Conference & Expo. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.

About IDG

IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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