GameTap Service Launches in U.S.

GameTap Service Launches in U.S. GameTap Service Launches in U.S.

Turner Broadcasting has announced that its GameTap service has launched, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network. GameTap has officially opened its vault of video game content and original programming to gamers across the United States. Announced last April, with previews at E3 2005 and the American debut of the Download Festival, GameTap has been well received as a budget solution for creating a video game library.

GameTap is an all-you-can-play gaming service accessible from up to two household computers. The network will launch with some 300 games from 24 publishers, together with hours of original programming. Subscribers simply download the Turner-developed software from the GameTap website. Subscriptions are USD 14.95 per month.

GameTap will feature selected titles from the early arcades, PCs, and popular video game consoles, including the Sega Genesis and Dreamcast, Atari 2600, and Intellivision. Original programming will include magazine, reality, and lifestyle shows, interviews with the who's who of gaming, celebrity features, and game trailers</>. for the GameTap service.

Publishers represented in the GameTap vault include Activision, Atari, Capcom, Cyan, Codemasters, Eidos Interactive, Electronic Arts, First Star Software, G-Mode, Intellivision Lives, Ironstone, Knowledge Adventures, Midway, Namco, SEGA, TAITO, Take-Two, Taurus Media, Team 17, Telegames, 3000AD, Ubisoft and Vivendi Universal Games. Games include such classics as Pac-Man, Dig Dug, and Rampage, and famously addictive titles like Mr. Driller, Sonic Spinball, and 3-D Ultra Cool Pool.