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THQ Rockets to the PC With `Sinistar: Unleashed'; Arcade Cult Classic Enters 3-D Universe This Summer.



CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 3, 1999--Game publisher THQ THQ Toy Headquarters
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 Inc. (Nasdaq/NM:THQI) Wednesday announced that it will release "Sinistar(r): Unleashed," a space combat game based on the well-known '80s arcade classic "Sinistar(r)." "Sinistar: Unleashed" will be exploding onto personal computers throughout North America North America, third largest continent (1990 est. pop. 365,000,000), c.9,400,000 sq mi (24,346,000 sq km), the northern of the two continents of the Western Hemisphere.  this June.

The original "Sinistar" was designed by the designer of the current arcade hit "CarnEvil." "Sinistar" put players face-to-face with the diabolical Sinistar, who ruled the universe and elicited fear among players with bone-chilling terms such as "Run coward" and "Beware, I live." The game was an instant cult classic.

"Sinistar: Unleashed" takes this classic to a new breathtaking 3-D-accelerated universe while retaining the spirit of the original game design. Previously code-named "Excession," "Sinistar: Unleashed" is being developed by GameFX(tm), a THQ subsidiary. This is the first game in THQ's strategy to produce high-end, technologically advanced games for the PC.

"We've combined this classic game with incredible breakthrough GameFX(tm) Technology to give `Sinistar' and arcade action fans the game they've been hungering for on the PC," said Steve Ryno, chief creative officer, THQ. "This title will catapult players into a lightning-fast 3-D space environment, bombarding Bombarding is the process of 'pumping' a Cold Cathode Lighting tube (otherwise called Neon Signs). Information
A detailed process of bombarding can be found here, Bombarding.
 them with visual effects that eclipse all other games."

"What made the original a classic is that it was easy to learn, yet difficult to master," said C. Noah Davis Noah Davis (September 10, 1818 - March 20, 1902) was a United States Representative from New York. Born in Haverhill, New Hampshire, he moved with his parents to Albion, Orleans County, New York in 1825. He attended the common schools and Lima Seminary in Buffalo. , chief technology officer of THQ and general manager of GameFX(tm) Studio. "We are focused on capturing that magic using many elements of the original, while showcasing the universe using our proprietary GameFX(tm) Technology."

"Sinistar: Unleashed" is an ultra fast-paced space action game. Using an array of upgradable weapons, players progress through the game blasting asteroids This is a list of numbered minor planets, nearly all of them asteroids, in sequential order.

As of late September 2007 there are 164,612 numbered minor planets, and many more not yet numbered. Most asteroids are ordinary and not particularly noteworthy.
 and collecting energy crystals. Managing crystals effectively will earn players the coveted cov·et  
v. cov·et·ed, cov·et·ing, cov·ets

v.tr.
1. To feel blameworthy desire for (that which is another's). See Synonyms at envy.

2. To wish for longingly. See Synonyms at desire.
 weapons upgrades and power-ups. Players will battle through 24 single-player levels in their quest to kill the enemy Sinistar.

About the Original

The legendary "Sinistar" represented a number of "firsts" in game design. Originally debuting in 1983, the sitdown version of "Sinistar" was the first arcade game An arcade game is a coin-operated entertainment machine, typically installed in businesses such as restaurants, pubs, video arcades, and Family Entertainment Centers. Most arcade games are redemption games, merchandisers, video games or pinball machines.  to successfully use digitized speech. "Sinistar" character's speech, including the trademark "I hunger," was one of the most exciting aspects of the gameplay.

It was also the first game to use stereo sound, with two independent left and right soundboards, and to use a 49-way optical joystick. Today, the game is regarded as one of the most challenging games in arcade history. THQ has licensed "Sinistar" from the arcade giant, Midway Games Midway Games (NYSE: MWY) (formerly Midway Manufacturing) is an American video game publisher. Midway's legacy includes landmark titles such as Ms. Pac-Man, Spy Hunter, Tron, Mortal Kombat, and NBA Jam.  Inc.

GameFX, a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

Notes:
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of THQ Inc., develops entertainment software utilizing proprietary hardware-accelerated video rendering engines and advanced development techniques. The GameFX(tm) Web site is located at www.gamefx.com.

THQ Inc. develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms Each hardware platform, or CPU family, has a unique machine language. All software presented to the computer for execution must be in the binary coded machine language of that CPU. Following is a list of the major hardware platforms in existence today. See platform.  including PC CD-ROM CD-ROM: see compact disc.
CD-ROM
 in full compact disc read-only memory

Type of computer storage medium that is read optically (e.g., by a laser).
, and those manufactured by Nintendo and Sony. The THQ Web site is located at www.thq.com.

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts may be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in such statements due to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, demand and competition for the company's products, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Note to Editors: Sinistar (c) 1982 Midway Games Inc. Sinistar and Midway are registered trademarks of Midway Games Inc. and used under license by THQ Inc. All rights reserved.

GameFX and THQ Inc. are trademarks of THQ Inc. Software to this game (c) 1999 THQ Inc. All rights reserved.
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