Intel and McDonald's Step Into Virtual World of The Sims Online; EA Inks In-Game Sponsorships with Mass Marketers.Business Editors/High-Tech & Entertainment Writers
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Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS ERTS Electronic Arts, Inc. (stock symbol)
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Gameplay includes all player experiences during the interaction with game systems, especially formal games. Proper use is coupled with reference to "what the player does". of the highly anticipated autumn debut of The Sims Online(TM).
"Matching Intel and McDonald's with The Sims Online signals a watershed for in-game advertising In-game advertising (IGA) refers to the use of computer and video games as a medium in which to deliver advertising. 2005 spending on in-game advertising was USD$56 million, and this figure is estimated to grow to $1. ," said Erick Hachenburg, general manager of EA.com. "The demographics and culture of gaming are driving the interest by sponsors. Games are to young people what television was to previous generations -- they provide a cultural touchstone that fills their free time and provides points of reference for friendships.
"It marks the first time players can interact with everyday brands and products in a virtual world. Our sponsors recognize the value of interacting with consumers in this environment."
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2. Within public view; in public. brand will be featured in The Sims Online. Players can chose from a selection of low- to high-end virtual computers for their Sim. The two high-end Pentium 4 processor-based computers represent the latest in style and technology and provide enhanced gameplay. Uses of the computers in The Sims Online may range from inviting friends over to play games to opening a virtual business such as a cyber (1) From "cybernetics," it is a prefix attached to everyday words to add a computer, electronic or online connotation. The term is similar to "virtual," but the latter is used more frequently. See virtual. cafe. As players increase their use of their Pentium 4 processor-based virtual computers within the game, their logic and fun ratings will increase at a higher rate than if using the lower end, generic PCs.
"Interactively branding Intel products in the virtual world of The Sims Online is truly revolutionary," said Ann Lewnes, vice president Intel Inside Program and Co-marketing. "We will be front-and-center with mass market consumers who purchase and use PCs for entertainment purposes. This is the closest you can get to touching your primary demographic -- every day."
The Sims Online players will also be able to operate a McDonald's kiosk and earn "Simoleons" as a virtual business. Eating at McDonald's will satisfy a Sim's hunger and fun needs.
"This is an emerging entertainment area for teens and young adults and will continue to keep McDonald's at the forefront with this audience," said Peter Sterling, vice president of marketing at McDonald's USA. "Partnering with The Sims franchise of games gives us the ability to provide fun and entertainment to our customers in an environment that allows them to experience our brand in a virtual world. This is a great opportunity for McDonald's to reach our customers away from our traditional brick and mortar See bricks and mortar. setting. Our agreement with EA, the leader in gaming technology, will continue to allow us to find new and cutting edge ways for our customers to interact with our brand."
The Sims Online(TM) is a virtual world built from the imaginations of thousands of players. It is an unpredictable, alternate reality Alternate reality is usually a synonym for a Parallel universe. It may also refer to:
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the objective form of whoever: they want to be. They have their own land to do with as they please. Create a house, coffee bar, dance club, theatre or whatever they can imagine. As spectators and participants, players build a network of friends to enhance their power, wealth, reputation and social standing.
About The Sims(TM)
The Sims(TM) skyrocketed to the top of the charts when it began shipping to stores in February 2000 and quickly became a universal gaming and cultural phenomenon. The Sims was the best selling PC game of both 2000 and 2001 and is now the best selling PC game of all time. Translated into 16 different languages, The Sims has inspired five expansion packs: The Sims Livin' Large, The Sims House Party, The Sims Hot Date, The Sims Vacation and The Sims Unleashed. Combined sales for the franchise are approaching 17 million units life-to-date. For more information on The Sims franchise titles, visit http://www.thesims.com.
McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer, with more than 30,000 local restaurants serving nearly 46 million people each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of all McDonald's restaurants There are more than 30,000 McDonald's restaurants in 119 countries. Restaurants
The first McDonald's was not a restaurant at all, but it was a sit-in stand. The company's early franchises were built to a standard pattern that did not offer seating; this was in part to prevent worldwide are owned and operated by independent franchisees.
About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County. As of the 2005 census, the city had a total population of 76,000. , is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of more than $1.7 billion for fiscal 2002. The company is the leading software developer for video game systems including the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation(R), Nintendo GameCube The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendo's fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. The system itself is the most compact and least expensive, next to the Dreamcast, of the sixth generation era consoles. (TM), Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft, personal computers and the Internet. The company publishes and distributes software worldwide. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTS(TM), EA SPORTS BIG(TM), EA GAMES(TM) and EA.COM(SM).
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