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PC Gamer reveals its 1997 award winners.

BRISBANE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 6, 1997--Today, the editors of PC Gamer disclosed their choices for the best computer gaming titles of 1996.

The annual awards, now in their third year, honor outstanding titles in each significant gaming genre, recognize special achievements in technical and innovative categories, and name the "Game of the Year." This year's victors join past PC Gamer Hall of Famers WarCraft II (Blizzard) and Doom (id Software).

The winners are:

-- Game of the Year: Civilization II (MicroProse). "Sid Meier's Civilization and its sequel are perhaps the finest strategy games ever made."

-- Best Action Game: Tomb Raider (Eidos Interactive). "...Tomb Raider blew in like a breath of fresh air to show us that there's more to be done with today's generation of 3D graphics than just running and shooting."

-- Best Sports Game: NHL 97 (Electronic Arts). "...NHL 97 delivers a bone-crunching representation of the coolest sport on ice, from the first drop of the puck to that last-minute drive to the net."

-- Best Wargame: Close Combat (Microsoft). "Atomic has broken away from the long-established, turn-based models of the past."

-- Best Real-Time Strategy Game: Command & Conquer: Red Alert (Virgin/Westwood Studios). "If you haven't sampled the real-time craze in all its splendor, look no further than Red Alert."

-- Best Turn-Based Strategy Game: Heroes of Might and Magic II (New World Computing). "...rises to the top of the pack; clearly a cut above the other turn-based games ..."

-- Best Roleplaying Game: The Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall (Bethesda Softworks). "...unlimited playability, non-linear exploration, and a huge game world ..."

-- Best Adventure Game: The Beast Within (Sierra). "...it's one of the best adventure games ever."

-- Best Simulation: AH-64D Longbow (Jane's Combat Simulations). "...gorgeous graphics, painstaking detail, and sheer playability."

-- Best Expansion Pack: Flashpoint Korea (Jane's Combat Simulations). "...it practically makes it a whole new game."

-- Best Educational Game: The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis (Broderbund). "...has the same appeal and value for your brain as a favorite sport does for your body."

-- Best Multi-Player Game: Quake (GT Interactive). "...overtly gory and mind-meltingly fast action"

-- Best Arcade Game: Fire Fight (Epic Megagames). "...the best arcade game released in 1996, by a long shot."

Special Achievements awards were given to Wing Commander IV, the You Don't Know Jack series, Tomb Raider, C&C: Red Alert, Quake, and Duke Nukem 3D.

1996 proved to be a tremendous year for gaming, and choosing the award winners was a difficult task. Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all those whose imagination and innovations mean gaming continues to grow in its ability to enthrall, educate, and entertain.

In addition to PC Gamer (www.pcgamer.com), Imagine also publishes boot, The Net, MacAddict, Next Generation, and Ultra Game Players -- each bundled with its own unique multimedia CD-ROM. Imagine is also a leader in online publishing, currently maintaining nine gaming and technology sites and earning a Top 25 ranking in the 100Hot list of the world's most popular web sites.

For more information about PC Gamer or Imagine Publishing, contact marketing manager Angela Bennett at 415/468-4684, x 164.

CONTACT: Imagine Publishing

Angela Bennett, 415/468-4684 Ext. 164
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