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THQ Sends Arcade Cult-Classic, ``Sinistar: Unleashed'' to PC; New Game Takes Advantage of Intel Pentium III Processor Capabilities.

CALABASAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 17, 1999--Game publisher THQ Inc. (Nasdaq/NMS:THQI) Wednesday announced that its space-combat game, "Sinistar(R): Unleashed," will support Intel(R)'s Pentium(R) III processor.

"Sinistar: Unleashed" is based on the well-known `80s arcade classic "Sinistar(R)," and will be exploding onto personal computers this summer.

The original "Sinistar" debuted in 1983 and became an instant cult classic. Today, "Sinistar" is regarded as one of the most challenging games in arcade history.

"The Intel Pentium III processor enables 3-D accelerated game developers such as GameFX to push interactive gaming experiences to the limit," stated C Noah Davis chief technology officer of THQ and president of GameFX(tm) Studio.

"`Sinistar: Unleashed' represents the rebirth of the original `Sinistar' as it moves from a flat 2-D environment to a new, breathtaking, truly 3-D accelerated universe using the Intel Pentium III processor's capabilities."

"We are excited that leading game publishers such as THQ have found the Intel Pentium III processor platform to be an exciting game platform to rejuvenate classic games by using the most technologically advanced tools," said Tom Galvin, Intel Director of Entertainment/ Education Market Development.

"Sinistar: Unleashed" will be optimized for the Intel Pentium III processor, allowing the game's lighting and geometry transformation engine to process more detail faster than previously possible.

On the Intel Pentium III processor, the already stunning visuals of "Sinistar: Unleashed" leap to new heights as a result of the processor's ability to increase interactions, polygon counts and lighting transforms. Together, these improvements make "Sinistar: Unleashed" the most exciting space-arcade experience ever developed.

GameFX, a wholly owned subsidiary of THQ, develops entertainment software utilizing proprietary hardware-accelerated video rendering engines and advanced development techniques. The GameFX(tm) Web site is located at

THQ develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software worldwide for a variety of hardware platforms including PC CD-ROM, and those manufactured by Nintendo and Sony. The THQ Web site is located at

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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