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 'AL MICHAELS ANNOUNCES HARDBALL III'(TM)
 SAN JOSE, Calif., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Accolade, a leading publisher of computer and video games, today announced plans to release Al Michaels Announces HARDBALL III(TM) for IBM PC and compatible computers in time for the opening of baseball season. As the third game in the well-known Hardball!(TM) series, AL Michaels Announces HARDBALL III takes baseball enthusiasts as far as they want to go in action, strategy and pure fun. Its predecessor, HardBall II(TM), was the winner of the Software Publishers Association's Excellence in Software Award for Best Sports Program of 1989. HardBall! and HardBall II are two of the most successful baseball simulations of all time, having sold well over three quarters of a million copies.
 HardBall III has many new features and improvements over its popular predecessor. The most exciting new feature is the play-by-play commentary by sportscaster Al Michaels. "We looked at what other baseball games offered as well as what our customers wanted in a baseball game and created HardBall III," stated Pam Levins, the producer of the game. "We've added new features such as play-by-play commentary by AL Michaels, one of today's most well-known sportscasters, as well as 'team effort' play where your teammates will actually back you up during a play. The detailed graphics have been improved greatly with the use of 256 color VGA technology. If your friends own HardBall II, Earl Weaver Baseball II(TM) or Tony La Russa's Ultimate Baseball(R), you can import their favorite team into HardBall III."
 HardBall III is a one- or two-player game in which players assume the role of team manager supervising the players and controlling their performance. One can play exhibition games, a complete 162-game season including an all-star game, play-offs and championship games. One can keep track of upcoming games via the month-by-month on-screen calendar. Team and player statistics can be saved and printed right from the HardBall III program. Over 25 different statistical categories are available, appearing on-screen in "baseball card format." Action game fans will be thrilled with the detailed graphics and realistic player movements. As in HardBall II, you can watch key plays again and again with the "instant replay" feature. Or create your own "highlight reel" by saving your favorite plays to disk for later viewing.
 Teams can be selected from the pre-programmed library, or using the Team Editor, new players and their stats can be created, or stats of real professional players can be entered. Be creative with your teams' and players' physical characteristics -- create team logos, change the color of uniforms and caps, or choose individual faces.
 Eight actual major league ballparks are featured in the game such as San Francisco, Detroit and Boston. Each ballpark has been accurately rendered to include such authentic characteristics as the correct distances to walls, and foul territories.
 An add-on disk that includes the remaining 18 major league stadiums will be available at a later date.
 Accolade, a privately held company, is a leading developer, publisher and distributor of entertainment software for personal computers and leading video game machines.
 Earl Weaver Baseball II is a trademark of Electronic Arts. Tony LaRussa's Ultimate Baseball is a trademark of Strategic Simulations Inc.
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 NOTE: To receive screen slides or a copy of the product, please contact Linda Blanchard at Accolade at 408-985-1700.
 /CONTACT: Linda Blanchard or Melinda Mongelluzzo of Accolade, 408-985-1700/ CO: Accolade ST: California IN: ENT SU: PDT


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