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WHAT'S HOT IN CONSUMER ELECTRONICS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON; MULTIMEDIA HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE FOR THE HIGH TECH SANTA

 SILICON VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you're looking for a high tech toy for the cutting edge executive, the hottest new game for your nephew or one large gift the entire family will enjoy, you'll find plenty of hot new consumer electronics products to choose from on retailers' shelves this holiday season.
 If you're considering a new home computer, check out Packard Bell's innovative, reasonably priced line of multimedia computers featuring a slick CD-ROM drive, high tech animation and stereo sound.
 Packard Bell has packed-in a terrific line of software with its new systems, enabling the whole family to explore the sights and sounds of the world-renowned San Diego Zoo, interact with gigantic dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, listen to Beethoven's Victory Symphony or travel back in time to hear and see the Apollo II moon landing. Kids can research school papers using a comprehensive, pre-installed encyclopedia while parents can create eye-catching reports and presentations from their home office. Navigator, a step-by-step, graphics-based instructional program, makes using all the software easy.
 Packard Bell also offers a nifty add-in TV/video card that lets you watch, capture, store and print images from your TV, VCR, laserdisc player or camcorder via your computer. Packard Bell's multimedia computers retail for between $1,700 and $2,300.
 If you're looking for fun new software to go with your computer, Paramount Interactive will be offering some great new titles for children and adults alike.
 Remember Richard Scarry's books from when you were a kid? Now your children can enjoy the lovable characters from Scarry's books in a new Paramount Interactive title called "Busytown" which retails for $59.95. This enchantingly animated software title features 12 interactive playgrounds where kids learn through participation. In one playground, for instance, they can build a house from the ground up; in another, understand how the wind works by blowing a sailboat out to sea.
 Two other Paramount Interactive titles are perfect for the music lover on your list. "Lenny's MusicToons" will bring out the little Mozart in any kid by letting him or her create their own compositions using their computer. The software retails for $59.95. Another one of our favorites is "Mega Rock, Rap 'N' Roll," a software title that turns your computer into a digital music machine. Even adults will have a blast creating their own songs from the selection of rock, big band, jazz and blues beats and melodies. "Mega Rock, Rap 'N' Roll" will be available for $79.95.
 "MovieSelect," an interactive information database of more than 44,000 films now on video, should be on every movie buffs wish list. "MovieSelect's" artificial intelligence interface analyzes and suggests which movie to rent based on your input. You can even key in your favorite actor and "MovieSelect" will list all the available rentals in which the star appears. The interactive current movie guide is available for $59.95.
 If you're searching for educational family entertainment, Sanctuary Woods has some wonderful new CD-ROM titles for PC and Mac users.
 For the budding reader, Sanctuary Woods offers its "i-tales" collection of interactive children's storybooks, including Shelley Duvall's "It's a Bird's Life," in which a group of zany, lovable parrots embark on an odyssey from Los Angeles to the Amazon Rain Forest, and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic tale, "The Selfish Giant."
 On the other hand, Sanctuary Woods' "i-ventures" series of interactive journey which feature comic-book style artwork, will make great gifts for the youthful adventurer on your list. The player guides time-traveling super heroes Victor Vector and his digital dog Yondo through a number of serial adventures to recover valuable artifacts including "The Vampire's Coffin" and "The Last Dinosaur Egg." All "i-tales" and "i-ventures" titles retail separately for $39.95.
 Panasonic is offering one of the hottest new multimedia systems this fall, the REAL 3DO(TM) Interactive Multiplayer(TM). This powerful CD- based multimedia system hooks into your television set and plays a multitude of truly interactive, three dimensional software -- from sports simulation titles featuring animation and full motion video to colorful interactive educational and reference programs, interactive movies and unbelievably realistic games. The 3DO Interactive Multiplayer offers 50 times the graphics and animation performance of conventional video games and PCs, plus it plays music CDs, photo CDs and eventually video CDs, enhancing the product's value for the consumer.
 A great combat racing game, "Crash and Burn," from Crystal Dynamics is packaged with the 3DO system. This innovative title really shows off the features of the 3DO system by using digitized full motion video of drivers who race on 30 different tracks with life-like details including steam, moving clouds and setting suns. The three-dimensional banked and corkscrew curves, jumps and obstacles will make you feel like you've jumped into your TV set and onto the track.
 Panasonic's REAL 3DO Interactive Multiplayer has a suggested retail price of $699.95, which includes "Crash and Burn" and a CD sampler of other titles.
 Video games software giant, Electronic Arts will have some excellent new titles for the 3DO system this fall, including Twisted(TM), the funniest, zaniest and most twisted game show ever to play on your TV and John Madden Football. EA has used the superior performance capabilities of 3DO to let you call plays from the same playbooks the pros use and control the action in this state-of-the-art football simulation.
 Other leading-edge software companies have taken advantage of 3DO's revolutionary technology and will be introducing titles with unprecedented game play. Among them are: Crystal Dynamics, "Total Eclipse"; Humongous Entertainment, "Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise"; Intelliplay Baseball; MCA, "Jurassic Park(TM) Interactive"; Sanctuary Woods, Shelley Duvall's "It's A Bird's Life(TM)"; Psygnosis Ltd., "Lemmings"; Interplay Productions, "BattleChess"; American Laser Games, "Mad Dog McCree"; The Software Toolworks(TM) Presents, "Oceans Below(TM)" and "The San Diego Zoo(TM) Presents...The Animals!" Software prices will range from $40 to $60.
 Product photos and "loaner" units are available upon request by calling The Bohle Co. at 310-785-0515.
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