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BELL CANADA DELIVERS GAMES ON DEMAND
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com | Source Canada Newswire

[ December 7th 2001 ]

Starting today, gamers can boot up, log on and plug in to one of the most comprehensive PC game Internet portals in North America. GamesMania.com, a new convergence offering from Bell Canada, is a bilingual subscription-based service that meets the needs of PC game fans everywhere.

"Today, we are building on a growing trend at Bell - the blending of information and entertainment services - and one that represents a new organizational spirit," says Karen Sheriff, Chief Marketing Officer, Bell Canada. "GamesMania.com brings significant value to the growing PC games on demand market. We believe GamesMania.com offers one of the widest selections of PC games on demand and one of the strongest subscription packages available today. It's another example of Bell's efforts to meet the unique content needs of customers through existing communications tools. We're proud to be a part of Canadian and video game history by introducing this service to consumers."

GamesMania.com offers an ever-expanding library of top ranking games from all genres, including simulation, strategy and action adventure. Game articles, reviews, previews and 'cheats' further enhance the GamesMania.com experience. Currently, dozens of games are available on the portal and many more titles will be added on an ongoing basis.

GamesMania.com brings together some of the top PC game publishers, offering some of the most popular titles available today, such as Icewind Dale, Silent Hunter II, Tomb Raider IV, Deus Ex, and Virtual Pool III.

Several packages are available that make it possible for consumers to play a variety of brand name PC games for a fraction of the cost of a console video game or PC CD ROM game. Games can also be purchased through GamesMania.com and consumers have the option of renting these games on a 'pay- as-you-play' basis, which allows them to try the game before deciding if they want to buy it. In addition there are several purchase methods available to consumers including payment on their credit card, Bell bill, or by purchasing a GamesMedia.com pre-paid card from various retail outlets.

Subscription customers have two payment options. The GOLD package for $19.95 per month entitles consumers to five games of their choice with unlimited play. The SILVER package for $14.95 per month entitles consumers to three games of their choice with unlimited play. Customers also have the option to rent games on a pay-as-you-play basis. For example they can rent games for three, seven or 30 days and play them on-line during the rental period. Rentals are payable by credit card only. Rates vary by title.

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