Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 Launches

June 21, 2005

Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 Launches


Brand New Game Advisor uses Futuremark Technology to offer enhanced features – Users can now post reviews and check out comments from gamers



Looking for exciting Windows titles that are a perfect match for you and your computer? Futuremark is proud to announce that the Microsoft Windows Game Advisor 3.0 is now available at http://www.windowsgaming.com. Taking the guesswork out of choosing new Windows computer games, the Game Advisor is a powerful Web-based tool that sorts through a variety of genres and age-group choices to present the best matches for gamers of all levels, and with one click, determines if a game will run on the user's computer.
The Windows Game Advisor 3.0 offers several new features designed to make choosing a game simple and fun. By popular demand, the Game Advisor now lets users review and rate their favorite games and search reviews and comments from fellow gamers, creating a valuable community of reliable gaming knowledge. For additional suggestions, the Game Advisor now recommends game titles based on your search history.
Users can search by 10 different genres, five different age ranges, ESRB* ratings and more than 300 titles from 57 game publishers to find games. With so many titles, there's definitely something for everyone – users have viewed millions of games since launch. Users can even create personal accounts to keep track of their favorite games and receive updates on new game content.
Powered by Futuremark technology, the Game Advisor works by scanning the user's PC hardware configuration and estimating performance capabilities based on Futuremark's PC performance database, which includes more than 12 million records of 3DMark® and PCMark® benchmark results. The results are compared to the gaming performance requirements of more than 300 game titles. Futuremark's technology takes the hassle out of determining system requirements, making it easy to find great games for Windows.
"Being the leading provider of performance analysis tools and services, we are delighted to see the continued and ever increasing success of the Windows Game Advisor. As today's launch of Version 3.0 shows, our technology is able to accommodate greatly increased features and functionality," said Tero Sarkkinen, executive vice president of Futuremark.
The Game Advisor makes it simple to find a game to play and check it out in depth or buy a gift for others. It'll test whether the game will run on your Windows PC and give you recommendations to get your PC "game ready" if needed. You can even see how your computer rates against all other Game Advisor users' PCs, or how your computer stacks up to several new computers from OEM partners, including Dell, HP and Alienware.
"For the millions of people who already play games on their Windows PCs and the millions that are just joining the ranks, the Game Advisor is just the tool to ensure a great gaming experience," said Lisa Sikora, group product manager of Microsoft's Windows Gaming. "The Game Advisor has been an amazingly popular feature on our Windowsgaming.com website and thanks to Futuremark, we look forward to offering enhanced features, such as the opportunity for users to post reviews and read other player's comments."

In order to use this unique service, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/games/gameadvisor/default.asp

Note to Editors
To download high-resolution screenshots of the Windows Game Advisor, go to http://www.futuremark.com/pressroom/pictures/?gameadvisor3 or contact us via email marketing@futuremark.com?subject=Request_GameAdvisor_Screenshots

About Games for Windows
Games for Windows are built to harness the powerful technology of Windows to provide gamers with the most innovative games possible. Games for Windows utilize the performance and stability of Windows to bring seriously fun gaming to everyone. Reliability, compatibility and the freedom of customization empower gamers to create their own gaming destiny. More information is available at http://www.windowsgaming.com.

About Futuremark® Corporation
Futuremark® Corporation is the leading provider of performance analysis software and services for PCs and smartphones. Futuremark® is known around the world for its benchmark products, including the 3DMark® and PCMark® Series and SPMark™ (with more than 30 million copies distributed worldwide) and value-added services powered by a database of over 12 million real life benchmarking results. Futuremark® maintains offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit http://www.futuremark.com.

© 2005 Futuremark® Corporation. 3DMark®, PCMark® and SPMark™ trademarks and logos, Futuremark® character names and distinctive likenesses, are the exclusive property of Futuremark Corporation. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

*ESRB, the Entertainment Software Rating Board, is a system that helps parents and other consumers choose the games that are right for their families. ESRB ratings have two parts: rating symbols that suggest what age group the game is best for, and content descriptors that indicate elements in a game that may have triggered a particular rating and/or may be of interest or concern.

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Futuremark Corporation
Phone: +1-408-517-0131
Mr. Tero Sarkkinen
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Email: tero@futuremark.com
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