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Barrage

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Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) provides
PC gamers with the opportunity to experience unparalleled arcade-quality
graphics and shoot-em-up action with the upcoming launch of Barrage. One of
the first 3D hardware-only games, Barrage features a real-time, visceral gaming
experience in a variety of immersive 3D environments.

The game brings to computers the high-intensity action experience of arcade
machines. With enhanced features that take optimal advantage of the technical
power of the PC, Barrage includes exquisite 3D graphics, lightning-quick
gameplay and multiplayer modes for up to eight players. Developed by Mango
Grits, the game will be available this fall and will carry a suggested retail price
of $29.99.

"Barrage promises to give PC gamers the instant gratification and adrenaline-
pumping gameplay they expect from an arcade game," said Mitch Lasky, senior
vice president, Studio X, Activision, Inc. "The games superior graphics, hard-
hitting gameplay and multiplayer component will offer a heart-stopping action
experience."

Taking full advantage of the emerging 3D graphics technologies, Barrage is
designed specifically for video cards containing 3Dfx Interactive 3D graphics
technology and is compatible with Direct 3D video cards.

"Barrage is a showpiece for the level of fast-paced realism that can be achieved
on 3Dfx Voodoo Graphics, Voodoo2 and Voodoo Banshee technology," said
Greg Ballard, president of 3Dfx Interactive. "Barrage sets a new standard for the
industry and, with the power of our hardware, takes 3D gaming to a startling
new place."

In a race against the clock, players are thrust into a cockpit of a high-speed hover
fighter aircraft in which they must blast away at military targets to activate the
gateway into the next world. While searching for the portal to the next level,
players fly through stunning, realistic environments, including the Grand
Canyon, underwater, downtown Chicago and a New England prairie. Barrage
also features a robust multiplayer experience for up to eight players.

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