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Press release: 2000-11-28: Infogrames, Inc. Sends Xtreme Sports(TM) for Sega(R) Dreamcast(TM) Gliding Into Stores This Week

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Game Seamlessly Combines Snowboarding, ATV Racing, Mountain Biking, Hang Gliding and Bungee Jumping

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ --

Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFGM) a global publisher of interactive entertainment software, announced today that its alternative sports game, Xtreme Sports, for Sega Dreamcast will begin shipping to stores this week. Xtreme Sports combines competition in six different alternative sports including Snowboarding, ATV Racing, Mountain Biking, Hang Gliding and Bungee Jumping.

"It's a good thing that providing a true adrenaline rush is legal!" said Laddie Ervin, director of marketing for the sports and racing label at Infogrames, Inc. "The feel of the powdery snow under your sliding snowboard, the rumble of lava beneath your ATV's tires and the crackle of gravel and rocks spitting up at you as your mountain bike careens down a mountainside-that is Xtreme Sports."

Xtreme Sports offers players a chance to compete in some of the world's most extreme sporting events all within a single race. The game's engine has the unique ability to seamlessly integrate multiple sports such as snowboarding, ATV racing, mountain biking, hang gliding and bungee jumping. A player might begin a competition on a multi-environment racetrack by snowboarding, then hang gliding and finally end the race with mountain biking. Besides racing for the best time, players can perform tricks, attempt huge jumps, drive across lava or race out of control down steep slopes and cliffs.

With 12 regular tracks and six additional practice tracks, Xtreme Sports offers a variety of exotic locations. Mountain biking in Maui will find players navigating a rope bridge, while bungee jumping in Kilimanjaro will have a player leaping from a balloon and landing on a waiting snowboard. Players can also partake in a hang gliding adventure over the Scottish Highlands, or participate in an ATV excursion over a narrow bridge in Stryn, Norway.

Xtreme Sports features a licensed soundtrack of alternative music from the London record label Ninja Tune Records. Bands on the Xtreme Sports soundtrack include Amon Tobin, Cabbage Boy, Cold Cut, Dynamic Syncopation, Irresistible Force, London Funk Allstars, Mr. Scruff and DJ Food.

The game's four unique characters include Nina, an 18-year-old from Sweden, Raga, a 22-year-old Jamaican, Noel, a 21-year-old from Great Britain and Cath, a 19-year-old American. Each character has two different outfits available, a summer outfit and a winter outfit. The clothing in Xtreme Sports is provided by the European sports brand 55DSL.

Developed by Innerloop Studios AS in Norway, Xtreme Sports allows for single player and two-player simultaneous head-to-head competition. Xtreme Sports will be available at most major retail outlets for an estimated retail price of $29.99.

Innerloop Studios AS is a global leader of advanced 3D rendering technology and Norway's leading developer of videogames. Previously it has released the award-winning flight-simulator JSF -- Joint Strike Fighter(TM). For more information, visit Innerloop's Web site at www.innerloop.com.

Based in New York, NY, Infogrames, Inc. is a majority-owned subsidiary of Infogrames Entertainment SA (Euronext 5257) and serves as the headquarters for the company's operations in North America.

Infogrames Entertainment SA is a worldwide leader in the interactive entertainment software industry. Headquartered in France, the company publishes and distributes award-winning computer and video games for the PlayStation(R) game console, PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system, Microsoft(R) Xbox, Nintendo(R) 64, Nintendo(R) Game Boy(R) Color, Sega(R) Dreamcast(TM), Macintosh(R), and personal computer platforms, as well as interactive digital television platforms, mobile smart devices (WAP, HDML) and in-flight entertainment systems. Founded in 1983 by chairman and CEO Bruno Bonnell, Infogrames has published many award-winning franchises in its 17-year history, such as Alone In The Dark(TM), Test Drive(R), Driver(TM), Deer Hunter(R), Oddworld(TM), Unreal(TM), and V-Rally(TM). The company is also known for its best-selling and award-winning line of children's entertainment software from Humongous Entertainment(R) starring Putt-Putt(R), Freddi Fish(TM), Pajama Sam(R) and SPY Fox(TM), as well as its successful Macintosh publishing label, Macsoft, the number one publisher of Macintosh entertainment software. In addition, Infogrames has a number of key strategic licenses including Warner Bros. Looney Tunes(TM), Nickelodeon's Blue's Clues(TM), AM General Hummer(R), and Harley-Davidson(R). Infogrames distributes its games in approximately 60 different countries worldwide. For more information, visit Infogrames' US Web site at www.us.infogrames.com.

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