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"What's in a Game?"

The Escapist and Warren Spector Look at the Elements of Game Design
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Durham, North Carolina - March 21, 2006 - The Escapist and industry leader Warren Spector team up in the first of a four-part series on his thoughts of the potential and current states of the gaming industry.

Spector's article picks up where his lecture on the same topic left off in November of 2005 at the Montreal International Game Summit, taking into account new advances in technology and outside influences on the game market, and what that could spell for our industry in the future.

Also in this week's issue of The Escapist, Gearoid Reidy tells us how most games have all the same basic story in "A Thousand Heroes with Just One Face." Will Hindmarch also shares how dialogue can either make or break the setting and immersion of a game in "Magic Words."

These articles and more await you at The Escapist, "the smartest magazine of its ilk, ever" (HYPERLINK "http://www.indiegamedev.tucows.com/"indiegamedev.tucows.com), a "New York Times Magazine of gaming" ( HYPERLINK "http://www.monkeygames.com" www.monkeygames.com), with "quality of writing... far higher than any print gaming magazine in the U.S." ( HYPERLINK "http://www.dubiousquality.com" www.dubiousquality.com). Check it out today at HYPERLINK "http://www.escapistmagazine.com" www.escapistmagazine.com - Issue 37 is available now!

About The Escapist

The Escapist covers gaming and gamer culture with a progressive editorial style, with articles and columns by the top writers in and outside of the industry. A weekly publication, its magazine-style updates offer content for a mature audience of gamers, entertainment enthusiasts, industry insiders, and other "NetSet" readers. Each issue, The Escapist explores a central theme. Tuesday's main publish address head-on the topics relevant to gamers, while the weekend extra, Casual Friday, explores the lighter side of these heavy issues.

Combining print-quality writing and magazine-style aesthetics with the accessibility of the web, The Escapist is available online, via PDF, on WAP, and through RSS for broad syndication. For more information and a free subscription, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.escapistmagazine.com" o "http://www.escapistmagazine.comThe Escapist" www.escapistmagazine.com. Mobile browsers should visit HYPERLINK "wap.escapistmag.com" wap.escapistmag.com. The Escapist Lounge, the blog for the magazine, is available at HYPERLINK "blog.escapistmagazine.com" blog.escapistmagazine.com.

About Themis Group Inc

Themis Group, Inc., is an interactive media publishing and services company catering to the worldwide community of technology, games, and entertainment enthusiasts. Themis Group segments its operations into two divisions, publishing and services, which work cooperatively to connect with the powerful young consumers that make up today's savvy global NetSet.

Themis Group, Inc.'s publishing division operates a network of websites, blogs, and digital magazines offering entertainment, news, and community for the NetSet. With over one million unique website visitors each month, Themis Group has broad reach into the digital audience.

The Escapist and The Escapist logo are trademarks of Themis Group, Inc.

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