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Wes Harris
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Trudy Muller
Electronic Arts


September 11, 2003 -- San Jose, CA -- GLOBAL VR announced today that one of the best-selling driving franchises is coming to coin-op in September. Need For Speed™, an EA GAMES™ brand product originally published for PC by Electronic Arts, puts players in top high-performance cars such as the 450-horsepower Dodge Viper GTS, the nimble Lotus Elise, the BMW Z8 and the fastest production Corvette ever made, the Z06. With a mix of high-end American muscle and top European exotics, Need For Speed has cars that will appeal to all players.

Players will appreciate the amazing graphics of Need For Speed, with remarkable car detail and state-of-the art special effects. Need For Speed features a player-selectable difficulty system that provides easier handling for beginning players and more challenging realistic driving physics for experienced drivers. The driving experience is further heightened with 6-speaker surround sound and force feedback steering. Need For Speed is linkable, allowing blistering head-to-head competition for up to 4 players.

"Company President Milind Bharvirkar commented on this release, "Operators have been asking for a driving cabinet that's available as a single unit and is accessible to the casual player." With Need For Speed, GLOBAL VR delivers this with the same creativity and dedication that brought our other products to the top of the earnings charts."

Need For Speed will be the first coin-op driving game that is supported with regular updates and a national tournament system launching early next year. (Tournaments are not sponsored or administered by Electronic Arts.) Players can look forward to updates that will include new exotic cars from manufacturers like Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martin, plus new tracks and play features.

Operators should contact their GLOBAL VR distributor for more information about this hot new product. AMOA attendees can also take Need For Speed for a test drive at booth #2217.


Founded in 1998 and headquartered in San Jose, California, GLOBAL VR is the world's leading manufacturer of coin-operated video games based on home gaming technology. With an exploding home gaming market, GLOBAL VR is leveraging massive investment in development of home games and triggering a renaissance in the out-of-home video game industry. GLOBAL VR has development agreements with the world's leading game publishers Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS), Activision (NASDAQ:ATVI) and Atari (NASDAQ :ATAR) that provide exclusive rights to create coin-op versions of popular home games such as EA SPORTS™ PGA TOURŪ GOLF, NEED FOR SPEED™, Beach Head and Operation Blockade.


Electronic Arts (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is the world's leading interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, Electronic Arts posted revenues of $2.5 billion for fiscal 2003. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under three brand names: EA SPORTS™, EA GAMES™, and EA SPORTS BIGT. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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