PlayStation®2 Sponsors 2nd Annual ThunderDorm(SM) Campus Technology Tour

PlayStation 2 Online Gameplay Comes to College Campuses Nationwide

PRNewswire
FOSTER CITY, Calif.
Sep 12, 2002

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. announced today that its PlayStation®2 brand is a sponsor of the 2nd annual ThunderDorm(SM) Campus Technology Tour. Hosted by 360 Youth, the media and marketing arm of Alloy, Inc., and the Consumer Electronics Association, the nationwide tour will run for eight weeks focusing on demonstrating the latest in consumer technology for the college lifestyle, and will feature on-campus entertainment, sponsor tents and interactive product demonstrations.

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As a presenting sponsor, PlayStation 2 will have eight gaming kiosks available within its sponsor tent. Players can experience the recently released Network Adaptor (Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation®2), the foray into online console gaming, competing with other gamers throughout the country. The PlayStation 2 games on display include:

  -- SOCOM:  U.S. Navy SEALs -- places you in the role of an elite SEAL
     commander whose team is asked to fight terrorists in 12 distinct
     operations within four diverse, real world environments.  As the team
     commander, players must instruct their team on a mission, either
     through voice recognition technology (with USB headset), or via
     on-screen text options.  In multi-player mode, up to 16 players will be
     able to play and communicate online in a competitive environment using
     broadband access.
  -- NFL GameDay™ 2003 -- For the first time ever in a football videogame
     you will be able to challenge fellow armchair quarterbacks across the
     country for gridiron superiority. Weekly roster and player attribute
     updates will keep you from having that potential Super Bowl MVP on the
     bench.  Live user stats, leader boards, 4-on-4 gameplay and complete
     in-game chat functionality with selectable presets and full USB
     keyboard support deliver the ultimate online football gaming
     experience.
  -- Twisted Metal:Black™ ONLINE -- The most insane car combat franchise
     takes it one step further by moving the action online creating a new
     world of infinite possibilities.  The action heats up with a more
     dynamic environment that's dependent on the interaction of multiple
     live players. With up to eight players utilizing a broadband
     connection, or two players using an analog connection, gamers will
     enjoy four gameplay modes within 20 levels from the Twisted Metal Black
     universe.

The ThunderDorm Campus Technology Tour kicked off today at the University of Connecticut. The tour will reach 23 campuses and total 33 days of events at the following locations:

      UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT      Storrs           CT    9/12
      COLLEGE FEST                   Boston           MA    9/14, 9/15
      RUTGERS UNIVERSITY             Rutgers          NJ    9/16, 9/17
      PENN STATE UNIVERSITY          University Park  PA    9/19, 9/20
      KENT STATE UNIVERSITY          Kent             OH    9/23
      THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY      Columbus         OH    9/25
      GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY        Fairfax          VA    9/27
      N. CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY   Raleigh          NC    9/30
      CLEMSON UNIVERSITY             Clemson          SC    10/2
      GEORGIA TECH                   Atlanta          GA    10/4
      UNIVERSITY, CENTRAL FLORIDA    Orlando          FL    10/7
      FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY       Tallahassee      FL    10/9
      GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY    Statesboro       GA    10/11
      TULANE UNIVERSITY              New Orleans      LA    10/14, 0/15
      OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY      Stillwater       OK    10/18
      TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY          Lubbock          TX    10/21
      ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY       Tempe            AZ    10/24, 10/25
      UNIVERSITY OF SO. CALIFORNIA   Los Angeles      CA    10/28
      UC SAN FRANCISCO               San Francisco    CA    10/30
      CALIFORNIAL STATE PAMONA       Pomona           CA    11/1
      CALIFORNIA STATE LONG BEACH    Long Beach       CA    11/4, 11/5
      UC SAN DIEGO                   San Diego        CA    11/7, 11/8
      SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY      San Jose         CA    11/11, 11/12
      UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA RENO      Reno             NV    11/14, 11/15

  For additional information on the tour, please visit http://www.thunderdorm.com/.

  About Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. continues to redefine the entertainment lifestyle with its PlayStation® and PS one™ game console, and the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system is set to revolutionize the home entertainment market, offering the most compelling interactive content and the capability to be used as a network terminal in the coming broadband era.

Recognized as the undisputed industry leader, Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. markets the PlayStation family of products and develops, publishes, markets and distributes software for the PS one game console and the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system for the North American market. Based in Foster City, Calif. Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. serves as headquarters for all North American operations and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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SOURCE: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.

CONTACT: Monica Wik, +1-650-655-5394, or
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teresa_weaver@playstation.sony.com, both of Sony Computer Entertainment
America Inc.

Web site: http://www.thunderdorm.com/

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