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December 15, 2008 15:48 ET

The Hottest Gaming Console You Already Own

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2008) - Video game consoles might be a hot ticket this holiday, but the number one gaming platform is still the Windows-based PC. While video game consoles are viewed as a luxury item, Canadians see computers as a vital tool for the home - so much so that today there are approximately 1.6 computers per Canadian household.

Windows Vista PCs offer the best gaming experience. This holiday, PC gamers have a great selection of games for everyone on your list. For family-friendly gaming, check out the Microsoft Games Studios' award-winning Zoo Tycoon II: Ultimate Collection and build your dream zoo with over 100 animals including endangered or extinct species. Other titles available for Windows PC include Disney's rhythm-based game High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance! and the action-packed ATV racer Pure.

For more hardcore gamers, there is the highly anticipated action role-playing game Fallout 3, the video game adaptation of the recent James Bond film James Bond: Quantum of Solace, and the hyper-realistic Flight Simulator X Gold Edition, which puts you in the cockpit of all your favourite aircraft. Also new this holiday is the sandbox-style action-adventure video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

For the gamer on your list here are some of the features already included in Windows Vista PCs:

Family Safety and Parental Controls

Windows Vista allows parents to set appropriate boundaries around what the gaming experience will be for their children. With Windows Vista Parental Controls, parents are in charge and can create personal settings for each child, restricting their access to games.

Easy Access To All Your Games

Windows Vista Games Explorer is a central launching pad for all games currently installed on your PC. Games Explorer showcases your game by cover art - just like a music library - and includes detailed information including the publisher, developer and when you last played. You can also right click on your games to easily launch a menu of play tasks and online options.

Online Integration

Microsoft recently launched a new in-game user interface for the Games for Windows LIVE experience. Now more integrated into the games, Games for Windows Live is faster, linking you to your games and your online communities quickly and easily. To learn more about Games for Windows LIVE, visit

Next-Generation Gaming Graphics

Windows Vista offers an improved graphics driver for more stable gameplay and includes next-generation graphics technology called DirectX(R) 10. With DirectX(R) 10 game creators can create more detailed and complex worlds, and apply cool effects like dynamic lighting and weather. With more user- and family-friendly features and a huge catalogue of games, Windows Vista makes gaming on the PC easier and more fun for everyone. To learn more, check out

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