updated 02:25 pm EST, Wed December 12, 2007
New GameTap player debuts
GameTap today announced a new game player that expands the GameTap experience for broadband-enabled Macs and PCs, launching games more quickly while making it easier to search for as well as discover games. The faster GameTap player includes updated community features like the Buddy Hub, which makes it easier to find as well as talk to and play games with friends online. Gold level subscription plans are available from $5/month, with new subscribers receiving the first month for $0.99. The player requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.
"PC and Mac users alike can now enjoy an expanded GameTap experience with the launch of this new player," said Stuart Snyder, Turner's executive vice president and chief operating officer of Animation of Young Adults & Kids Media.
The release provides Mac users access to SEGA Saturn and Dreamcast games, including each console's biggest hits like Crazy Taxi for the Dreamcast and Saturn's Panzer Dragoon. With TransGaming's Cider technology, GameTap's free and Gold level membership features run on Intel-based Macs.
"The Mac is enjoying faster growth than any other computing system and the launch of the new GameTap player enriches the Mac experience even further for that large audience," said Vikas Gupta, CEO and president of TransGaming. "TransGaming and GameTap are committed to bringing the greatest games to the Mac, which has already included Myst Online: Uru Live, and we are pleased to continue this partnership that enhances the Mac gaming landscape."
In addition to faster updates, a cleaner interface and improved game search, the new GameTap player does not require registration and features a GameTap.com navigation bar in the player for fans to get better access to favorite sections of the website -- including Read and GameTap TV.