[April fools] IGN Entertainment acquires MSX Resource Center [press release]

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By snout

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28-03-2005, 22:40

April fools joke below:

This post is here as a part of an April Fools joke! Please read about it here


Acquisition Enhances IGN’s Leadership Position in the Digital Distribution of Game Content

BRISBANE, Calif. – April 1, 2005 -- IGN Entertainment, a leading Internet media company serving the games and entertainment enthusiast markets, today announced that it has acquired MSX RESOURCE CENTER (www.msx.org/), an online pioneer in the delivery of MSX and retrogaming news, forums and file downloads. The acquisition increases the reach of IGN’s audience of game enthusiasts, and when added to IGN’s existing portfolio of successful free, subscription and pay-per-download services, further strengthens the web’s leading game file distribution network.

"MSX Resource Center is a rapidly growing, well-respected pioneer in the retrogaming world and has garnered an enthusiastic, loyal and often well-educated audience," said Mark Jung, CEO of IGN Entertainment. "We expect recent and future developments in Japan and Europe will boost the popularity of this platform, making it an interesting addition to our portfolio. Having FilePlanet, Direct2Drive, Classicgaming and MSX Resource Center in our portfolio solidifies our ability to offer game publishers an incredible opportunity to reach the largest and most active audience of game file downloaders."

"Providing everything there is to know about the MSX computer system and offering our visitors an all-in-one community experience with our many interactive features has been and continues to be one of MSX Resource Center's fundamental principles," said Sander van Nunen, Chairman of the MSX Resource Center Foundation. "In joining forces with IGN, GameSpy and FilePlanet, we will be expanding our reach and providing our users with even better content, information and distribution services, focusing more on retrogaming in general."

About MSX Resource Center
The Dutch foundation MSX Resource Center hosts a website (www.msx.org) completely dedicated to the 8bit home computer system MSX. Millions of MSX computers were sold during the 1980s and early 1990s, mainly in Europe and Japan. The website not only brings the latest news on the activities of the still highly active MSX community, but also offers an active discussion platform and a freeware downloads section in order to support the activities of the MSX community and to bring the MSX computer system under the attention of an ever growing audience.

About IGN Entertainment
IGN Entertainment operates many of the Internet’s leading destinations for video gaming, entertainment and community targeted at teens and 18-34 year-old males. The company’s properties include IGN.com, GameSpy.com, Rotten Tomatoes, FilePlanet.com, Direct2Drive, GameSpyArcade.com, GameSpyArena.com, TeamXbox.com, more than 70 community sites and a vast array of online forums. Collectively, these properties reached 27.7 million users worldwide* in the month of November 2004, according to Internet audience measurement firm, comScore Media Metrix. IGN Entertainment is also a leading provider of technology for online game play in video games. The company’s paid content, download and game play services are among the most popular game-related subscriptions available on the Internet. The privately held company has its headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area, with offices throughout the U.S.

*Worldwide data cited herein represent an aggregate of 32 countries reported by comScore Media Metrix on a monthly basis.

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IGN Entertainment, Direct2Drive, IGN.com, GameSpy, Rotten Tomatoes, FilePlanet, GameSpy Arcade, GameSpy Arena and TeamXbox are trademarks of IGN Entertainment. Other trademarks and copyrights mentioned are the properties of their respective holders.

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By BiFi

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29-03-2005, 07:37

The first april fools joke is early this year Smile

By Vampier

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29-03-2005, 08:04

BiFi this is serious news, do no say stuff like this Wink

By tfh

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29-03-2005, 08:36

/me is already awaiting the CNN reports about this "take-over" Wink

By yakumo

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29-03-2005, 09:07

Mmm. This news is from 1 April 2005. I am writing this message at 29 March. Anyone can explain this to me?

By AuroraMSX

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29-03-2005, 11:31

"MSX.org - always ahead of time" Wink

By pitpan

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29-03-2005, 12:57

I do expect this to be a joke, a bad fools' day joke. The only point is that if this is the case, MRC should be more cautious: fools' day date is not in the same position for every single country. In most of Spain, for example, it is not 1st April but 28th December. A joke of this type does not help to inform the MSX community, does it?

And if it is not a joke, then congratulations to MRC. One more, you have demonstrated that you are the best merchants of the MSX community. Would this help to clarify your intentions?

By tfh

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29-03-2005, 13:32

OMG.. Pitpan... You are really looking for things to complain about?
Even people in Spain should now about April Fools, just as they should know about Thanksgiving day, or any other day of which anyone with some degree of comon knowledge knows.
If they don't, they shouldn't be visiting international websites, and should stick to Spanish only.
You don't have to "celebrate" it to at least know about it.

I guess you want a worldwide bann on international April Fools joke?
Or should the complete world addept, and celebrate it on December 28th?

By pitpan

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29-03-2005, 13:51


Lets ban everything!

Do you think very often? Don't think so!

By tfh

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29-03-2005, 14:14

Hey Pitpan...

C'mon.. The fun with april fool jokes is the fact that some people fall for it. If noone would fall for them it wouldn't be any fun, would it?
For the rest, lighten up and accept there are also some traditions outside the Spanish borders Smile

Hmmm, too bad I can't edit my poor English in the previous message anymore :'(
I should learn to read my messages before posting them Smile

By pitpan

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29-03-2005, 17:29

It's ok for me, tfh. Indeed, in Menorca (the island where I come from) we also celebrate the fools' day on April the first, because the island was under british dominion twice in the XVIII and early XIX century. So we are quite international ;-) and I am currently living in England, therefore I know something about fools' day. But this might not be the case for many other people.

This is an international site, so that the webmasters should be aware of this and avoid "local" tendencies. I do not agree that "international" means U.S. culture, as you asume. I would suggest you to ask a big sample of spanish people if they know when Thanks giving is. Result: 0%

I didn't pretend to be rude, but I have been so. Please accept my apologies.

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