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Futuremark Tool Determines Best Games For PCs

Want to find out of a game will play on your PC and if its appropriate for your family or friends? Then check out Futuremarks Windows XP Game Advisor that has been launched by Microsoft on the Windows XP Website.

In addition to allowing consumers to filter games by genre and age group, the Windows XP Game Advisor provides unbiased performance comparisons to help consumers to determine which games will perform best on their computers, before they go to the store and will even print or e-mail a shopping list of just the right games. The site also will filter games according to Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) age categories so that only appropriate games are recommended for users within specific age groups.

"Windows XP is the best platform for PC gaming today, and these tools make it even easier for millions of gamers of all types to find, enjoy and extend their gaming experience," said Dean Lester, gm of the Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies Division at Microsoft Corp.

While the users enjoy a smooth and engaging online experience, the service scans the user's PC hardware configuration and then forms a performance estimate based on Futuremark's PC performance database comprising of more than 10 million records of 3DMark and PCMark benchmark results. This estimation is then compared to the gaming performance requirements of 100-plus game titles, including blockbusters from publishers such as Atari, EA, Square Enix and others. The service also has a component-level review feature, which lets users drill deeper into the technical detail of their PCs.

"We're happy to create this great tool that guides customers to find the best games, which they can play on their PC. This results in happier customers and fewer costly product returns for game publishers," said Tero Sarkkinen, evp of sales and marketing at Futuremark.

In order to use this unique service, please visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/games/gameadvisor/default.asp

Futuremark Corp. is a leading provider of computer performance analysis software and services. Futuremark is known around the world for its benchmark productsand value-added services powered by a database boasting real life benchmarking results. Futuremark has offices in Saratoga, California and Helsinki, Finland. For more information, please visit www.futuremark.com.

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