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It's Game On For SciFi Channel
'Battlestar Galactica,' 'Warehouse 13' among those featured
By ALAN STANLEY BLAIR
May-26-2009



The soon-to-be Syfy channel is preparing to move its vastly growing media empire further into the world of online gaming, starting with some games based on some of the cable channel's favorite shows.

So far, the SciFi Channel Game Center already includes a series of "coffee break" style games such as "Frakjack" and "Star Gem," which are based on "Battlestar Galactica" and "Stargate SG-1" respectively, not to mention others that tie in with "Eureka" and "Ghost Hunters." Since its inception, the Game Center has been met with a positive reception, and according to senior vice president and general manager of Sci Fi Digital, Craig Engler, the response to these kind of games comes hand-in-hand with the genre itself.

"There is a tremendous overlap between people who enjoy the imagination-based entertainment on Sci Fi and people who play games," Engler said.

Leading this renewed charge into the digital world is "Battlestar Galactica: Cylon Combat Simulator" which will allow fans of the popular series to enter a Colonial Viper and fry some frakkin' toasters by shooting down Raiders and Baseships. Accompanying the simulator will be "Warehouse 13: Clean Up America's Attic" based on the upcoming series "Warehouse 13" that is expected to launch during the summer.

Both titles will be among 15 new adventures that will be introduced throughout the summer season and not only will provide a unique experience for fans of each franchise but will also benefit the advertisers. And, in turn, should help the network develop further programming.

"Expanding the Game Center is a natural fit not only for our audience but for our advertisers," Engler said. "By offering more casual MMOGs to our lineup, we're giving our visitors an experience that's much richer than a typical online game, but in a way that's still easily accessible from a simple browser window."
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