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IBM To Release 'IBM and the Future of Online Games' Podcast


Armonk, NY - 21 Dec 2005: IBM announced today that the seventh podcast in the series, "IBM and the Future of . . ." will begin today on its investor Web site. The podcast is called "IBM and the Future of Online Games."

"IBM and the Future of Online Games" discusses the economic and social significance of the growth in "massively multiplayer" online gaming communities, where hundreds of thousands of people interact, at the same time, in immersive, virtual environments. Increasingly, these communities are not just interacting with each other for entertainment, but to form social bonds, buy and sell virtual artifacts and property, educate and learn from each other and perform many of the other interactions that happen in the real world. The technologies that allow this interaction to happen could represent the future of the Internet.

The podcast is hosted by Nick Jacobs and features a discussion between Quentin Staes-Polet, head of IBM's online game practice in Asia Pacific, and Joey Alarilla, president of the Asian Gaming Journalists Association and editor of www.hackenslash.net, a game portal.

The podcast will be available on IBM's investor Web site, at http://www.ibm.com/investor/viewpoint/podcast/21-12-05-1.phtml.

While the current information on its investor Web site is largely historical, IBM's podcast series discusses both general technology trends and IBM innovations in a variety of emerging business and technology areas.

Future topics will include "IBM and the Future of . . ." crime, sports, work and privacy.

Other podcasts in the series can be downloaded at http://www.ibm.com/investor/viewpoint/podcast.phtml.

Contact(s) information

Jeanne Orfinik
IBM Media Relations
(914) 642-5410
orfinik@us.ibm.com

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