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GameTap
The logo for GameTap.
Operator Turner Broadcasting
Active 20052009
Total Games unknown (161 present)

GameTap is a subscription-based video game service by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) available for Windows, Mac OS X (Intel only), and web browsers; the Mac version does not have access to the Windows games, and the web-based version currently only supports a small number of arcade games. Dubbed by TBS as a "broadband gaming network", the service provides subscribers with the ability to play hundreds of games and view game-related video content for a flat monthly fee of US$9.95.

Service details[edit]

GameTap Welcome Screen

GameTap launched with over 300 games and this number has since grown to over 1000. New games are added weekly.

GameTap also features video programming related to video games, including first-run episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast with historic figures from video gaming as guests.

Subscribers have access to the entire library; there is no per-game fee. Games cannot be purchased, and are automatically deactivated when the user unsubscribes from the service. Games can be installed on any number of computers, but can only be played simultaneously on two computers per user. Users must have a broadband connection, and cannot play GameTap games while disconnected from the Internet.

Most multiplayer games can be played by two users on the same computer. A limited number of games support online multiplayer.

Corporate support[edit]

The initial list of game licensees included Activision, Atari, Intellivision Lives, Midway Games, Namco, Sega, and Taito Corporation. Since its inception, more companies have licensed their software, including: Eidos Interactive, G-Mode, Ubisoft, CodeMasters, Vivendi Universal, Konami, Electronic Arts, Capcom, Take-Two Interactive, Interplay and SNK Playmore.

AOL Instant Messenger is integrated into the GameTap software, allowing users to chat and find multiplayer opponents.

Supported consoles[edit]

Besides Windows and MS-DOS titles, and emulations of original arcade machines, GameTap also emulates classic home computers and consoles including:

Original games[edit]

While GameTap in its original conception contained only older licensed games and ports from legacy consoles, plans for games released primarily on the service have been mentioned. One of the most well-known of these as of November 11, 2006 is the previously-canceled Uru Live service, scheduled to open for a public beta later in November.

Requirements[edit]

  • US or Canadian residence
  • A broadband Internet connection
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Mac OS X
  • Pentium 4 or Athlon 800MHz or better processor
  • 3D video card with 32MiB VRAM and DirectX 8.x or OpenGL 1.1

Pages in category "GameTap"

The following 161 pages are in this category, out of 161 total.