Fun and Games at National Show

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The National Cable & Telecommunications Association is adding a broadband-video-game exhibit to its 2006 National Show, which will be held April 9-11 at the Georgia World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta.

The trade group also said it will host “a full slate of sessions devoted to the technology and business issues surrounding broadband video gaming.”

The “Cable Game Arena” -- being produced by the NCTA in partnership with Turner Broadcasting System Inc. and its GameTap broadband-entertainment network -- will offer vendors an opportunity to showcase their broadband-video-game products and services in an arcade-like environment, as well as providing a hands-on opportunity for convention attendees to experience new features available through broadband video gaming.

The NCTA added that Wired magazine has signed on as the Cable Game Arena's official media sponsor.

“Because cable offers the fastest speeds with the best customer experience in America, our high-speed-Internet platform is ideal for broadband video gaming, which is why these applications present such a growth opportunity for our industry," NCTA CEO Kyle McSlarrow said in a prepared statement.

"The educational sessions will explore the full spectrum of broadband gaming, and we expect that the Cable Game Arena will be a highlight of the exhibit show floor,” he added.

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