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Verizon opens new video game portal

Verizon has unveiled Verizon Game Services, a video game portal that it hopes will appeal to a wide range of users. The company said that the new site, which it will promote to its broadband customers across the United States, offers a suite of game services aimed at different demographics, CNET News reported.

The Verizon Game Network (VGN), which is powered by CNET’s GameSpot, provides PC gamers with what the company called a “game-console-like experience.” VGN, which costs $7.95 a month, enables users to track statistics on each game they play, as well as chat with others online, both in and out of games.

Verizon’s Games on Demand: Unlimited package, which costs $14.95 a month, allows players access to more than 200 streaming PC games, including titles like “Disciples II” and many classic games. The service is modeled on DVD rental services like Netflix, Verizon said.

The last piece of Verizon Game Services is Verizon’s Games on Demand: Family Place, which offers casual and card games aimed at families. The service, which costs $7.95 a month, includes games like “Diner Dash” and “Hoyle Blackjack 2005.”

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