HOUSTON– August 5, 2009– According to a recent study released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 68 percent of American households play computer or video games, making gaming one of the most popular entertainment forms in the United States. Catering to an exclusive segment of online gamers, StripesGAMER.com ( http://www.StripesGAMER.com), a recently launched community designed specifically for players in the U.S. armed forces, announces the addition of renowned video game expert, Scott Steinberg, as its newest ongoing guest columnist.
A free online space, StripesGAMER.com serves as a unique, all-inclusive community where men and women in the U.S. military can communicate on forums and message boards, form teams, compete in gaming tournaments, as well as obtain the latest game industry news and commentary from experts such as Steinberg. The publisher of leading tech product reviews site DigitalTrends.com, Steinberg’s unique perspective as a gadget guru and video game expert is frequently sought after by both media insiders and gaming enthusiasts alike. Steinberg’s first official piece for the site will be posted on August 5th.
“Scott’s expertise and knowledge in this realm is a major asset for StripesGAMER.com,” said Terry Tognietti, president and CEO of Consumer Solutions Gaming, LLC, the company behind StripesGAMER.com.“Our goal is to be the go-to source for gamers in the armed forces who can’t access mainstream industry news and information as easily as normal consumers, or who don’t have the time to visit multiple gaming sites, so the insight and commentary he brings our audience is indisputably valuable to us and our site’s members.”
Tognietti adds that StripesGAMER.com strives to fill a void not only by bringing this audience an exciting competitive video gaming site, but also by giving them easy networking contact to their fellow military comrades, friends and family, while providing access to key gaming news through one community portal.
A regular on-air guest and video game analyst for broadcast networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CNN, Steinberg has been hailed as a top video game and high-tech authority by dozens of outlets from BusinessWeek to The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Forbes and NPR.
StripesGAMER.com was created through a dynamic partnership between Consumer Solutions Gaming, LLC, and Stars and Stripes, the independent daily news source for the global U.S. military community. The gaming-centric site was designed to fill a demand for more accessible video game news and information by military personnel and to meet a strong need to create a sort of social forum for military men and women to reach out and connect to one another and their families. The most unique aspect of the site is in its competitive solo- or team-based video gaming capabilities across all platforms.
The alliance with Stars and Stripes has provided Consumer Solutions Gaming with an insight into the community’s needs and an effective means of reaching members of the U.S. armed forces to help launch the site that now serves as the only video gaming portal designed to serve active-duty and veteran military personnel and their families. In addition to hosting prime video game industry news and internal tournament updates, members benefit from StripesGAMER.com’s role as a high-functioning social networking community through its interactive forum and chat rooms.
"More than two thirds of the U.S. population are gamers and people in the armed forces make up a significant portion of this celebrated and growing audience,” explains Steinberg.“I’m proud to be part of an online community like StripesGAMER.com that’s connecting players across the globe through their shared interest in video gaming and the military, while also striving to bring members additional value beyond the game itself.”
www.StripesGAMER.com is available at no charge and offers a host of unique features, such as the Insignia Creator widget for customizing team and player graphics, and excellent functionality in terms of the ability to set up a match, create a team, issue challenges and post scores. Unlike other sites, score history is preserved for as long as the player or team exists. Several seasons are presently underway with prizes planned for the winners.
About Scott Steinberg
Over one billion people have turned to PC and video game expert Scott Steinberg for insight into today's hottest games. The publisher of technology supersite DigitalTrends.com, he's a frequent on-air authority for networks like ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN, and has covered technology for 400+ outlets including the New York Times, Playboy and Rolling Stone. Hailed as a video game expert by dozens of outlets from BusinessWeek to Forbes and NPR, Steinberg is also the creator and host of Players Only, the game industry's first free online documentary series. For more info, please see http://www.thevideogameexpert.com.
About Stars and Stripes
Founded in 1861, Stars and Stripes has long provided the U.S. military community with independent news and information, first as a printed newspaper and today also as an online source. Editorially independent of interference from outside its editorial chain of command, it provides commercially available U.S. and world news and objective, staff-produced stories relevant to the military community in a balanced, fair and accurate manner.
Stars and Stripes publishes five daily editions, available in print and electronic format, and daily accomplishes the daunting task of delivering nearly 70,000 copies to the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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