London, 6th February 2006 â€“ From today, fans of the bestselling Project Gotham RacingÂ® franchise have the chance to collect the ultimate in PGRTM kudos by winning a place in the virtual racing event of the year, the first ever PGR100, fuelled by Xbox Live. Events held throughout Europe in February and March will determine 100 gamers who have earned a place in the coveted PGR 100. Each will win not just respect but a unique, ultra limited edition, PGR black-finished Xbox 360 console.
As Xbox 360 takes us into a new generation of gaming, the PGR 100 breaks away from ordinary gaming events as there are several different ways to win for both Xbox and Xbox 360 gamers: Speed alone is not enough to gain entry into what is set to be the most exclusive virtual racing 'club' in Europe. The PGR 100 is a test of skill, daring, knowledge, luck but above all, stylish racing. Your first chance to win a place begins today as we challenge you to take part in the easy to enter PGR 100 Gamer Picture Draw.
Just fire up Xbox Live on your Xbox 360 and download a specially designed PRG 100 Gamer Picture, 'PGR 100", from Xbox Live Marketplace between 12:01hrs GMT on Wednesday 6th February 2006 and 11.59hrs GMT on 10 March, 2006. That's all you have to do â€“ you don't even need to be a fully paid up Gold member of Xbox Live to do this â€“ anyone with an Xbox 360 console, broadband internet access, who is signed up to the free Silver membership can download the Gamer Picture. If you download the Gamer Picture between those dates you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a unique, limited edition Xbox 360 and one of the first precious places in the PGR 100.
If you're not already a member of Xbox Live, don't worry, because you still have a chance of getting into the PGR 100. Over the next few weeks, other ways to win a place in the PGR100, for both Xbox and Xbox 360 owners, will be announced at http://www.xbox.com/pgr100 - including details of a special Developer Showdown session on Xbox Live with the guys from Bizarre Creations, makers of the PGR games. PGR fans should visit this site regularly as we update it with new details on how you could take your place in this select group of enthusiastic gamers and petrol-heads.
There has never been a better time to join the online community of more than 2 million Xbox Live members worldwide and if you sign up for Xbox Live Silver membership you get one month's trial of Gold membership absolutely free. Xbox Live is easy to use and makes it simple to find friends across the world, play and chat to them online. You can also access Xbox Live Marketplace and download fun in bite sized pieces like Xbox Live Arcade games, demos, extra levels ,movie trailers and more plus play online with celebrities and bands in events like Game With Fame. Check out the Xbox Live Calendar at http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/community/calendar/ for a menu of upcoming events from the world of sports, games and music, including Quiksilver riders, electronic funksters RÃ¶yksopp, and the guys from Bizarre Creations.
Upgrading from Silver to Gold membership is easy to do. For more details about Xbox Live, just visit http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/Live . Over half of all Xbox 360 owners have already upgraded to Xbox Live â€“ why not find out what all the fuss is about?
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Bizarre Creations Ltd
"PGR 3" is designed by Bizarre Creations Ltd. Bizarre Creations is a long-established independent games developer, based in Liverpool, England. Bizarre is focused on producing high-quality, playable games that make the most of the advanced technology for which they are designed. Bizarre Creations can be found on the Web at www.bizarrecreations.com or www.bizarreonline.com.
About Xbox 360
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About Xbox Live
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