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  School Days are Here Again; Virtual World Fantage is Bringing Education to a Whole New Platform
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09/05/2011
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

For Immediate Release

FORT LEE, N.J. – Sept. 2, 2011 – It’s back-to-school time again, and kids across the U.S. are boarding school buses, breaking in new backpacks, and getting out their pencils and books. Fantage.com ( Fantage), a leading virtual world for kids ages six to 16 is making it easier for fans of the game to connect with not only friends, but teachers too, in the new school system. From now until Monday, Sept. 5, players also can win free prizes by trying out the newest school features, including pattern matching game “Stained Glass” and trivia game “Off the Hook.”

Other new features include:

·         Expanded Fantage School SM: The new Fantage school now includes rooms such as the music room, where students can walk on instruments to play music; the cafeteria, a place for students to socialize; and the gymnasium, where students can play “Off the Hook.” Players now have the option to print certificates after completing each game, and until Sept. 5 also can win cool in-game prizes when they play.

·         Private Classroom Hosting: With the new school system, players can create or join a private classroom and invite friends, parents and teachers for an interactive virtual learning experience. Within this classroom, players can access all Fantage School games as well as see high scores for their class.

·         New and Exciting Games: Player-favorite “Add Like Mad” has been updated and transformed into “Mad Math,” now including subtraction, multiplication and division. Fantage also has added two new games, “Off the Hook,” a true-or-false trivia game testing student’s knowledge on a variety of subjects, including Geography, Pop Culture and Math; and “Stained Glass,” a logic puzzle in which gamers must piece together tiles by matching color.

“Our aim is always to create a fun and safe environment for our players to connect with friends and family,” said David Hwang, CEO, Fantage. “We were working on our school system when a teacher – who also is the parent of an avid Fantage player – requested a place in-game to connect with her students. We expanded on her request to create the foremost tool in allowing teachers and parents to better communicate with their students and children, in the familiar and exciting Fantage world.”

Fantage is a next-generation virtual world and community site for kids, tweens and teens. Featuring beautiful never-before-seen environments, Fantage’s cute avatars surf around on hover boards in a cool world, making waddling a thing of the past. Consisting of 12 towns – including Pet Town, Mt. Fantage and Wizard’s Domain – Fantage features rewarding single and multiplayer mini-games, multi-user safe chat for conversations with friends, and nearly endless character customization options, allowing for a truly unique experience.

Introduced in 2008, Fantage has grown to more than 14 million users and is the recipient of many awards, including the Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review for excellence in children’s interactive media.

For more information or to join one of the fastest-growing virtual world for kids, tweens and teens, please visit: http://fantage.com/.

About Fantage

Founded in 2007 and launched the following year, Fantage.com is a next-generation destination site for children. Fantage games and adventures entertain and delight children, and promote positive social interaction in an engaging, exciting, safe environment that both kids and parents love. Fantage also provides an age-appropriate, safe social networking experience within a fun virtual world. The company is dedicated to the safety of Fantage members, and has a highly sophisticated, three-tier safety system providing the greatest level of protection of any community site for children on the web. For more information about Fantage, visit www.fantage.com.

For more information visit Fantage on Facebook and check out the company blog at http://www.fantage.com/fun/blog.php.

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