Verizon Now Gives Gamers Option to Own Favorite Titles

Verizon, the provider of the world's largest on-demand PC game subscription service, is now giving players the opportunity to own some of their favorite titles.

The new a la carte service gives visitors to VerizonGames.com the choice of buying those games they enjoy the most.  In fact, many of the games in the library allow prospective buyers to test drive the ones they're interested in for a limited period of time at no charge.  At the end of the trial period, they can decide whether to buy the game.

The new games-purchase option follows Verizon's recent announcement of a major redesign of its games app to deliver a more intuitive and interactive experience for visitors to the site.  Many of the more than 1,800 game choices available through the Verizon Games subscription service also will be available for customers to purchase and download to their PCs.

"Verizon continues to expand and enrich the online games experience for our customers," said Jason Henderson, Verizon games product manager.  "Now they can try new titles or buy and download their favorites at Verizon Games without first subscribing to our popular monthly game plans. The question is, how does the customer want to acquire games?  If it's a subscription service or to try out a service and then subscribe, we can do that; and if it's to just buy one title at time, we can do that, too."

Visitors to the site can browse the catalog of Verizon's game selections based on category - action/adventure, arcade, kids, card/board and puzzle - or search for specific titles.  The title pages will carry an icon indicating to customers whether a specific game is available for purchase and, if so, what the purchase price is.

The purchase option complements the recently redesigned Verizon Games website, which provides an animated, fluid interface and a unique, curved layout and was developed in conjunction with Verizon's online games partner, Exent.  Users can browse the entire catalog of games without having to jump from page to page or constantly click the "back" button to return to a main page.

Customers who opt to purchase a Verizon Games monthly subscription simply have to download the easy-to-use app to enjoy games from Verizon's vast catalog of titles from every genre.

"From casual games like 'Jewel Quest: Heritage' to puzzle games like 'Luxor' to children's games like 'Bob the Builder: Can-Do Zoo,' Verizon offers a game catalog as diverse as the rapidly growing population of online gamers," Henderson added.  "At the same time, we've created a gaming community as an added value for users."

The Verizon Games community enables players to create an avatar, decorate their own 3D animated games lounge with virtual items, and earn trophies and Prize Points while playing games on the service.

Verizon Games subscriptions are available to any broadband user, regardless of the user's service provider, over a secure, virus-free connection and feature integrated parental controls that enable parents to select games their children will play based on age rating or by specific games.

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