Cell Phones Turned Into Student Aides

"GameTap allows you to play an arcade game and then a few minutes later … an early console game," says Lewin. "There has never been a network that allows you to play this huge catalog of games that has been building up over the last 20 years."

Moreover, the online service wants to be much more than just another game site. GameTap plans on hosting other content such as "behind-the-scenes documentaries" that explain the development of widely anticipated videogames. The company plans on also developing its own videogames – ones that will be played on mobile devices and by thousands of players simultaneously across the Net.

Visitors, for now, will need a PC running Microsoft Windows 2000/XP and a broadband Internet connection (DSL, DSL light or cable modem, minimum 384k) to use the service. When it debuts on Monday, Oct. 17, subscribers will be given a two-week free trial to the games. After that, players will need to pay $15 per month to keep their thumbs happy.

— Larry Jacobs, ABC News

Cybershake is produced for ABC News Radio by Andrea J. Smith.

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