Microsoft Golf 1998 Brings Foursomes Together Through Internet

Microsoft Golf 1998 Brings Foursomes Together Through Internet

REDMOND, Wash., May 11, 1998 — Golfers from Seattle to Miami can now meet and play golf 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without paying greens fees or scheduling tee times with Microsoft® Golf 1998 Edition. The game, hitting store shelves this week, brings PC golfers closer to an actual round and to each other through an Internet clubhouse on Microsoft’s Internet Gaming Zone ( ).

Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition is an easy-to-use PC golf game featuring four of North America’s most challenging courses: Teeth of the Dog and the Links at Casa de Campo Resort, both in the Dominican Republic; and Bay Harbor and The Preserve, both rolling along the shores of Lake Michigan. Microsoft Golf 1998 golfers can play a round by themselves, or they can tee it up for free against friends and family via the Internet Gaming Zone (connect-time charges may apply), or through a local area network – which means golf
can even play a round during a lunch break at the office.

“Consumers are telling us that Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition is the next best thing to being on the course,”
said John Rodman, Microsoft Golf product manager.
“Golfers said they wanted a game that would capture the exhilaration of sinking a 30-foot, pressure-packed putt to win it on the 18th green. We’ve accomplished that goal, and through the Internet Gaming Zone, golfers can get their favorite foursome together, even if they live across the country. While playing online, golfers can chat and encourage or harass each other – just as on a real course.”

New Play Options, Reality-Based Customization, and Ease of Use Up the Ante

Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition offers four swing modes, as well as several game-play options, including Match Play, Best Ball, Skins, Bingo-Bango-Bongo and Scramble. The game’s realism comes from a combination of 3-D course graphics, video-captured animations and CD-quality location-based sounds. Players also benefit from the experience of their own virtual caddie in selecting clubs and learning the secrets behind mastering PC golf.

The game offers numerous customization options, allowing players to test real-world scenarios by changing variables such as club distance, strength, ball spin, height and even weather. Golf balls bounce and roll in accordance with the type chosen.

Cutting-edge technologies don’t sacrifice ease of use with Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition. According to Rodman, although the game will challenge all levels of PC golfers, it allows amateur computer users to play a frustration-free round (in terms of technology). Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition installs quickly, plays fast, and allows golfers to get on the virtual course within a few mouse clicks of starting the game, whether on their own computer or playing against others on the Internet Gaming Zone.

Microsoft Golf 1998 Edition is the fourth golf offering from Microsoft. The game is available through most major PC software outlets for approximately $54.95.

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