Fore! Microsoft “Links LS 2000” Hits Retail Shelves

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 27, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today delivered a hole-in-one with the

Links TM LS 2000″ golf simulation, now available in retail stores. The latest version of the best-selling golf simulation game captures all the precision and passion that has become synonymous with the Microsoft® “Links LS”
series. A perennial award-winner,
has received the coveted Codie Award and PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. Both novice and experienced PC golfers are sure to marvel at the accessibility and unrivaled depth of features in
“Links LS 2000.”

The realism of the ball’s flight and its interaction with the meticulously rendered terrain separate the
“Links LS”
series from all other PC golf games. Improved graphical details such as tree and foliage renderings in the new version showcase five stunning new courses, including St. Andrews’ Old Course, site of the Millennium Open.
“Links LS 2000”
supports more than 25 of the world’s most respected and sought-after courses, from Hawaii’s Mauna Kea to Canada’s Banff Springs.

Novice PC golfers will be able to enjoy the fun of simulated golf quickly and effortlessly with new features such as Quickstart mode, which allows users to get on the green in only two clicks. Also, the one-click beginner’s swing and Links Lessons tutorial make the game enjoyable for newcomers from the first tee to the final putt.

In addition to the new courses, loyal
players will appreciate the introduction of five new modes of play, including Fuzzy Zoeller’s Wolf Challenge, and four new golfers, for a total of 12 personalities. Gamers can experience the beauty and realism of the courses from a variety of selectable sky scenes provided by the new SkyScape options. In addition, golf enthusiasts of all levels will enjoy the witty commentary provided by CBS golf analyst David Faherty.

Submit Your Swing

Contest Invites Players to Get in the Action

Golf enthusiasts and PC gamers are invited to participate in the
“Submit Your Swing”
contest, running through the month of October. Contestants must submit a VHS videotape of their real-life golf swing along with a 50-word essay on why they play
“Links LS.”
The winner will be invited to Salt Lake City, home of
developer Access Software Inc., to have his or her swing digitized for possible use in the next version of
“Links LS.”
The prize package includes round-trip air fare, hotel accommodations, a cash travel allowance and a CD-ROM copy of the digitized golf swing. The prize package is valued at $1,000. Complete rules and details can be found at the contest Web site ( ).

“Links LS 2000”
is available for online matchmaking on the TM Gaming Zone ( ) with additional tournament support via the
Series Web site ( ).

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