Date: Announced June 1999; Released November 1999
   
Description:

Electronic Arts (EA) signed Michelle to an exclusive three-year interactive entertainment deal in June of 1999. This deal lead to Michelle being featured in her own computer game, Michelle Kwan Figure Skating, which was released in November of 1999. It is EA's first game designed specifically for girls. Sean McGowan, an analyst with Gerard Klauer Mattison, said "Everybody's still scratching their head about how to get into the market [of computer games for girls].Taking a high-profile figure such as Michelle Kwan could be the way to do it.'' The game was developed by Semilogic, who posted updates of the game, such as preliminary and final screen captures of the game, on its website. Michelle said about the game, "I'm incredibly excited to join the other great athletes who are part of the Electronic Arts family. It's also a great honor to have EA build its first game specifically designed for girls around my skating. It's going to be a fun game that will encourage girls to use and enjoy computers while learning more about figure skating."

In the game, you create a two-minute program with over 50 moves, including jumps, spins, and spirals. There is a choice of 4 arenas to skate in. You can either practice, or compete from regional competition, up to Worlds. You select your own music (either by using the songs included in the game, or by importing any MIDI you have), and create a costume for the event. You can either compete as Michelle, or by using a scanned in picture of yourself. After competiting, you can create and print a scrapbook of your skating career, or e-mail highlights of your performances to others. As in real skating, you sit in the kiss and cry while your scores are given by judges at the end of your program.

Michelle worked closely with the development team for realism in the game. Her own voice is used to give the instructions throughout the game. She also offered advice to the developers on music, accurate skating movements, costumes and how to best capture her own style to insure that the game realistically depicts championship skating. Michelle said, "I wanted this game to be as authentic as possible and I wanted to make sure that every detail was right, from the way I take off on my jumps and the key elements of my spins, right down to the way my foot is pointed during my spiral. This game is the closest thing to being out there on the ice."

Michelle Kwan Figure Skating originally was priced at the retail price of $29.99. Minimum system requirements include a Pentium(R) 200 MHz, 32 MB, and a DirectDraw(TM) compatible video card. The game carries an rating of "E" (Everyone).

   
Articles:

Forbes Videogames Rules of the Game
Michelle Kwan's Interactive Game Hits the Stores (scroll down)
Great game gifts
Thrills for the trigger-happy
When It Rains, It Pours
Electronic Arts Ships Michelle Kwan Figure Skating
EA Spins With Kwan
Electronic Arts Targets Girls With Michelle Kwan Game
Rock on . . . . Touching all the bases
EA Signs Michelle Kwan
Michelle Kwan Signs With EA Sports
EA Signs Kwan for Skating Game
Electronic Arts and Michelle Kwan Ink Deal to Develop Interactive Figure Skating Game
EA Eyes the Ladies
Deal Marks EA's First Game Specifically Designed for Young Girls

News in brief (scroll down)
Soft Flash

   
Photos:

Ad
Testing game
Game box
Close up of pic from box
Back of the game box
Wallpapers #1
Wallpapers #2

   
Screen Captures from Shipping Product:

Choosing costumes
Choosing a blue costume
On the podium
Sitting in kiss and cry
Skating in Rachmaninoff costume
Choreographing program
Skating in blue costume
Layback
Charlotte
In K&C with marks
Practice jumps
Create Skater
Skater
Skating in white costume

   
Sample Screen Captures:

*New* main screen
*New* Create skater
Michelle skating
Figure Skating main screen
"Create skater"

   
Demos:
(12.8 MB)

3d files (a bunch of places to download)
Electric Games
Game Power
ZDNet
Game Spot
Semilogic
Kids Domain

   
Official Sites:

EA/Gonzo Games
EA.com Insider Preview
Michelle Kwan Figure Skating (Semilogic)

   
Unofficial Game Sites:

Michelle Kwan Figure Skating: Gaming Station
Has lots of screen captures, sample games, and more.
Jenny's Screencaptures
Also has a few midis edited for the game

   
Reviews:

Hotgames.com
GameDudes

   
Other:

Buy the game from Amazon.com
Buy the game from EA Store
Preview of the game (1.8 MB, MPG)



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