Hello, and welcome to Gameplanet! What you are currently browsing through is the result of a lot of hard work put in by a very dedicated team of people. Our aim: to create a place where New Zealanders can "play games, talk games and meet gamers."

If you have not already had a look around the site, you may be wondering what it is all about. There are three central components to Gameplanet: Magazine, Play Online and Community.

Magazine

We have assembled a team of talented writers who will be bringing you up to date news, reviews and previews of all the latest titles on all the major formats -- PC Games, PC Hardware, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Dreamcast and Nintendo 64. You name it, we've got it covered. Of course we will also be taking a regular look at the upcoming Nintendo Gamecube and Microsoft's Xbox. Interviews, special features and guest columnists will all be making an appearance in this part of the site.

Downloads, including locally-hosted demos, patches, game movies and mods will also be available for you to leech.

Play Online

This is where you will find everything you need if you want to play on our free* Internet gaming servers. You can find a list of all the games we provide multiplayer services for, the files required to play them and instructions to help you get up and running. As we expand our selection and consolidate the favourites, we aim to deliver detailed guides for newbies and perhaps even something for the experts as well.

* Internet connection required.

Community

This is where you get to meet other gamers -- as well as match wits against them for the chance to win great prizes!

If you want to discuss games, arrange your own matches or comment on our reviews, previews and columns, then the Gameplanet Forums are the place to go.

We are launching with two tournaments -- for Counter-Strike and Rocket Arena 3 -- with over $1000 in prizes to be won! Additionally, we have real-time player rankings for Half-Life, and are working to add ladders for both server and non-server based games in the near future.

We hope you will take the opportunity to get involved in some of the many competitions and tournaments we will be running.

Thank you,

- Thomas Mahoney and the Gameplanet Team.