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I was over at <a href="http://www.dcvision.com/" TARGET="_blank">DcVision</a>, when I read about a press release <a href="http://www.bleem.com" TARGET="_blank">bleem!</a> sent out a press release yesterday regarding the new bleem! store, which can be found @ <a href="http://www.bleemdirect.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.bleemdirect.com</a> (hey, thanks for not sending us a copy guys ...)! Here's a snipset from the press release :<ul>LOS ANGELES (Oct. 5, 2001) In response to thousands of frustrated gamers who have been unable to buy bleem! products in their local stores, bleem! co-founder David Herpolsheimer this week launched Bleem!Direct, an online-store dedicated to emulation-related products.bleemdirect.com is the first store to offer the highly-anticipated bleemcast! for Metal Gear Solid and Tekken 3 titles, and offers a discount of $1.00 off each CD pre-ordered through this weekend. The new bleemcast! titles are currently in production and are expected to ship as early as next week.<br><br>bleem!DIRECT was first conceived earlier this year, when Barnes & Noble-owned Babbages, Inc., the nationís largest specialty-software chain, joined forces with Sony Computer Entertainment to pull bleem!ís products off the market. At Sonys ìrequest, Babbages removed bleemcast! for Gran Turismo 2 from its Babbages, Software Etc., Funcoland and GameStop stores, in spite of strong public demand and over the objections of its own customers and store personnel. <br><br>When Babbages threw in with Sony, we lost half our market, literally overnight. We knew we had to find another channel to meet consumer demand,said Herpolsheimer.By forming bleem!DIRECT as a separate company, it lets bleem, inc. concentrate on what it does best ñ making great software and gives bleem!DIRECT the fexibility to offer more than just bleem!. We want to offer other hard-to-find emulators, PlayStation games, accessories, t-shirts whatever our customers demand. But bleemdirect.com isn't just for U.S. customers, Herpolsheimer is quick to point out: 'As hard as itís been to find bleem! here in the U.S., we know it can be even tougher overseas. So weíve worked hard to be able to ship bleem! most anywhere in the world, and to keep international shipping costs down. In fact, our international shipping charges are lower than a lot of storesí domestic rates.'</ul>You can read the complete press release over at <a href="http://www.dcvision.com/" TARGET="_blank">DCVision</a>. To order the new bleemcast! packages for 1$ cheaper, head over to <a href="http://www.bleemdirect.com" TARGET="_blank">Bleemdirect</a> now, as the offer will expire this weekend and packages are already supposed to ship in 4 days !
 

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$1 discount is not a lot for bleem! ($19.95), but technically, it's still roughly around 20% of savings for a bleemcast! GT2 ($5.95) :D

Yeah yeah, technicalities, technicalities. Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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