Digital Praise Brings Max Lucado’s Hermie and Friends? to Computer Games for Kids

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) August 5, 2005 –

Â? Digital Praise, Inc., a leader in family-friendly entertainment software, today announced its licensing agreement with Tommy Nelson, Inc., a major commercial publisher of Christian and family-focused products. The agreement allows Digital Praise to produce a line of software games based on the popular Hermie and FriendsÂ? Christian characters, developed by minister and best-selling author Max Lucado. Hermie and FriendsÂ? DVDÂ?s, videos, books, and CDÂ?s are favorites among Christian youthÂ?over the past two years over 1 million Hermie and FriendsÂ? videos have been sold, making the characters some of the most well known in the Christian community. Hermie and FriendsÂ? videos and books focus on conveying Biblical messages to children in a fun and entertaining manner.

Digital Praise plans to release two Hermie and FriendsÂ? gaming titles for children age 3-6 years old this fall. The games will focus on two specific Max Lucado characters, Flo, the LyinÂ? Fly, and Buzby, the Misbehaving Bee. Children will interact with the charming characters that live in HermieÂ?s garden and learn spiritual messages along the way.

Â?Digital Praise is a recognized leader in the development and distribution of entertainment and spiritually uplifting computer gaming titles,Â? said Bill Reeves, Entertainment Director, Tommy Nelson Inc., Â?Through our agreement with Digital Praise, the company will be able to create Hermie and FriendsÂ? software and deliver the programs to young fans. Hermie and FriendsÂ? characters convey very important lessons about life and spirituality, and we are confident that Digital Praise will translate the enormous success of the characters into the computer gaming format.Â?

Â?Our relationship with Tommy Nelson is important, as it grants Digital Praise access to Max LucadoÂ?s Hermie and FriendsÂ? character line, one of the most popular among Christian families, and associates our products with one of the largest commercial publishers of Christian-related products,Â? said Tom Bean, President and CEO of Digital Praise. Â?We have already begun developing a number of titles featuring Hermie and FriendsÂ? characters, and are eagerly awaiting the release of our first Hermie and FriendsÂ? products this fall.Â?

Additional information about the Hermie and FriendsÂ? product line can be found at, or at Digital Praise and its products can be found online at

About Digital Praise, Inc.

Digital Praise is an independent developer and publisher of award-winning family-friendly entertainment software for personal computers. The company produces faith-based and mainstream titles for families looking to enjoy interactive entertainment software with principled character-building themes and “just good clean fun.” For more information, visit

About Tommy Nelson, Inc.

Tommy Nelson, the kid’s division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., was created to place into the hands of children of all ages a wide variety of high-quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible and designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while pointing them to a personal relationship with God. More than a publisher, Tommy Nelson is a children’s company that creates, markets and distributes books, Bibles, home video and audio products, music and other related ancillary products such as plush toys, games and action figures aimed at children ages 0-14.


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Digital Praise To Publish Cloud 9 Games? ?Solomon Says? Bible Trivia PC Game

FREMONT, CA and AUSTIN, TEXAS (PRWEB) April 12, 2006 -–

Digital Praise Inc, a leader in Christian themed, family-friendly entertainment software, today announced that it has signed a publishing agreement for “Solomon Says Bible Trivia, Volume 1—Anything Goes,” the first product from Cloud 9 Games, Inc., an innovative new Christian software entertainment company. Digital Praise will provide a complete range of manufacturing, marketing, and sales services for the PC game, a fun and upbeat product for the whole family.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Cloud 9 Games was formed in 2004 with the mission to provide Christians with an entertaining alternative to mainstream computer and video games. Cloud 9 is the vision of Curtis Ratica, a veteran video and PC game creator who previously worked for such well-known companies as Acclaim Games and Atomic Games.

Cloud 9’s initial entry into the Christian gaming segment, “Solomon Says Bible Trivia, Volume 1—Anything Goes” is fast-moving, humorous entertainment for all ages. The computer game tests the Bible knowledge of players while also teaching them about the fascinating and enlightening people, events and knowledge found in the Bible.

“The first time we played ‘Solomon Says’ we loved it and knew it was a natural addition to our catalog,” said Tom Bean, president and CEO of Digital Praise. “Cloud 9 clearly understands how to encourage positive Christian values while providing an extremely fun and lighthearted gaming experience. Digital Praise is excited to be working with Curtis and the Cloud 9 development team, and we look forward to playing a significant role in the future success of Cloud 9.”

“Digital Praise’s logo says it all—“Glorifying God Through Interactive Media,” noted Ratica, president of Cloud 9 Games. “It was clear to us from the outset that Digital Praise has the same value system we do. The company’s mission, combined with its resources and relationships both inside and outside the Christian gaming world, makes it a perfect publishing partner.”

In addition to providing product manufacturing and marketing services, Digital Praise will also distribute “Solomon Says” through its retail distribution channels spanning the Christian, general retail, online and international markets. Initially, this Cloud 9 game will be rolled out through the Digital Praise

exclusive partnership with EMI/CMG Distribution, the largest distributor of music, video and gaming to the Christian retail channel.

As with all of the games it publishes, Digital Praise will then work with SOS Network, the company’s sales channel development partner, to place Cloud 9 games in traditional general market retailers like Best Buy, Circuit City and CompUSA, major e-tailers like Amazon, and various big box retailers, leveraging SOS Network’s relationships with Atari and Navarre Corporation. Digital Praise also will work with international distributors like Authentic Media to distribute Cloud 9 products to the UK, Europe, South Africa and Australian markets.

Finally, Digital Praise plans to invest in advertising, PR and various other promotional activities to promote “Solomon Says,” and to market the product on its e-commerce Web site.

Cloud 9 Games anticipates extending its “Solomon Says” franchise through a series of other spin-off titles for both mainstream game consoles as well as the PC. For more information about Cloud 9 Games, visit

About Digital Praise, Inc.:

Digital Praise is an independent developer and publisher of family-friendly entertainment software for personal computers. The company produces and publishes faith-based and mainstream titles for families looking to enjoy interactive entertainment software with principled character-building themes and “just good clean fun.” Digital Praise products have achieved top recognition from leading children’s gaming and advocacy groups including Parents Choice, iParenting Media, the National Parenting Center, The Dove Foundation, Dr. Toy and Plain Games. For more information, visit

About Cloud 9 Games, Inc.:

Cloud 9 Games, Inc. strives to become the premiere Christian game developer in the world, bringing quality software entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. Its first title, “Solomon Says—Anything Goes Bible Trivia,” is a hilarious PC game that tests Bible knowledge while providing an entertaining way to learn more about scripture. Future plans include a range of mainstream console games as well as more computer games. More information can be found at

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Digital Praise to Exhibit in the Focus on the Family Booth at CBA International 2004; Christian Game Developer to Unveil Two New Interactive Game Titles to Assist Christian Booksellers in Capitalizing on the $7 Billion U.S. Entertainment Software Industry

Fremont, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2004 –

Â? Digital Praise Inc. announced today that it will exhibit in the Focus on the Family booth (number 1621) at this yearÂ?s CBA International show in Atlanta. During the event, the company will offer attendees an exclusive sneak peak of two new and exciting interactive computer games based on the ever-popular Adventures in Odyssey radio program. The titlesÂ?Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit and Adventures in Odyssey and the Treasure of the IncasÂ?were announced today in a separate, joint release by Digital Praise and Focus on the Family.

Christian Games: An Opportunity for Christian Booksellers

An enormous appetite exists for Christian entertainment in various forms. The recent success of Christian music, books, movies, television and art all testify to the importance of Christian content in all media. There is also evident growth in the U.S. entertainment software industryÂ?up 8% in sales to $ 7 billion in 20031. Recognizing growth in both the Christian entertainment and the software entertainment markets, Digital Praise predicts healthy demand in the emerging interactive Christian games market.

Â?Interactive Christian games represent a burgeoning market, with annual sales estimates ranging between $ 100 and $ 200 million,Â? said Tom Bean, president and CEO of Digital Praise. Â?Industry executives compare the increasing demand for Christian computer games today with the growth in Christian music seen in years past. Our goal is to provide top-quality titles that will allow Christian booksellers to take full advantage of the huge opportunity that the Christian games market presents.Â?

Â?Adventures in Odyssey is one of the strongest entertainment brands among Christian families,Â? said Michael Sparks, manager of Christian Book Center in Newark, CA. Â?With the combination of this hugely popular brand and a growing interest in interactive Christian games, I expect the new Adventures in Odyssey titles from Digital Praise to be among my best-selling software titles, especially as the Christmas season approaches.Â?

Adventures in Odyssey and the Sword of the Spirit and Adventures in Odyssey the Treasure of the Incas are designed for ages 8 and up, and each promises hours of exciting game play. Expected to be available this fall for both the PC and Macintosh platforms, the games emphasize challenging, fun game play in a context that reinforces personal virtue and family values such as cooperation, forgiveness, tolerance and kindness. Each title is priced at $ 29.95 (MSRP).

Resellers interested in more information about Digital Praise and the new Adventures in Odyssey interactive computer games can contact 510-770-0244 or

About Digital Praise Inc.

Digital Praise ( is an independent developer and publisher of interactive Christian games for kids, teens, adults and parents. The company produces games that are designed for families looking to enjoy interactive entertainment software that promotes virtues and family values like cooperation, forgiveness, tolerance and kindness, without the violence, hatred, horror and sex that fills computer gaming today. The companyÂ?s goal is to equivocate the Digital Praise brand with Â?just good clean fun.Â? Focus on the Family has granted Digital Praise the rights to publish interactive games based on its world-renowned radio program, Adventures in Odyssey. The company is located in Fremont, CA.

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Digital Praise is a trademark of Digital Praise Inc. Adventures in Odyssey is a registered trademark of Focus on the Family. All other trademarks and trade names are hereby recognized and may be registered to their respective owners.

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