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Introducing National Geographic... The Game?!

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Nov. 18 2008, Published 12:37 p.m. ET

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It's a name synonymous with "anthropology" and "exotic places." Now, National Geographic will be known for another reason.

Videogames.

That's right: the bastion of pop-intellectual studies has created a division called National Geographic Games. Its first offering is Herod's Lost Tomb, which will be available for free for PC, Mac, and iPhone. Once you get a taste, you'll have to pony up regular videogame coin for National Geographic Panda and National Geographic Africa to play on Wii, PS3, and various handheld hardware.

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The company hopes the games will spread knowledge. Just don't let the consumers of Grand Theft Auto hear that.

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