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Click me baby, one more time -- Britney got GameBoy

Edward Hurley, Assistant News Editor

Britney Spears belongs to an elite club.

Like Cher or Madonna, she is known by just her first name. A computer virus has been named for her -- a la Anna Kournikova. Britney often tops lists of most searched-for terms on search engines. Even her navel is a newsmaker.

Now the little vixen has gone virtual. The midriff-baring, buxom, blonde beauty now has her own video game for the PlayStation 2 video game system.

There are no wacky aliens or high-speed chases or shoot-'em-ups in Britney's Dance Beat from THQ Inc. There is, well, dancing! Go figure.

Players audition to be backup dancers for a virtual Britney tour. Keeping up with the beat of the songs reveals exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Fans will recognize the authentic choreography and costumes that mark a Britney-quality production.

Britney's Dance Beat also comes with DVD footage allowing the player to have 360-degree control at a Britney concert. There is also a two-player mode so friends can seem who's the best at borrowing Britney's moves.

The game features some of Britney's biggest hits including "Overprotected," "I'm a Slave 4 U," and classics like "...Baby One More Time," "Oops!...I Did it Again," and "Stronger."

"It is so cool that I have my very own videogame," said Britney, who underwent a cyber-scan to create the realistic 3D images. "THQ totally captured my dance moves perfectly. I was blown away by how realistic

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everything looks!"

The games works with the standard game controller, but who wants to sit and press buttons?

Thanks to the Beat Pad, a new digital controller from Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (picture a small Twister mat), players will be able to actually dance through the game. The controller also works with other PlayStation dance games like Konami's Dance Dance Revolution.

A version of Britney's Dance Beat is also available for the GameBoy Advance, and a PC version will ship this June.


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