DirecTV Game Lounge (lost interactive television game service; 2007-2013)

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Game Lounge.jpg

The original Game Lounge logo.

Status: Lost

In 2007, the satellite provider DirecTV launched a special channel in cooperation with GSN on their service (channel 110) known as the Game Lounge. This interactive channel provided a variety of games that could be played with the DirecTV remote. The majority of games weren't available every day, and were cycled through the service via a daily schedule. The games were available either through a free trial period for each game, a pay-per-day service for unlimited play at $1.95 per day, or a monthly membership at $5.95 per month. DirecTV also occasionally offered "free weekends", allowing everyone with a DirecTV subscription to have unlimited play for the weekend.

Games that were on the service included ports of classic games such as Uno, as well as sponsored games from Cartoon Network, Mattel and Nickelodeon, some of which were exclusive to the service.

On March 6, 2013, the Game Lounge service was officially discontinued by DirecTV, with the main reason for discontinuation being cited as the rising popularity of computer and smartphone games.

It is very unlikely that any of the games will be recovered (unless DirecTV decides to relaunch the Game Lounge channel in the future). Footage/screenshots do not exist for all the games online.

List of Known Games

  • 5 Card Slingo
  • Arctic Appetite
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Avatar 2
  • Backgammon
  • Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
  • Barbie Luv Me 3: Puppy Tricks
  • Barbie World Fashion Tour
  • Bejeweled 2
  • Ben 10
  • Black Jack
  • Bookworm
  • Cargo Pop
  • Cats Vs. Dogs
  • CHAINZ
  • Checkers
  • Chowder
  • Code Letters Crossword Connections
  • Darts
  • Diego
  • Diner Dice
  • Dominoes
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Four Match
  • Freecell
  • Gambler's Quest
  • Hearts and Spades
  • High Seas
  • High Stakes Poker
  • Hot Wheels Monster Truck Smashdown
  • Homerun Derby
  • Jellypop
  • Letterbox
  • Mad Libs
  • Mahjong
  • Mini Golf
  • Monopoly
  • Nothing But Net
  • Numbercrunch
  • Poker
  • Quickwit 1
  • Polly Pocket Splash!
  • Polly Wheels
  • Powerpuff Girls: Townsville Trouble
  • Prismz
  • Reversi
  • Samurai Jack
  • Scrabble Scramble
  • Skip-Bo
  • Slingo
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Bubble Buster
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Friend or Foe
  • SpongeBob SquarePants Gets the Grill
  • Solitaire
  • Star Dust
  • Star Dust 2
  • Sudoku
  • Sudokujam
  • Sundae Scoop
  • Tak: Motiki Madness
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Tidal Gems
  • Tumblefever
  • Tumbler
  • Turbo 21
  • Uno
  • Word Crunch
  • Word Crunch Deluxe
  • Yahtzee
  • Zen Solitaire

Videos

TV recording of the game service (1/3).
TV recording of the game service (2/3)
TV recording of the game service (3/3)

References