Acrophobia, New Online Multiplayer Word Game, Debuts on Berkeley Systems' beZerk Network; Get Over Your Fears, It's Time To Put Your Creativity On The Line!BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 3, 1997--Berkeley Systems, a leader in online entertainment and consumer software, today announced that Acrophobia acrophobia /ac·ro·pho·bia/ (ak?ro-fo´be-ah) irrational fear of heights.
An abnormal fear of heights. , the hilarious new multiplayer word game, is now in open pilot on beZerk (www.bezerk.com), the free online entertainment network.
Acrophobia's open pilot (public beta) runs until November 17th at which time the game will officially go live on beZerk. Launching initially for Windows 95, a Macintosh version of Acrophobia is due out after the first of the year. The award-winning beZerk network, recently honored as "Cool Site of the Year," also features You Don't Know Jack You Don't Know Jack is a series of computer games developed by Jellyvision and Berkeley Systems. YDKJ, promoted as the games "where high culture and pop culture collide," combine trivia with comedy. the netshow and a sports-themed netshow.
"Acrophobia is an insanely addicting gaming experience," stated Jim Stoner ston·er
1. One that stones.
a. One who is habitually intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.
b. One who is a delinquent or failure. , product marketing manager for Berkeley Systems Berkeley Systems was a San Francisco Bay Area software company cofounded in 1987 by Wes Boyd and Joan Blades. It made money early on by doing contract work for the National Institutes of Health, specifically in making modifications to the Macintosh so that it could be usable by . "The fast-pace of the game play, original music, cool graphics and chat feature combine to create a completely immersing experience that is not offered anywhere else on the 'Net except for beZerk!"
Acrophobia pits your creative energies against the clock and other players in true multiplayer gaming Two or more people playing a game and competing with each other via computer. Although traditional card games such as bridge and poker are played online, games with a large number of people (massively multiplayer) mix real players with simulated environments that turn the computer into a fashion. Up to 14 people meet in a game room where they must come up with witty, creative phrases based on the group of letters (ranging from 3 to 7 in length) and category displayed on the screen.
Players have only seconds to enter a phrase matching both the letters and category (there are hundreds of categories, ranging from sports to poetry and food to current events). Gamers vote on their favorite phrases and points are awarded for speed and humor. Acrophobia also offers an innovative chat feature that allows players to converse during the game.
Acrophobia enthusiasts can also take advantage of the Acro-Lounge where gamers can find information on a variety of Acro-related topics, including hints and tips on how to play, the "A-Files newsletter," Acro Player of the Week, a listing of Acro champions, links to fan pages and more! In addition to the Acro-Lounge, gamers can sign up to receive beZerkNews, a weekly email newsletter that offers the latest news and contest information on Acrophobia and You Don't Know Jack the netshow.
To celebrate the debut of Acrophobia, Berkeley Systems is sponsoring the "Acro-Mail" contest which offers a Grand Prize of $1,000.00 for the winning entry! Following the game play of Acrophobia, "Acro-Mail" asks for groups of 10 people to submit humorous, creative phrases that match the 10 letters in Acrophobia.
The first person in the Acro-Mail group starts by picking a word for "A" (i.e., Always), then emails it to the next person in the group who chooses a letter for "C" (i.e. choose) and so on. The Acro-Mail zips around the globe being forwarded from friend to friend, each adding their contributions to the acronym one letter at a time, until the final member of the Acro-Mail team finishes the phrase with the last word beginning with "A."
Entries are submitted to email@example.com . For details on how to play and rules for the contest, go to http://www.berksys.com/acromail .
Acrophobia also utilizes beZerk's interstitial In a separate window. See interstitial ad.
(World-Wide Web) interstitial - A World-Wide Web page that appears before the expected content page. Interstitials can be used for advertising (intermercial, transition ad) or to confirm that the user is old enough to view the advertising, the first true television-like ads on the Internet. Interstitials combine audio and animation in dynamic, full-screen ads. Featuring some of the hottest names in advertising, beZerk's line-up includes Sony Pictures for 'Starship Troopers Troopers in the United States civilian police forces usually refer to members of state highway patrols, state patrols, or state police agenciess. ,' US Robotics US Robotics - U.S. Robotics, Inc. , Gramercy gra·mer·cy
Used to express surprise or gratitude.
[Middle English gramerci, from Old French grand merci : grand, great; see grand + Pictures for 'Bean,' Infoseek, Twentieth Century Fox for 'Alien Resurrection,' Westwood Studios Westwood Studios (1985-2003) was a computer and video game developer, founded in 1985 as Westwood Associates by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle and based in Las Vegas, Nevada. and Amstel among others.
Berkeley Systems, Inc., a division of Sierra On-Line located in Berkeley, CA, develops and markets multimedia entertainment software for grown-ups such as After Dark and You Don't Know Jack. Sierra On-Line is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment, productivity and educational software.
The company recently merged with CUC CUC Cuban Convertible Peso (ISO currency code)
CUC Columbia Union College (Takoma Park, MD, USA)
CUC Canadian Unitarian Council
CUC Canadian Ultimate Championships Int'l, a technology-driven, membership-services company that provides access to travel, shopping, auto, dining, home improvement, financial and other services to 70 million consumers worldwide. The company's common stock is traded on the NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CU. Sierra's corporate headquarters are located in Bellevue, WA. -0-
Note to Editors: Video b-roll footage, color slides and electronic images of Acrophobia are available upon request. For more information, please contact DeEtte Christie at 510/540-5535 ext. 254 or Monica Granados, ext. 204, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
CONTACT: Berkeley Systems, Inc.
DeEtte Christie/Monica Granados, 510/540-5535