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Cosmic Consensus From Berkeley Systems Official Online Game of the 1999 MTV Movie Awards Web Site.



BERKELEY, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Cosmic Consensus, the online game where great minds think alike from Sierra On-Line division 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 , has been named the official game of MTV MTV
 in full Music Television

U.S. cable television network, established in 1980 to present videos of musicians and singers performing new rock music. MTV won a wide following among rock-music fans worldwide and greatly affected the popular-music business.
 Online's 1999 MTV Movie Awards web site. A single player Shockwave version of the game will be available to visitors of MTV Online ( http://mtv.com ) beginning May 18th and will feature movie-related questions customized for MTV Online's Movie Awards. The original multiplayer version of the game is available on the Bezerk channel ( http://www.bezerk.com ) of WON.net. Movie fans logging onto MTV Online between now and May 21 can vote for the winners in categories ranging from Best Kiss to Best Movie. The winners will be announced at the event airing on MTV on June 10th. MTV Online's Movie Awards site visitors will also be able to enjoy Cosmic Consensus. The game will be available on MTV's site until June 24th.

"Cosmic Consensus is the perfect match for MTV Online's 1999 Movie Awards," said Kory Stradinger, general manager of Berkeley Systems. "The MTV viewers' vote determines the winners of the MTV Movie Awards each year while players' answers to Cosmic Consensus questions determine who wins the game."

"The MTV Movie Awards web site is all about letting our users share their opinions, choose their favorite stars and be a part of the MTV Movie Awards experience. Comic Consensus allows us a way to round out our movie awards content offering in a way which ties in perfectly with the theme of the show," said Rick Holzman, Vice President of MTV Online. "This year, with our online traffic nearly twice as high as last year, we expect millions of fans to visit, vote and play the game."

Cosmic Consensus questions are fun, thought provoking, and have no right or wrong answer. The better a player predicts how other players will answer, the more points he or she receives. After June 24th, the Shockwave version of Cosmic Consensus will be available on the QuickGames Channel of WON.net. Cosmic Consensus was formerly known as What's the Big Idea? and has been part of the award winning Bezerk line-up which includes Acrophobia acrophobia /ac·ro·pho·bia/ (ak?ro-fo´be-ah) irrational fear of heights.

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An abnormal fear of heights.
, 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 YOU DON'T KNOW JACK Sports the netshow since December 1998. Get the Picture, the online game where smarts meet art, will come to Bezerk in June.

Since launching in December of 1996, Bezerk and its original online games have won numerous awards. Cosmic Consensus was a finalist this year in the Best New Multiplayer Online Game category of the 1999 Software Publishers Association Codie Awards and is currently up for the Best Online Family/Board Game Site Interactive Achievement Award. Bezerk was a Webby Award nominee for Best Humor web site this year after taking Best Game site honors the previous two years. In addition, Bezerk celebrated the milestone of its 1 millionth registered player in January.

Berkeley Systems, Inc., a division of Sierra On-Line, develops and markets award winning software, such as the irreverent quiz show quiz show
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A television or radio program in which the contestants' knowledge is tested by questioning, with some contestants winning money or prizes.
 party game YOU DON'T KNOW JACK(R) and the After Dark(R) screen savers. Bezerk ( http://www.bezerk.com ) is the company's online entertainment channel featuring original online games such as Acrophobia and YOU DON'T KNOW JACK(R) the netshow. The company is based in Berkeley, California Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. Its neighbors to the south are the cities of Oakland and Emeryville. To the north is the city of Albany and the unincorporated community of Kensington. .

MTV Networks MTV Networks is a division of media conglomerate Viacom that oversees the operation of many TV network and Internet brands, including the first MTV channel.

The company was established in 1984 after Warner Communications and American Express decided to divest the basic cable
, a unit of Viacom Inc., owns and operates five cable television programming services -- MTV: Music Television, MTV2: Music Television, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite, and Nick at Nite's TV Land -- all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. Information about MTV and MTV2 is available on MTV Online, on America Online See AOL.  (Keyword: MTV) and the World Wide Web ( http://mtv.com ).

Sierra On-Line, Inc. is one of the original developers and largest worldwide publishers of interactive entertainment and productivity software. Sierra is comprised of a family of brands: Sierra Attractions(TM), Sierra Home(TM), Sierra Sports(TM), Sierra Studios(TM), and Dynamix(TM), a Sierra Company. Sierra is a division of Havas Interactive, whose holdings also include Knowledge Adventure(TM), Blizzard Entertainment(R) and WON.net(TM).

WON.net ( http://www.won.net ) is one of the largest aggregators of Internet enabled games, with over 50 live and playable choices including 21 free online-only games from seven major developers including YOU DON'T KNOW JACK the netshow, HOYLE card and board games, Half-Life, Tribes, Starsiege, Red Baron 3D Red Baron 3D (also known as Red Baron II) is a computer game for the PC, developed by Dynamix and published by Sierra Entertainment. It was released in 1998 and a patch was released the following year, in early 1999. , The Cypher, Acrophobia and Spirit Wars. WON.net also features daily game news from the industry leading site Imagine Games Network ( http://www.ign.com ), strategy guides from leading publisher, Prima Publishing and WON.net's proprietary game search engine "GameSearch.net" ( http://www.won.net/search ) the best, most complete Internet search engine focused solely on games. WON.net provides users with a true gaming community, offering professionally executed gaming tournaments, extensive download libraries, community message boards, gaming links, research tools, and other informational and entertainment oriented content.

CONTACT: Cassie Roduner of Berkeley Systems, 510-540-5535, or pr@berksys.com.
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