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Macmillan Says 'Let the Linux Games Begin!'; Market Leader in Linux Software & Books Offers 'Quake' & 'Civilization'.

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 1999--

Macmillan Computer Publishing USA (MCP) has added the hit computer games "Quake(R)," "Quake II(TM)" "and Civilization(R): Call to Power(TM)" to its comprehensive line of products for the hot Linux operating system.

"Linux, now with more than 10 million users, is becoming mainstream," says Macmillan president Doug Bennett. "Our goal is to enable everyone from novices to power users with everything from an easy-to-install operating system, to Linux technical and game strategy books, to the games themselves -- and to do so inexpensively, in the spirit of the open-source software movement."

Macmillan Computer Publishing USA is the market sales leader in both Linux software and books. Macmillan is the third largest operating system publisher after Microsoft(R) and Apple Computer and the world's largest computer book publisher, selling more than 14 million books yearly around the world. Its BradyGames Strategy Guides are favorites among gamers.

"Quake" and "Quake II" for Linux, from id Software, are being sold separately and bundled with their official mission packs. "Quake: The Offering(TM)" contains "Scourge of Armagon" and "Dissolution of Eternity," while "Quake II: Colossus(TM)" contains "The Reckoning" and "Ground Zero."

"Linux fans have been faithful supporters of id Software for a number of years," said Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software. "The retail appearance of Quake and Quake II for Linux brings to them the most exciting games on the planet."

Macmillan is also the exclusive North American distributor of Loki Entertainment Software's products including the new Linux version of Civilization(R): Call to Power(TM).

"'Civilization: Call to Power' for Linux is a breakaway product. Traditional Linux users and new users both now have the ability to play a leading PC game on their preferred operating system," said Scott Draeker, president of Loki Entertainment Software. "We are excited about our partnership with Macmillan ensuring wide availability of 'Civilization: Call to Power' for Linux and for future Loki products as well."

Availability, Pricing and System Requirments

Quake: The Offering(TM) is currently available at a MSRP of $39.99 wherever software is sold. System requirements are: Pentium-based PC, 100MHz or faster; Linux O/S, 16MB RAM for software mode, 24MB for GLQuake mode (requires a 3DFX-based 3D accelerator or other X11 based OpenGL hardware accelerator); 2X CD-ROM drive.

Quake II: Colossus(TM) is currently available at a MSRP of $49.99 wherever software is sold. System requirements are: Pentium-based PC, 166MHz or faster; Linux O/S, 16MB RAM for software mode, 24MB for OpenGL hardware acceleration. A 3DFX-based 3D accelerator or other X11 based OpenGL hardware accelerator.

Civilization(R): Call to Power(TM) is available at an MSRP of $49.95 wherever software is sold. System requirements are: Pentium(R)-based PC (133MHz or faster); Linux O/S; 32MB of RAM; 400MB hard drive space; Quad-speed CD-ROM drive; 16-bit High Color video card with minimum 1 MB of RAM; Internet play requires 28.8 Kbps or faster modem.

About Macmillan Computer Publishing

Macmillan Computer Publishing (http://www.mcp.com) is the world's largest computer book publisher and one of the industry's leading innovators in both print and digital formats. Macmillan's book imprints include Que, Sams, Hayden, Lycos Press and Waite Group Press. Macmillan's digital divisions include BradyGAMES Strategy Guides, Macmillan Software and Macmillan Online. Macmillan Computer Publishing is an operating unit of Pearson Education, the world's leading education publisher.

For the latest software from Macmillan Computer Publishing, visit http://www.macmillansoftware.com

About Loki Entertainment Software

A privately held company, Loki Entertainment Software has headquarters in Tustin, Calif., and was established in 1998. The company takes its name from the Norse god of mischief and works with successful game publishers to port their best selling titles to the Linux operating system. Loki is the first company to bring commercial PC and Macintosh games to the Linux environment. Additional information can be found at the company's Web site: www.lokigames.com.

About id Software, Inc.

id -- Freud's primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth -- has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software has forged frenetic titles such as Wolfenstein 3-D, DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II.

With intense graphics and mind-blowing adventure, id's games continually break retail and shareware sales records. id's advanced QUAKE II engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology.

And, in keeping with tradition, id Software amplifies the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the development of their latest action title, QUAKE III Arena. Check out more about id Software at http://www.idsoftware.com.

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