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LOS ANGELES, CA - (October 10, 2006) - Sierra Entertainment, a division of Vivendi Games and GameTrailers, a division of Viacom Inc.'s (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) MTV Networks, today announced that they have partnered to bring the "Show Us Your F.E.A.R." user-generated movie contest to F.E.A.R. fans everywhere. The competition, which calls for the creation and submission of unique short films showcasing their greatest fears, features a grand prize offering of $1,000.
Made available through the official F.E.A.R. Web site ( www.fearfans.com) and GameTrailers ( www.GameTrailers.com), the "Show Us Your F.E.A.R." contest kicked off on October 5 and challenges fans to develop a creative, scary video that demonstrates the true meaning of "fear." Entrants can also submit machinima shorts using the F.E.A.R. video game. On October 24, GameTrailers will announce five to ten finalists and give viewers the opportunity to vote for their favorites. In addition, the finalists will be featured on IFILM's ( www.IFILM.com) gaming channel. Voting will end on October 29 and the contest winner will be revealed on October 31, Halloween Day. In addition, contest finalists and winners will be featured in a "GT Weekly" special that goes live November 4 on GT.
"We are excited to team up with GameTrailers on this innovative contest which will not only deliver a $1,000 cash prize, but is sure to result in some pretty frightening films," said Cindy Cook, chief strategy and marketing officer for Vivendi Games. "Already an award-winning product on PC, the contest allows F.E.A.R. fans the opportunity to explore their creative side and become part of the F.E.A.R. universe in anticipation of the title's next-generation console launch this November."
"F.E.A.R. brought something fresh to FPS gaming by incorporating truly sophisticated horror elements. By hosting this contest during the Halloween season, we expect some terrifying movies from our creative and dedicated community," said Jon Slusser, vice president of GameTrailers. "Our users take a lot of pride in their work, and having such a high-profile property will absolutely bring out the best in them."
Already a critical and commercial smash hit on the PC, F.E.A.R. will deliver a new level of FPS game play to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with brand new single player content designed to immerse the player deeper in the world of the F.E.A.R. team, as well as the visceral action of F.EA.R. multi-player.
Developed by Day 1 Studios in conjunction with Monolith Productions, F.E.A.R is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first person. An unprecedented adrenaline rush of close quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the paranormal unknown.
For additional information on the "Show Us Your F.E.A.R." contest, including Official Rules and online registration, please visit www.fearfans.com, the official F.E.A.R. Web site or GameTrailers at www.GameTrailers.com. All video submissions will be screened prior to being posted to the site.
Rated 'M' for Mature, Sierra Entertainment's F.E.A.R. is scheduled to ship for the Xbox 360 gaming and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 7 and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on November 17.
About Monolith Productions
Monolith Productions, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, located in Kirkland, Washington, employs over 100 people. Over the past 10 years, Monolith has risen to critical acclaim through an emphasis on delivering quality products such as the No One Lives Forever franchise and Tron 2.0
About Day 1 Studios
Day 1 Studios is an independent developer dedicated to the craft of creating revolutionary, interactive entertainment through superior design, artistic and technical processes. Day 1 Studios created and developed the award winning ``MechAssault" series for Microsoft and Xbox Live. Day 1 is now developing exceptional games for the next generation of console and PC systems at their studios in Chicago, IL and Hunt Valley, MD.
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About Vivendi Games
Vivendi Games ( www.vivendigames.com) is a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment. The company is the leader in the subscription-based massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPG) category, holds leading positions in the PC, console, handheld and mobile games markets, and is an emerging player in casual online games. Vivendi Games' two principal studios and publishing labels include Blizzard Entertainment, headquartered in Irvine, CA, the creator of World of Warcraft®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, and Warcraft®; and Sierra Entertainment, headquartered in Los Angeles, which includes Radical Entertainment, Swordfish Studios, High Moon Studios, and Massive Entertainment. Sierra's IPs include Crash Bandicoot®, Spyro The Dragon®, Empire Earth®, SWAT®, Darkwatch, TimeShift, Ground Control® and Leisure Suit Larry®. Vivendi Games is also home to Vivendi Games Mobile, publishing games for the mobile market, and Sierra Online, dedicated to publishing casual games for online play and distribution on all platforms. Vivendi Games maintains strategic relationships with industry leading content partners, including Universal Music Group, NBC Universal, Twentieth Century Fox, and Ludlum Entertainment. The company has 16 offices around the world conducting business in 75 countries.
GameTrailers (GT) is the premier online destination for broadcast quality videogame media. GT delivers timely, high resolution broadband video content for gamers that includes product features and reviews; video game movie trailers; GameTrailers Television (GTTV) coverage of news and events; interviews with industry thought leaders, and more. GT has a robust community that features user-generated content, so gamers can talk to friends and share media such as fan movies, machinima and daily blogs. GT has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, with all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 100 interactive properties worldwide, including GameTrailers.com, IFILM, Neopets, Xfire, Y2M, and online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. MTV Networks also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.