DescriptionThis comedic multiplayer word game was originally a game on IRC chat channels starting in 1994. Berkeley Systems created a colorful graphics version for its site "beZerk.com". Once a game installer is downloaded and executed on your computer, you can join a game room with as little as 3 and up to 14 people in total. There are some rooms that allow adult language and others that do not.
A category is first presented from hundreds of possible ones, ranging from sports to poetry and food to current events. A 3-7 letter acronym (a short series of letters which represent a short-form representation of a long phrase but with only the first letters of each word) is shown and before time expires, each person must come up with a suitable phrase that uses all the letters and also in a quick time. All answers are anonymously listed and gamers then vote on which phrase is their favorite - whether its relevant to the category, grammatically correct and funny. Then when the voting round is over each player's name is shown beside their phrase and how many votes they got. 2 points are also given to the fastest entry. After several rounds, the object is to reach 30 points and be either first or second when it comes to points. Those two will advance to the Face Off rounds (3) and all others will vote on their phrases to determine the ultimate champion.
Players can also chat with others in the room. beZerk is a free gaming service but does use short television-like full-screen ads in between some rounds to obtain revenue.
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- Wikipedia: Acrophobia (Article about the game in the open encyclopedia)