TOMB RAIDER SPOILT
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 15th 2001 ]
when Sega ruled in the computer games industry?
Such is the dominance now of the Sony PlayStation
that there is an assumption it was always that
way. Sony's success is proof that the baton can
will be Microsoft's hope after yesterday's launch
of the much anticipated Xbox console to an eager
US public. Hundreds queued in New York's Times
Square to buy the $299 console and get it signed
by Bill Gates
not all about technical superiority. The Nintendo
64 was in some respects further advanced than
the PlayStation but failed to catch on in any
numbers. Sega's Dreamcast was even more of a disaster.
The console, which gave players access to the
internet and the ability to play people online
on the other side of the world, has ended up in
the bargain buckets at Woolies.
you are aiming at teenagers the key is to have
the marketing nous and spend to make the product
cool and to produce the right range of games.
Microsoft certainly doesn't lack the marketing
bucks. The console has also been designed with
aesthetics in mind and Microsoft knows a thing
or two about tying up exclusive deals, which should
help it with games suppliers.
has sold enough PlayStation 2s to seem unassailable.
The company was smart enough to get the upgraded
console out and into enough homes before the Microsoft
launch. But that doesn't mean Xbox will not put
it under real pressure.
certainty seems to be that the games market is
back on an upswing after a couple of years in
the doldrums. Nintendo's latest assault, the GameCube,
is set for US launch on Sunday. That spells nothing
but good news for the likes of our very own Lara
Croft maker, Eidos. If previous cycles are anything
to go by, the industry is looking at four to five
years of strong growth.