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From: Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 10:08:51 PST

Everyone knows MSFT is planning on entering the game console market;
what's not been widely known is the timeline. MSFT has started approaching
the top game companies for "content", i.e. show me da games. Actually,
it could be quite a feat if MSFT trumps PS2's March 1 predicted release date.
Even if it misses by a month or two, the number of existing PC titles
will far outnumber any PS2 releases. The only downside is if it's
only a 500mhz slim PC with a $89 3D graphics card. Where's the fun in that?
The only reason for owning a PC as a gamer is so that you can have the cutting
edge technology, not the middle of the road stuff.


The "Buzz"

                  It's been awhile, I know, but let's not waste time with unnecessary rubbish.
                  I've got a few interesting rumors to run through this week and I think you'll
                  find them equally captivating. None of them, however, are Dolphin related
                  -- at least not directly -- so don't get your hopes up just yet.

                  X Marks the Spot -- or Otherwise
                  Dreamcast. PlayStation 2. Dolphin. Nuon. Well, maybe not Nuon. But the
                  rest of the lot certainly represent our selection of next-generation console
                  offerings. But is that all? Me thinks not. I got wind today that Mr. Bill
                  Gates, or as we all know him, Lord Master of the Universe and Controller
                  of its Moneys, has other plans. Rumor has it -- and when I say rumor what
                  I really mean is word directly from the mouths of developers -- that the
                  infamous X-Box is about to unearth itself. December 21, 1999 is said to
                  be the date that Gates gave the official thumbs up for our PC/console
                  hybrid. Now developers and publishers are being contacted and asked to,
                  wouldn't you know it, make games for the gosh-darn-silly old thing. Why
                  does this mean to Nintendo fans? Well, one big whopping giant of a new
                  competitor is entering the console race.

                  With official word that Microsoft considers PS2 its biggest competitor, it
                  seems the company may be aiming X-Box at a higher-end market, which
                  is definitely good for Dolphin. And on the other hand, with two high-end
                  multi-purpose machines waging war at the same time, will Dolphin have
                  trouble competing? It won't be playing DVD movies or CD music, after
                  all. Add in the fact that X-Box will be able to play all of the current PC
                  games, or so I'm told, and we've got trouble in console-land kiddies. Or,
                  at least a helluva lot more games to deal with. Wait a minute, what am I
                  complaining about?

                  Nintendo of Japan in America
                  If you're confused by that headline, prepare to be even more baffled.
                  Sources tell me that the prime candidate to replace NCL president Mr.
                  Hiroshi Yamauchi after retirement is NOA president Mr. Arakawa. While
                  you may not find that little tid-bit surprising, you might find this a bit
                  interesting: he's planning to run the entire operation out of Seattle. If true,
                  this would mean that Arakawa would be running both NCL (Japan) and
                  NOA from the US, something that's bound to upset more than a few
                  traditionalists at NCL.

Greg Bolcer
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